Friday, November 2, 2012

REVIEW: Brush with Catastrophe by Tara Lain


Sammy is a witch, but with little power and to add insult to injury, he can’t get a boyfriend. Being a prophetic painter is cool and all, but ultimately useless, and being in love with his human and straight best friend isn’t getting him anywhere in the boyfriend department. Then he paints a beautiful guy, that turns out to be the object of his affection, Ryder. Then he paints another, and this one is a witch. What does it all mean? Aloysius, a powerful black feline familiar, always backs the witch with strength, the winner, but why then has he suddenly attached himself to Sammy?

Title:  Brush with Catastrophe
Series:  The Aloysius Tales
Book #: 2
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  144 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit


I thought this one started out a little slower, but that’s only because I tend to focus on the romance, and this story has a lot of buildup for the mystery and conflict. I really enjoyed getting to know Sammy more, as he was really barely introduced in the first book. We also do get to see a little more of Killian and Blaine (yay!). Everything just added to the anticipation of both the romance and the climactic showdown that you know is inevitable.

The neat thing about this book is that the mystery is written really well. Sure you get hints along the way, but not enough to give the secret away. Tara keeps you guessing right up until she actually reveals everything. I had my theories, but could never nail down anything with conviction, and I love a book that I can’t predict every facet of right from the beginning!

There was a little less blatant magic throughout the book, because Sammy isn’t able to do a lot of the same things other witches can, and Aloysius isn’t shown as quite as powerful either, because of being attached to Sammy whose magic works differently. No worries though, there’s still magic, it’s just a lot more subtle for the most part, which is just another angle in the mystery!

The villain in this book is a lot darker than the first, and I mean a lot darker. He’s powerful and cruel and while thankfully MOST of the badness happens off screen, enough is shown to have you holding your breath and on the edge of your seat hoping that it’ll all be ok. Of course the flip side is that there are happy times that make you sigh in contentment or even cheer.

In Conclusion:

An emotional thrill ride, Brush with Catastrophe is a nail biter that will have you up all night needing to know how it all turns out. In the end, you’re left a little in awe of it all and you’ll be clamoring for more!



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