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Just Like Cats and Dogs

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  622 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
If there’s one thing Sam knows for sure it’s that you can never go home again. As a feline shifter who grew up in a family of wolves, he’s used to being a freak. He stays in the city and tries to get his family to visit him, but when a loved one passes away, Sam has to go back to the New Mexico desert for a last goodbye.

Gus only comes back to the pack at gathering time, on
Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published September 24th 2011 by Torquere Press
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Mandy*reads obsessively*
I originally read this end of September 2011 I'm doing a reread with Lucy, since I remember that I liked it, but not much more. :)

Ok. I finished it and now I remember what I liked about it. :)
This os one of the few shifter books ( and believe me, I've read my fair share of shifter books) where the humans still keep a lot of their animal habits and traits.
They still feel and think a lot like their wolf or feline and it doesn't just disappear when they are human.
They aren't completely civilized i
Sep 24, 2011 MandyM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
Nice to see a full length story from this interesting author. Just Like Cats And Dogs is about Sam, a cat shifter who was brought up as the misfit in a wolf pack. He's long moved to the city and left those days behind but a funeral brings him back home where he reconnects (in a violent way) with the wolf who teased him the most.

Gus is a loner. He could be an alpha but prefers to travel, working mineral mines all over the world. By chance he has returned to the pack for the annual gathering at th
MsMiz (Tina)
Sep 29, 2011 MsMiz (Tina) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-all, pdf
3.5 stars

What I liked: I liked that the author did not make this easy or 'insta-love'. The two MCs were taking inter-species hard and took a long time before they both accepted it. I also like that the were leaked into their human form. It was interesting and quite hypnotic at times.

What I did not like: I often got confused as to whom was speaking, where the story was and time line. Maybe it is just me, but there were lapses and then I would be 'oh they are at Ma's house'. I also wish the author
Trisha Harrington
This was such a cute story! The sex was hot, the characters were good, and I really liked them together. I laughed a couple of times because the cat shifter liked to think of tuna a lot, and I found it funny and adorable at the same time (especially when he brought up his mate).

Were there issues? Sure, a few small ones that would be bigger for others, but nothing took from this book for me. I was still able to enjoy it. Faults and all.

I think this would be a nice story for people who like shifte

It took me a while to warm up to this story but in the end I adored it. When the men were together this was a wonderful read: sweet, funny and sexy. It took them a while to reach that point though and there were a lot of bumps on the road. Still even with the shaky start this was great little shifter story with some really interesting pack dynamics.
4.5 stars

Feeling of doesn't belong anywhere sucks. Sam is a cat shifter that was raised by a wolf-shifter family. Still, the wolf pack doesn't accept him. Every full moon, his adopted parents put him in a cage, fearing for his safety being a cat among the wolves. Unfortunately, neither does the cat pack like him. They consider him a traitor since he smells too much like a wolf.

When Sam grew up, he had a nemesis: Gus, a wolf who happens to be the brother of his best friend, Pete. They seemed to
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
The horrible cover made me leery of this book. I should know better than to trust covers in this genre.

Random thoughts:

Sex was VERY hot.

The feline shifter thinks at one point:
The man smelled good. Better than tuna. That was something. He liked tuna a lot.

Throughout the book, he's obsessed with tuna and it's just really funny.

Didn't use lube or condoms no did they even discuss it.

Mid-scene, which was described in great detail, one guy was holding a glass of milk and then he suddenly had both ha
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
3.5 stars

This was an adorable story. What I loved most about it is the way Gus and Sam played together. I LOVED their playing. It was so cute and really made the book very appealing. It's an interesting story with a hint of suspense and aggression because it follows an enemies to lovers theme. I liked the progression of their romance because it allowed you to somewhat see the struggle they both went through liking a different shifter breed while also allowing you to see how they connect through
Heather C
3.5 Stars for this really cute story!

Why I liked it:
It was different from the other shifter books I have read. The characters spent a lot of time in animal form and acted very "animalistic". There was lots of playing, purring, growling, licking, rubbing, nipping, biting, tail thrashing, etc.
It was enemies-to-lovers. Or cats vs. dogs. There was some sexual tension, but I would have liked for there to be a lot more.
It did have a little suspense.

