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Jacked Cat Jive

(Kai Gracen #3)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  346 ratings  ·  96 reviews

The Kai Gracen Series: Book Three

Stalker Kai Gracen knew his human upbringing would eventually clash with his elfin heritage, but not so soon. Between Ryder, a pain-in-his-neck sidhe lord coaxing him to join San Diego’s Southern Rise Court, and picking up bounties for SoCalGov, he has more than enough to deal with. With his loyalties divided between the humans who rais

Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by DSP Publications
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Ahem... *taps mic*

I have an important announcement to make. Can I get a drum roll please?

Thank you! :)


Greg Tremblay has once again outdone himself with his narration and the story itself had more tears - on my part -, more snark (if even possible) from Kai and lots of swooning - umm, that was me again. 

Okay, winged dogs, dragons and other fellow monsters keep being an issue and apparently Kai still has not used up all
4.5 Stars

I want more of this series. More more more more more!! With every single book, I adore Kai Gracen more and more. He's fiercely independent -- feral, even -- but his heart is so huge, I'm sure we haven't even seen the extent of it. On purpose, because you know he doesn't want that getting out.

In Jacked Cat Jive we see Kai starting to come to terms with emotions he doesn't want and we get a taste of the lengths he will go to for those he loves. He doesn't love many, but he loves with all
5 stars for both the audio and story. This series just keeps getting better!
Gail Carriger
In general:

This is a strong entry into this series, spinning the focus of the story off of Kai and his background, and onto his friends, their lives, their relationships, and general politics of the elf court. Don’t worry, there still manages to be a lot of fighting with monsters and fast paced adventure. Excitement is high, but there’s much less backstory.

Some concerns...

There is quite a bit of explaining what occurred in the prior book (at the beginning of this one). If you are reading all th
Rhys Ford
Aug 28, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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3,5 stars rounded up

This is the third book in the Kai Gracen series by Rhys Ford and my favorite so far. The books should be read in order for a better understanding of the story and the character's development.

If you're a fan of urban fantasies then this series is definitely for you. But you must know from the start that here it's all about action - a lot of it actually, and not so much about romance. Until now, and it's already the third book, we don't get much romance between the main chara
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 because I have such a huge crush on Kai Gracen...he's definitely a favorite for me and I really can't wait to see what's going to happen next...full review to follow soonish!

More Kai and Ryder....sorry no dragons this time...

I think I forgot just how much I loved this series. I know a lot of my friends will tell you that I am unashamedly a Rhys Ford fan. If she writes it, I'll read it and so far I can say without reservation I've loved every word and 'Jacked Cat Jive'
Super good. Ryder brought his romance A game here. And the last scene...... *all the heart eyes*

Full review to come.
I think ΛNNΞ - says it all better than me.

I love Kai, this is a great action packed story with an interesting world. Ford's writing is a mix of purple prose and punchy sentences that can work well. Yet as much as I enjoyed reading this instalment -which I did- it also doesn't offer much. The overall story arc doesn't progress, the romantic story arc barely progresses and Kai as a character doesn't develop. It felt like a re-hash; there's far too much referring to things from previous books throu
Joyfully Jay
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

This world that Rhys Ford so cleverly and painstakingly creates never ceases to provide non-stop danger aimed directly at poor Kai. Just when I think this author cannot possibly create any more bizarre or deadly creatures, she takes the series up another notch by giving us not one, but two or three such nightmares for Kai to kill. But it’s not all fun and games and killing for Kai because in this book we also learn even more about his past and watch as Kai grapples
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I really love this series, and the latest installment was no exception. The plot was well developed, and build well on what has come before. The new character brought a lot to the story, and I like how his presence helped the relationships with the characters build and grow. I like the tension between Kai, and Ryder, and that there are actual factors and considerations keeping them apart, and not just some artificial tension. The ending was well done, and while it left me wanting the next book i ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book in the series so far! It had a lot of action but also character and relationship building. I especially felt like I learned more about Ryder. I loved the slow build up of Kai and Ryder's relationship and the shape it is taking. And, of course, there were lots of new amazing monsters. The overall story arc took some interesting twists and turns. I can't wait to see where it leads, especially with the new element introduced at the end. My one little complaint - not enough ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-and-read
Someone said they're insanely excited for this book. Check! Just waiting for it to arrive in my account/Kindle. My only real disappointment is the cover, as of Feb 2019. Lots of little things wrong. But anywho, I've been re-reading BDB and MLM (easily my 5th or 6th time) :) And the audio books for the series have all been pretty great too.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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Love how Rhys is developing more of this world and it's characters, particularly Kai; and Dempsey-the Grinch-actually grows a heart, or more like gives us a glimpse to it. This one like the previous one gave my heart a beating and all the feels. It was wonderful-and eventhough it's driving me crazy w/all the tension-the relationship between Kai and Ryder made such sweet progress. As always this was an action packed, snarky, dark, and engaging read from beginning to end. Thanks to Rhys for this g ...more
4.5 stars! Pretty much anything that Rhys Ford writes is an automatic win for me, but I love Kai Gracen something fierce. This third book in his series did nothing to diminish that and everything to fan those flames.<3

And this author has killed me dead with that damn ending! I'm marking it an evil cliffhanger (which, admittedly she doesn't do hardly ever) because what WHAT?? Leaving me there was just cruel, seriously.

