Spell Cat (Kristin’s Review)

Spell Cat.
Title: Spell Cat (Aloysis #1)
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Release Date: October 31, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal
Page Count: 175
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5


2nd Edition

When Killian Barth, history professor, meets Blaine Genneau, quantum physicist, they ignite their own big bang. But Killian can’t pursue a physics professor—or a human. As the most powerful male witch in ten generations, Killian must bolster his dying race by reproducing—despite the fact that he’s gay.

Even a fling with Blaine is out of the question, because Killian has been told sex with humans drains his power. But if that’s true, why can young human Jimmy Janx dissolve spoons with the power of his mind? If Killian can sort through the lies he’s been fed, he’ll still face his biggest obstacle—convincing rational scientist Blaine to believe in magic.

With his ancient and powerful cat familiar, Aloysius, on his shoulder, Killian brings the lightning against deceit and greed to save Blaine from danger and prove love is the greatest power of them all.

First Edition published by Loose Id, 2012.

Premise of the book: Killian, Master Witch, gay and betrothed to Lavender, powerful female witch, so they can perpetuate the witch powers.

Blaine, hot physics professor. Human.

Jimmy Janx, Killian’s student. Discovers he’s a freak.

Lavender’s father, a Russian Mobster. Will ensure at all costs that Killian and Lavender wed.

Aloysius, the black familiar with a penchant for crossing his front paws. Story wasn’t about the cat.

I regret to say, this was not my favorite Tara Lain read. I thought that it lacked the grammatical polish, intensity, and emotional connection between the main characters that I’ve found in many of her other books.

Additionally, I thought the plot came across a bit scattered and over the top. A pre-arranged marriage to perpetuate witch powers, “humans” are reviled (yet they live among them?), combined with Russian mobsters and witchy power struggles all had me struggling to suspend my disbelief. Yes, it’s a paranormal story, but there needs to be that thread that anchors it that allows me to suspend my disbelief. And the romantic/emotional connection that I craved between Blaine and Killian felt lost in all the extraneous “stuff” going on between and around Killian, Lavender and Jimmy.

I mentioned grammatical polish. The overuse of the phrase “Oh! The witch!” or “The witch!” for what I felt, was a stand-on for B!$&h, was interesting one or twice, but by the time I got to the climatic conclusion, had me rolling my eyes. Never good.

And yes, there is the cat Aloysius, who seemed to be integral to the plot, but was so subtle as to almost be a side note in the overall scheme of things other than riding around on Killian’s shoulders. Which was kinda a bummer – I was wishing I could hear what the cat was thinking and doing. That and having a cat riding on your shoulders has got to be uncomfortable.

Ultimately, these are just my observations and others might find the story to more to their liking. It’s short, moves quickly, and has several intertwined plot lines to keep a reader engaged. And, it’s witchy with a black cat, good for a Halloween read.

The Aloysius Tales

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I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: "Never leave home without a book (or two or three)." Though once I learned how to knit that became "Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project." A long-time fan of science fiction, I've since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian's (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that's not a run-on sentence, I don't know what is... I'm not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult. Thanks for reading my reviews! No two persons ever read the same book Edmund Wilson