Cataclysmic Shift (Ariel’s Review)

Title:  Cataclysmic Shift
Series:  The Aloysius Tales #3
Author:  Tara Lain
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Release Date:  September 13, 2017
Genre(s):  Urban Fantasy
Page Count:  201
Reviewed by:  Ariel
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Aloysius, the magical black cat and powerful witch’s familiar, isn’t afraid to go into battle to protect his master, but the outcome of the fight turns his feline world upside down. A direct hit of magic steals not only his memories and power, but even the body he’s lived in for several centuries. When he wakes up naked on the floor of a veterinarian’s office, it isn’t as the cat Aloysius, but as the sixteenth-century French gentleman Alain Bellarose. And when Alain sees sexy and enigmatic veterinarian Luke Elliott, he decides he’ll make the best of his time as a human. 

Luke is a man with secrets who generally prefers the company of animals—though the flamboyant boy who washes his face with the side of his hand and tries to lick his own privates might prove an exception. 

Meanwhile, Witch Master Killian Barth and his secret weapon, Sammy, struggle without Aloysius’s power to draw on. Two evil females are circling, and seeing the coven’s weakness, they’re about to move in for the kill. When Alain’s memories return, he’s faced with the ultimate dilemma: protect his community or stay with the man he loves.


The Cat Who Loved

Book 3 of this awesome series. I recommend reading book 1 and 2 first to truly know the supporting characters in this book. However, you can read this as a standalone if you don’t want to know the background of the supporting characters.

First I need to mention the cover. Beautiful and exotic. All the covers have been really great as well.

I love this book. What a perfect wrap up for this trilogy. The blurb for this book explains the plot perfectly. I will say this, though: A book explaining Aloysius origins was unexpected, but such a treat. My favorite part was when Alain was with the animals in the vet clinic. All the animals would want to be near him and he understood them. I was surprised that even the dogs liked him.

Alain and Luke couldn’t be more different. Alain is from another century, is magical and a protector and Luke is from this century and a vet. What they have in common, besides both being gorgeous, is animals. Alain was one and Luke takes care of them. That puts them at odds. Luke wants to take care of Alain and Alain wants to take care of Luke. This difference of opinion plays itself out at the end of the story.

Their love of animals, also, helps to draw them together and ignites the love that they will have each other.

My favorite supporting character is Amelia. She is cute and sweet and so lovable. I won’t tell you who she is so you can have the sweet surprise for yourself. I’m sure she will be your favorite also.

The ending was a big awwwwww. I loved it down to my toes. Such a perfect ending. Get out the Kleenex.

Another fantastic book by Tara Lain.

I highly highly recommend this book. Read the first book in the series before you read this one. The second is not mandatory, but would be very helpful. If you love witches and magic and a good love story get this book. You won’t be sorry.

The Aloysius Tales

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