Spell Cat

The Aloysius Tales Book 1

Killain Barth and Lavender Karonoff are engaged to be married. It’s not like they decided this but there parents did. Killian’s mother is the most powerful female witch of her generation and Lavender’s father has immense power within the witch world and the human one. With the power that witches have diminishing with each generation, they, backed by the council, think this match will bring the most powerful witches anyone has seen for centuries. The problem is, while Killian and Lavender see no way out of this arranged marriage neither want it.

Killian is gay. Most people know this so he doesn’t understand why anyone would think that he could have children with Lavender. It’s not that he doesn’t like her but that women just don’t do anything for him. However, the new quantum physics professor, Blaine Genneau is a totally different story and a totally different problem. Blaine is human.

Every witch it taught that having sex with a human will diminish their power. So, as tempting as Blaine is Killian is not going to act on it. Lavender has a similar problem. She’s in love with a human, Jimmy Janx. Not only can she not have sex with him but if her father finds out that she’s even seeing him, her father will have Jimmy killed!

While Killian and Lavender are figuring out what they should, or shouldn’t, do, Jimmy has a few issues of his own. While doing an experiment, he discovers that he can levitate things and dissolve spoons with just his thoughts. Is he a freak or what?

As Killian struggles with his reality of marriage, his mother gives him a gift. The gift is a familiar, a black cat named Aloysius or Al. Al will increase the strength of Killian’s magic. Al also goes every where Killian does which makes an interesting fashion statement.

Killian looks for a quick fling with some possible love in all the wrong places. Finally, unable to deny the attraction, Killian has sex with Blaine figuring he has so much power that a little less will not be noticed with Al’s help. Strangely, he doesn’t have any power diminished. Could the council be lying? With Lavender’s help, Killian hopes to discover the truth!

This is the first book of what appears to be the start of a series of stories centering around Aloysius. I’m not sure how that is going to look but this opening story is awesome.

The characters are totally hot. Killian is a young, long haired, motorcycle riding professor who has girls trying to tempt him in every class. Blaine is just over 6 feet of dark haired yummyness. They both have brains and looks which is a total turn on. Jimmy though a young and confused college student come across as a determined and open minded man willing to do whatever he can to fulfill his goals and dreams. Lavender is no pushover either. She’s got to decide if she’s willing to go again her father, a man she both loves and hates. Once she decides, there will be no going back.

Given that there are four main characters you can expect that there will a complex plot and you would be correct. Not only is there two different love stories going on but there is a major power struggle going on within the witch community. There are hidden secrets to be reveled, spies to be ferreted out and alliances to be formed. Nothing is as simple as it appears. When thunder starts to roll in, expect shocking results!

The worlds that are developed are defined with rules and lives. The human part is just as we normally perceive. School, work and youthful pranks are all part of it. The witch part though has secrets and loyalties to different rules than the humans. Within pages, that becomes apparent and the dual life that Killian and Lavender operate in becomes real.

The sex is hot and strikes sparks. Once Killian and Lavender decide to go after their humans, they can’t seem to keep their hands off them. While Killian and Blaine’s encounters are much more graphically described than Lavender and Jimmy’s each brings the story forward and builds on it. Don’t expect lines like and they made love with no scene because that doesn’t really happen…….okay, maybe once….but the sex that is described is hot!

I do not usually read male/male stories. However, I almost always make the exception for Tara Lain. She writes a story that grabs your interest and emotions making you connect with her characters and her stories. I have a tendency to forget the sex of the characters and just enjoy the love that connects them.

I really enjoyed this story. It had my interest from the beginning and I was still sitting at the edge of my seat by the end. I just wasn’t ready to let go of these wonderful characters. Things were getting shook up and heading into new directions when the story ended leaving me to wonder when the next book is coming out and will we get to see Killian, Blaine, Lavender and Jimmy again.

Absolutely fantastic book. If you love male/male romance, make this a must read. If you don’t, give this a try. You may change your mind or like me fall in love with Ms Lain’s stories. The story is the complete package: detailed world, multidimensional characters, a bit of mystery, betrayal, and a happy ending. What more could any reader want?


Book Blurb for Spell Cat

When Killian Barth, history professor, meets Blaine Genneau, quantum physicist, they ignite their own big bang. But Killian can’t pursue a physics professor—or a human. As the most powerful male witch in ten generations, Killian must bolster his dying race by reproducing—despite the fact that he’s gay.

Even a fling with Blaine is out of the question, because Killian has been told sex with humans drains his power. But if that’s true, why can young human Jimmy Janx dissolve spoons with the power of his mind? If Killian can sort through the lies he’s been fed, he’ll still face his biggest obstacle—convincing rational scientist Blaine to believe in magic.

With his ancient and powerful cat familiar, Aloysius, on his shoulder, Killian brings the lightning against deceit and greed to save Blaine from danger and prove love is the greatest power of them all.


Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2012 4.50