The Secret Life of Mac by Melinda Metz @MelindaMetz @KensingtonBooks #bookreview #contemporary #romance #animals #cats

Title: The Secret Life of Mac

Author: Melinda Metz

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

Page Count: 256

My rating:  4 stars

About the book:

Inspired by the true story of a kleptomaniac cat who stole his way into

heart . . .

MacGyver the tabby is feeling very pleased with himself. His human, Jamie Snyder, has found the perfect packmate—and it’s all thanks to Mac. By stealing personal items from the home of Jamie’s handsome neighbor David, the matchmaking cat brought these two L.A. singles together. Now, while the newlyweds are off on their honeymoon, MacGyver is ready for a well-deserved cat nap. That is, until he meets his cat sitter Briony. Like most humans, she’s hopeless when it comes to romance. And Mac can’t resist a challenge . . .

Briony feels terrible about leaving her fiancé at the altar. When her cousin Jamie offers her the chance to cat sit MacGyver, the runaway bride leaps at the chance to cuddle up with the only male creature she trusts herself around. But MacGyver has other plans. He lures Briony to a friendly neighborhood retirement community—run by a charming young hottie named Nate. Briony and Nate hit it off instantly. But Briony’s still not sure she’s ready for a relationship. And Nate’s got problems of his own—someone is sabotaging his community.

Crazy humans. Why can’t they follow their instincts and go after the love they deserve? MacGyver is on the case. And this time, he’s not pussyfooting around . . .


The Secret Life of Mac by Melinda Metz actually seems to be a follow up to the contemporary romance, Talk to the Paw by Melinda Metz. These romance stories have something a little different in them as they give a point of view to Mac, the cat, along with the two main characters.

In Talk to the Paw Mac had made it a mission to make his owner Jamie happy by trying to set her up with David. The way Mac goes about his matchmaking ways is he has a habit of sneaking out of his home with Jamie and stealing little trinkets to bring to her bringing a reason for the pair to come together and meet.

Now in The Secret Life of Mac Mac’s owner/s are off on their honeymoon after his matchmaking was a huge success which leaves the need for a house/petsitter. Briony is Jamie’s cousin and she just left her own fiance at the alter coming to the conclusion that they weren’t meant for each other. Mac senses Briony’s sadness and goes back to his old tricks setting her up to meet Nate.

This series is a rather cute rom com that I’m sure more than just the kitty lovers out there would enjoy. It really didn’t have the POV of the cat as much as I expected it to have with him only inserting in little bits here or there and most of the story being from Briony or Nate’s POV. While I’m not usually a fan of jumping right into another relationship it somehow worked here as Briony did a lot of self discovery in the book and grew as a character. There’s also a bit of mystery happening with the retirement home to add to the antics of the book which made for even more fun so in the end I really enjoyed this one.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Melinda Metz is the author of the Roswell High series, basis of the hit televison show Roswell. She is an Edgar Award nominee for the Wright and Wong mystery series, written with Laura J. Burns. Melinda lives in North Carolina with her dog Scully, who exhibits some cat-like behaviors—such as seldom coming when she’s called.


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