Review: “Purrfect Holiday” by Jana Denardo

TITLE: Purrfect Holiday
AUTHOR: Jana Denardo
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Adrian Nicholas
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 46 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book

BLURB:

A Story from the Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar
Tony Gatti had his life planned: get his veterinarian license and go to work with his dad and uncle. Soon after achieving his goals, he learned the shadows and blurriness in his vision went beyond needing glasses. Retinitis pigmentosa is a genetic mutation with no cure. With his sight almost gone, he moves into his grandmother’s St. Augustine, Florida, home with his guide dog, Raven, to start life over. Nonna Concetta thinks she knows the perfect job for him. Her vet is looking for someone to destress the cats at a local rescue.
Javier didn’t plan to hire a cute former veterinarian to fill the role of cat cuddler, but Tony couldn’t be more perfect. Worried his attraction is inappropriate and knowing the holiday season always depresses him, Javier wonders if he should ask Tony out, or if he’d just be spreading the gloom to someone who already has enough of his own. But if he takes the plunge, could it turn out to be the best holiday ever?


Purrfect Holiday by Jana Denardo is one of the short stories from the 2018 Advent Calendar—Warmest Wishes. This is the first book that I have read by Jana Denardo, but I look forward to reading more books by her. I enjoyed her writing style, character development, and the plot of the book.

This was a cute short story. I’m such an animal lover that I really enjoyed how Tony was able to turn his life in a different direction when he found out that he was losing his sight and got a job as a cat cuddler instead of being a veterinarian. The story doesn’t have any on-page sex, but there is some great chemistry between Tony and Javier. Great holiday cheer.

I liked Tony Gatti. He had his life all planned out. He was going to get his veterinarian license and go to work with his dad and uncle. But soon after achieving those goals, he learns the shadow and blurriness in his vision goes way beyond needing glasses. He has Retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic mutation with no cure. With his sight nearly over he moves to St. Augustine, Florida with his guide dog, Raven, to live with his grandmother, to start his life over. His grandmother Nonna Concetta thinks that she knows the perfect job for him. Her vet is looking for someone to destress the cats at a local rescue so that they can be adopted. I liked how he interacts with his grandma and how he doesn’t let his disability get him down.

I also liked Javier. He wasn’t planning to hire a cute former vet to fill the role of cat cuddler, but Tony couldn’t be more perfect. Javier wonders if he should ask Tony out, but he’s worried that his attraction is inappropriate since Tony now works for him. Javier also knows that the holiday season always depress him and he worries that if Tony says yes that he would just be spreading the gloom to someone who already has enough on his own. But if he takes the plunge, could it turn out to be the best holiday ever? I liked how Javier and Tony interact together and the chemistry that they share.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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