by Anthology

January 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7762-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Valentine Kittens is a collection of stories from three of the top writers of romance, Jo Ann Ferguson, Valerie King, and Cynthia Pratt.

In Fergusonís Belling the Kitten, Jason Farrady returns homes from the Peninsular War looking forward to peace and relaxation. Instead, thanks to a few mischievous kittens, he finds himself falling for Amaris Woodward, the woman who is soon to be betrothed to the man whom his sister loves. No matter how she feels, Amaris must marry the man her parents have chosen for her.

A Tangle of Kittens is Kingís addition to this compilation. In this story, a case of mistaken identity allows Anne Cassington to give into the passion of a kiss from a stranger despite the fact that she is about to announce her engagement to another man.

While finding homes for some kittens, Anne will come face to face with the stranger again and realize that although she barely knows him, he has touched her in ways she never imagined possible.

Rounding out the trio is Prattís The Birthday Kitten. Lady Johnna Dillon, wife of the sixth Baron Dillon, had never hoped to marry so well as with her husband Ramsey. She is the envy of many, but she longs for the love and respect, which has never seemed to come along with the marriage. A visitor from her past and an adorable kitten named Sheba will help her and Ramsey discover the truth of their hearts.

All three of the stories involve charming little kittens, and unfortunately in two of the narratives, the kittens are the only engaging elements of the stories.

Belling the Kitten is a winning story with charming characters. Jason and Amaris complement each other perfectly. This delightful story was worthy of a complete novel.

The same could not be said for the latter stories. A Tangle of Kittens came across as a little too contrived for this reviewer, and the dilemma was fixed all too easily. Although it involves a cute storyline of love after marriage, The Birthday Kitten was ruined by the presence of an old lover and an extremely annoying mother.

Unless, youíre a diehard Ferguson fan, you might want to pass on this collection.

Reviewed in June 2005 by Natasha.

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