Bitten by a Hellcat by Felicity Heaton
Series: Eternal Mates #6
Published by Indie
Published on: February 17, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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?
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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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. 😉
Ha ha, that last line about the belly rub made me laugh!! Sounds like a good one though not great. 🙂
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My dogs can both vouch for that last statement. LMAO!
Glad this picked up after those initial shaky chapters. Novellas can be so hard sometimes because the author can only do some much within a short amount of time.
Nice review Carmel and I hope you have a great weekend!
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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.
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:)
Ditto on the dragons! I actually just wrote my review for book 7 earlier today, and I LOVED IT!
Don’t touch my belly!! *hisses* 🙂
Someday I will read one of her books… maybe one of these because… Cats.
Cats are so damn picky while as dogs just so long as you are petting them they are in heaven.
It’s always harder to have a novella with new characters rather than giving readers more about an already established character/s. Glad this got better as it went
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I agree! Novellas are great for mini side adventures, but not so much for character debuts.
Two tails?? You know I can’t resist this series, so I’ll just go into this one with a tad more patience for the initial hookup. Felicity always in the end pulls it off. That Dragon has been tempting me though every time I spy him, Lol.
Have a fabulous weekend Carmel! 🙂
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There are a few dragon teasers in this novel which makes it a must read before you progress to the installment that everyone’s been waiting for.
Great to hear that it was more than you’d hoped
Heaton finished strong. She always does. 🙂
Hmmm, sounds like this wasn’t exactly your fave from this series, so depending on how hooked on these I get once I start reading them I might end up skipping it… Great review Carmel!
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You could possibly jump over this one without suffering any ill effects, but it’s only 163 pages, so it’s over quickly anyway.
Bump uglies? lol I think that might be the first time I’ve heard that term. I think I might have to put this series in my wishlist. I do like those covers.
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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!
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.
“Couples that kill together, say together” LOL. Hard to get a strong story across in a novella. It can be done…but it’s a challenge.
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That’s a great motto, don’t ya think? Maybe not so much in RL, but in fiction it totally works!
a good belly run is good sometimes 🙂
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Owen can touch me anywhere he likes!
Man, I need to hurry up and catch up with these. I enjoyed book 4, but didn’t love it as much as the first three, so I think that slowed me down. But I’m super anxious to get to the dragon 😛 I’m excited about the mortal hero too, that’s a fun twist!
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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. 🙂