Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When you live beside a cat café, it’s inevitable the fur will start flying eventually. Derek “Dez” Walker, a police officer wounded in a shooting, feels adrift and isolated as he makes a slow recovery. Others call him a hero, but it’s a title he doesn’t think he deserves.
When Dez intervenes in a burglary at the cat café near his apartment, he meets the owner, Francis “Fran” Green. Though he’s a hero to Fran for his intervention in the burglary, it’s Fran who becomes a strong source of support for Dez. Fran offers friendship to his vulnerable neighbour and, as they spend more time together, Dez comes to rely on Fran … and his cats.
He begins to find the way out of his isolation, but does he deserve everything Fran offers?
I thought this was such a cute story. Dez has pretty much been living his life on pause since he was wounded, avoiding others and moving on. Being awoken by the sound of a burglary and the new friendship he develops with Fran is just the wake-up call he needs to get his life back on track.
Fran wants to show Dez that he is worthy of affection let alone the friendship he is offering, having helped a brother with PTSD he knows he has to be patient but also push at the same time. Dez knows he needs to try to get better to be the man he thinks Fran deserves and gains a new cat, Riley, in the process. We see this story from through Dez’s eyes but Fran is so open and loving that you can easily how he is feeling too. These two complement each other wonderfully and I loved seeing them together.
The cover art by Written Ink Designs is adorable and gives a great visual of Dez and his new cat, Riley.
ebook, 56 pages
Published: April 8, 2017 by JMS Books
Edition Language: English