Review: Bitten by a Hellcat by Felicity Heaton

Posted February 20, 2015 by Carmel in Carmel, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 30 Comments

Review: Bitten by a Hellcat by Felicity Heaton
Bitten by a Hellcat by Felicity Heaton
Series: Eternal Mates #6
Published by Indie
Published on: February 17, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 163
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The sole remaining member of the most famous shifter hunter family in history, Owen Nightingale is a mercenary and a man with a secret held in his closely guarded heart, but when a beautiful rare shifter catches his eye and offers him a job, he has the feeling he’ll be the one paying for helping her—with his heart.

Cait is in a spot of trouble with a capital T. A male hellcat has set his sights on claiming her and she’s one kitty who doesn’t want a collar. When she meets a dark, alluring and mysterious hunter, she sees a chance to rid herself of the male, but the price Owen sets and the fierce passion that burns white-hot between them lures her dangerously under his seductive spell.

Can Owen discover the true intent of the male hellcat and stop Cait from falling into his hands? And can Cait retain control as the heat of desire burns between her and Owen, or will a reckless moment seal both of their fates forever?

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This story got off to a shaky start, and was largely reminiscent of my college years what with a guy picking a pretty girl up in a bar, luring her back to his place to discuss ‘business’, and then they bump uglies shortly thereafter. It’s a novella, so the author needed to efficiently establish a rapport between the two characters; however Cait & Owen’s connection came off as more one night stand-ish as opposed to ETERNAL MATES. That only lasted a couple of chapters though, and then the plot took over for the better.

After this series’ three book long feline shifters centric sprint, I was interested in seeing how Felicity Heaton’s hellcats would distinguish themselves from the pride. That question was soon answered with two tails, a few very special breed quirks, and some hell fire in all the right places. Cait was a fascinating character who speedily won me over to her plight with good old fashioned girl power, and her sword wielding, and decapitation skills appealed to the Urban Fantasy reader in me.

Owen was the first mortal hero to make an appearance in the ETERNAL MATES universe which was a nice change of pace; his infamous rep as a hunter gave him sizeable street cred, and that secret of his that’s referenced in the blurb was pretty darned bitchin’. I enjoyed witnessing him work his magic on Cait’s job from vetting sources, to his vast supernatural database, and hunch regarding Marrius’ real motives, although I was disappointed when he started using his little head more than his big one.

This story didn’t set out in the direction that I had envisaged, and in turn ended up going above and beyond the ‘get this wackadoo off my tail’ schtick. I eventually bought into Owen & Cait’s relationship after the initial frat boy hook-up wore off, and the sex hit the spot just so long as I didn’t think too hard about how it came to be. The glance at Heaton’s dragons revved me up for the next novel, and I liked that the conclusion made partners out of this duo in more ways than one. Couples that kill together stay together!

BITTEN BY A HELLCAT wasn’t purrfect, but sometimes a belly rub is all you need.

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30 responses to “Review: Bitten by a Hellcat by Felicity Heaton

  1. Kissed by a Dark Prince is on my TBR pile, and I can’t wait to get started on this series. Even though Bitten by a Hellcat got off to a shaky start, it sounds like Owen and Cait worked things out in the end, and that this book does a good job of setting the reader up for the next installment. Looking forward to reading Felicity’s shifters. Great review.
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    • 6/7 of the books in this series have been 4 star reads or above for me, so I’m totally find with not loving this one. I only have so much room in my heart for fictional boyfriends anyway. 😉

    • The novella that was released before this one knocked my socks off, so unfortunately I had back-to-back examples how they can be both really good, and kinda meh.

  2. Glad that after a shaky start you bought into this romance a little more Carmel. I know overall this series is a winner for you, and I can’t wait to try it myself. I’m super excited about the mention of dragons in the next book because…dragons. DRAGONS! Yes and please:)

  3. I’m pleased to see this one picked up for you after the shaky start Carmel, I haven’t heard of this series or author but it sounds interesting!

    It is difficult when an author introduces new characters in a novella, I find there isn’t enough page time to fully develop or appreciate them (for me).

    Loved this -> BITTEN BY A HELLCAT wasn’t purrfect, but sometimes a belly rub is all you need.

    A great review! Sharon – Obsession with Books

    • This was the first so-so installment which is a darned good track record if you ask me! I’m not a cat person, so I’m relieved that my last sentence had the desired impact. Hehe!

  4. Joy from Thoughts By J  

    Ahhh I’ve been away from your blog for so long :'(

    Glad to hear that the book ends up being great! I admit I was a bit iffy about it when I saw the ‘insta love’ badge at the beginning and then read about the college style hook up. BUT, they sound like just kickass characters, especially the girl with her decapitation methods. I think I’m watching way too much Walk Dead…:P
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    • Zombies will have that effect on ya. LOL! It’s a challenge to avoid insta-love, especially in a series that’s all about finding ‘the one’ and the minimal page count doesn’t help.

    • I was feeling a little burnt out on this series towards the end, especially after reading 4 installments so close together. The dragon was good motivation. 🙂