Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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.
I must admit that the blurb drew me to this book. I love animals and am partial to shifter stories. This book was not your typical shifter story though. I found the writing to be wonderfully descriptive, but not loaded down so much that I would lose interest and skim to find another place to start.
Aloysius is an amazing cat. In animal form, he doesn’t have the ability to communicate beyond the ways of a regular cat. However, when he gets turned into a human the expressions and words are there. I loved his quirks and how some of his feline traits crossed boundaries into his human form.
Luke reminded me of someone who is trying very hard to forget their past and move on. He loves his job as a vet and it shows in the interactions with other characters and their pets. I do get the sense of his deep self-deprivation and how he doesn’t want anything to rock his boat… or his world. Alain does both in spades.
The other characters of the story are from previous installments and their story adds to this one. I love the interaction between Alain and the animals of Luke’s clinic. He seems to have this “magical” ability to understand them and the animals respond.
The danger of the book is a coven of European witches. The magic beings of the world do mix with humans, but not to the human’s knowledge. Makes for some interesting times when having to explain to a perplexed Luke why Alain knows things or how with a flick of the wrist a room is cleaned.
I really want to read the other books in this series as it has grabbed my attention. If you want a book with magic, animals, curiosity, and love, this one has it all!