Review: Fighting Kat by PJ Schnyder

fighting katReviewed by Jen

Panther shifter Kat Darah is sill getting used to the idea of having a man in her life. It’s been years since she was forcibly infected with lycanthropy, then tortured and raped by her captives. Yet Rygard is the first man she has been able to open herself up to since it happened. And now they are trying to maintain a relationship long-distance. With her job as part of a mercenary space crew and his in the military, they don’t have many other options. But as the book begins, it appears their missions are finally converging to put them at the same place at the same time.

Unfortunately, their reunion is put on hold when Rygard and his men are taken captive. Kat must work first to rescue him –and later– to help him find the rest of his men. The soldiers were changed into shifters and forced to compete in gladiator-style death matches. Kat and Rygard go undercover as competitors to help get them out.

The games have a familiar feel. They’re reminiscent of those Kate Daniels and her crew took part in during Magic Bleeds. They’re violent and they trigger Kat’s base instincts to kill. And they are the perfect backdrop for her to truly face her struggle to come to terms with what she is. Can she ever really be human again? Is she doomed to devolve into an animal? The fight to stay alive forces her to put those kinds of aside and simply survive.

Kat is an interesting contradiction. She is brilliant and fierce, but she is also damaged and vulnerable. It’s hard not to root for her, and like Rygard, it’s hard to see all of her self-doubt. As for our hero, he is sexy and strong, without being an alpha-hole. And while he tries to help Kat as much as he can, he never seems threatened by her strength or put off by her nature.

The book got off to a slow start for me. I had a hard time waiting for the reunion for Kat and Rygard. I also found myself frustrated by the action-to-romance ratio. I understand the way the plot dictated survival as a priority, but I guess I walked into it expecting more of a romance. Instead, it felt like a paranormal science fiction story with a romantic element. The first story in this series was significantly shorter, and during the transition from novella to novel, the focus shifted. Or maybe just my perception did.

I liked the alternating POVs between Kat and Rygard. And the love scenes were sexy and satisfying. I just didn’t invest deeply and there weren’t really any surprises. I think I would have liked this better as a second novella.

Rating: B-

*ARC Provided by Carina Press via NetGalley

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Fighting Kat
by PJ Schnyder
Release Date: January 13, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press


  1. I really need to read this series. My review partners love it.

  2. I’ve had this author on my tbr for a while now. It sounds pretty good. Thanks for the heads up it’s less romancey. Going in knowing that helps quite a bit I think.

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