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The Magical Christmas Cat

(Breeds # 12.5 (Christmas Heat))

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Put a little meow in your stocking with these tales of Christmas romance from four New York Times bestselling authors.

Lora Leigh, Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, and Linda Winstead Jones have a special gift for readers: heartwarming holiday stories featuring passionate romance, paranormal adventure, and a distinctly alluring feline touch.

With four thrilling stories—
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Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Berkley (first published October 1st 2008)
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Sophia Triad
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(The review is only for Lora Leigh’s story: Christmas Heat)
Breeds 17
Feline Breeds 11
Featured Couple: Noble (Jaguar) & Haley (Human)

Noble is a Breed Enforcer and he already knows for some time now that librarian Haley is his mate. Noble is trying to avoid the mating because he is scared for Haley’s safety.

Haley has overheard some information about the people plotting against the Breeds and Noble runs to protect her. When the mating heat kicks in, Noble is trying really hard to suspend it and
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
"The Magical Christmas Cat" is a collection of four hot stories by four well-known paranormal romance authors. I enjoyed that each author used a different 'take' on the whole cat theme. In this anthology we have a leopard shifter, a witch's familiar, a demon that resides in a jade cat, and a Jaguar 'breed' enforcer.

Stroke of Enticement by Nalini Singh. A Psy-Changeling story about Zach, a sexy leopard shifter who meets his mate, a human...and will use both his instincts, cat and man, to lure
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Steven
I really really like Zach and Annie. I hope we get to see more of them in the main series. I only read the Psy-Changeling story by Nalini Singh)
Heather
Jul 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lora Leigh's "Breed" series
Shelves: queuemyreview
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com book release October 08

The Magical Christmas Cat is a romantic and sometimes erotic anthology featuring a few of my favorite authors. Each story has the distinction of a little “feline” touch. We have a paranormal romance from Nalini Singh about a leopard changeling falling in love with a reluctant schoolteacher. In Erin McCarthy’s story we have a witch with a matchmaking kitty-cat. Linda Winstead Jones gives us a demonic story about a possessed cat shaped
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Kathrynn
I enjoyed each of the four stories in this slightly smaller trade paperback/Christmas anthology:

1. "Stroke of Enticement" by Nalina Singh (Psy-Changeling, #7) and wow. Made me rush out and buy #1 in her series. The characters were Zach Quinn and Annie Kildaire.

Rated PG-13 (4 1/2 Stars)

2. "Christmas Bree" by Erin McCarthy (Murphy Sisters, #2) was okay, but it was all about sex. The characters were Bree Murphy and Ian Carrington in Cuttersville, Ohio. For me, this one was like eating a sandwich
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Please note that this rating/review is only for Nalini Singh’s Stroke of Enticement

If Singh writes anything set in the Psy-Changeling world, then I’m going to read it! Stroke of Enticement is about Annie, a super cool human (and I’m not just saying that because we share the same name!) and a super sexy changeling named Zach.

Most of the magical romance happens within the first 48 hours of meeting each other. But Singh does fast track a month after to see the dynamics of relationship. The
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Monique
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread (Jul 11, 2014)

The way Nalini writes her changeling men *shivers*

Originally read (Apr 18, 2013)

Zach and Annie have had brief mentions and appearances throughout this series and now we finally get to read their story. I loved these two so much!

Zach is just so deliciously possessive. I love the way Nalini write her changeling men. They are just so toe curlingly amazing. And I really liked Annie. It wouldn't have been easy to watch her parents marriage fall to pieces and become cold and
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Talltree
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read/rated only the NS and EM stories.
Mojca
I was surprised, and pleasantly so, by Nalini Singh's contribution. It's the first story I've read by this author and I have to say I'm literally itching to read more about the Psy-Changeling universe. I know the market is inundated with shifter stories, yet this series apparently has a slightly different angle and I loved what I've read so far.
The characters were alive and well-developped, the conflict more than believable, and the plot, though holiday oriented and not much of a shocker was
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Leah
THE MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CAT - 2.875 STARS

"Stroke of Enticement" by Nalini Singh - 4.5 stars

This story was very cute. Zach and Annie were very cute, I loved Bryan, and I liked the Mercy cameo. The only thing that sucked was that apparently I can't even get through a damn novella without Sascha popping up somewhere!

