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Jacked Cat Jive by Rhys Ford

 
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Book Series
Kai Gracen (Book 3)
Authors
About the Author
Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and is a two-time LAMBDA finalist with her Murder and Mayhem novels. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Harley, an insane grey tuxedo cat as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.
Author Website
Publication Date
March 05, 2019
Available Formats
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Pages
242
ISBN
978-1-64080-968-0
ASIN
B07L8LZSLK
Excerpt
Read an excerpt at DSP Publications.
Stalker Kai Gracen knew his human upbringing would eventually clash with his elfin heritage, but not so soon. Between Ryder, a pain-in-his-neck Sidhe Lord coaxing him to join San Diego’s Southern Rise Court, and picking up bounties for SoCalGov, he has more than enough to deal with. With his loyalties divided between the humans who raised him and the Sidhe Lord he’s befriended and sworn to protect, Kai finds himself standing at a crossroads.

When a friend begs Kai to rescue a small group of elfin refugees fleeing the Dusk Court, he’s pulled into a dangerous mission with Ryder through San Diego’s understreets and the wilderness beyond. Things go from bad to downright treacherous when Kerrick, Ryder’s cousin, insists on joining them, staking a claim on Southern Rise and Kai.

Burdened by his painful past, Kai must stand with Ryder against Kerrick while facing down the very Court he fears and loathes. Dying while on a run is expected for a Stalker, but Kai wonders if embracing his elfin blood also means losing his heart, soul, and humanity along the way. 

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Definitely Worth the Wait!
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The newest installment into the world of Kai Gracen is a whirlwind - of action, of emotion, of further worldbuilding, of new nightmares, and of character building - that will leave you in awe and on the edge of your seat looking for more! 

Unlike the previous two books, JCJ focuses primarily on outside characters and forces with much less on Kai himself. Don't get me wrong, Kai is there in every single page with his snark and his snarl, but there is so much happening around him that all he can do really is react, never getting the chance to get that extra step ahead where he prefers to be.

Ryder's cousin Kerrick (Alexa's brother) has come to the Southern Rise Court with the full and open intention of claiming it for his own. There is a most unique way among Ford's Sidhe lords for determining who rules the Court, and it confounded me even as it fascinated me. Never would I have considered this particular judge of the outcome, yet it seemed so rational and entirely plausible that it made perfect sense.

Tasked with rescuing elfin children from the Unsidhe Court by one of Kai's oldest and dearest friends, nearly this entire novel takes place on the trip south to find the kids. A snarly Kai, two Sidhe lords, and a human Stalker take a road trip. It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but this trip forces Kai to face inner demons he's been successfully ignoring for years. Added to it is the progressing illness of his adoptive father, Dempsey, and suddenly Kai finds himself on very shaky ground. Ryder is there, though, every step showing his dedication to and love for Kai.

It's been two years since our last installment of Kai Gracen, and we can only hope that the next one isn't quite so far out. This book is 4.5 stars of joy, tears, exhilaration, and a whammy of an ending! If you haven't picked up the trio of this series, you are missing out. Go find your nearest happy place (aka bookstore) and let some Kai and Ryder take you to places you've never dreamed could exist!!
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