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Two people are about to discover that when it comes to finding love, sometimes Christmas magic isn’t enough…sometimes it takes a pesky orange cat named Ambrose.

When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception.Indanger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea to the universe. He’ll do anything—a
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ebook, 224 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
Cats and Christmas....basically two of my favorite things in the world all contained in one book! This was a fun and sweet holiday romance that was perfect for the season! :)
Michelle/ The True Book Addict
Give me a book with a cat and Christmas in it and it's a surefire bet that I'm going to like it. The Nine Lives of Christmas is a lovely Christmas tale told partially from a cat's point of view. The cat is named Ambrose and he is a yellow tabby who is on his last life. Ambrose is so engaging. Sheila really captured what most of us cat lovers know about cats...little lovers with attitude. I enjoyed the parts featuring Ambrose best, with his inner monologue all focused on how he is going to achiev ...more
LORI CASWELL
This story features Ambrose, the matchmaking cat, who finds himself facing his ninth life, you know the final one. He will do anything – ANYTHING – to be able to live it out happily.

When it looks like his fate has been sealed by an enormous dog, he pleads for help. His savior arrives in the form of a big, strong, firefighter named Zach. A firefighter who is very surprised that his good deed not only included scaring away the dog but giving Ambrose a new home.

Ambrose soon sees Zach needs help in
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Amanda
This book is to literature what a Snickers bar is to food... not necessarily the best thing for you, but it's sweet and gooey and sometimes that's just what you want at the end of a long day.

I love cats, and that's what first drew me to this book. Ambrose -- our feline protagonist -- is given a second chance at his ninth and last life, if only he can do something kind for two humans that were kind to him in his previous lives. He then must rescue an emotionally damaged fireman (Zach) and a cat s
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Betsy
The Nine Lives of Christmas was the first book I have read written by Sheila Roberts. The story was a perfect book to bring me into the holiday spirit. Likable characters. Looking forward to watching the movie. 3.5 stars
April
The Nine Lives of Christmas is the absolute perfect way to begin the holiday season! I have been in love with Sheila Roberts' work since reading Angel Lane. Each of her stories are unique, heartwarming and incredible. For me, the holiday season doesn't begin until I have gifted myself with one of Ms. Roberts' holiday reads and The Nine Lives of Christmas is the most excellent kick off for this year!

With this story, Sheila Roberts takes the view of Ambrose, the mangy kitty on his ninth and final
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ZB
I don't normally read books like this, but when I read the synopsis I thought it sounded like a really cute Lifetime movie (not that I've seen one of those since I don't know when). And it turned out it was like a cute Lifetime movie. I enjoyed it and finished it in a few hours. I loved Ambrose the cat. He was adorable. The basic premise is that Ambrose has been given one last chance to live in exchange for doing some good. He sets out to set-up his new master with a nice girl (unlike his master ...more
Jamie Fessenden
A cute story and a pleasant, entertaining read for the holidays, but I had a big problem with the hero. One expects heroes in a romance novel to be a little cliche, but Zach was more a caricature of "manliness" than a real character -- talking about "chicks" (far too often), contemplating women's "racks" (ugh!), using the word "dude" every other sentence as if he were a college student, subsisting on a diet of beer and pizza, being easily manipulated by an attractive woman, and being utterly ter ...more
Stephanie
It's that time of year again...cheesy Christmas romance book time! When I read the synopsis and saw this one also featured a cat, well...what can I say. I like cheese in my Christmas season.

Nine Lives was a cute, predictable, more-sweet-than-sexy story about a kitty down on his luck and on his ninth life, who vows to help earn his last life's comfort by helping his rescuer - a firefighter human named Zach. Of course, this means that Zach is in need of a good woman.

