This is a fabulous start to a new series. The setting is a historical alternative universe where witches and their familiars fight crime against all sorts of magical bad guys. In this, Tom Halloran is a witch who is hiding his powers. He works for the human police department and hides his past. He lives an isolated and somewhat lonely life. A murder of a shop keeper in his neighborhood causes him to seek assistance from the Magical Police Force against his better judgment. Tom is immediately paired up with cat familiar Cicero. Cicero is haughty and aloof and sometimes difficult but Tom is immediately attracted to him. What Tom doesn't realize, but Cicero does, is the two men are fated to be together. Cicero is Tom's familiar.
Tom and Cicero end up working under cover together to solve this complicated case. What follows is an action packed story full of magic and betrayal, strong emotions and excitement, love and lies.
I enjoyed everything about this. The plot is very unique and kept me entertained and engrossed the entire time. While witches and their familiars may not be a new concept, this author gives us a totally fresh and unique presentation of the dynamic. The story was fast paced and exciting. The character development was super good and I was an immediate fan of both Tom and Cicero. I love the fated mate concept but even without that you could feel the two men's deep attraction and affection to each other. The romantic times were sweet and the sexy times were super steamy.
This writer is known for her historical stories with paranormal twists. How she keeps them all so totally different I don't know but she does. No two are the same but they are all well written and unique. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This series is definitely one you need to check out.
Will a dark history doom their future together?
New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.
Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within.
Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved.
But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.