Melissa reviews Greymalkin (Melusine’s Cats #1) by Chris Quinton Published June 16th 2014 by Kouros Books ebook, 188 pages
Jesse Adams is an ex-rugby player who’s gone into seclusion to avoid the media following a guilty verdict in a court case. Jesse has come to live for a year in Greenlynn, where he is supposed to be writing his biography.
Will Blake is an out and proud policeman, respected and liked by the community he helps to protect from rural crime.
When the two men meet their attraction is instant, but they have no idea their love will draw them into a centuries’ old conflict.
Melusine, a deity of rivers and seas, long ago lost the Battle of the Betrayal and is imprisoned in a nexus centred on the source of the Lynn River. She can only travel in the flowing water of her river, and cannot set foot on her banks. Her cats are not so bound. Neither pets nor familiars, they move freely between the realities, her agents among the humans who live along the Lynn.
NOTE: A free copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: This week is Out Of Your Comfort Zone, and I’m not much into the fantasy/mystical/alt world genre, but the premise intrigued me enough that I gave it a shot.
Now I want to read the rest in the series, LOL! This is more like a shifter series than fantasy. There aren’t any shifters, but it’s got similar elements, which is why I really enjoyed the story.
Jesse Adams has moved to the town of Beacon Hill to get away from the press after he was convicted of assault (it’s a loooong story and would contain spoilers so simply put, the charges are B.S.). He’s supposed to use the time away to write his biography, which his agent tells him will allow him to tell the world what really happened. But Jesse doesn’t know that there are other elements driving his life and they have plans for him beyond writing.
Will Blake is a police officer of the town and when he meets Jesse, the attraction and connection is instant. You can tell they want each other, but Jesse isn’t planning to move to the town; he’s only there for a year at the most to write his story and get away from the media attention surrounding his court case. But their desire for each other overrules common sense and they agree to enter a relationship with no commitment. We, of course, know they are fooling themselves, but it’s soon realized that they can no more stay just “friends with benefits” than avoid their destiny with Greymalkin and Melusine.
Melusine is a mystical being who has been imprisoned for her role in the “Battle of the Betrayal.” Her warriors were mostly lost, with only Greymalkin and one other surviving. Greymalkin is a regular house cat, until he morphs into his other half of a large saber-tooth type warrior cat. Greymalkin, Will and Jesse form a triad, which will need to form their bond in order to fight a battle against an old enemy.
The story centers around Will and Jesse falling in like, love and then triad bond with each other. Their pack is complete when they agree to fight alongside Greymalkin and the connection they share with each other is beautiful to watch. I liked Jesse and Will right away and as a couple they are very cute, lots of cuddles (I love me some cuddles), and sweaty man running.
The writing was excellent, and I was not lost in the telling of the story. Part of my dislike for the fantasy genre is all the new terminology you have to learn, the odd names and locations, the odd (to me) way of living these new worlds present. I get lost on the first page and there are usually so many people/beings to meet I can never keep them straight. In this book, I was never lost. I wasn’t bombarded with characters and otherworldly knowledge. It was perfect for me and I think that readers who don’t like fantasy will enjoy this story, and those readers who do like fantasy will also appreciate it.
Chris’s reading and writing interests range from historical, mystery, and paranormal, to science-fiction and fantasy, mostly in the male/male genre. She also writes male/female novels in the name of Chris Power. She refuses to be pigeon-holed and intends to uphold the long and honourable tradition of the Eccentric Brit to the best of her ability. In her spare time [hah!] she reads, embroiders, quilts and knits. In the past she has been a part-time and unpaid amateur archaeologist, and a 15th century re-enactor.
She currently lives in a small and ancient city in the south-west of the United Kingdom, sharing her usually chaotic home with an extended family, two large dogs, fancy mice, sundry goldfish and a young frilled dragon (Australian lizard) aka Trogdorina.