Cataclysmic Shift

Tara Lain
Cataclysmic Shift
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Publisher
Loose Id
Release Date
July 2013
ISBN
9781623004279
Series
Book 3 of The Aloysius Tales
Genre
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
Super cat, Aloysius, may be the most powerful witch's familiar in the world, but when he takes a blast at the hand of an evil witch he loses it all -- power, memory, and his feline form -- to become the ethereal human beauty, Alain Bellarose. When Alain wakes up naked on the floor surrounded by dogs and cats, his eyes first set upon Luke Elliott, the handsome and mysterious veterinarian. Suddenly, the prospect of being human doesn't seem so bad.

Luke has a lot to hide and he likes animals way more than people, but he can't resist the flamboyant boy who washes his face with the side of his hand and tries to lick his own privates! The loss of Aloysius depletes the power of the Witch Master, Killian Barth, and that of his "secret weapon" Sammy and leaves their coven sitting ducks for two very nasty females. When Alain discovers that he's really a powerful cat, he's faced with the ultimate choice. To protect his community, or stay with the man he loves.

Book Review by KindleRomance (reviewer)
Sep 14, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
107 people found the following review helpful
Shifters and witches and humans all fight together for love.

Aloysius is a cat who also happens to magnify the strength of one of the most powerful witches in the world. Unfortunately, after being attacked, he becomes a human with no memory of who or what he is except his name--Alain. Luke Elliott is a veterinarian with a secret past, who prefers animals to humans until he discovers Alain. They quickly fall in love, but must determine if they can live with each other's pasts and futures.

Aloysius/Alain is endearing as both a cat and a man. Luke is a pretty lonely person who thinks he can spend the rest of his life just taking care of the animals and avoiding his past. As soon as these two meet, they both seem to agree that they were meant for each other. It was a little awkward listening to Alain make cat noises and watching him clean himself while he was in human form. The sex wasn't really kinky, but some of their discussions around it were a bit strange to a certain extent. The story moved quickly while alternating between the action, sex, and friendship scenes. I liked how the author managed to weave Luke's interesting background into the activities taking place surrounding the witches and their struggle for power.

I didn't read the first two stories in this series, and I think it would have made it more enjoyable if I had. Characters from the earlier story played a pivotal role in this book, and since I really enjoyed seeing them, I'm sure I would have loved them even more if I knew their history. Overall, I enjoyed this fast-paced story with a sweet romance and plenty of suspenseful action scenes.
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Sep 23, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
94 people found the following review helpful
A sexy naked man falls into Luke's lap. How can he resist but take this homeless man home? Alain possesses an affinity with animals. He wakes up at a veterinarian place naked and without much memory. What is going on? He knows he has an important job but he can't remember it. Losing memory is one of my greatest fears. In this story, Ms. Lain does a superb job of showing not only a person without memory, but a person who isn't human at all.

Finally, we learn about the mysterious lovable cat, Aloysius. He's a familiar for the witches and yet, he's much more. When his past is revealed, it's pretty crazy. It does help make this world Ms. Lain creates even better. As each character receives their personal story, the reader becomes more enmeshed and in love with this world. Ms. Lain does a great job with her character building.

This tale is particularly impressive in how she designs Alain, aka Aloysius. She creates him to be human yet not quite human. Her added touches of how Alain unconsciously cleans his face when he's asleep is perfect. How she manages to convincingly show Alain as both human and feline is marvelous. She shows it through how Alain acts, speaks and thinks. She's basically covered it all. I've always been fond of this adorable and powerful kitty. Now, to see how he responds to someone he loves, it only entices me to find him even more adorable.

This story is about loyalty, love and sacrifice. These are three themes which are very appealing. The tale weaves each of these traits in so well and presents it in a moving manner. The sacrifice of both Aloysius and his witch "owners" is quite colossal. It leaves an entire coven open to attack from other covens. And yet, Ms. Lain tempers this with a twist of events. She is a romantic at heart. The reader is left with a huge sigh of relief when this story ends with a happily ever after.

This m/m paranormal romance is recommended to soft-hearted feline lovers.
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