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Cat's Got Your Heart

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A fluffy feline isn't the only thing they're fighting for...

Adopting a cat doesn't sound hard. Then Jericho Adams meets Harinder Mangal, the surly pet store employee who loves animals and hates customers. Their first encounter inspires more than simple loathing—it puts the ball in motion for an absurd game of deceit that boasts a fluffy cat named Dumpling as the prize.

Published October 5th 2020 by NineStar Press
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Skye Kilaen
The author of this trans New Adult m/m romance (centered around a pet store, yay!) is a critique partner and friend, but y'all, I do *not* recommend books on here unless I like them. This. was. lovely.

I usually struggle with enemies to lovers because by the time the switch flips, the MCs have usually been so awful to each other that I cringe at the thought of them being together. This book's take on enemies to lovers is more of a power struggle, with a lot of hilarious shit-talking, where it's e
4.5 stars!!

I adored this romance between a gay Black albino man and a bi Indian trans man. It's not always easy to make enemies to lovers work credibly in a contemporary romance, but here it worked perfectly, so much that I was hooked from the very first page. Something about how both characters came alive from their very introduction and tore their way out of every page with their sharp edges made them so endearing to me, even when I objectively couldn't stand them.

The romance and the pace at
wandering. bibliophile_
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
This was a really cute and heart warming read. The story is pretty ordinary but yet it tugs at your heart strings.

Jericho stumbles upon the grumpy pet store employee- Harinder, when he intends to adopt a cat. This has to be the cutest meet cute honestly. Harinder is very attached to the pets in the store and in order to ensure a good home, he creates a tedious adoption process in order to see if Jericho really wants the cat and will be committed to the pet. Jericho and Harinder form a weird hate
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As I began reading, I didn't know how I felt about this book. The characters were petulant and frustrating. The problems they faced and what they'd dealt with were unsolvable. But both Harinder and Jericho endeared themselves to me; just as they wound their way into each other's minds in spite of their supposed best intentions, when I'd put the book down and moved on to other tasks, they kept tickling the back of my mind. Harinder is a grumpy, prickly pet supply store employee who cares more abo ...more
E.M. Hamill
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I keep saying romance isn't my thing, but when it's good, it's good. I guess I protest too much. This romantic, low-heat level story was as fluffy as the cat on the cover and I devoured it in about four hours.

Jericho needs a cat in the worst way. He accidentally let his sister's cat run out the door into the night, and he's devastated because she won't talk to him now. When he finds the perfect cat (named Dumpling) in the adoption room at a small pet store, he expects to be able to pay the fee,
I started this book and practically couldn't do anything else until I finished it, it was super addictive!

The premise already made me incredibly excited because I was in the process of getting everything in order to adopt my kitten when I read this, so I couldn't have read a book about queer people arguing over a cat adoption at a better time, and it was really a good, fun ride.

Harinder is definitely my favourite character of the book, because who couldn't be charmed by that grumpy-as-hell bi
Danai writes
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an absolute gem this book was!

I'm not ashamed to admit that I started reading this for the title, the cute cover and the promise of fluffy animals and queer love. But wow, this book was so much more! The two MCs, Jericho and Harinder, stayed with me for days after I finished the book. Their delicious banter, their broken hearts, their terror at letting another human being in, the reluctant realization that they may have found someone important in each other... It was equally heartbreaking
I received this one as an eARC from the author but this one just didn't click with me. I DNF-ed at chapter 7 because, although I'm not the biggest fan of enemies to lovers at the best of times, this one felt extremely unrealistic, and Harinder was just plain rude and overly mean. I'd say to read it for yourselves to understand what I mean about that but I don't recommend this one at all, which is a shame because I was really excited for it.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trans-books
I. LOVED. THIS. As a gay trans man, I am always on the lookout for good mlm trans books. And this one was PERFECTION. I am so in love with these characters. I related so much to Harinder, I am also very passionate about pet welfare and diss on chain pet stores so much. I loved his personality and his passion, and that the book actually educated real facts about issues with pet stores. I love enemies to lovers so much, and this one was just *chefs kiss*. I can't say enough good things about this, ...more
Veronica of V's Reads
Jericho is an albino Black male approaching his 21st birthday and he's upset his only living relative in the world, his twin sister, Shiloh, by allowing her demon of a cat (Mephistopheles) to escape into a dark night in their nondescript East Coast suburban town. He thinks that buying a replacement will heal the rift that's cropped up. He lives alone in a one-bedroom and supports himself since he was 17 and escaped the "loving" supervision of their abusive uncle. Jericho owns his introverted nat ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, arcs, lgbtqia
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review – thanks so much to Jem Zero for sending this to me!

