An Alisa Release Day Review: Just Like Cats and Dogs (Sanctuary #1) by B.A. Tortuga

Rating:  4 stars out of 5


just-like-cats-and-dogsCan cats and dogs ever get along, let alone fall in love?


Sam knows you can never go home again. As an orphaned feline shifter raised by wolves, being an outcast is nothing new to him. But the pack is still his family, and when one of them passes away, Sam returns to the New Mexico desert to say good-bye.


Gus is a loner who rarely returns to his pack, but as fate would have it, Sam is there when he chooses to visit. The history between Gus and Sam is tumultuous, to say the least, but when Gus gets an eyeful of the grown-up and gorgeous version of his childhood bully, he can’t control his reaction. And he isn’t alone.


The attraction is powerful, but so are their differences. And with trouble brewing in the pack and danger surrounding them, Sam and Gus might not have the opportunity to seek common ground.


This action-packed shifter novel is the ultimate opposites attract and enemies-to-lovers romance, and it includes a bonus novella, In the Dog House.


This was a great story.  Gus feels a connection to Sam when he sees him again and even stands up for him against the pack when he thinks it is necessary.  When they see each other a few months later it impossible to miss how strong a connection they have to each other.


Unfortunately Sam and Gus have always been loners and don’t know how to communicate well, which causes a few misunderstandings when they are first together.  Gus and Sam both want reassurance from the other, but aren’t comfortable saying it and end up saying or doing the wrong thing.  The love these two have for each other one they open up is a wonderful thing, both willing to give up everything for the other.


We get to see both of these character’s points of view which helps understand what they are thinking even if they aren’t quite following it with their actions.  The mate bond in this story is a bit different than the claiming bite during sex and it done.  Both characters have to work and focus on their relationship for the bond to fully form and grow, I loved how this worked for the characters.  The novella, In the Dog House, is great and gives us a look at Gus and Sam down the road.  It also brings in a new character that seems to be important to the next book in the series and I can’t wait to read more about this new pack.


Cover art by Alexandria Corza great and I love the visuals of Sam and Gus, both in human and animal form.


Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N


Book Details:

ebook, 206 pages

Published: 2nd Edition, January 25, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 9781635332988

Edition Language: English

Series: Sanctuary #1

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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