When you make the Devil’s bargain, be prepared to take the heat. A lot of heat.
Most of Xia’s early memories are repressed, thank the Great Cat Mother. But her body remembers how to kill.
The longer she and her fellow Malcolm crewmates are holed up on Cibari hiding from assassins, the twitchier she gets—until the planet’s insanely sexy warlord, Rahal Mizyar, borrows her skills to take out slavers.
Rahal suspects Xia is his mate, but the human-raised female never learned the finer points of felinoid rituals. The solution: make her fall hard and fast for him, even if it means playing dirty.
Hired to determine if Xia is the long-missing granddaughter of the felinoid prime minister, Cal Janssen has finally tracked her down. Getting past Rahal, though, is a problem—until he’s mistaken for a notorious arms dealer and playboy. And he finds himself the object of both Rahal’s and Xia’s seduction.
When their first mission brings Xia’s memories bulleting back to the surface, she realizes she’s fallen for two men who don’t exist. Running away, however, could be her deadliest mistake.
I was right! After reading Thrill-Kinky, I knew I was going to enjoy the heck out of this series and Roberts certainly delivered with Bad Kitty. Reuniting with the crew of the Malcolm, this installment focuses on Xia, the felinoid adopted daughter of Mik and Gan, and we find out who she was before they rescued her as a kitten. I must say, it wasn’t at all what I expected and it made for a rather exciting and twisting plot as Xia becomes the “target” of more than just the assassin she thwarted and injured in the previous book. I strongly recommend reading Thrill-Kinky prior to reading Bad Kitty so that you understand the nuances of the relationships among the crew of the Malcolm and so you are familiar with the events that took place in book one that are referenced in this installment as they do have an impact on parts of the storyline.
The book opens on the night that Xia met Mik and Gan. Although I wasn’t aware of the exact details, I had surmised much of what had happened on that fateful night by what had been said and what wasn’t said in the previous book. What was new information for me pertained to the training she had received prior to that night and what is revealed goes a long way in explaining why Xia is the way she is and why Mik was so worried about her when she took on the assassin in book one. As Bad Kitty unfolds, we learn that Mik’s concerns were warranted because that fight has loosened the lock on Xia’s memories, which has, in turn, worsened her nightmares. But her need to protect those who are important to her and feed her darkness leads her to making a deal with the warlord, Rahal. The fact that Rahal is also a felinoid like Xia means that Roberts is able to deliver some sexy fun times relatively quickly in the book as their species is very sexual and Rahal finds himself drawn to Xia in a way that takes him by surprise. But what really surprised me was how open their species was when Rahal invited another man to join them when Cal shows up for his meeting with Rahal. Talk about rockets firing off! With Rahal and Cal both being bisexual, I was enjoying the heck out of the sex scenes and the various combinations the author provided. But as hot as they were, it was the action and intrigue that kept me up late as I had to know WHO Xia really was and WHO was out to kill her.
Bad Kitty is an excellent addition to the Chronicles of the Malcolm series. I really, really enjoyed meeting Xia in Thrill-Kinky, so the chance to get to know her better had me looking forward to the book. But actually reading her story, seeing how she came to be part of the Malcolm, learning about what happened to her as a child and what led to her becoming such a lethal individual, and watching her find her place in the world with Rahal and Cal by her side was even better than I hoped. I liked that Xia learned to listen to her instincts even more and that Rahal helped her learn more about what it meant to be felinoid. Although I hated that she suffered what she did as a child, I cannot imagine her not being a part of the Malcolm. Because much of the storyline is about Xia discovering her true identity, I cannot go into a lot of the book’s details. Suffice it to say, I loved how that mystery played out and thought the ending was perfect. I am already salivating for the next installment and hope that I won’t have to wait too long before I get to return to the Malcolm.