Arc Review: A Cat Cafe Christmas by Codi Gary

Title: A Cat Cafe Christmas
Author: Codi Gary
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Publisher: Forever
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.

“Veterinarian and animal lover Kara Ingalls needs a Christmas miracle. Opening the Meow and Furrever Cat Café to find loving homes for adorable, adoptable cats was a dream come true—but with more cats than customers, it’s quickly turning into a nightmare. If Kara can’t figure out some way to get the café out of the red, it won’t last past the holidays.
Marketing guru Ben Reese may be annoyingly smart and frustratingly bossy, but when he hatches a plan to put the café in the “green” by Christmas, Kara realizes that she’d be a fool to turn down his help. And so what if he turns out to be an excellent problem solver and nerdy-hot—he can’t even handle fostering one little kitten. She needs to keep their relationship professional and focus on saving the cafe.
But if Ben and Kara can set aside their differences—and find homes for all the cats by Christmas—they might discover that, by risking their hearts, they’ll have their own purr-fect holiday . . . together.” (Goodreads)

I’ve already finished a few Christmas reads this year and so far this is my favorite!

The book is told from multiple point-of-views and they come from Kara and Ben. It is is told in third person narrative and I liked how it was written. Both Kara and Ben have some baggage that they are still sorting through when fate has them bump into one another. Their first meeting is far from a meet-cute but it was definitely funny and it means that the romance follows the slow-burn trope which I enjoy.

They both have a great friendship with two of the side characters and I liked having those friendships be a big part of the book. Sometimes they tend to be short with little development.

I really liked how the author incorporated all of the adoptable cats in the book by having their bios begin each chapter. It was a fun way to include different parts of the story. I am also a big cat fan so it’s just a really big plus for me, lol. I’ve also always wanted to go to a cat café and so I liked the setting.

The plot is filled with romance, friendships, the negatives and postives of social media, as well as other sorts of topics. Even though there was a lot going on, I didn’t feel like any of them were lacking.

Overall, this was a fun read! I liked the characters and learning about their struggles while finding a way to swim through the mess and find love.

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