"4 Stars!...Do you like fairy tales? And do you love strangely erotic stories that involve harsh masters and sweet virgins? If you do, then Year Of The Cat is your story. Based on a fairy tale, but most definitely not for children, Selah March beguiles the reader with an unusual tale of love. Or is it perhaps a tale of unusual love...a tale of love and redemption. Full of densely woven images, Selah March does not disappoint."--Carole, Rainbow Reviews
"4.5 Stars!...Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I like re-tellings of fairy tales and I like books which concentrate almost entirely on the bond between characters so this book was ideal for me...If you are looking for something a bit different then I highly recommend that you read this book. I was engrossed from start to finish."--Jenre, Reviews By JesseWave
"...Deliciously wicked...An old-fashioned fairy tale for consenting adults only. Sizzling hot M/M sexual encounters and a taste of BDSM, which is more implied than actual for the most part, moves the plotline along. The men are opposites in nature. Jacques is rough and sometimes nasty while Etienne is somewhat weak and easily led. It’s only when in their respective D/s roles that they are truly comfortable...A unique and fresh spin on the timeless conflict of attraction."--Lisa, Joyfully Reviewed
"...There is a bit of "Cinderfella," a bit of "The Beauty and the Beast," and yes, also a bit of the "Puss in Boots," all mixed together in a resulting tale that is a winning formula...Selah March is not trying to masquerade an historical tale...Ahe wants to tell you a fairy tale, a naughty fairy tale, and she reaches her purpose."--Elisa Rolle, Live Journal.com
...The blaze in the fireplace no longer seemed to burn so brightly—not when compared to the glittering amber of Jacques’ eyes.
“Pray, tell me,” he purred, “what do you know of passion?”
Etienne could only stare. He went on staring, even as Jacques loomed over him, caught his face between his huge paws and growled, “Tell me, mon petit.”
Etienne struggled to find his voice. “I know nothing of passion. I am…untouched.”
Jacques’ lips quirked in a sinister smile. “So sweet, like spun sugar. I fear you’ll rot my very teeth.”
The kiss Jacques pressed upon Etienne’s mouth tasted of salt and iron, and awakened in Etienne a delirious kind of hunger. He found himself clutching at Jacques’ shoulders, tearing at the sleeves of his coat with his sore fingers. When Jacques pulled aside the collar of Etienne’s shirt and licked at the line of flesh he’d revealed, Etienne stifled a moan.
“No, mon petit, let me hear your cries,” Jacques murmured, his words setting a heated buzz against Etienne’s skin. “Let me lap them from the hollow of your throat.”
Etienne fought, at war with his traitorous body. “Monsieur, please, I do not—”
“Hush,” Jacques whispered and caught Etienne’s chin in his hand. The pupils of his eyes had taken on a strange, slitted appearance as he gazed into Etienne’s face. “You’ll only tire yourself and gain nothing for the effort.”
“But you said you wished to be my servant in all things, monsieur. Yet you would take me without my consent?”
“I would coax your consent from its hiding place and make it sing out like the bells of Notre Dame on Christmas morning.”
His words sounded like nothing less than the simple truth. Etienne stilled himself against the hard cottage floor, his body not quite entirely limp with submission.
“Speak to me.” Jacques pulled at the fastenings of Etienne’s clothing, nimble fingers working knots and clasps till Etienne’s skin was laid bare to the heat of his breath. “Tell me of the finest meal you’ve taken at your father’s table.”
The strange demand made Etienne start with confusion, but the involuntary instinct for obedience forced him to reach for the memory. “’Twas the night of my twenty-first birthday, monsieur.”
“Oui? And when was that?”
“Four months ago.”
“Ah, a child of the harvest. Pray, what did your father’s cook prepare to celebrate your coming-of-age?” Jacques punctuated his question with a soft, clinging kiss, then leaned back and appeared to consider the white expanse of Etienne’s skin as a butcher might contemplate the proper spot to place his first cut.
Etienne squeezed his eyes shut and swallowed thickly. “Pheasant, roasted with figs, and dressed in a sauce made of sweet red wine.”
“Delightful,” Jacques said and stroked his fingertips down Etienne’s sides till they caught on the knobs of his hips. “And for dessert?”
Etienne shivered and twisted beneath Jacques’ touch, but it did not occur to him to refuse to answer. “A cherry tart.”
“But, of course. And this is the finest meal you can recall in all your life?”
“And does your belly clench at the memory? Does your mouth run wet and your soul cry out with longing?”
Indeed, Etienne’s belly clenched, his mouth ran wet and his soul cried out, but it had naught to do with the recollection of pheasant, figs or tart. He sank his teeth into his bottom lip and stared up at Jacques in pained bewilderment.
Smiling, Jacques rubbed the pad of his thumb over Etienne’s mouth. “Such a picture you make, mon petit. One could nail you to a wall beneath the title Innocence Debauched.”
Etienne blinked at his companion, his uncertainty growing.
“Fortunately for you, I have no interest in art.” Jacques grasped Etienne at his hip and shoulder, and rolled him onto his belly in one deft move. “Unless ’tis of the culinary variety, of course. If only there were a table handy, I would spread you across it like that esteemed pheasant and lauded cherry tart. I would consume you, and make you love the feasting.”
Alarmed at the implication, Etienne twisted his head around to gaze at his companion. “Monsieur?”
Jacques laughed, the sound deepening to a feral sort of snarl. “Table or no, I will make a meal of you...”