Title: Best in Show
Author: Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 27th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 87 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Solitary mystery writer Julian Wilkes doesn’t want a pet, but his sister persuades him to visit Lingwood Animal Rescue, where he is immediately taken with a large ginger tabby cat. Before he can settle into the joys of cat ownership, however, he discovers something very unusual about his new companion.
Macavity Birch is cursed. By day he is a large tabby cat. At night he can be himself—a human male with ginger hair and oddly yellow eyes. He didn’t mean to end up in the animal rescue, but he never meant any harm when playing the prank that resulted in his curse, either. Happily, Julian adopts him. But while exploring his host’s home, he discovers the diary of a long-dead relative.
Unfortunately, not all of Mac’s ancestors are dead and buried. His great-great-great-grandmother is very much alive, and she’s a powerful witch who doesn’t take kindly to the sharing of family secrets. When Mac reveals himself to Julian in order to save him from bigger trouble, he achieves just the opposite, plunging Julian deeper into a magical mystery with him.
Julian Wilkes writes mysteries and a little romantic suspense, but since his last breakup he’s been a bit blocked. When his sister persuades (read: harangues) Julian into adopting a pet he decides on a large ginger tabby cat.
Macavity “Mac” Birch’s pranks have gotten him into hot water before, but this time he’s gone too far. Left for five days at Lingwood Animal Rescue, Mac’s just happy he’s been “rescued” before the little bit of magic he inherited from the woman his family calls “Aunt Clare” disappears and the staff figure out he isn’t really fixed.
Clare Lingwood is actually Mac’s great-great-great-grandmother, a witch, incredibly long-lived, and enormously protective of the family’s secrets. She deals swiftly, and sometimes harshly, with anyone who may expose any of their secrets. When Mac finds out Julian’s latest project is actually the journal of a witch, specifically Clare’s sister Madeleine, he’s desperate to try and get Julian to forget about writing about the Lingwood family, even if it means exposing their biggest secret.
He did have a sensitivity to magic, though. He could feel it writhing through every page of the book. He was holding the journal of a witch. Of Clare’s sister Madeleine.
Where had Julian found it?
More importantly, what did he plan to do with it?
This was so not good. The whole reason Mac had been cursed was because he’d done something that might expose Lingwood family secrets. It hadn’t—and he still thought Clare had overreacted—but if she found out about this journal, if she knew Julian had read it, frog spells would be the least of their worries.
While this is cute overall, I would have really liked to see more chemistry between Mac and Julian. I also felt like the story had some wasted potential where it rushed through some plot points I was interested in in favor of focusing on others I wasn’t.