The Cat’s Meow
Release Date: Dec. 13, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Witch’s Brew Series Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book Source: Publisher
A good witch always has a kick-ass back-up plan.
Libby is an Enchantress—a witch gifted by the Goddess to conjure spells. When a magical presence is detected around a recent string of feline slayings, Libby takes the case to uncover the reasons behind the odd deaths. Much to her displeasure, the coven also sends a sexy warlock, Kale, to assist her.
While having the muscle around proves to be useful, fighting the attraction between them is worse than a hex, especially considering Kale is keeping secrets. But soon, Libby has bigger problems than the elusive warlock when her spells turn up clues that point to something far more sinister than slaughtered cats.
Now Libby has landed herself in the midst of an uprising. She trusts no one and isn’t safe—not from the warlocks stirring up trouble. Not from the worrisome rebellion she can’t escape. And certainly not from Kale, who is weaving a very dangerous spell over her heart.
Libby Jenkins has never been one to play nice with others, the leaders of her coven and warlocks, in particular, frequently being the subjects of her ire. So, when an unknown warlock shows up at the scene she’s currently investigating, unannounced and trying to take control, Libby braces herself for a fight. But, when a war far bigger than any she could have ever anticipated lands on her doorstep, Libby must learn to adapt if she wants to survive.
Though she is the most accomplished Enchantress in Charleston, Libby has never realized just how capable she is of doing even more with her gifts until now. In the face of a brewing rebellion against the witches’ ruling body, the Alchemy, Libby is both tested and entrusted with tremendous power, and the survival of the world as she knows it is dependent on what she chooses to do with it. It’s an enormous responsibility for a young witch with an aversion to authority, a characteristic that, naturally, makes her perfect for the job.
Libby is referred to as a “smart-ass,” as well, launching quips and barbs at her target, which is most often the warlock, Kale, without any observable hesitation or forethought. It’s a trait that’s entertaining most of the time, and very likely all that keeps Libby from going insane while she is dragged along by Kale on their mutual quest, whatever that may be. Although his silence is later attributed to an oath he’s made to the Alchemy, Kale is clearly testing Libby, and he makes her scratch and fight so hard for every tiny piece of information that her fury towards him is quite understandable.
On the romantic front, Libby and Kale are a good pairing, even though the strain his secrecy places on their potential relationship goes too far on occasion. While all of the mysteries surrounding their purpose are eventually explained, the frequency of his evasions sometimes disrupts the otherwise enjoyable building of tension between the two characters. Aside from that distraction, the desire they share is palpable, alternating between defensive snarkiness, affectionate concern, and pure, sexual heat.
As the first book in a new series, The Cat’s Meow is a fine beginning and Ms. Kennedy has created a good foundation for the books to follow. There were a few instances where phrasing distanced me from the action of the story, but overall, the dialog remained witty and the pacing kept me guessing. Libby is a headstrong, capable heroine, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she’ll do as she accepts her destiny and faces the battles still to come.
Liked it – recommend (B+)