Favorite Quote:
"Strength is for protecting, not hurting."
(Page 8)

"Christmas Bree" by Erin McCarthy - 4 stars
Okay, this story was hilarious, just like the one about Charlotte, Bree's older
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Midu Hadi
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Autumn
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating for Stroke of exitement

I had only read a tiny bit about Zach in Mine to Possess. But since the story takes place in the familiar DarkRiver pack, it feels like home!

I enjoyed the changeling world way too much!! and when humans are involved , its even better! :)

the story it self its pretty separate from the series, so you dont have to worry about reading it in order.

overall it was 4 shiny stars!! to Anny and Zach
AlwaysV
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nalini Singh's Stroke of Enticement is such a magical novella. A wish from a lonely little girl has materialized in a form of the DarkRiver leopard. There is also a bonus for me, personally :) I've noticed Kaleb for the very first time!
Dawn
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, 2014-books
A mini review I only read two stories out of this book

"Stroke of Enticement" by Nalini Singh
This is the first story I have ever read in the Psy-Changeling series where we have a human and changeling match and you know what I loved it!! As a child Annie is in an accident that almost takes her life but she does not walk away completely unscared. Now she lives with a limp that often causes her pain but for the most part Annie is at peace with her life. Until the day Zach walks into her classroom
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Barbara ★
This was ok. Nalini Singh and Lora Leigh's short stories were good but the other two were merely average. Please keep in mind that I'm not a fan of anthologies. I like my stories with a little more development and a little more meat to them.

Stroke of Enticement - Nalini Singh
Excellent story with a sweet romance. Human Annie has trust issues and shifter Zach falls instantly in love.

Christmas Bree - Erin McCarthy
I didn't like this one...too trite. Strangers Bree and Ian have been having the same
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valee
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
IMPORTANT : I only read Nalini Singh's novella.

This is a really sweet and short story, definitely worth your time. In it we read about a DarkRiver soldier who finds out his mate is a human. Annie is not the woman you picture while describing the perfect heroine ... She is a human teacher, not power whatsoever. Not only that, but she wasn't the most pretty out there, nor the one with the strongest will or character. She is a sweet woman who adores kids and wishes to be happy. It may sound boring
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Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
** Please note that this rating/review is only for Lora Leigh's "Christmas Heat" only.

Christmas Heat - Rated: 4 Stars

This one takes place near Sanctuary.

We have Haley a human librarian and Noble a breed. They have been friends, but both feel more for the other, yet they don’t show it. When Haley’s life is endangered Noble is going to protect her and confront his feelings.

It was a sweet, sexy, hot and entertaining Christmas Novella. I enjoyed watching these two finally come together after
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Only read "Stroke of Enticement".

I really enjoyed this short, sweet psy-changeling story about Annie, a human, and Zack, a changeling. It's basically about them meeting and falling in love. I enjoyed it because it was short and sweet and there were no subplots or bad guys to worry about. But that being said, it was no where as intense ~ or hot ~ as the rest of the psy-changeling books. Definitely worth reading though.

Loved this:

"Are you calling me your gift?"

"Yes." She smiled. "How do you feel
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Dina
Story available in print format in The Magical Christmas Cat anthology.