This was an extremely quick r
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Kris Sellgren
I found this contemporary romance charming. Human Zach rescues cat Ambrose from losing his 9th life; clearly Ambrose must find ways to rescue Zach in return. The unexpected connections that Ambrose finds between events in his previous lives and events in this one, and the sympathetic human hero and heroine, make this romance stand out.
Gail
I just started reading it this morning and I am having a hard time putting it down. It is a very funny and fast paced read so far. I can't wait to see what happens next. Ambrose the cat is amazing or Tom which he is called now...He is on his last life which almost ended but he made a promise he now has to keep....This is my second book by this author. I recently read The Snow Globe which I really enjoyed...

Finally found the time to finish reading it. It is an awesome book. I enjoyed every minute
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MissSusie
This was a fun book, I loved the authors’ description of the nine lives of a cat, the parts with Ambrose/Tom the cat were great, even his little romance with Merilee’s cat the “conversation” between these two cats is hilarious!

This was also a soft romance which is the only kind I like heck there was only 2 kisses in the whole book. I liked the relationship between Zach and Merilee and thought it was cute how the cat would react to things Zach said about relationships. Zach is commitment-phobic b
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Priscilla
Now this is what I call a proper Christmas story!

You can’t go wrong with a story with cats, especially if it’s from their point of view. I was actually more invested in reading about Ambrose than the two leads. The romance aspect is definitely portrayed better than the ones in The Snow Globe, but it still lacks something for me.

In Nine Lives of Christmas, we have Zach, an impressionable firefighter who also happens to be easy on the eyes. After watching his father move out from the house over
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Diane Coto
Well, Ambrose is on his ninth life – and he’s about ready to lose it. He’s at the top of a rather tiny tree with a dog bounding higher with every leap just below him. Like we all do when we’re in trouble, we begin making promises to our maker in order to be spared. Zach is jogging nearby and comes to Ambrose’s rescue by chasing the dog away. Now Ambrose thinks he ‘owes’ the man something for saving his life. First, he needs the man to accept him into his home. Then, he needs to figure out exactl ...more
Agi
This story, in its true Christmas spirit, contains also some magic in the form of a cat - Ambrose - cheeky character with an attitude, and it was him that firstly drew me to this novel. Ambrose is given a second chance on his ninth - and last! - life and must do something nice to deserve this second chance. And he is going to do anything to deserve on this chance.

I loved the passages told from the cat's point of view, well, you don't get often a story where a cat is one of the main characters, a
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Rumeur
This is a nice holiday read! This is about the only time of year I entertain romance type books, but it's fitting for the holiday season, esp. If you like cats & romance

Starts with Ambrose ( the cat) & he's looking for a new home since his owner died. He's running out of lives so he sets out to make this life a nice cushy life
He runs into the house where Zachar lives. Zachar is a fireman who buys homes, fixes them up and sells them --a house flipper I guess you'd say. He's in the process
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Angie
Synopsis: "Two people are about to discover that when it comes to finding love, sometimes Christmas magic isn’t enough…sometimes it takes a pesky orange cat named Ambrose.

When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea to the universe. He’ll do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes
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Ryan Zimmerman Carstairs
After the last too disappointing tomes it was a relief to listen to a book I actually enjoyed. It was light, well written, and fun. Sure the lead male is a bit of a dim bulb – but being male I know this is par for the course (we all tend to be a little dim). Sure its formula and schmaltzy (Handsome, rugged, and brave fireman and shy, beautiful woman in need of rescue), but sometimes that just what the doctor ordered.
Cerian
Originally given 3.5 hearts at Rookie Romance.

Well, this was just adorable. It's the perfect cozy Christmas book to read when it's snowing outside, in front of a roaring fire.

Ambrose is on his ninth life and it looks like his luck might have run out when he's chased up a tree by a large dog. He pleads for his life and his prayers are answered in the guise of fireman, Zach, who saves him from the dog.
Zach reluctantly takes in Ambrose, not that Ambrose gives him much of a choice. Zach just wants a
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Aparna Singh
So lately I have been too much into books and movies about the apocalypse, dystopian worlds, superheroes, sci-fi generations, zombies, vampires, shape-shifters, monsters and all that is heavily unreal or fantastical or supernatural... Phew. I really needed a breather.

