Cat Boss: Paws for Action is the first book in the series written by Tayma Tameem. Devon Bates’s character was thoroughly introduced at the beginning of the story. He is a conservative, health-conscious, career-focused, and family-oriented police detective. He met Elaine Moore, the aunt of his brother’s wife, during their family thanksgiving. She’s locally known as a cat rescuer. Devon has an unexplained attraction towards Elaine the first time he saw her. However, as she started sharing about her skills in talking to cats and her ability to translate their every meow, he recalled what his brother told about Elaine being the Crazy Cat Lady. His situation became burdensome when she offered him her crime-solving services with her cats as the informants. Devon knows that it’s disrespectful to avoid meeting her and listening to her claims. But, he’s a person who uses logic and facts, especially in his job. Cats can’t be a witness in any investigation. Elaine knew that Devon would doubt her and her cats but, that doesn’t stop her from proving it. These things are absolutely crazy to believe until Devon gathered a lead that could fit in Percy’s (the cat) statements. With their newly built partnership, the detective will develop some fondness for the feline creatures. Perhaps, he might consider an exciting future with Elaine.
I’ve finished reading the book in two days. The cats made the book so much enjoyable. I initially thought that these creatures have dialogues like in the movies where the animal protagonists can communicate directly to humans. But here, they weren’t speaking in human language. Only through Elaine, they’re able to tell about the suspicious things going on along the neighborhood. These cats are clever and well-behaved. The part that I like the most is when they are trying to prove their ability to Devon. I bet, after reading this, you would see your pets differently.
Elaine is a nurturer. She likes adopting cats, taking care of people, and cooking for them. People who don’t know her well think she’s peculiar, but she’s a normal woman in the sense that she doesn’t act or do things out of the ordinary except talking to the cats. On the other hand, Devon doesn’t seem the guy who won’t make friends (as introduced by the author) because he’s so likable in my perspective. He’s a bit mama’s boy but mature. Devon and Elaine’s romantic feelings have just started. It’s a kind of slowly built love affair. Both of them are still gauging if they can take their friendship to the next level. As friends, they have a special connection which made it easy for them to understand each other.
I’m sure cat lovers will find this book fun and hilarious. Anyone who would want to switch from tangled and serious plots, this one is for you. It’s a light detective story that will warm your hearts not only through these intelligent feline creatures. It showcases a strong family bond and loving relationship as well. Cat Boss could be offered to a larger audience as I have not noticed profane language.
There’s nothing I dislike about the book. I hope Elaine and the cats will get more involved in the investigation in the next book. I’ve noticed that their appearances are mostly at Elaine’s house. It’ll be more fun if they go outside and meet new people aside from Devon.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The minus one point is due to some errors I have noticed while reading. But, all in all, I’ve enjoyed the story. I’m looking forward to reading more of Tayma Tameem’s books.