The 3rd installment in Celeste Parker’s Fueled by Lust series is a nice surprise. Why a surprise? For the simple reason that she’s not skimping on either the characters or story building. This installment is more stand alone than Book 2 was, but the characters are all recurring. So to avoid confusion and hair pulling, I would suggest that you read the first two in the series before tackling this one. It doesn’t hurt that those two were very good also.
Cato Telaruis is the tattooed and pierced IT guy for the businesses that he and his fellow Insedi own. He’s not only the IT guy, he can find out most anything on anyone as long as there’s an electronic footprint. So one day while he’s trolling the airwaves he hears a mesmerizing voice that slowly but surely becomes a fascination. After listening for weeks to her voice in her phone calls to the women’s hotline, Cato tracks her down to make sure that she’s not come to harm.
Luna Jasper is sick and tired of the obsessive, controlling and manipulative behavior of her psychotic live-in boyfriend. She’s been with him for a year and she’s finally gotten the gumption and the smarts to leave him. Little does she know how a single phone call to Julie at the hotline will forever change her life.
This isn’t a short read; it is quick though. Cato was in the first two stories and he’s finally getting his told. I’m not big on the tats and piercings and all that external stuff. Yes, I’m just as guilty as the next person – I appreciate a ‘hot dude’ but if you’re a jerk, then I don’t appreciate that too much. Cato’s got the tats and the ear piercings (which I couldn’t picture because I have no idea how those look) but he’s such a nice guy it was very easy for me to overlook that. Cato’s a big guy but he’s not insensitive to those around him. He’s not even the stereotypical IT guy (you know what I mean) and doesn’t seclude himself in his little room watching other people. He’s got a lovely home that he’s outfitted so his friends and family can come over to enjoy the camaraderie that they need instead of going a little bat crap crazy waiting and wondering when they’re going to meet their mates. Cato’s got a lot of things goes for him but what he doesn’t have is what all his fellow friends came to Earth for – his mate. He sees Severus, Ferox and Drusus with their mates and he knows he’s missing out.
There’s a lot of story building before our H/h meet formally – it was easily about 120 pages in before that happens. But that doesn’t mean that they weren’t in each others presence. Because of the actions of her boyfriend, Cato spends a lot of time taking care of Luna while she was in a coma from an assault that dang near killed her.
I liked Luna. I liked her a lot, but I for some reason I didn’t like her as much as I liked Cassie (Fueled by Lust: Severus) or Lina (Fueled by Lust: Drusus). Heads up – those names are way too close in spelling and pronunciation; if you’re reading this as a standalone you might get confused. Luna’s personality took a little for me to get used to, maybe because her abuser tried silencing her and she was silenced for a while. When that happened I think I missed some of the getting to know her while I learned more about Cato.
There are some secondary story lines that were good for me, primarily the one between Cato and his father. I enjoyed that a lot because Cato got a glimpse of the pain that his father suffered when he lost his wife. He understood the mind-numbing emotion that his plagued his father and that was humbling for Cato because he had to let go the anger and the hurt that he held for his father for so long. Great scene there. The missing Basilius is still an issue, as that nutter is still on the loose. There are a few new Insedi who are new, including Kallon, the physician. He might or might not have something going with Ulixes, Basilius’s main warrior. I’m not sure yet, but it’s interesting so far. I think Prater is setting up how to explain how the guys did without women on the planet for so long. Again, not sure there, but we’ll see.
I was surprised that the editing in this one didn’t seem as tight as the first two stories. There were some spelling errors in this but not too much to detract from the story. I did get my HEA for the couple while the next story for Lucien is set up, so was a bit of a cliffhanger.
Happy Reading Folks!
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Fueled by Lust: Cato
by Celeste Prater
Release Date: April 10, 2014