Book Reviews

Jacked Cat Jive (Kai Gracen 3) by Rhys Ford at DSP Publications

Genre Gay / Post-Apocalyptic / Urban Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Royalty/Nobility / Warriors/Soldiers / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 07-March-2019

Book Blurb

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 raised him and the sidhe lord he’s befriended and sworn to protect, Kai finds himself standing at a crossroads.


When a friend begs Kai to rescue a small group of elfin refugees fleeing the Dusk Court, he’s pulled into a dangerous mission with Ryder through San Diego’s understreets and the wilderness beyond. Things go from bad to downright treacherous when Kerrick, Ryder’s cousin, insists on joining them, staking a claim on Southern Rise and Kai.


Burdened by his painful past, Kai must stand with Ryder against Kerrick while facing down the very court he fears and loathes. Dying while on a run is expected for a Stalker, but Kai wonders if embracing his elfin blood also means losing his heart, soul, and humanity along the way.


Book Review

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 have me on the edge of my seat from the very first sentence.

“If you remember, I told you I’d kill you if ever you began to abuse your power like your grandmother does,” I pointed out. “But I’m willing to bend that to kill for you to protect your people.” His grin was a sensual tease and filled with sweaty promises. “That is the most romantic thing you’ve ever said to me.”

Kai’s friend, Duffy, comes to him for a favor and since she’s one of the few people he cares about, he agrees to ask Ryder for his court’s help with a woman and three children fleeing from the Dusk Court. These refugees are being hunted in a big-game-trophy way and Kai isn’t about to let that happen. Throw in a seriously ugly centipede-like underground tank, a side job for a “friend” that turns into something beyond belief, Ryder’s arrogant-as-hell cousin who thinks he’s going to take the court away from Ryder (and Kai as well), Dempsey’s impending mortality, a grievous loss, and Kai is pretty much the same as always. His life is one never-ending carnival ride that I love!

“His laugh was low and slightly bitter. “And here I thought you didn’t understand Sidhe politics.” “Oh, I understand them just fine,” I scoffed. “I just prefer the Unsidhe way of dealing with assholes who come into my yard to piss on my house. It’s why I carry all these knives.”

I have ceased to be amazed at how the author can pack so much detail and description into this world and its inhabitants. Unfortunately, due to the serious spoiler-y propensity of pretty much anything I could share, I am limited to what I can really talk about. I would hate to ruin this book for anyone because I overshared. I can say that the tension between Ryder and Kai continues to grow and flourish. Ryder’s cousin is a serious asshole of the highest order and I was more than happy to have Kai finally deal with him. I learned more about the Dusk Court and their goings-on in Mexico and I’m very curious to see where this new information might lead Ryder and Kai.

‘Jacked Cat Jive’ fulfills the promise this series has always lived up to – being the most bad-ass world I think has ever sprung from someone’s imagination. I’m bubbling over with wonder as to where the next book will lead and even though I might like to try to guess, the author always throws a curve ball and sends me down another killer rabbit hole. Goddess, I can’t wait!





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 242 pages/92684 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-March-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook, $13.97 Audible
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