I, Effing Feline, am whispering. Why? So no one finds my hiding place.
Why am I hiding? Because Bruiser, my sister Effie’s boyfriend, is coming to visit.
I mean, he’s her friend, but he’s not a human boy. That’d be perverted! Instead, he’s her fence-top yowling partner. Oh, you know what I mean, right? I’ll tell you why that’s a problem after this message from my sponsor, The Triple Wedding.
After Sterling’s humiliating, catastrophic attempt to hire Teegan a date off the street for her sisters’ wedding, he’s determined to do the right thing and leave, even though it’s a dark and storm night.**
Despite the storm, she doesn’t try too hard to get him to stay — until that is, her comm unit chimes the notes that indicates her baby sister is calling.
“You’ll never guess what,” Rayna said as soon as Teegan answered, even before the hologram of her face staticked into the air above her comm, one timid pixel at a time. The storm was toying with transmissions.
“Hello to you, too.”
“We’re sisters, so I don’t have to be polite to you. Anyway, I have big news. Two big hunks of news, actually. First, we’ve got a date and a venue. The wedding will be held at the Colonial Wildlife Containment Center. The new one, I mean. It’s now called the Murky River Sanctuary, not the old one that got wrecked by the hurricane.”
“I’ve never heard of either new or old.”
“Sure you have — it’s where Pandora works. I’m sending you a map and directions.”
Effing Feline here again. Apparently Bruiser is a HUGE catnip junkie, and Effie used up all I had. He’ll tear out some of my beautiful fur if he finds me, so don’t tell him where I am.
Nobody would ever think to look for a cat under the bed, right?
Teegan Dayle is a businesswoman who’s determined to maintain her image as the family’s most successful sibling. To do this, she needs a gorgeous date for her sisters’ wedding — even if he’s just a fake boyfriend..
Sterling, her roommate’s brother, is a handsome biologist. When a desperate Teegan asks him to be her date, he refuses — until he realizes the wedding is his only chance to meet the creatures who fulfill his professional dreams.
Booker is a naïve young Cupid whose job is to make a match for Teegan — but not with Sterling. Can he break up matches as well as he makes them?
How far will Teegan and Sterling need to take their pretense? All the way?
** This reference to Snoopy’s favorite opening line is my small homage to a town that no long exists — Lytton, British Columbia. After recording a new all-time Canadian heat record, it promptly burned down. That line was originally written by a Victorian Englishman, Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, whose name graces the burned-out ruins.