If you’ve ever wanted to read a romance which is basically the literary equivalent of that one video of those two guys aggressively giving each other the middle finger in the middle of a crowded street, then this is the book for you.

Harinder is a extremely grumpy pet-shop employee who avoids doing his job at all costs, lest he deliver an animal into incompetent
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
First, I love reading books with diverse characters, and this was one of the best regarding that, including LGBTQ+, POC, and even albinism. The plot was entertaining and realistic and I liked the character and story progression and development. The two main characters meet when Jericho wants to adopt a cat from the pet store Harinder works at. To say their meeting does not go well is an understatement, and it is almost immediate disdain for each other.

Both characters have some baggage and past f
Amanda B.V.
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.**

As someone who is still getting to know their tastes in books, I took a shot with this. I haven't read many contemporary books, much less new adult romances, but the plot really drew me in. And I don't regret my decision. I was hooked after reading the first few chapters and my enjoyment increased with every new chapter.
The writing is something I didn't know I loved until now and it
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Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arcs, lgbtq
Cat's Got Your Heart is an enemies-to-lovers romance revolving a pet store. It follows Jericho Adams, a guy just trying to adopt a cat in an attempt to reconnect with his sister, and the bitter pet store employee Harinder Mangal, who's supposed to help him. Their meet-cute isn't cute at all, more like full of loathe, and it's the start of a petty (ha!) back and forth between the two men, that holds the adorable cat Dumpling as the prize.

This trans m/m new adult romance was a 3.75 star for me. I
Cat’s Got Your Heart is witty, sarcastic, in your face, no holds barred, slap your hand away ridiculously funny shocking in an “OMG did he just say that...and he said what in return?” Let me read that again...Jem Zero please follow me on social media forever...kind of book.

Oh and honey, I am not done yet. Make some popcorn because this book is that kind of book. Zero is quick with the lines and with the humor. Watching Harinder and Jericho is a dream in verbal foreplay. Zero adds depth to the st
Sarita Chapdelaine
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.

This is a weird and wonderful story that is masterfully crafted and a joy to read. Cat's Got Your Heart is quirky, hilarious, gritty, inspiring, has amazing and diverse characters, has a pet store that I wish was the standard for all, the snark level is perfect and I could not put it down. I love Jericho and Harinder even though they don't seem to be very likeable at the beginning of this story bu
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I admit it, I see grump in a book's blurb and my mind immediately starts screaming "Read it! Read it!". Fact is, more often than not the story isn't as exciting as the blurb and I'm disappointed by the time I reach the ending. Thankfully, it was not the case with this book.

Reading The Cat's Got Your Heart felt pretty much like watching a rom-com movie. Harinder was precisely the kind of grouch with a big heart that makes my knees melt. I laughed at the way Jericho got under his skin, bringing ou
Ije the Devourer of Books
This is a lovely story with well developed and entertaining characters. Harinder and Jericho detest each other on sight. Harinder believes Jericho should not have the cat he wants to buy and Jericho thinks the pet store employee is an ass, but he is determind to get the cat he wants.