I was looking for something different and light and happy to read when I was offered a copy of The Nine Lives of Christmas. I don't read contemporary romance much, but this Sheila Roberts title was something that made me say yes. T
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Cerian
Originally given 3.5 hearts at Rookie Romance.

Well, this was just adorable. It's the perfect cozy Christmas book to read when it's snowing outside, in front of a roaring fire.

Ambrose is on his ninth life and it looks like his luck might have run out when he's chased up a tree by a large dog. He pleads for his life and his prayers are answered in the guise of fireman, Zach, who saves him from the dog.
Zach reluctantly takes in Ambrose, not that Ambrose gives him much of a choice. Zach just wants a
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Regan
I rarely, if ever, read a book that is so good and so applicable to everyone I know that when I do I have to tell everyone they need to read it. This is one of those books. If you don't read another book this year this is the one to top your list.
Ricki
This was so cute! I normally avoid animal stories, but I thought this one might be happy, and I was right. It's a sweet romance, but what really makes the story is Ambrose, the cat. The parts from his point of view are priceless!
Brittany
Such a heartwarming story. I really loved it. It tugs at your heart strings and makes you laugh all at the same time. I recommend this to animal lovers.
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Adele
I must admit, this is my favourite of the 3 festive books I've recently read. It is a sweet Christmas story written from the points of view of a homeless ginger cat and a kind hearted fireman who takes pity on Ambrose the cat. It was clever of the author to write sections of the story from Ambrose, the cat, point of view and also from Zach, the fireman, point of view. Ambrose had such funny anecdotes of how he perceived human relationships. He was a clever cat and worked out human behaviour bett ...more
Ceci Long
A nice easy read with a charming story.
Jessica
I am a huge animal lover, so I knew that I had to read this adorable Christmas story that revolved around a cat trying to help a hunky fire fighter find love during the holiday season…

Ambrose the cat is homeless and cold, so he decides to make a deal to save his 9th and final life. Little does Ambrose know, his job is to help Zach find love and Ambrose knows the perfect woman for him. Merilee has never been the kind of girl to stand out or get attention from guys. On top of that, her life has de
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Joanna Wilson
Sheila Roberts' latest book 'The Nine Lives of Christmas' is a feel-good romance story taking place at Christmas time. After Zachary takes in a stray cat, he casually meets Merilee, a cat lover and former veterinary student who helps him with his needs as a new cat owner. Though Zach is a strong and confident firefighter, his heart is not open to a loving commitment. But miracles can happen, whether we anticipate them or not, at Christmas time.

The fun here is that the story is told through three
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Melanie
It is said that a cat has 9 lives, and Ambrose the orange cat has already used up 8 of them!
Rescued from the possibility of a mongrel dog taking his 9th life, Ambrose promises that he will be a good cat and help others.. starting with the man that saved his 9th life.
Zach takes in Ambrose until ‘he finds a good home for him’. While collecting supplies for his temporary guest, Zach meets Merilee at Pet Palace. Elflike in appearance, red headed Merilee loves animals but struggles to talk to men. De
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Lesa
Sheila Roberts’ latest Christmas story is a romantic treat for cat lovers. It takes a cat to bring together two people in The Nine Lives of Christmas.

Ambrose was in trouble. Treed by a big black dog, he was willing to bargain with his Creator for his ninth life. He was willing to do anything in order to live a nice long life. When he was rescued by a good-lucking buff man, he saw it as the answer to his prayers. Now, he just had to find a way to return the favor. But, when Ambrose showed up at t
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Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. Her books have been best-sellers, Amazon top ten romance picks, and her popular holiday novel, "On Strike for Christmas" was made into a movie for the Lifetime channel. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s ...more
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