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Cat's Tale: A Fairy Tale Retold

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  192 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Once upon a time there was a scheming, lying tart who cared for nothing but her own pleasures and her shoe collection.

Once the peerlessly beautiful Lady Catriona, consort to the king, Cat's fortunes fall far when her aged husband dies. The king's wizard turns her into a cat and tries to drown her in the mill pond. Fortunately Cat is a clever survivor and enlists the help o
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Published June 1st 2011 by Carina Press
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Robin (Bridge Four)
2.5 Booted Stars

After reading Ember I thought why not check out a few more sexy little novellas written by Bettie Sharpe? This is an interesting and erotic retelling of Puss in Boots. Sharpe has no trouble writing a woman who is morally ambiguous to be sure. Catriona is not really likable until after she is cursed to be a cat and even then…well she isn’t exactly likable but she is better.

She is a user of people for her own gain. She is deceptive, cunning and cruel and it makes it very difficult
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved every minute of this story so much that I have a hard time deciding where to start...

Let me say before anything else, that I never really cared for Puss in Boots (the classic fairy tale whose modern retelling Cat's Tale is) as I never considered it a true fairy tale: it didn't have a princess or prince as main character but a miller's son, and the story wasn't about the romantic storyline but about how the miller's son thanks to the cat's cunning made his fortune. So I was curious to see
♡Karlyn P♡
4.5 stars. Overall, I loved it. I listened to this one on audio, and the reader was fantastic. (I'm sad she hasn't recorded any other books.) Cat's Tale was a fun naughty spin off of Puss In Boots, a fairy tale I am not familiar with. I don't know how it compares to the original tale, but as a stand alone fantasy read it was great and easy to follow.

This is a reverse 'reform the rake' type story, where the heroine (not the hero) has a wicked and immoral character. I loved how the heroine gradua
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
A while ago I chanced upon Ember, Bettie Sharpes dark gritty and explicit take on the Cinderella story. It was (and I think still is) a free ebook, and I was hooked from the first couple of pages. It was excellent all through, I loved the writing, the setting, the voice and tone. I made a note to look for anything else by the author. And now after a false alarm, she takes on another erotic gritty fairy tale retelling (yes, it is a subgenre now).

This time the story is Puss in Boots, with an amora
This is a joint review with Ember and is cross-posted there.

I was hooked about two pages into Ember, a romance retelling of "Cinderella" featuring a heroine who is a (mostly) benevolent witch and a prince who is literally cursed by Charm -- everyone who meets him loves him, finds him salivatingly handsome, and can't help but do what he wants. I knew immediately I would want to read everything by this author, which, I'll mention now, is devastatingly little that is available: three novellas and o
Cat's Tale by Bettie Sharpe is a retelling of the Fairy Tale Puss 'N Boots. Lady Catriona (Cat) is determined to become Queen prior to the King's demise. In her efforts to continue on her quest for the throne, she enlists the help of the king's wizard, Galfridus (who is really an ogre in disguise). Galfridus has other plans as he wants to marry the Princess Etheldred. Catriona wants none of this and decides to tell the Princess Galfridus' true identity. In a rage, the wizard turns Catriona into ...more
It wasn't as good as Ember. I liked that the author intentionally made the main character so morally ambiguous and atypical. Despite the attempt to make her seem unlikable I found her to be fun to read about. While I wouldn't want to be anywhere near someone like her in real life, in fiction someone like that can be entertaining. I am sad that there isn't much more works by Bettie Sharpe and you can't really find any information on her. I really like her work.
Fiction Fool
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fairy tale fiction, adult retelling of fairy tale fiction and fantasy.
Rating: (♥ ♥ ♥)
"She is beautiful. Beauty is power. This girl will do more for us than a boy ever could. She will marry the king."

"There's a small problem with your plan, my dearest," my father replied. "The king already has a wife."

"A minor obstacle." Mother dismissed the current queen with a wave of her hand. "He will set her aside when he sees our Catriona."

