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Just Like Cats and Dogs by BA Tortuga

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Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and lover of stories.

It’s true. I’m one of those people that will sit and listen to stories for hours. I want to know everything. Tell me about your life, about your dog, about how you met your significant other. Talk to me about falling in love, about what you collect, about magic and joy and how your butt itches.

I’ll totally listen.

That’s why so many of my friends are writers. Grins

Seriously. My superpower is loving to hear stories and it’s changed my whole world, seriously.

For instance, once around fifteen years ago I was sitting on the grounds at the Capitol Building in Austin having my lunch and sketching. I look up and a crow is stealing my extra pencil, just taking it and I was too startled to squeak.

Which worked in my favor, because otherwise, I might have scared the flock of Buddhist monks converging on me. They sat with me, we had a lovely chat about life and love and sunshine and where to find the best vegetarian food in Austin. Before they left, they blessed me and handed me a book in thanks.

The book was a Nevada Barr mystery.

Set in the Arizona town that my mom lived in.


What does this have to do with Just Like Cats and Dogs? Nothing. I just wanted to share. Smooches

Sometimes it’s really all about the story.

Much love, y’all.


💕 Blurb:

A Sanctuary Novel

Can cats and dogs ever get along, let alone fall in love?

Sam knows you can never go home again. As an orphaned feline shifter raised by wolves, being an outcast is nothing new to him. But the pack is still his family, and when one of them passes away, Sam returns to the New Mexico desert to say good-bye.

Gus is a loner who rarely returns to his pack, but as fate would have it, Sam is there when he chooses to visit. The history between Gus and Sam is tumultuous, to say the least, but when Gus gets an eyeful of the grown-up and gorgeous version of his childhood bully, he can’t control his reaction. And he isn’t alone.

The attraction is powerful, but so are their differences. And with trouble brewing in the pack and danger surrounding them, Sam and Gus might not have the opportunity to seek common ground.

This action-packed shifter novel is the ultimate opposites attract and enemies-to-lovers romance, and it includes a bonus novella, In the Dog House.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2011.

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💕 Review by Debbie Attenborough

Sam, a cat shifter, has been bought up in a group of misfits who never really fit in anywhere. On a trip home, he runs into his childhood bully. A wolf no less. A very sexy, very grown up wolf. Gus’ reaction to Sam is equally baffling. Because cats and dogs can’t really be mates, can they?

I have a couple of *issues* with this book.

Firstly, there is a lot of dialogue at the beginning of the book. I mean, A LOT. I got to about 25% and its mostly dialogue and I was thinking to dump it. But something niggled and I’m glad I didn’t.

Its get a little confusing along the time line. From when Sam goes home for his father’s funeral, to when Sam and Gus meet again, I wasn’t sure if it was months, or years. Got a little confusing!

And I wish, so desperately wished for more of what was happening to Sam in New York! Because that felt kinda thrown in there, like we needed to have some major conflict. I needed to know about it BEFORE they turned up at the flat, before they took Sam. Long before then, we should have been privvy to that information.


Like I said, I didn’t dump it, and it does get better after a very slow warm up and I really did enjoy it (these points aside!)

Loved the little extra bit, that little short story tagged on the end. Loved that, while I saw one mating coming, I was totally off with the other! I really REALLY wanna read that next book!!

4 solid stars, once it warmed up!

💕 About BA Tortuga

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds and her beloved wife, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has heard the call of the  high desert and lives in the Sandias. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head. Find her on the web at

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