Tara Lain is one of the few authors that writes m/m that I make a point of reading. There is a very good reason for that. Her stories are more than just sex and more than just a homosexual couple. They are a complex story with multiple layers and Brush with Catastrophe is not an exception. The characters are fantastic with insecurities, talent and secrets. The friendships that are portrayed cross gender and sexual orientation making this an everyone book, not a gay book. Though set in a typical college setting, there is a strong paranormal element due to witches that have real powers. Characters from the first book of this series are part of this story which is nice but you don’t have to have read the first story to enjoy this one. (However, you’re going to want to.)
Yes, there is sex in this story and it is between men. However, it is done with care and done extremely well. Sammy is the main character and the story pretty much revolves around him. He’s not exactly who you would normally picture as a lead character but he’s very lovable. He also has powers that he doesn’t realize he has. Ryder has been his friend for years but Ryder has a bigger secret than he’s attracted to Sammy, even though everyone thinks he’s into girls. When a new guy shows up at college, he does more than turn heads. He makes a play for Sammy. Sammy wonders why?
This is a wonderful blend of a m/m romance and a paranormal. I’m not sure where this series is going but I plan on following where ever it leads!
Sammy Raphael is a crappy witch, and on top of that, he can’t seem to get a boyfriend. Where other supernaturals can bring down lightning and manifest wealth, Sammy can paint. Granted, the “prophetic” paintings he creates at night always come true, but they never predict anything important. Sammy feels like a total loser with a worthless ability.
One night he paints a gorgeous guy who turns out to be his secret crush, the human Ryder, but Ryder’s changed so much he’s almost unrecognizably beautiful. Then Sammy paints an angel who turns out to be a witch. But is that witch also a devil—a devil who can bring down Sammy’s whole community and everyone he loves? And why the hell does Ryder keep changing? Aloysius, the black cat familiar, always backs a winner. So why is he backing Sammy?