Erryn reviews ‘Cataclysmic Shift (Aloysius Tales Book 3)’ by Tara Lain. The book was published July 21, 2020 and is 228 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Kirt Graves. It was released on January 26, 2021, and is 6hrs and 57mins. A copy was provided for an honest review.
How do you confess to the man you love that you’re a cat?
After a few centuries as a cat, waking up human can be pretty disorienting. In fact, it’s amnesia-producing.
Alain doesn’t remember being feline, or more important that he was really a witch’s familiar and a primary protector of his master and community.
He does remember how to wash his face with a licked hand, how to lie in rays of sun on the floor, and how to lift a leg, attempting to apply his tongue to more private parts.
He also remembers that he likes men – especially Luke, the sexy vet who finds Alain naked in a pile of dogs and cats.
Evil’s closing in on the community he’s cared for, but Alain can’t remember how to defend them. And if he does remember, he has to confess to Luke that the man he loves – is a cat.
Contains mature themes.
The expression is that it’s a dog’s life, but I have to say cats do okay. Lying around lazily in the sun, cuddles when they want and being left alone when they don’t, not having to go out in the heat or cold to do their business, three square meals, and the ability to do pretty much whatever they want. They say dogs serve humans while humans serve cats.
I am companion to both a cat and a dog, and I can attest to all those things being true.
So if you’re a cat who’s been a witch’s familiar for hundreds of years, with magical powers, why would you want to become human? Well, a bolt of energy might jolt you into that transformation.
Without memories of your past, though, and being completely naked, what’s a man to do?
Fall in love with his rescuer?
Alain instinctively understands he’s different. He knows what animals want. He’s protective of strangers who seem familiar. He wants to clean his genitals with his tongue.
Luke knows Alain is special. Not only is the man hauntingly beautiful, he’s in tune with the animals Luke cares for. As a vet, Luke is used to dealing with stays. And Alain is the most attractive stray he’s ever met. He brings the man home and offers him shelter while trying to resist the allure of those blue cat eyes.
Now, this is book three in the series so Ryder, Sammy, Blaine, and Killian all make important appearances. Seems the witches are determined to take control once and for all, and the men have to fight to keep evil at bay. And Alain? Or rather Aloysius? He can’t stand by and watch those he cares about get hurt, but if he transforms back to a cat, he’s risking hurting the man he’s fallen in love with.
I enjoyed this book. Even more because of Kirt Graves’ narration. His cat and dog noises are adorable. So is most of his work with the series – he was the perfect choice for these books. Now, this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, but there’s more enjoyment if you listen to them in order.
8.5/10 Pots of Gold or 85% recommended
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and more. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happily-ever-after. In addition to writing dozens and dozens of romance novels, Tara also owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. Together with her soulmate husband and her soulmate Dog, she recently realized a vision to live where there were a lot more trees and a lot fewer cars by moving to Ashland, Oregon. She hasn’t stopped smiling since.
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