elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Buddy Holiday by Willa Okati

This is one of those seasonal romances authors write with their favourite characters. They usually don’t add any drama or novelty to the original story (in this case TomCat Jones), but simply “play” with the existing dynamics of the couple to create a warm and joyous romance, perfect for the season (in this case around Christmas).

Thomas Cattrell Jones, T.J. for short, has only one trouble remaining in his life now that he is the familiar of the wannabe wizard MacGowan, he has to find the courage to ask him to move in (actually not a far distance move since MacGowan is living on the ground floor while T.J. occupies the upper floor). But in any case it’s more a proof of their commitment, almost a marriage. And their friends are happy to collaborate leaving the house empty for them alone.

That is how long this novella last, one long night during which T.J. and MacGowan share love and sex, and magick; actually they are not alone, since a group of undines is upsetting T.J., and his feline nature would like to go hunting and killing them, while instead MacGowan find them cute, and in a home where there is a cat, only one “cute” being is allowed, and so there is no place for T.J. and the undines in the same room.

Most of the time T.J. is in his human form, and even if he preserves some “feline” attitude, like being overly cuddling if in the mood, but snapping when irritated, all they do is perfectly human and with no magic involved (if not for letting an hot tub appearing in the bathroom). So this is not really a paranormal story, maybe just a little fantasy, but it’s basically two boys in love sharing the warm in a cold winter night.


Amazon Kindle: Buddy Holiday

Karma Chameleon by Willa Okati

Willa Okati can do funny and she is probably at her best when she does it. As the previous two books in the series, Karma Chameleon is light and good and something more. I have to admit that I'm quite fond of Arden and Shayne, probably more than T.J. and MacGowan, maybe sine, even if I love cats (and what there is not to love in a domestic tomcat), the idea of Arden who is so crazy inside and out to not being able to decide in what anumal he has to shift is too cute to resist.

I love also Shayne, so big and strong, but at the same time caring and tender, the first one to do the love talk, he is exactly what Arden needs, even if he will never admit that. The proof of this love is that Arden is shifting in the less cuter animals you can think of (well platyplus was a little bit cute), but nevertheless Shayne wants him and tries to fix him. Now don't worry, the wanting is only emotional, no kinky sex in odd shifting forms. But when both men ARE men, then the sex is plenty and good.

Karma Chameleon does almost the impossible, being the third books in a series and almost stealing the scene to the main characters of the previous two book, T.J. and MacGowan. But really, already in book 2 the relationship between Arden and Shayne, a little hint there another hint here, was good, Arden the perfect bottom boy who was able to lead Shaybe by the .... well, you can imagine by what. Here we have some details more, how Arden is relationship shy and how Shayne is instead the long-term type of guy; how Arden, apparently careless and selfish, is able to perfectly read his strong man, maybe even better than his best friend MacGowan. The result is a sweet, sweet light romance, a joy to read.


Amazon Kindle: Karma Chameleon (Tomcat Jones)

Amazon: Buddy Holiday (includes Karma Chameleon)
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (December 6, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1607379147
ISBN-13: 978-1607379140

1) Tomcat Jones: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/612985.html
2-3) Buddy Holiday & Karma Chamaleon

Reading List:

http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle

Cover Art by Marci Gass
Tags: author: willa okati, genre: paranormal, length: novel, review, theme: elves, theme: seasonal romance, theme: shapeshifters

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