Merged review:

Read:
- 'Stroke of Enticement' by Nalini Singh (5 stars)
- 'Christmas Bree' by Erin McCarthy (3 stars)
- 'Christmas Heat' by Lora Leigh (4 stars)

Did Not Read:
- 'Sweet Dreams' by Linda Winstead Jones
Lynsey
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stroke of Enticement - Nalini Singh
Loved this one, 5 stars

Christmas Bree - Erin McCarthy
Liked this one, 3.5 stars

Sweet Dreams - Linda Winstead-Jones
This one was a little 'meh' for me. I wasn't too keen on the heroine but thought Zane was quite intersting, 2 stars

Christmas Heat - Lora Leigh
Liked this one, 4 stars
Megan Fall
This breed story was shorter as it is part of an anthology, but man was it good! The characters were great and there was lots of action. Sometimes shorter is better!
Dee
Originally read Lora Leigh's Breed story back in July 2011 and finally got around to Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling story October 2013
Aly
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stroke Of Enticement- Nalini Singh 4 star
Annie is a human teacher who also have some Changelings in her group of students. One of them, Bryan, is in detention and waiting for uncle Zach to come pick him up. Annie heard about uncle Zach before but she never would have imagine he was so sexy :p A sweet romance with a charming hero. I read almost all the books from the series and like I already said, I prefer the Changeling to the Psy so I was really happy with this short story.


Christmas Bree-
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Malinda
I only borrowed this to read the first story, Stroke Of Enticement by Nalini Singh, so this rating doesn't count towards the other 3 stories.

Stroke Of Enticement
4.5-5 stars

This was a great short story, that I really enjoyed reading. Annie is a human teacher that works in a school close to DarkRiver territory and has a number of leopard shifter children in her class. Zach is a leopard shifter that's part of the DarkRiver pack and works as a park ranger in Yosemite National Park. Zach gets
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Amy
Containing 4 short stories, this book was really incredible. I think I was deciding to get the Christmas books I hadn't found before Christmas out of the way, but whatever the reason I picked it up, it was a great one!

The book starts with "Stroke of Enticement" by Nalini Singh. I'm not sure I've ever read anything like this. There were some aspects that seemed a little familiar, but I don't think I've read about MPsy's before. Regardless, I loved the strong family dynamic. The character
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BJ Rose
As usual with anthologies, you have a strong story, a weak story, and others in-between. Since she is the reason I got the book to begin with, I guess it's no surprise that I think Nalini Singh's is the strongest of the four, and maybe the others suffered from comparison.

3.5* - Stroke of Enticement by Nalini Singh: I really liked the letter to Santa from the hospitalized young Annie, and I think it raised my expectations of how that would/could develop, but the limitations of the short story let
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Kimberly
“Stroke of Enticement” by Nalini Singh
Having watched her mother’s heart been broken continuously by her emotionally distant father, Annie Kildaire has convinced herself that long-term romantic relationships are not for her. All that changes when Zach Quinn walks into her classroom and promptly turns her world upside down. The sexy leopard changeling seems determined to wreak havoc on her senses, and Annie isn’t so sure that’s a bad thing.

The minute he sees his nephew’s human teacher, Zach knows
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Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
I only got this book to read the Stroke of Enticement story but I did end up reading the story by Lora Leigh and really liked it too. I'm going to have to jump into that series soon.

Now, I loved reading about Annie and Zach, they should've gotten a whole freaking book because they were so cute! I really felt for Annie and could relate to her in more ways than one and I was so happy to see that she got her happily ever after. Just such a cute story that will you leave you with a smile on your
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Alia Crow
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! The 3rd story was the only one that I was not a fan of.

Warning: this is a mature/adult book. The cover is very misleading in this. It is a very steamy romance.
Jess
I've only read Nalini Singh's Stroke of Enticement and
Yikes

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“Are you calling me your gift?"

"Yes." She smiled. "How do you feel about that?"

"Like it's my turn to be unwrapped."

He nibbled at her mouth. "Do it slow.”
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“I'll tell Mom I'm bringing someone and that we'll be late."

"Yeah. It'll give your date time to find another partner." That lethal edge was back in his voice.

Her stomach muscles tightened. "Zach?"

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