And once again and always, now I wait. *sighs*
Jacked Cat Jive is the third book in the Kai Gracen series. It stars Stalker Kai Gracen, a human raised elfin, and Ryder, a Sidhe Lord of San Diego’s Southern Rise Court. The story is told in first person from Kai’s pov.

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Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jacked Cat Jive is fantasy at its best
I have been eagerly awaiting Book 3 in the Kai Gracen series, since Book 2 was released. And HOLY CRAP, my excitement was not misplaced. I am not going to put some huge synopsis here. The basics are all in the blurb. If you’re reading JCJ, you’ve probably already read the other two. If you haven’t, DO IT! You will not regret it. And I hate it when people put spoilers in their reviews, so I’m going to try and tread carefully.
First, Rhys Ford has crafted a po
Agata (Aninreh)
First of all I’ve been really waiting for this book nagging all of my friends that I want to know what is going to happen to Kai and Ryder in the next installment of the series. So the moment I was given an ARC copy of the book, I was gone to the world.

And, oh boy, Rhys Ford as always took me for an emotional rollercoaster and left weeping at the end - because there is no fourth book yet. Among all of Ford’s series Kai Gracen is the one that I picked up and fell in love with it in an instant. So
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kai Gracen books are frequent re-reads for me. I love the world the author has created, it's unique with an even more unique main character. You just can't help the prickly Kai. So, I was very lucky to receive the ARC for this third book.

With every new installment in the series, Kai becomes more intriguing, just like the story that surrounds him. It grows with every book and we get another piece of the puzzle that is Kai Gracen, but the plot that surrounds him thickens.

In Jacked Cate Jive
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words review

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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From that review: In a series that by turns has been dark, gritty, wondrous, and wild in the previous stories, Jacked Cat Jive has me gobsmacked with it's , dare I say it, jacked up gloriously layered plot,  the multiple story threads running and twisting and turning each pulling your attention this way and that, while the author carefully weaves a vivid complicated tapestry that
I found it hard to believe that it has been over two years since the release of book two, ‘Mad Lizard Mambo’, as that story is still so fresh in my mind. ‘Jacked Cat Jive’ promised more excitement, definitely more Sidhe politics and intrigue, and hopefully a tiny amount of more intimacy between Kai and Ryder. I love romance, but this oh-so-gradual warming from enemies to friends to even admitting attraction keeps me coming back for more, even as the action and adventure plus mystery and suspense ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

You know how you leave a placer that says "review to come later", and you just don't feel like reviewing it? Even though you really liked it? Yeah, that. Instead I'm just going to jot down a few thoughts.

A great addition to the series, a bit too much tell and not enough show in places, an issue with "if they had rifles all along, why the hell did they wait so long to drag them out?", and another issue with "slayers who wait to be shot at before shooting back, WTF?". I don't mind the s
I love this world and I love Kai, prickly bits and all. This book is another action packed adventure with new creatures and foes. It tugged at my heart strings while also making me laugh with its dry wit.

While the book is complete in itself, the ending left me eagerly awaiting the next book!
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviews are not my strong suit, so forgive my rambling. I will need to add more to this, but need to think on it some more

For fans of urban fantasy, you can't beat the Kai Gracen series. Rhys Ford builds the most amazing worlds that suck you in, and wont let you go.

I loved this book, just as much if not more than the earlier books in the series. This book gives more insight into Kai and Ryder, as well as the other characters in the series. I can see their world in the words, and I am loving find
Loved it!!! The whole idea of the world is brilliant, as are the characters and the writing. And that ending... niiiiice.
I didn't want to read it too fast, because I didn't want it to be over.
I love Kai :)
Paperback is preordered, hopefully I’ll get it on or about March 5, right in the middle of Tax Season lol. I’ll sure as hell need something to keep me going!!!

I’m insanely excited about this book I’ve listened to Black Dog Blues & Mad Lizard Mambo back to back on repeat for like the last month. I need my Kai fix soooooon
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

All the cats are jacked in one way or another on Kai Gracen’s latest stalker run.

That probably made no sense unless you’ve read the previous books in this terrific series. Start with Black Dog Blues and then dance on over to Mad Lizard Mambo. If you like gritty urban fantasy you’ll be glad you did.

I’ve also just made a bunch of puns based on the titles. They are all music-based in one way or another, from Blues to Mambo to Jive – another name for jazz. Cat
C. R.  Ambler
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of Jacked Cat Jive

There is a saddening paucity of urban fantasy with gay/bisexual/pansexual male leads. Luckily, Rhys Ford continues to contribute quality stories to this fabulous subgenre. Her Kai Gracen series is not only a great example of LGBTQ urban fantasy; it’s a fun, fulfilling work of fiction that holds its own against mainstream authors. Rock on, Rhys.

And guess what? This one? The Third Installment? BALLER.

The Good

I will never, ever, ever tire of reading about Kai Gracen. Ou
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Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She sha

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Kai Gracen (3 books)
  • Black Dog Blues (Kai Gracen, #1)
  • Mad Lizard Mambo (Kai Gracen, #2)