Issues I had:
In the beginning I had difficulty d
Feb 07, 2014 Ayanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
See, this is one of those stories. One of those that make me wonder if something's wrong with my English because what the fat is going on? I mean, it's like the language isn't really language but more evocations of a bunch of more visceral reactions, and that's not altogether bad, but it just makes the plotline seem incredibly inscrutable. I literally feel like I have absolutely no idea what went on. Also, it seemed to take a lot of information for granted that I hadn't been actually granted. It ...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
First where was the lube? besides the shower scene where they used water for lube there was never any lube or prep at all just shove it in and go to town. Also water does not work as lube.

I really liked the story and both characters even though Gus was pretty frustrating for a lot of it.

I probably would have given five stars but the sex annoyed me with the no lube and it was a little confusing at parts. Though overall not a lot of sex scenes the sex scenes we did get was so long it seemed like
3.5 stars

Just Like Cats and Dogs is not your usual shifter book, which is a huge accomplishment in the genre where there are dozens and dozens of them. I have to agree with Gina though: this could have been much, much better book with some serious editing.

I liked that there was no insta!mating/love and the way characters' animal sides didn't disappear in their human forms. That was especially hot during sex but it also got old really fast with all that sex in the book. Both Gus and Sam could hav
Sep 27, 2011 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lucy by: Mandy*reads obsessively*
Oh poor pussy. Sam is the "queerest man on earth living a life where he couldn't have a partner". He has the greatest apartment, he's got money, fame and is locked up every full moon by his family. You want to hug him. Gus has been his nemesis since they were very young and now, as adults, they have to find a way to coexist.

The shifter world here isn't sunshine and fluffy - its brutal sometimes and Sam doesn't even realize how strong he is, having put with all of it. He is a great character (an
Lexi Ander
Oct 01, 2011 Lexi Ander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved Sam and Gus together. The hate to love was fun to watch. They play between them is different because the animal characteristics are dominant. This probably has more sex than some will like but it was just what I was in the mood for. 3.5 stars
Mar 02, 2012 Gabbi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sam Finn is a panther-shifter, who was raised by a family of werewolves. He’s not the only misfit in his adoptive family, but because he not a wolf and for him to stay safe, he must keep himself separate from the other members of the pack. While other shifters are allowed to hunt and play together during a full moon, Sam has to shift and run and play inside…alone. Out of his adopted family, he’s closest with this brother Pete. Unfortunately for Sam, Pete’s
3.5 Stars

What I liked:
How animalistic they were as humans. Biting, scratching, snapping, growling, etc. Sam kept his sandpaper tongue in human form and loved milk and tuna. Gus..MEAT and chocolate ;)

How Sam and Gus knew they were mates, but didn't want to accept it due to being different. But when Gus finally said the hell with it, he didn't want to be apart from Sam it was wonderful. He would do anything for his Puss.

The nicknames Puss and Puppy/Pup :)

The playing! In both forms. So cute. Could
I enjoyed this one. I loved Sam to pieces and him and Gus were smokin' hot together. I liked how their animal aspects fell over into their human lives (Sam's apartment is a great example!).

Recommended to fans of shifter books.
Shelby P
This book started out very promising. I loved the banter between Sam and Gus. I even liked that we weren't told everything upfront about this world but then I started wondering if I was reading the 2nd or 3rd book in a series instead of a standalone book. At times, it was really hard to figure out who was speaking, Sam or Gus.

Along the way I lost the plot and just started skimming big time. The story didn't make any sense to me. We get huge time jumps but don't know exactly how big they are. No
Sep 24, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, fantasy
I had the pleasure of doing an in house review for this book and loved it. Here's my review.

'Just Like Cats and Dogs' is a fascinating look at racial tension and prejudice as expressed through the interactions of two types of shifters; panthers and wolves. I've read many shifter stories but this one really made me think about the political implications if we did have shifters around us living hidden lives but organized and structured ones too.

Sam, who shifts into cat form and was, quite literall
Serena Yates
Oct 24, 2011 Serena Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
This is a great shifter book, one of those where the actual nature of the animals, their behaviors and preferences, come through to the time the characters spend as humans. Besides being more consistent with what I personally happen to believe would be the case if there were shifters, it enriches the story by adding another level to the people as well as the plotline.

