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Jacked Cat Jive

By: Rhys Ford
Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Series: Kai Gracen, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Stalker Kai Gracen knew his human upbringing would eventually clash with his elfin heritage, but not so soon. Between Ryder, a pain-in-his-neck sidhe lord coaxing him to join San Diego’s Southern Rise Court, and picking up bounties for SoCalGov, he has more than enough to deal with. With his loyalties divided between the humans who raised him and the sidhe lord he’s befriended and sworn to protect, Kai finds himself standing at a crossroads.  

When a friend begs Kai to rescue a small group of elfin refugees fleeing the Dusk Court, he’s pulled into a dangerous mission with Ryder through San Diego’s understreets and the wilderness beyond. Things go from bad to downright treacherous when Kerrick, Ryder’s cousin, insists on joining them, staking a claim on Southern Rise and Kai.  

Burdened by his painful past, Kai must stand with Ryder against Kerrick while facing down the very court he fears and loathes. Dying while on a run is expected for a Stalker, but Kai wonders if embracing his elfin blood also means losing his heart, soul, and humanity along the way.

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  • Daisycat68
  • 10-07-2020

Just gets better and better.

I love this series. I think it's my favorite from Ford, except for maybe the Cole McGinnis books which are also amazing. If you have gotten this far, you know what's going on with the various story arcs. Kai is *starting* to come to terms with his attraction and connection with his "Lordling." Ryder is dealing with a challenge to his rule over the Southern Rise Court. There is some sadness with regards to a minor character, but still important to Kai. Dempsey is Dempsey. We see some of the other characters (I love Jonah and his huge crazy family!) and one of my faves, Cari. Underneath it all is the creeping slither of Kai's evil father Tannic(sp?), who will become more of an issue in book four, I think. Greg Tremblay (aka Boudreaux) is one of the finest storytellers out there. I will purchase a book based on his narration alone. He has a wide range of voices depending on gender or accent. My only *complaint* (and it's minor) is that Ryder sounds Irish in the first two novels, but sounds Hispanic in this one. It's not bad unless you go from book to book in rapid succession, but is a tad jarring at first if you do. He still sounds sexy, though! Also, this is a SLOW BURN romance, as in there really isn't much until (hopefully!) book four. I am ok with it, would like if there was something more, but I think Ford sticks with Kai's prickly demeanor well as it's more believable than if they just jumped into the sack immediately. I actually prefer this to writers who use sex scenes as a substitute for any meaningful plot. If you are reading this review but amazingly haven't started the series yet, get yourself over to Black Dog Blues and get going! I recommend the audio because Tremblay brings the book to life. I pre-ordered book four but wait impatiently for the narration of that one, too. Highly recommended!

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  • Dana Piazzi
  • 05-07-2020

Incredible world building

I reviewed the first two books of the series when they first came out but for some reason I didn’t review Jacked Cat Jive. When I saw that the fourth book is coming out soon, I decided to listen to Jacked Cat Jive and review it before the next book. And hopefully, I will be able to review that one in the near future. So it has been a while since I was immersed in the world of Kai Gracen. For a quick recap, the setting of the story is a future America where there was a rift between the world of the fae (sidhe and unsidhe) and the human world. There are mix of cultures in this California city as well as a mix of creatures inhabiting it. Dragons live on the outskirts of town and black dogs that are more fae made than natural. Some resources are hard to come by and the areas outside the larger cities have a sort of Mad Max feel, if the Emerald City popped up in the middle of the barren land. Or at least this is how I picture it. Kai Gracen himself is a mix of many things, unsidhe, sidhe, and dragon at the very least. Because of the way he was created and raised, and the roughness of the new world, Kai is somewhat hardened, or at least he acts like it. The world is harsh and the story is gritty. Still, Kai has attracted the interest of Ryder, a sidhe lord. Over the series Kai has eased his animosity with the lord, and in this book he actually displays a trust he rarely gives anyone else. In this book, in general, I have seen a softer side of Kai than the previous two books, but a lot is happening to the people he has grown to let into his life. A former lover and friend dies, and the man who saved him from his fathers bad intentions and raised him will die soon. It opens Kai to realizing how much he has come to care for others when he still thought of himself as closed off. The addition of Ryder’s cousin Kerrick does make the story more interesting because Kerrick is hardly a good guy like his cousin. He operates at their grandmother’s behest and she is pretty evil for a light fae. He isn’t going anywhere by the end of this story and I am sure he will try his hardest to create problems for Ryder and Kai and for the peaceful plans that Ryder has for the city. I am very interested in what happens next for the two. Kai will be facing more hurts and maybe his guard will slip some more and let this slow burn romance kindle a little brighter? One can hope because Ryder really is a upstanding and sweet character. And I definitely want to see Kerrick get his just dues. If you haven’t read any books in the series yet, I recommend reading them in order and I recommend listening to them on audio. Greg Tremblay is an amazing narrator who shouldn’t be missed.

