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Better Than Catnip

Better Than Catnip [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Hartman
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Roxy Williams adores cats. Always has. That’s why she devotes her life to running her stray cat shelter. But is that enough? Isn’t there a man out there who will love her for who she is? A special man who won’t try to change her or ask her to choose between him and her cats?

Max Weller has a problem. His son, Derek, must complete community service for fighting at school. The only available place is the stray cat shelter. But Derek is terrified of cats from a frightening childhood experience. How will they get through this traumatic experience?

Roxy and Max feel the strong attraction pulling them together as Max volunteers at the shelter, too. Will they be able to keep the spark alive? Or will Derek’s fears come between them?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 345 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147742041X
  • Publisher: Astraea Press (14 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KL80OK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #765,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet delight 14 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a gorgeous little story and a must for anyone who loves cats and a nice gentle romance. Some parts just tugged at your heart. A Well-written and heart warming tale.
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By Misty
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Once again, one of my favorite sweet romance authors has delivered a story as warm and fuzzy as the cat on the cover. Don't let looks fool you, though. This story takes us deep within the bowels of a terrifying place...a cat shelter!

Ok, so not so terrifying to most people, and not to Roxy, the heroine of the story. Unfortunately, for 11-year-old Derek, who's been forced to volunteer at the shelter or face juvenile detention, it's his worst nightmare. And that's a shame, because Derek's single dad, Max, is one fine specimen of a man. He and Roxy hit it off, but their future together is questionable, since Roxy cannot give up her cats, and Max cannot force his son to overcome his fear.

I loved the reality of this situation. One could imagine themselves in Roxy and Max's shoes. Mrs. Hartman writes in such a way that their desire for one another tugs at your heartstrings, but you feel sympathetic toward Derek, who really does try his best. The characters are genuinely flawed--Roxy being awkward around teens and clumsy, and Max (a high school basketball coach) being a loud Sasquatch at times. I particularly love that these quirks provide both laughs and conflict as the two of them try to make it work in what at times seems to be an impossible relationship.

I highly recommend this book, and any of Ruth J Hartman's works, to all the sweet romance lovers out there, young adult and beyond. And if you're an ailurophile (cat lover), I'm sure you'll find it purrfect!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cat's Meow 12 May 2012
By Jeanne Theunissen - Published on
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Ruth J. Hartman not only knows and adores cats, she is a wonderful writer who pulls you into the story and makes you feel like her characters are real people. And delightful people they are!

Roxy's whole world revolves around cats, since she not only runs a cat shelter, but has cats of her own. When Max shows up with his son, Derek, who has to do community service because of a fight at school, Max and Roxy feel a definite attraction to one another. The only problem is Derek is terrified of cats, but the cat shelter is the only spot available to him if he wants to avoid juvenile detention.

The last time a man told Roxy she had to choose between him and her beloved cats, the choice was easy, and the man was out of her life in no time. Is there any way she and Max can help Derek overcome his feline phobia enough so that Roxy won't be forced to make another choice that would be much harder this time?

This is a very heartwarming story of two people who become fast friends in their mutual desire not only for each other, but to help Derek overcome many of the issues of his past, as well. But the bonus in this book is the fact that it is not only a good, romantic story, but an educational one, as well, since many details of the day-to-day struggles of trying to care for homeless animals, and the callousness of many people toward animals are cleverly and accurately woven into the story.

A great read for anyone, but preferably with your favourite furry friend cuddled up on your lap or by your side! (And if you don't already have a furry friend, you'll wish you had one by the time you finish reading.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cats Meow 21 April 2012
By Lindsay Downs - Published on
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Let me start of by saying that I am all in favor of adopting a dog or cat.
That said, Ruth has created a most enjoyable story with Better Than Catnip. She has a fun and interesting way to bring the characters to life. I'm not going to bore you with rehashing them, see the books blurb for that, but will tell you I couldn't figure out which parts of the book I loved the best.
Was it Roxy, with and without the rescue cats, being a self-admitted klutz, or the way she worked to try to help Derek overcome his fear of cats? There were definitely times when she and Max had their moments, sweet to comical to romantic.
For me the high point of the story is when Derek-OOPS sorry I'm not giving it away. But trust me it will bring you to tears and it did me.
In the collie scale of rating a book I'm giving Better Than Catnip a score of 4 collies and a sheltie. Sorry Ruth, I don't convert to cats.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Catnip A Sweet Romance 6 July 2013
By Sharon Hunter - Published on
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As a cat lover, the cover caught my attention right away. I have a darling cat who could have been the cover model. Under the cover I found a very delightful story that mixed everyday life together with the help of the furry friends. A Sweet romance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A cat lovers delight! Great romance 28 Jan 2013
By GenuineJenn - Published on
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This is a definite book for cat lovers, if you don't like cats you wont want to read this book as it takes place at a cat shelter. The owner is Roxy and most of the story is around the cats or involving cats in the shelter with some romance. One day a boy and his father come to the shelter just before opening and tell Roxy that the boy, Derek is there for community service. Derek's dad, Max is a hunk in Roxy's eyes and she is interested in him sticking around to help at the shelter with his son. Max and Roxy start to fall for each other but with all romances there ups and downs and sometimes obstacles.

This is a great romance comes with one big obstacle, Derek has a huge fear of cats. Cats are Roxy's whole world and she doesn't really want to live without them but she really likes Max. Roxy is trying to help Derek overcome his huge fear of cats. This novel moves at a great pace, not too rushed but not slow moving either. I love how Derek is put in a place to have to either run or overcome his cat fears. Roxy and Max both need to learn to have a relationship when a kid is involved and Max is just really becoming a father as he didn't have custody to his son until now.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cat Lover's Delight 10 May 2012
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If you love cats, you'll love this story. The main character, Roxy, owns a cat shelter. She meets a single parent (Max) whose son (Derek) must fulfill community service work at the shelter. Unfortunately the boy had a bad experience with a cat in his childhood and they terrify him. Although Max, Roxy and Derek become close, Derek's phobia stands in the way of them pulling together as a family.

Since I love felines, I really enjoyed hearing about the different kinds of cats that end up in the shelter. As a cat owner, I could relate to all the work involved in taking care of cats. I particularly enjoyed the lengths that Roxy would go to show the cats a good time. I wanted to take several of the kitties home, or at least stroke their beautiful fur.

As I read, I kept rooting for Derek to make a breakthrough in his phobia. I also wanted Roxy and Max to end up together. Does the tale end purrfectly, or is there a catastrophe in the making? I'm not saying, but "Better Than Catnip" did make my tail wag.
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