Sam is one of those guys who has never had an easy life, starting with growing up as a cat shifter amongst werewolves. He has no i
Oct 01, 2011 Tam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, shifters
This is a shifter story with a bit of a different feel. Sam is a cat shifter who was adopted by a wolf family. In fact they are a bit of an odd-ball family. His one older brother is blind, his older sister can't shift but things were particularly hard for Sam growing up. He was forced to be locked up during the moon shift because the other wolves in the pack would attack him. Growing up, Gus was Sam's best friend's older brother who delighted in making Sam's life hell. However when Sam comes hom ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Sam is a panther-shifter who was raised inside a werewolf pack. He was one of a dozen adopted children taken in by his parents, but he was the only cat in the pack. Despite the love of his family, he grew up as an outcast in the pack, moving away to New York as soon as he was old enough. But as the book begins, he has to return home for his father's funeral.

It's there, he crosses paths with the wolf-shifter Gus. They were childhood enemies, but as adults, they are undeniably attracted to each ot
Hc Lynn
I found this world to be a bit confusing and weird. Cat shifter Sam has ALWAYS been an outsider. The wolves that adopted him had him locked up for full moon nights (his protection from the pack) and the felines shun him cus he smells like wolf.

As far as Gus and Sam being nemesis, this is really just hinted at with just a few remarks. Gus also seems to think he is also a freak within his pack but there is no explanation to support WHY this might be so. He runs with the pack when he's there and is
A good to very good paranormal M/M romance novel.

Gus, a wolf shifter, and Sam, a cat shifter, have been childhood enemies while growing up within the wolf pack. Sam, always the misfit within the pack, has rarely returned home after leaving it to become a dancer and choreographer in New York. Gus, a less obvious misfit, is a loner, intermittently returning to his pack. He is content to keep his distance while mining precious stones, as he is aware that he is an Alpha too, but is reluctant to shak
This book reminded me too much of mediocre fan fiction. It had the bones of an interesting plot, but the world building and character development were lacking. The third person shifting POV made it confusing at the beginning of the book whose POV I was reading, which made it hard to tell Gus and Sam apart, despite their differences.

I wanted to know more about how Sam's family came to be - was he adopted; were the rest? If he was first, and loved, why did his parents shut him up every month? He w
Sep 24, 2011 AquaScales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh this was a good one. It's hard to write a really good shape shifter story these days, there are so many and it can be so same-0same-o. BA solved this problem by taking her time and creating a world where you could really feel and see the conflicts in this cat and dog world. You so rooted for the under-cat to find a place where he belonged, a home and family and mate. Inter-racial adoption themes run strongly through this story. There is a lot of action, cat mafias, wolf packs, danger and pain ...more
3.5 stars

I wanted to give this 4 stars but I couldn't. I spent the first half of their relationship trying to figure out who the hell said what. I found the shifter aspect of this story so interesting. I love when shifter stories have their animalistic parts close to the surface but this author took it a step further and for the most part I felt like it worked. I would have liked to see more of Gus and Sam spending time together and less Gus and Sam sexing. Honestly the last couple sex scenes I
Oct 19, 2015 Tiferet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shifters
Oh, this was lovely! It's one of those stories that use some well known shifter romance tropes but don't feel trope-y. Characters retain some animal traits even in human form, and that includes their internal monologue, and in animal form they do feel, think and communicate in markedly animal-like ways, and that makes the narrative style feel quite fresh and unique, and the same applies to all the hot sex scenes (and eating scenes, and sometimes sex/eating ones :)).

I really liked how realistical
Sep 29, 2011 Meggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the start of this story I had hard time to understand all the family ties between Sam and Gus. And I have to admit, Sam and Gus were pretty HOT together. I really liked them as a mated pair. The written parts between those two were HOT and well written. I loved it. This playfulness and games, between Sam and Gus, when they were shifters were so funny, childish and as a reader you could truly feel them as being animals. Great written work!! Highly recommended story!!!
Good m/m paranormal romance about an orphaned panther shifter who grew up with a pack of wolf shifters, but was never really accepted. So when he runs into a wolf shifter who tormented him while they were growing up, he's surprised at the attraction between them. The repetitive style of writing isn't so noticeable for short works, but it definitely grated during this longer book.
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