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The Nine Lives of Christmas by, Sheila Roberts narrated by, Kathleen McInerney
Synopsis from Goodreads: Two people are about to discover that when it comes to finding love, sometimes Christmas magic isn’t enough…sometimes it takes a pesky orange cat named Ambrose.
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.
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This was a fun book, I loved the authors’ description of the nine lives of a cat, the parts with Ambrose/Tom the cat were great, even his little romance with Merilee’s cat the “conversation” between these two cats is hilarious!
This was also a soft romance which is the only kind I like heck there was only 2 kisses in the whole book. I liked the relationship between Zach and Merilee and thought it was cute how the cat would react to things Zach said about relationships. Zach is commitment-phobic but can’t seem to get Merilee off his mind. Merilee is, in her mind, the ugly duckling of her family and thinks no one will think she is beautiful like her sisters. When Zach & Merilee meet there is chemistry but Zach wants to run for the hills, but Ambrose the cat is going to try everything he can to get Zach to see Merilee again even it means a hunger strike!
There is also a side story about Zach’s family and why he isn’t a big fan of Christmas which I thought was very well done and didn’t get too sappy.
I truly enjoyed this Christmas story it wasn’t too mushy, sappy and wasn’t at all preachy so it hit the trifecta of what I love about Christmas books.
Kathleen McInerney’s narration was very well done; I liked her different character voices and the narration as a whole.