Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Twenty-two-year-old Jacks is on a mission to drown his past in alcohol when he meets the handsome drifter Benoit on a lost weekend in Montréal. It’s lust and possibly something more. Jacks never suspects that a drunken hook-up will plunge him into the hidden, violent world of feline shifters.
Benoit traps him in an arcane ritual to be joined as mates, from which Jacks emerges with fantastical abilities and a connection to Native traditions that were buried by his family. But his new existence pits his human instincts against his wild animal nature. When Jacks meets the young medical student Farzan, who wants to be with Jacks no matter what or who he is, Benoit’s feline jealousy rages like an inferno.
Jacks must figure out how to survive with his dual nature and a boyfriend who will kill any threat to their relationship. When a secret society called The Glaring shows up with a plan to exterminate humankind, Jacks will have to work quickly to gain command of Benoit’s magic before the world shatters into a war of man against beast.
WereCat: The Trilogy is the first collection of stories I’ve read by Andrew J. Peters and I’m impressed by his writing. Peters did a splendid job of building a mythology for his werecats, creating a universe complete with a division within the werecat community that’s building towards all out war, and yet he doesn’t miss out on the smaller details needed to pull you back down into the immediate lives of his main characters and the drama/mating that is derailing all of their lives.
Peters has also departed from most of the other shifter stories here in that this is not one of those meet/mate/instant love stories. In fact, it’s as far from one of those as you can get. Without giving too much away, the romance here is not where you will be expecting it. What Peters does deliver is concise and realistic portraits of werecats/beings acting exactly how you would expect them to act under varying circumstances. As individuals with their own powerful emotions, with the bodies of huge cats to use as weapons or assert control if they want to or need to. As you watch the dynamics shift between Benoit and Jacks, the stress and tension Peters creates becomes so huge that the reader is almost afraid to turn the page.
Farzan, the human medical student is another wonderful character. Fragile according to werecat standards, Farzan has strengths that allow the reader to connect with him ways that maybe aren’t there with the other characters. He is surrounded by family that loves him and has a further connection to the human race that’s missing from the werecats, an important element in the larger picture.
Each story moves the reader through an ever increasing major storyline of global warfare against humanity by a splinter werecat group called The Glaring and Jacks attempts to stop it. The Fugitive, the last story in the trio, sees Jacks on the run and ends with a bit of a cliffhanger. Although it brings some of the storylines to a completion, the main one is still ongoing, waiting to be fulfilled in Werecat: The Sim Ru Prophecy which is coming up next. That’s where I’m headed. I can’t wait to see what I find.
Until then, if you love shifters, want a bit of a different take on the usual mating ritual, and don’t mind a departure from the romance path (although there is one), pick up Werecat: The Trilogy. I highly recommend them all. Great stories!
Cover is a dramatic and,imo, beautiful representation of Benoit in both his human and panther forms. I love it. The only thing is Benoit’s eyes never changed in both forms.
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published November 1st 2015 by Vagabondage Romance (first published November 15th 2014)
A finalist in The Romance Reviews’ 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards, Action-Adventure category