Wednesday, December 19, 2012
St. Martin's Press/October 25, 2011
When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea to the universe. He’ll do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him—and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.
The stranger turns out to be a firefighter named Zach, who’s in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, it’s bound to earn him a healthy ninth life. Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever thought. Merriliee is way too shy to make the first move on a ladies man like Zach, and Zach thinks he’s all wrong for a nice girl like Merrilee. Now it’s going to take all of Ambrose’s feline wiles—and maybe even a good old fashioned Christmas miracle—to make them both realize that what they’re looking for is right in front of their eyes.
Didn't think I was going to make it this month. I actually read the book last week but then forgot to write the review. Not sure how this made it's way into the TBR pile. The most likely scenario is that I was trying to get in the holiday mood last year and picked this up at the Friends of the Library book sale. They always have a display of holiday themed books right before Christmas. My guess is people read them, then in the holiday spirit, pass them on by donating them. Then the library sells them to someone like me who thinks she'll have plenty of time to read the dozens of holiday themed books she has because it's not busy at all right before Christmas. *rolls eyes*
The blurb gives a pretty good idea of the story. And yes, we do get part of the story from the Point of View of Ambrose the cat. He's actually quite amusing most of the time. I thought it might become annoying, having Ambrose's thoughts on the page but he's a wise cat who's on his last life. He's learned a thing or two from his past lives and past experiences with humans and is more than willing to share his opinions.
Zach is a hero who has sworn off serious relationships of any kind. He doesn't even want to keep Ambrose, who he renames Tom, since having a cat is too much of a commitment. And he definitely doesn't want to get involved with Merilee because she is most certainly the relationship type. So this attitude of Zach's causes him some trouble when he can't seem to stop making up excuses for seeing Merilee. Like so many heroes who have come before him, Zach is a goner and he doesn't even know it.
Merilee has a strong affinity for animals. She works at the local mega pet store as well as the animal shelter. She is a walking encyclopedia of animal facts. She's sweet, compassionate but not at all Zach's usual type. Then she goes through a metamorphisis when her sister decided to take Merilee on a shopping spree. It was a sweet bit of sister bonding but I do wish Zach and Merilee's relationship had been further along before she went from ho-hum to totally hot.
The romance has a bit of a stop and go feel to it. Just when you think these two are making progress, they backpedal a little. It's a very sweet story, possibly a little sweet for some. And although Zach is a firefighter, there isn't too much focus on his job other than a few scenes that show how much he enjoys and is dedicated to firefighting.
The Nine Lives of Christmas was a funny, sweet romance. I could easily see it as a made-for-TV holiday movie. It's not a type of romance I would want to read too many of for fear of a sugar overdose. But if it sounds like your kind of romance then give it a try.