Thank you so much to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for letting me read an eARC of Like Cats and Dogs early! As a dog person (I’m ridiculously allergic to cats- my throat starts closing up if I’m around them for too long), I was immediately drawn to the dog side of the cover, but the idea of a cat cafe has always been interesting and I love when kitten videos pop up on Instagram, so I was super excited about reading this one and while it wasn’t my favorite book, it was definitely ok!
Like Cats and Dogs 3/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
Can you fight like cats and dogs, and still be perfect for each other?
Things are getting ruff in this Brooklyn neighborhood when new veterinarian Caleb Fitch moves in next door to the Whitman Street Cat Cafe and gets on the wrong side of cafe owner Lauren Harlow. Lauren has a few things to teach the new vet on the block, and rescuing kittens is only the start…
Lauren can’t ignore the fact that she is instantly attracted to Caleb, but he gets her even more riled up when he argues with her about how best to treat the cats in her care. Determined to smooth things over, Caleb comes to the rescue when a new litter of abandoned kittens is left on Lauren’s doorstep, and they confront the fiery attraction that’s been building between them from the start. But saving the baby kittens is only the first challenge Lauren and Caleb have to face, and when a real estate developer comes sniffing around their block, they’ll have to work together, or risk losing everything…
Let’s start with the things in the book I did like- I enjoyed some of the characters for sure. I really liked Evan, Rachel, Monique, Diane, and Olivia- like we had a really great cast of supporting characters in this book and heck, even the two characters who were supposed to be our villains, the real estate developer and his assistant were funny. I also liked the idea of having a cat cafe and a vet clinic as neighbors and them giving each other business and using each other for promotion. I also loved how of Brooklyn and New York in general we got in the book- as someone who has always wanted to live in the city and who always loved visiting it, I really enjoyed that. Now, the biggest thing I didn’t like about the book were our two main characters. I really didn’t like anything about Lauren or Caleb! They both annoyed me and they both seemed so selfish and whiney and childish- like they didn’t seem like they were adults nor did they seem like they knew how to act like adults in the workplace at all- and I know some of it was drama to move the story along, but come on! Also, as a vet, how could Caleb leave a lab mix like Hank alone for so long all the time??? I know he had a dog walker, but at the same time, lab mixes need so much stimulation or they go nuts! And how could Lauren keep taking in kittens from the feral cat guy (Mitch, I think) if she didn’t know whether or not she could actually take care of them or if they had room for them in the cafe or not. Ugh and their “relationship” with each other annoyed me because if you go into something knowing it’s casual and it’s not going to turn into a relationship, then that’s an agreement you’ve made with someone and you can renege on that! You just have to leave leave! The ending was cute, but by the time we had gotten there, I was very annoyed with Lauren and Caleb, so I wasn’t even that happy haha I do really want to read more about the rest of the characters in the book though, so I’ll be on the lookout for more books by Kate McMurray, because I really did enjoy her writing style! If you like books that are about casual relationships where one person ends up wanting more and the people in the casual relationship aren’t telling people they’re sleeping with each other with a great cast of side characters and some fun animals, I’d say check out Like Cats and Dogs for sure! This book comes out on May 4th, so look for it then.