Author: Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/27/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Solitary mystery writer Julian Wilkes doesn’t want a pet, but his sister persuades him to visit Lingwood Animal Rescue, where he is immediately taken with a large ginger tabby cat. Before he can settle into the joys of cat ownership, however, he discovers something very unusual about his new companion.
Macavity Birch is cursed. By day he is a large tabby cat. At night he can be himself—a human male with ginger hair and oddly yellow eyes. He didn’t mean to end up in the animal rescue, but he never meant any harm when playing the prank that resulted in his curse, either. Happily, Julian adopts him. But while exploring his host’s home, he discovers the diary of a long-dead relative.
Unfortunately, not all of Mac’s ancestors are dead and buried. His great-great-great-grandmother is very much alive, and she’s a powerful witch who doesn’t take kindly to the sharing of family secrets. When Mac reveals himself to Julian in order to save him from bigger trouble, he achieves just the opposite, plunging Julian deeper into a magical mystery with him.
This was a very cute novella. Mac and Julian were adorable and adorable together. I loved the witchcraft and the family history. I love that even with this being short, both Mac and Julian did a bit of growing up and soul searching. And in the end, they each pushed the other to break out and try something new!
Best in Show did a great job with setting things up but not forcing more than the word count could support. And things seem set up so that there will be a sequel because Julian and Mac’s story has just begun. And the reader needs to find out if Aunt Clare ever gives her permission to Julian! I could also be making that bit about being set up for a sequel just because I am hopeful there will be one (hint hint! Pretty please!!). There is so much potential for there to be more to this story and I for one would be eager to read it!
I recommend this one for anyone looking for something short, sweet, and satisfying. It made me smile and I am hopeful it will make you smile too.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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