Landry works in a Seattle antiques store for an older Chinese man who knows his stuff and is teaching the young man his trade. It isn't easy, since Landry can be a bit scatterbrained, no doubt due to the large amounts of coffee and pastries he can consume. One day, Landry is alone in the shop when he is visited by police detective Gage, who is on the trail of some artworks stolen from a traveling exhibit in Japan. Landry can't help Gage with the crime, but the two men definitely push each other's buttons right from the start. Gage is an alpha dominant that likes the challenge of a bratty sub, but he may have met his match in Landry.
In rough outline, there's a similarity between the premise of this story and the Snow and Winter series, but the characters and story are very different below that superficial similarity. The relationship between Gage and Landry is more at the center of this story, with the mystery being the catalyst that drives it along. It's a very different kind of mystery as well, with a lower body count.
The point of view alternates between the two main characters. Landry is a very difficult character not to like, even if he is certain to drive those around him crazy. He's a bit of an over-the-top personality but not so much as to stretch credulity. The ‘brat’ submissive is a popular fixture in D/s stories and in Landry you can see both the charm and the challenge of such a personality.
Gage is also from a well known mold of police detectives as well as hard-nosed dominants who are really softies. His partner is really the tough one and the banter between the two them adds to the humorous moments. We don't get to know a lot about Gage's background, but as this is the start of a series, we'll probably learn more about both him and Landry as it progresses.
“The Lucky Cat” is available from Amazon.