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  • Andrew
  • 14-04-2020

What a blast.

A great story with characters that all feel amazingly real. I would defiantly recommend this story if you've read the last few books. If you haven't read the others, go do that.

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  • AvidReader
  • 07-11-2019

Loved the third book in the Series!

Just loved the third book in the series! If the book really catches me, I check for an audio and purchase. I have the books and audio of this series. You can't get better that Rhys Ford in world building. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys this genre.

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  • Texan2
  • 06-11-2019

Fun Adventure

Greg does a great job with this story. The action is strong in this one.

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  • Kathy
  • 13-10-2019

Hail Kai Gracen!

Wow! This is perhaps the best series that I have listened to yet! I want to know what the last changes to the court is, it must be really good to have Kai swear like that at the end. I hope we get the next instalment sooner than later. Definitely worth purchasing.

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  • Loretta Sylvestre
  • 03-10-2019

Another great book.

Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay team up perfectly fir tge Kai Gracen series. The latest installment is an excellent listen.

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  • Reyna
  • 17-08-2019

A Love of Fae

I love Kai Gracen! A kickass, no nonsense, type of guy. The jobs he ends up on for the Sidhe Lord are dangerous, descriptive and exciting to read. The cast of characters involed run from humans, Sidhe Lords, fae animals and even dragons. I will listen to this again! Greg Tremblay never disappoints! His voice is rich and multi-faceted!

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  • Sue C
  • 13-07-2019

loved it ! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one is an emotional rollercoaster for Kai. I love this series and re-listen to it regularly. Book 3 is another great instalment that I will happily re-listen to again and again and again …. Greg Tremblay's narration, as always, vividly brings colour to this amazing world.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-07-2019

Favourite Series

To keep this short, the Kai Gracen series is perhaps my favorite series by Rgys Ford. Yes, I suspect it's edged ahead of the Sinners' Gin and Cole McGinnis series. (Miki and Jae still have their rightful places in my heart, of course.) I try to reccomend the written and the audio novels to everyone. Rhys writes great books and Greg narrates them with a flair I have yet to hear bettered.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-10-2019

Up with the best urban fantasy available in audio.

5* on everything, this series just keeps getting better. It's up there with Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock, as one of my all-time favourite urban fantasy series and like JY, the audio has one of the best narrators in the business. It's just as hard to put down the second time listening. This is predominantly a great fantasy series, with imaginative world building and interesting characters which has a sweet (so far non graphic) slow burn romance between the two male main characters.It's a real shame that being tucked away in the Gay & Lesbian category, it doesn't seem to have reached many of the wider fantasy audience, many of whom I think would equally enjoy it.

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  • Book addict
  • 17-07-2019

Great series

Really enjoyed this and can’t wait for the next one to come out. I wish I discovered the series when loads of books had been released already instead of having to (I’m)patiently wait for the next one. I love Faith Hunter and Ilona Andrews books, and I love this series for the same reasons as those.

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  • P. S. Johnson
  • 25-06-2019

Return to Kai Gracen

I can’t help but listen to this over and over again. I love to become immersed in this merged world of humans and elfin. There’s sadness, excitement and emergent love here. This is a well crafted story in a world which we might experience one day, who knows? Greg Tremblay does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. The story is well paced with characters you will love and some you will hate. We meet some new and very strange monsters as well as the old favourites. I was on the edge of my seat many times so grab some tissues and some smiles and hang on for the ride.