Accidentally Catty (Accidental Friends #5) by Dakota Cassidy
March 1, 2011
Trade Paperback, 368 Pages
Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “Your a mean one, Miss Grinch.”
”I’m a practical one. We just had amazing sex. Yippee. Now let’s go eat.”
Katie Woods flees to the backwoods of upper New York state after a nasty divorce almost ruins her veterinary career. As far as exciting hot spots go-this town is a yawn. But when a 200 lb cougar shows up on her door step, life begins to take some interesting turns.
Katie Woods moved to her aunt’s town after her ex husband was found running an illegal animal fighting ring. Though Katie had nothing to do with it, she was tarred with the same brush and decided leaving was her only option. Now at 41 she is a divorcee living with her aunt in a town that hates her.
A practicing vet, she comes home from a dinner to find an unconscious cougar on her front step. As she and her assistants maneuver the animal into the examining room, she is accidentally scratched with one of the cougar’s claws. Katie begins to experience some unusual symptoms and calls OOPS for help. OOPS (Out in the Open Paranormal Support”) is a paranormal “rescue” group started by four characters from the previous books;Nina, Wanda, Marty, and Casey.
The OOPS gals come riding in hoping to help Katie through her transformation and get some information on the cougar who scratched her. But when they go to see the cougar, what they find is a very HAWT young man who unfortunately doesn’t remember who or what he is. From then on we get a comedy of errors as Katie and the Scooby gang attempt to help “three names” remember who he and what he is.
Things become grim when a Dr. Daniel Green accuses Nina and Wanda of beating him almost to death before slipping into a coma. The clues about Green and “three names” leads them to an exotic animal refuge that seems to holding more then just wild animals.
I am a huge fan of Dakota Cassidy’s Hell series and her new Divorcee series. This is my first time reading the Accidentally Friends series. The Accidentally Friends series is a paranormal romance filled with some seriously crazy people. I find Cassidy to be hilariously funny in her books and on twitter. Quick with a joke or slam-she’s worth reading so I was ready to be blown away. This one though, didn’t appeal to me as much as her other books. Dakota’s trademark hilarious urban snark is present but it’s a bit overwhelming. I found normal non snarky conversation to be at a minimal and it made for understanding and connecting with the plot difficult at times.
Individually, the characters here are well developed and personable. Katie is hilarious as she freaks out over her change in species and also over the hottie in her clinic. The age difference between them is a problem for her (she’s 41 and figures him in his 20’s). She hates lusting over a much younger man so she pretends he’s gay to justify leering at his “assets”.
Spanky, Beck, Shaw-aka three names. No one knows who he is and neither does he. He comes off a bit immature for me. He has a sarcastic remark or joke for everything and after a little while it wore on me. I did love his one on one with Nina-our perpetually grumpy vampire. Nina snarks and threatens everyone but her and “three names” share a special bond.
I do like how he brings Katie around to sharing his bed. He doesn’t care about the age difference and slowly taunts and teases her until she doesn’t care either. Then we get some seriously smoking scenes. ;) He eventually matures a little but still maintains a “surfer boy” mentality.
Casey, Wanda, and Marty are all here too and in rare form. I liked how Wanda has broadened her vocabulary and really cracks the whip on Nina these days. I have to say one of the highlights of the book for me in Nina’s tweets. She reminds me of a certain book blogger. LOL I’m sure you all will guess it once you read.
OOPS @ livesbythesea Can u read tard?
OOPS RT you’re the fucking ball removal @livesbythesea, you tard. Bet you should be @liveswithismominherbasement
OOPS @TonylovesChachi U have to admit, hanging out on Twitter on a Friday night is whacked. Bet Chachi has a date tonight, douche.
When they come all together though, it becomes confusing in relation to the dialogue and I found myself having to re read certain scenes to catch bits and pieces of the plot.
The plot itself was interesting with nice action and mystery. The story reads fast and furious but slows down at certain points when the conversations between the characters fire at a rapid pace. Ms. Cassidy leads us gently towards the conclusion and even provides an epilogue to let us see how our characters are doing after everything is said and done.
All in all a funny, slapdash comedic paranormal with plenty of laugh out loud and smexy moments. I just felt the snark overwhelmed the storyline at times.