Queen of Tarts review of PJ Schnyder’s Fighting Kat

Fighting Kat (The Triton Experiment, #2)Queen of Tarts Review of

Fighting Kat

by PJ Schnyder

I adore Kat and not only because we share our name. 😉 She is a survivor. She was captured, abused and given a virus that mutated her into a panther shifter. She has a lot of baggage to say the least! She’s fierce, smart, loyal and learning how to combine the two sides of her nature. Fighting Kat has it all, action, edge of your seat danger, snark, sass and passion and caring… I loved seeing how Kat protects those she’s let into her heart.

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Fighting Kat stirred up a lot of emotions in me., up, down, all around. Kat is a merc and travels with her captain Dev and his crew. She is in a long distance relationship with a soldier named Rygard. I’m in a long distance relationship too and their longing connected with me and nearly made me cry. I ached for them both. I was looking forward to their mini reunion when her ship is commissioned to bring more soldiers to join his team. Then PJ Schnyder threw me for a loop when Rygard’s group was attacked and taken hostage. I was going “No, no no!” Kat has to put a lid on her panic too and rescue her guy. Then my emotion was relief. 🙂

But that’s not the end. There’s intrigue and more danger as Kat and Rygard, along with a select team, infiltrate the fighting arena where some of Rygard’s fellow soldiers have been sent. I couldn’t put this book down! Kat has to figure out if she wants to balance her panther side with her human side and if Rygard can still care seeing all she has to become for them to survive.


The romance in this book is hot! But more than that it felt real. Two very strong people  trying to be honest and present for each other despite their differences and the challenges of their jobs. They respect each others strengths and have each others backs… and fronts. 😉 yum!

“Fine.” She crossed her arms over her chest. “No bloodshed until we hit planet side unless one of them draws blood on me first. Happy?”


His chest tightened. “Believe me, sweetness, I wish I were with you too. Especially right now.”


She stilled in his arms. The only reason he didn’t worry was because she pressed herself to him, holding him close in her embrace. After a long time, she whispered against his shirt, “I missed your heartbeat.”


“Looking to see something amusing become a thing of violent beauty.”


I love science fiction and Fighting Kat has that combined with a romance that makes my geek loving heart rejoice. The world building, aliens and technology in this story were great but what really grounded it for me were the relationships. Kat’s bond with her captain Dev, her girl friend Skuld, her tech buddy Boggle and most of all with her guy Rygard, felt real and relatable. I loved seeing Kat grow and let down some of the walls she had developed to protect herself. I am eager to see more of Kat’s journey. I need more! I recommend you give Kat a fighting chance and join her journey too.



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♦ eARC provided for review for my honest opinion.

Fighting Kat (The Triton Experiment, #2)

Fighting Kat

Release date: January 13th, 2014 |
Publisher: Carina Press|
Genre: Romance, Sci Fi, Paranormal Romance
PJ Schnyder (Author)
ISBN: 9781426897771 |
Format: eBook and audio


Book two of The Triton Experiment

Intergalactic mercenary Kat Darah has been ordered to keep her shape-shifting ability a secret from everyone but those closest to her, for her own safety. She’s learned how to control the feral rage… for the most part. But when Lieutenant Rygard’s military unit goes missing, she’ll use every skill she has to find her man.

Lt. Christopher Rygard has witnessed his girl shift, and he still wants her. After Kat rescues him from alien clutches, he’d like nothing more than to wrap her in his arms again, but his first duty is to his men. And half of them have been shipped off-planet to be sold as slaves.

Kat and Rygard will need to form a new team to go deep undercover, posing as gladiators and learning to fight together—not just side by side—in order to survive. In the arena, it’s all about who is the strongest predator…

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