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What the Cat Dragged In by Kate McMurray is a cute romance that’s better than the first book in the series

What the Cat Dragged In by Kate McMurray
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars (3.5 stars rounded up to 4)

What the Cat Dragged In is the second book in the Whitman Street Cat Café series by Kate McMurray. I also read the first book in the series, Like Cats and Dogs; you can find my review of that book here. I listened to the audiobook version of What the Cat Dragged In, which was narrated by Suehyla El-Attar Young. The book is about 320 pages long, and the audiobook clocks in at a little under eight hours.

Our heroine, Paige, is the marketing manager for the Whitman Street Cat Café. Her boss/best friend Lauren suggests that she should volunteer with a cat rescue organization in order to distract herself from her bad luck using dating apps. Our hero, Josh, just had a messy breakup and has been distracting himself from that by putting in tons of hours at the Manhattan law firm he works for. His boss requires him to do some volunteer work, and his sister also suggests the same cat rescue organization. They meet-cute while capturing strays as part of a spay/neuter program and sparks fly, but then Paige finds out that Josh is Lauren’s brother. Oops.

I found the relationship progression in this book more believable than the previous book in the series. The covers for this series are still charming to me, but I do have one nitpick: the book mentions that our main character is blonde several times, but on this cover she’s a brunette.

Tropes in this book include: strangers to lovers, best friend’s brother romance, secret romance, millennial angst, evil corporate law firm, and cats.

I received an advanced audiobook copy of this book for review via NetGalley, but all opinions contained herein are my own. What the Cat Dragged was published on December 7, 2021.

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