USA Today Review of Trouble Comes in Threes

Saturday January 10, 2015


Enjoyable reading can take many forms. Trouble Comes in Threes is romance at its most erotic. Silent is a love story at its intense beginning.

Trouble Comes in Threes by MA Church

What it's about (courtesy of Dreamspinner Press):

A snowstorm in the South—on New Year's Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk's waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there's something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.

Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk's house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.

Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They're cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn't believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.

Why you should read it: Ready for an exciting shifter book to start your year of reading off right? Trouble Comes in Threes is a cat-shifter story, an MMM ménage, and a thrilling mystery to solve as well.

Kirk is reaching middle age, feeling bad about his looks and his inability to find a steady relationship. Into his life comes, not a man, but two stray cats, seeking shelter from a snowstorm. Or so Kirk thinks. Dolf, the black kitty, and Tal, the white one, are planning to watch Kirk for a while before revealing the paranormal world, and their role in it, to him. They recognized Kirk as their mate while on a shopping trip, much to their own surprise and certainly an unexpected life twist for Kirk. When Kirk is injured bringing in firewood they have no choice but to change their plans in order to get him to safety.

It takes a bit of time to get Kirk to realize he isn't having an hallucination as he lays dying from his minor injury, but Tal's lustful impatience when Kirk, thinking he's dreaming, tells Tal to love him up, starts a process that will only result in a DNA conversion for Kirk that leads him to becoming not quite human, but not a cat-shifter either. In for a penny, in for a pound, there is nothing to do but go forward, and so the ménage begins. And this is only the beginning. There is a lot of hot sex that could set the place on fire, let me tell you.

Unfortunately, although Dolf and Tal love their human partner, not everyone in the kitty clowder (what wolves would call a pack) where Dolf is the alpha-to-be feels the same way. Someone makes his dislike of humans known and either that shifter or someone else is out to do serious harm to Kirk and perhaps others. Can they discover the identity of the attacker in time to thwart his plans? And is Kirk the real target? You'll have to read this exciting book to find out.