This fun and imaginative m/m series is filled with fascinating and sexy characters who have extraordinary powers and remarkably generous hearts. The evolving dynamics of the enclave of beings who interact with each other and support the love that each pair has found is always intriguing and heartwarming. The author has such a deft touch with comedy and sensual romance and this story is a great example of it (although some of the visuals conjured up by Alain’s antics make me glad I wasn’t drinking anything at the time I read them). This is one of my favorite series by this author because the presentation of soberingly real issues faced by gay men is handled in a deft and sensitive manner while the stories themselves provide a very entertaining look at the benefits of a loving relationship, with a fantastical twist. I was very happy to get glimpses into the lives of characters presented in previous stories in this series and I am hopeful for many more tales in this universe.
“Cataclysmic Shift” by Tara Lain is the third exciting tale in the paranormal m/m ‘Aloysius Tales’ series about a group of witches and their associates. A horrendous attack results in bewildered Alain Bellarose ending up in the care of hunky but lonely veterinarian, Dr. Luke Elliott, who is enthralled but wary of the young amnesiac who has come into his life. The local witches are struggling to discover who is threatening them and Luke is struggling with his attraction for Alain and with his fears from his traumatic past but fortunately Alain seems to see everything in black and white and sees right to the heart of the reticent veterinarian. Now, the only obstacles are to solve the case of missing familiar, Aloysius, and for Alain and Luke to show each other their true selves.
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.