As it happened, Mother did not need to worry about the queen for the good lady was kind enough to die of eating bad shellfish when I was
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Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, e-book
RECEIVED FROM: Net Galley For Review


Lady Catriona, the daughter of a poor Count and Countess who’d betrayed their king, had but one virtue. She was beautiful, more beautiful than any other in the land. She was also clever and devious, greedy and ambitious. She used these traits to ensnare a King into wedding her and when he died it was these same traits that caused her downfall. Now she’s a cat who the King’s wizard, a man more evil than herself, tried
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, arc, e-book
Received from: Carina Press
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Lady Catriona, consort to the king is not only shallow but also vain and selfish and only cares about what or who can benefit her. That is until her world starts to crumble and she became an enemy of the king's wizard and is turned into a cat. Determined to take down the wizard she teams up with Julian someone who is her complete opposite and finds herself falling inlove but can he ever love the real her? And will they be able to save the pr
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it
If Cat’s Tale reminds you of a popular child’s fairy tale, it should. It is a take on Puss in Boots but in this version Cat is female. It follows typical fairy tale format with a pretty maiden, an evil sorcerer and a happily ever after at the end.

Catriona is the most beautiful female in the land. Her parents don’t have anything to offer a suitor so they rely on Catriona’s beauty to land to catch the King’s eye. Cat has her own plans to become Lady Catriona but little did she know that her time i
Lynn Spencer
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-romance
I originally read this for the 2011 TBR Challenge, and it ended up being a real treasure. It's a delightful retelling of the Puss in Boots tale, with plenty of twists thrown in by the author. Here's the review I wrote for AAR:

For this month’s TBR Challenge read, I decided to hit the virtual TBR pile. It’s not as large as the dead tree one, but it still exists. I’m glad I decided to pick something from the Kindle because Bettie Sharpe’s novella Cat's Tale ended up being wonderful. This inspired r
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Spoiled, manipulative, and downright wicked the only thing beautiful about the king's consort, Lady Catriona, is the body she inhabits. Being breath-takingly lovely has its advantages and she's used them to get everything she could ever desire and there are few things she loves more than her exquisite shoes. Yet when the king dies his fortune falls to his young daughter and his trusted advisors seek to get rid of her. When the king's wi
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
Summary: This is a retelling of Puss and Boots. Catriona is a beautiful, young, extremely ambitious woman. She is clever and uses her cunning to climb the social ladder, to become the King's consort. The problem arises when the elderly king passes away, and Cat needs a solution to keep her position of wealth and privilege. She makes enemies of a wizard, who turns her into a cat as punishment and she sets out on a journey to save herself and enact revenge.

This book is short, just over 100 pages a
Sharon Tyler
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cat’s Tale: A Fairy Tale Retold by Bettie Sharpe is a new take on the classic story of Puss in Boots. It is due to be released on June 27 2011. In this retelling, our main character is Catriona, a beautiful but conniving woman with the morals of an alley cat. She schemes her way into a marriage with the king, and is far from a faithful wife. When the king dies, Cat’s fortunes start to fall and she is willing to do anything to keep her status and wardrobe. Unfortunately, her efforts backfire and ...more
Andi Ruggles (Rywn)
I found Cat’s Tale to be a wonderful ‘adult’ retelling of the tale of Puss in Boots, as it is a fairy tale with just the right amount of naughtiness. While I wasn’t expecting the more graphic aspects going into the story, as a long time reader of historical romances, I found that it worked and added to the story rather than just distracting you from it. Reading through, I was torn constantly between hating Cat for being so vain, greedy and shallow, and loving every minute of it. Many authors see ...more
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cat's Tale by Bettie Sharpe
Carina Press, 2011
104 pages
Fairy Tale; Romance (Adult)
5/5 stars

Source: Received a free e-galley via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've never really liked the fairy tale Puss in Boots because it lacked a princess and a romance; happily Cat's Tale rectifies both issues for a delightful little romp.

Catriona is a beautiful and clever woman and she knows it. She parleys that into being the consort of the king. Alas with his untimely demise, she is set adrift, d
Self centered, gorgeous, and manipulative Catriona has goals and lofty ones at that. She is determined she is going to marry the King and does everything in her power to make that happen. She was a very hard character to like, even right up until the end of the novella I had a hard time liking her.

Because of her character flaws, and the fact that she pissed off the King's wizard - she is turned into a cat. To rid himself of the pest, Cat is tossed into the river to drown. She manages to swim to
J.A. Ironside
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fairy-tales
This was a thoroughly enjoyable retelling of 'Puss in Boots' with a flawed but clever protagonist. I personally don't mind protagonists that aren't 'nice' of either gender. Some of the best protagonists I have ever read have actually been nasty pieces of work. However judging from experience and also from some of the other reviews, Cat is not going to be popular with some people. She's clever and cunning but uses it entirely to further her own ends; she is not kind but careless; she is vain and ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bettie Sharpe is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her stories are daring and sexy, but not gratuitously so. Her characters are wonderfully developed. They are gritty and flawed, oftentimes evil and selfish, and yet she makes you love them all the same.

