Katie Douglas is back with her Scottish Highlands based RH, and this time, we’re moving out from just a little paranormal and into full-on paranormal, because we have shifters. And such might shifters. So, let’s talk about Mated to the Highlanders.
It’s time for the dance again so that the people of Gleanash can find their spouses. Remember, in this wee village, it’s the tradition that women have 2 husbands, because life is hard and cheap, and men die. With 2 husbands, a woman is still going to have a protector for her and her children if something happens to one of them. Well, the spirits have been busy and our last book had 3 husbands. This one goes even further and everyone involved is confused. At least no bagpipes were involved in our main group.
Tabitha lives with her grandmother, and is generally relatively happy. She is pretty sure that she’s never going to get married because she’s hiding a secret. For 3 days every month, she turns into a Scottish wildcat. OK, I had to look up Scottish wildcats, since I thought of them as big, until I read the book. Scottish wildcats are the only wild feline left in Britain, but they may not be all that wild. They are about the same size as your house cat, so they interbreed with house cats, which means that there probably aren’t any truly wild wildcats anymore. Anyway, back to Tabby who turns into a cat 3 days a month. She can’t control it and she does everything she can to make sure that no one knows that she turns in to a cat, but when she’s a cat, she’s fearless and wild and bold.
Even though Tabitha doesn’t want to go to the dance because she knows she’s not getting married, her grandmother drags her along. As she’s walking over to talk to Frazer, her crush, she feels the pain of turning into a wildcat, so she rushes into the woods. However, at some point after turning, she ends up in the circle with Frazer and his friends, Campbell, Kivan, and Innis. And, as they are all dancing together, these 4 men and a cat, they are all bound together by the spirit world and married, and now they have 3 days to either consummate or get over it.
Frazer, Campbell, Kivan, and Innis are all quite surprised when they realize that there is a wildcat in the dancing circle that they have formed. They are even more surprised by the fact that they are dancing at all, because they hadn’t planned on it, and there’s no woman there dancing with them, just this cat. Which is really funny since they are wolves. The spirit world has obviously lost its damn mind to bind a cat to a pack of wolves. But the next morning, when they discover a naked Tabitha, it isn’t quite as funny, especially once the boys discover that she’s the cat and they are well and truly married, but she’s not entirely sure she’s going to keep them. After all, what woman has 4 husbands? At least there are no bagpipes.
As they are trying to work it out, another wolf shows up, so some of the guys go to hunt for it. While they are out, they run into William, from the village, who hates wolves for a reason. He is hunting down the wolf too. The problem is that he gets bitten. Whoops. Still no bagpipes.
Katie Douglas tends to add a lot of humor in with her books, and even though this one has some darker tendencies than her normal Katie books, it is still pretty light and still has plenty of humor (and bagpipes). And we finally get to meet Scotland’s most famous resident. There is lots of sex, both one on one and more on one, as well as spanking and feisty wildcats being feisty. I love that Tabitha calls the boys dogs, as in the spirits must’ve been crazy to match dogs and a cat together. But when they try to call her a cat, she rightly points out that she is a wildcat, thank you very much. I think Tabitha is my favorite of all the heroines of this series so far. I can’t wait to see where the series goes next.
I love the whiskers on this kitty. And doesn’t she just look seriously pissed off that we are even looking at her? This isn’t a random housecat, this is a Scottish wildcat, so see, not very big at all, and definitely of the right size to interbreed with house cats.
You want to know the deal with the bagpipes? I’m not going to tell you. You will just have to go read the book and find out. Mwahahahahaha.
OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go read it. No really, go read it. Happy reading!