17 February 2012

The Nine Lives of Christmas. (Short Review)

Author: Sheila Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Source: Library Book.
Rating: 2 out of 5.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea to the universe. He’ll do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him—and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.
The stranger turns out to be a firefighter named Zach, who’s in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, it’s bound to earn him a healthy ninth life. Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever thought. Merriliee is way too shy to make the first move on a ladies man like Zach, and Zach thinks he’s all wrong for a nice girl like Merrilee. Now it’s going to take all of Ambrose’s feline wiles—and maybe even a good old fashioned Christmas miracle—to make them both realize that what they’re looking for is right in front of their eyes.

My Review:
To be honest, I'm not much of a contemporary romance fan. This was just okay to me. It wasn't a bad story actually, the author moved it along at a good pace without any filler, the characters were real enough, and Ambrose was so lovable. (But then, I am a sucker for any cat story, or any animal story, for that matter.) Merrilee was so sweet, and I saw a little of myself in her with her shyness. I was definitely rooting for her. And Zach, while I wasn't exactly swooning over him, he seemed like a nice enough guy for her.
But if you want to have the real specifics, I wish it was actually a little bit longer, so the story could develop a bit better. The characters could feel even more real. But I don't want to go too far into that, because of my personal preferences (Historical/Regency) with romances.
I thought I would have a little more to say about this story, but I really don't, so I will wrap this up by saying this was a sweet, easy holiday read. But I think I will stick with my scandalous regency romances.

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