Cat's Tale is an easy read. At only 107 pages, it is the perfect "in between" novel. But don't be deterred by its brevity. It reads like a full length novel.

Catriona was born in a time when women had little worth other than beauty. For
Anne Dirty Girls' Good Books
First let me say, I wasn't familiar with the Puss in Boots story, so I took a few minutes and read a version of it on Wikipedia. I think that made reading this story more enjoyable, so I recommend a tiny bit of research if you don't know the fairytale already.

My favorite thing about this book was how unlikable the heroine was. She was vain and selfish, but I still ended up rooting for her. Probably because she was also clever and smart and very aware that she was vain and selfish. Watching her c
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I almost never read novellas, because well, I like my books to be longer. I invest in getting to know these characters and connecting with them and I like staying with them for a while. This was a really quick read, I think it took me about 3 hours.

For a fairytale, this contained a lot of sex and lusty men and women. And I hadn't exactly expected this, so I neede a little mental adjustment, but after that it was alright, though I'd have liked it if the sex was a little less graphic.

Apart from th
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Date reviewed: 23 June 2011
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‘Cat’s Tale: A Fairy Tale Retold’ by Bettie Sharpe is a really good story. This is the kind of fairy tale where the main character is not exactly a perfect, kind, faultless being but a human who is learning to be a better person along the way.

This book teaches me alot on retribution and second chances. The plot of the story is highly original and I feel as if I couldn’t get enough of the story.

Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
It feels weird calling erotica cute, but this was undeniably cute.

Yeah, it's full of smutty scenes, and goddamn does Catriona have a lot of sex, but she is also an adorable (and unapologetically clever and cunning and passionate) heroine and hey, there's an actual plot and character development that keeps the story moving.

Ember may have had a more interesting premise, but I found Cat's Tale the more enjoyable of the two simply because it's so heartfelt. The characters are fun and engaging, the t
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
When I checked this book out based on it's title (I love cats and I love fairytale retellings), I had no idea what to expect. I couldn't think of a fairytale that involved cats.

What I certainly didn't expect was an X-rated fairytale retelling. I also didn't expect it to make me start to like a selfish conniving woman who took advantage of friends with no concern. It was an enjoyable read even though the romance was rushed and some parts of the book did not make sense (exactly how many pounds cou
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I was expecting. I was expecting a sweet romantic retelling of The Puss'N Boots. Instead I got a explicit take on it. This book is a bit explicit since it is a romance book. Since I am warning you, you will not be surprised like I was when the first love making seen appears.

Even though it was not what I expected I still enjoyed it. I really liked Lady Catriona, she was selfish, and smart, and shameless. It's great when an author can make you like a horrible character.

A light fast read t
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
the story was shorter than i liked but it is a novella and it delivers a good story. i liked this non-traditional twist on the tale. catriona was no innocent and virtuous maiden but what she lacks in morals she makes up for with her cleverness and strength. though i did not agree with everything she did i found her likeable and entertaining. her relationship with julian was also endearing. i trully enjoyed this re-telling and will be looking forward to future tales by sharpe. her story "ember" w ...more
Nicola Sheridan
I loved it and am now a dedicated fan of Bettie Sharpe.
This book was a different take on the 'Puss in Boots' fairytale and I loved every minute. Catriona, was a deliciously flawed heroine who like Ember in Sharpe's book of the same name, isn't actually a particularly likeable lady. That said, Cat garners your affections and without realising it you're invested in the tale. I adored the hero Julian, as you rarely seem to see such 'nice' heroes in your romance these days.
Read it, you won't be disa
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cat's Tale: A Fairy Tale Retold has it's roots based in the popular fairy tale, Puss in Boots. The cat in question is the Lady Catriona who was forced into the body of a feline by a scorned lover (who also happened to be a wizard.) The Lady Cat is cunning, beautiful, and quite egotistical. At times, her ego made her a hard heroine to root for, but at least she was aware of her flaws and acknowledged them throughout the text. In addition to the storyline, there's also a healthy dose of smut. The ...more
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