About the Book:
Title: A Cat Cafe Christmas
Author: Codi Gary
Page Length: 384
Publication Date: Oct. 4, 2022
Synopsis: Veterinarian and animal lover Kara Ingalls needs a Christmas miracle. Opening the Meow and Furrever Cat Café to find loving homes for adorable, adoptable cats was a dream come true—but with more cats than customers, it’s quickly turning into a nightmare. If Kara can’t figure out some way to get the café out of the red, it won’t last past the holidays.
Marketing guru Ben Reese may be annoyingly smart and frustratingly bossy, but when he hatches a plan to put the café in the “green” by Christmas, Kara realizes that she’d be a fool to turn down his help. And so what if he turns out to be an excellent problem solver and nerdy-hot—he can’t even handle fostering one little kitten. She needs to keep their relationship professional and focus on saving the cafe.
But if Ben and Kara can set aside their differences—and find homes for all the cats by Christmas—they might discover that, by risking their hearts, they’ll have their own purr-fect holiday . . . together.
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A Cat Café Christmas is a light and fun contemporary romance, and though I always thought of myself as more of a dog person, I think now I need to get myself a kitten. I loved the cat bios at the start of every chapter as well as the cute sketches.
The enemies to lovers, opposites attract romance between Kara and Ben is filled with fun banter and has a great slow-burn feel. Both characters have a bit of baggage and are hesitant to jump into a relationship, but they connect when helping to save Kara’s business and find a home for a special cat. They both have interesting backstories and are struggling with recent heartbreaks, so their hesitation makes a lot of sense. I like how they slowly begin to connect and develop feelings for each other despite their fears and past hurts.
I also enjoyed the friends in the story. They’re such a great support to Ben and Kara, and I would love to have a Friendsgiving like they do. Considering some of the toxic and abusive relationships Kara and Ben experienced, their respective friend groups are refreshing and exactly what both need to help them through the difficult times. They also add some fun, comedic moments to the story while helping Kara and Ben realize they have feelings for each other. They form a type of family, even though they aren’t related, which is one of my favorite tropes.
The story has a lot of small-town charm and an abundance of adorable cats, which adds to the charming setting. Messages of healing, friendship, and finding love again add to the optimistic and hopeful tone of the story. A heartwarming holiday romance set in a cat café, this is a fun and cute read. Cats, romance, Christmas, small-town charm, and great messages make me feel like this would be a perfect Hallmark movie.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Forever Publishing for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.
- The romance.
- The setting.
I think A Cat Café Christmas will appeal to readers who enjoy light holiday contemporary romances.