And so the battle commences. As Jericho runs the gauntlet of Harinder's requirements for pet adoption, the two men gradually become a surprising life line for each other, helping each other come to terms with painfu
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, anti-racist
An absorbing slow burn queer romance between an Indian bi trans man and a Black Albino gay cis guy, starting with the attempt to adopt a cat which really shouldn't be as hard as Harinder makes it for Jericho. Set in America's east coast in the heart of winter, the weather and Jericho's lack of preparation feature heavily. I really enjoyed the queerness of the characters and the fact that neither had easy upbringings leading to creative ways to survive with little money in such a harsh environmen ...more
Paperbacks and Lattes
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cat's Got Your Heart by Jem Zero was an absolute delight to read! This a hate to love romance story between Jericho and Harinder. Harinder is the grumpy guy who works at a pet shop and has amazing love for the pets he cares for at the store. He cares about the animals so much that he's reluctant to let anyone adopt one. So when Jericho comes into the pet store to adopt a cat, Harinder puts him through a ridiculous and rigorous adopting process in hopes of scaring Jericho away. But Jericho is not ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I‌ ‌received‌ ‌a‌ ‌copy‌ ‌of‌ ‌Cat’s Got Your Heart ‌by‌ Jem Zero ‌via‌ ‌IndiGo‌ ‌Marketing‌ ‌&‌ ‌Design‌ ‌in‌ ‌exchange‌ ‌for‌ ‌an‌ ‌honest‌ ‌review.‌ One of the thin‌gs I liked most about this book was neither main character was a jock frat boy. Those of us with disabilities all too often don’t find people like us in the starring role. While neither Jericho nor Harinder had a visible disability, they both differed from neurotypical, which was a major part of the story, as they have to navigate ...more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, m-m, on-my-kindle
3.5 Stars ~ I don’t often read new-to-me authors anymore and that’s not because of lack of interest, but more due to me having such a huge number of books on my to-be-read shelf that I’m desperately trying to make time for. Regardless of the whys, the blurb for ‘Cat’s Got Your Heart’ really captured my attention and I decided to give it, and Jem Zero, a chance.

“Active discomfort and aggression are the tools with which he navigates most of his life, even around people he likes. He’s painfully aw
Oct 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs, gorgeous-covers
1/5 stars!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Well, I realized it's hard for me to like a story if one of the main characters is so unlikeable and low-key horrible and mean to other people. I really can't get past Harinder's rudeness to everyone and he's not even doing his job right. I'm just plain annoyed the whole time reading this and just skimmed until the last part because I just don't want to r
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a super cute romance with shades of The Odd Couple and a lot of goofy humor. Harinder is a pet store employee who refuses to sell pets, going to ridiculous lengths to keep the animals in the store where he can personally take care of them. There's a definite Monty Python vibe to that aspect of the story, which I enjoyed a lot. Jericho wants a cat, gets handed a stack of paperwork the size of your typical security clearance application...and the game is on. I don't want to give spoilers b ...more
Sep 30, 2020 added it
Shelves: arcs
This is a solid 3 1/2 stars for me.
At first, I was unsure about this one, as both of the heroes were as prickly as many of the animals in the novel. But as they warmed up to each other, I warmed up to them as well. After the halfway point, I was hooked and actually stayed up way too late to finish the novel.
If you are looking for an enemies to lovers romance with two characters with a lot of emotional baggage, this would be a good fit. And there are lots of animals in the story, which is always
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall, this book is good. The variety of characters, lots of cute moments, maybe not so friendly banter and everything in between is a fun ride.

Jericho made the mistake of letting his sister’s cat out, and now he feels guilted into adopting a new furry friend. When he visits his local pet shop he finds Harinder, the unfriendly shop keep. From there the two bicker non stop and Jericho finds himself returning regularly.

It’s worth the read just for the freshness of character and banter.
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was absolutely adorable!
It is hate at first sight for Jericho and Harinder, but it takes a particular fluffy feline named dumpling to set their hearts in motion and bring them together.
This was a sweet, fluffy and feel good read.
The author's writing style appealed to me and flowed smoothly with the narrative.

If you like a light romance with low angst, two very stubborn men an an adorable dumpling of a cat, who brings them together, you will love this.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The blurb isn't the best but I adore this book. Jericho and Harinder are absolutely perfect together and totally hilarious. I enjoyed every second of this book and can't recommend it enough. It's emotional, funny, and the best kind of enemies to lovers. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ng
I would like to thank netgalley for letting me read this because it was ridiculous in the best way. It was everything I hoped it would be and I loved it.
Jenni Wolff
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