Puss in Boots by Barri Bryan

Whiskey Creek Press Torrid

Fantasy, Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-59374-995-8

Reviewed by Patrice F.



If left to her own devices, Caitlin Miller would be eaten alive by the world, so it’s perfect when she inherits her mother’s lilac pussy cat Fifi.  Hardworking and virginal, Caitlin is naïve, trusting and too big hearted for her own good.  Fifi steps in to save her from herself while ensuring that her silly mistress has a shot at making it to the top of the fashion world.

Leo Legrand, the super wealthy owner of a fashion franchise chain plans to take advantage of the lovely, talented Caitlin by seducing her and stealing her fashion portfolio.  Little does he know it will be a cold day in hell before Fifi allows a scoundrel like him to gain the upper hand. 

Puss in Boots is a modern twist on the fairy tale set in the world of fashion.  Instead of the miller’s son, we have Caitlin Miller, the youngest of three sisters and the least duplicitous.  The coolest part about this story is the setting because a lot of facts about the fashion industry are perfectly woven into the plot.  Everything from the models, to the clothing and how a fashion show is produced is described without overpowering the narrative or causing the plot to lag.

Bawdy humor and double entendre is liberally sprinkled into the language.  It gave the story a lot of character, wit and energy.  Caitlin’s and Leo’s imperfections and virtues keep things lively and entertaining.  They learned a lot from one another and evolved from growing together.  The adage, “cat’s meow”, was created for Fifi, and after reading Puss in Boots, don’t be too sure she didn’t make it up.  This frisky little feline is not only Caitlin’s best friend, but she’s savvy, stylish and everything a lilac Chantilly/Tiffany pedigree cat should be. In short, the original Puss couldn’t pull off carrying a Gucci purse and Anne Klein stilettos while calling everyone “sugah” with a gentile southern drawl.  If she was human, she’d steal the show on the catwalk!  There were areas in this story where she was a scene stealer!

This sassy and sexy fairy tale has enough pizzazz and style to gain high end status.  Readers try this story on for size.  You’ll like the fit.


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