Review: Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church
Publish Date: December 26, 2014
Reviewed by: Heller
How I got this book: E-Arc from Publisher
“A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.
Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.
Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.”
Menages are always a tricky thing for me. Balance is very important when I read one and if one of the partners feel an imbalance in the situation I can’t help but focus on that as well. Everyone has to bring something to the relationship but they also need to get something out of it as well. I’m not a fan of any variation of menage where two partners revolve around one like satellites. Happily this story clicked for me and had balance and chemistry on a lot of levels.
We meet cat shifter mates Dolf and Tai who quite by accident run into a human who is their third. They follow him home and get to know him in their cat forms. I found that whole situation adorable. I don’t have a cat but those two as cats just won me right over. I also loved seeing their cats come through when they were in human form. After reading this I feel that I could easily translate all their meowing. I had a lot of fun reading it. I liked all the characters and there’s even one with my name!! Heller, who may or may be the bad guy. (No spoilers!)
Kirk, Dolf and Tai really worked for me. All very distinctive guys and the chemistry between the three of them was hot but it was also really sweet. I liked that each of them enjoyed different things from each other. I loved the shifter world created although the chef in me kept reading clowder as chowder, which, as you can imagine was quite distracting. I also found Dolf’s full name a bit odd and could understand why he seldom used it. I did find that the villain was a bit of red herring but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the fallout even if I wasn’t able to guess who might be attacking Kirk. This was fun, fun read for me. I hope it’s a series because I want Remi’s story as well as a few of the other cats that we met.
I’m giving Trouble Comes in Threes a B+