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Spell Cat

(The Aloysius Tales #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  942 ratings  ·  154 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 201 pages
Published October 31st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press (first published March 19th 2012)
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3.5 Stars
Killian and Blaine oh the sparks flew as soon as they set eyes on each other. The instant hard on and bathroom visit I could have done without, eventually I got over that annoyance and all was forgiven because Blaine was irresistible you can't blame Killian for getting all hot under the collar and thrown off balance. It all goes skew whiff for poor Killian his quiet lonely existence is about to change dramatically. Killian is a bit of a weakling he's bored unhappy and apathetic, he
2.5 stars. Ok paranormal m/m romance about a gay pure-blooded wizard who's betrothed to a female pure-blooded wizard and planning to go through with the marriage for the good of wizardkind, until he and his fiancee discover a very big secret indeed. Aloysius the familiar was probably the best part of the book.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Loved the cover and loved Al!
The story was good and the little twists of mystery added in were fun!
A nice enjoyable read and I would like to know what Al's next adventure is too!
Jun 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you want a pat, superficial fantasy-like (think - bad Harry potter) story without too much depth, this is your book. Not my thing.
Pianka *call me PIU*
3.5 Stars

“Spell Cat” by Tara Lain is a very fun, fluffy read about witches, forbidden romances and passion which generates thunderstorms (literally!!!)

is the “witch master” and his biggest responsibility is to help his race from losing power by marrying a great witch and producing children. The only problem: Killian is gay. He has never known love in his life and marrying a woman will ensure that he never finds one. He has been always warned to never sexually engage with a human because
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vio-convinced-me
I really enjoyed the story in this one.

I loved Killian. He was sweet and endearing. I loved how both Killian and Blaine were completely smitten from the start. I even enjoyed the side story of Jimmy and Lavender. The mystery was simple but I enjoyed watching it unfold. Al was another great addition.

But the sex stuff was a mood killer for me. I can completely get behind sex being a focus point in power and such, but the way it was written left me cringing. But with lines like Pull those legs
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, fantasy, dnf
The hard-on at first sight plus following shower-stall-wank-off-session in the first chapter is well on the way to become my favorite pet-peeve!
An unimaginative and annoying to-be-ticked-off-from-the-list erotic romance story device.
No more willing to put up with it no matter how good the rest of the story might be...
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked Aloysius. The end.
Jenni Lea

2.5 stars rounded up to 3

This book was okay. The dialogue seemed kind of cheezy at times but it was fairly cute. I may read the rest of the series but probably not any time soon.
3.5 stars rounded down to 3 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR...full review to follow soonish.

I think maybe I set my expectations to high on this one...

It seems like I've wanted to read this story since forever!!! and something newer and shinier keeps getting in the way so imagine how excited i was when the new and shiny was the audio book for 'Spell Cat' was Karma, Fate...I tell you it was my sign from the universe that now was the there I was once again all grabby hands to
Quirky and quite different for me to read something about witches but I found Killian a bit too blasé about things. He didn't quite come across as a Master Witch to me. I liked the story progression and the secondary characters like Jimmy, Lavendar and Sammy were nicely written and I found Blaine a good match Killian. Alyosius was the scene stealer though.
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
Spell Cat is a light-hearted romance that also deals with some heavier subjects like discrimination and living in hiding.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

I knew I'd enjoy Spell Cat as soon as I started reading it, because who doesn't love a history professor who teaches a class on witch craft, and the hot, nerdy physics professor who seemingly falls for him at first sight? Plus, there is a familiar in cat shape, a mystery, and elders who are keeping the truth from
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0000-sh-recs
4.25 stars
Jacq ~
A fun fluff read!
Apr 10, 2017 marked it as own-tbr  ·  review of another edition
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This is my first time reading anything of this author, so I'm not too familiar with this author's style. "Spell Cat" was an interesting story, a little weird at times but definitely interesting. And definitely not what I expected this story to be.

I kind of felt like I was reading a M/M version of 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch'.


Killian, our witch, had his waist length blonde hair and silly, fan-girly antics. He was most definitely a Sabrina.


Killian even has a black cat name Aloysius that didn't
Lena Grey
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Often rules are invented for which, eventually, the reasons are forgotten entirely. Applicable or not, the tenants are followed by future generations until a situation arises which necessitates challenging the edict. More often than not, love which would otherwise be forbidden is involved. In 'Spell Cat' by Tara Lain, the witch population is declining and the excuse given for its depletion is that having sex with humans diminishes a witch's powers. When Witch Master Killian falls in love with a ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Oh I loved this! There are a lot of similarities with Dominion (the first in a series I love): most powerful male witch in forever, mother who seemingly only cares about power, a villain and some rescuing needing doing, academic setting, self-effacing melodrama, etc., but whereas Dominion is serious and dark and full of danger and suspense, for the most part Spell Cat is lighthearted and fun. Dominion has a self-hating main character who can't get close to anyone and his love interest worships ...more
Fadia Pierre
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what I say, that have not been said... Al rule!!!!! oh, there's no spoon.
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Spell Cat is a light-hearted romance that also deals with some heavier subjects like discrimination and living in hiding.
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
A mostly fun, light and easy read. I could almost feel the lightning with Killian and Blaine, those two were electric together! Al and his balls made me push this up to a 4 star rating. :D
Aղցela W.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. Killian Barth is a Master Witch. Killian is betrothed to Lavender a woman another powerful witch but he knows he's gay. Their marriage was arranged to ensure the continuation and ongoing power of the Witch species they like each other but Killian is in love with the A Physics professor and Lavender with human man who is a student in Killian's class. The History Of Witchcraft the big gay conflict is more than about being gay it's a deep belief of the Witch community ...more
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.

Hailed as the most powerful witch of the last ten generations, Killian Barth just wants to spend his days teaching his students and daydreaming about finding someone to love who’ll love him in return. Unfortunately, magic amongst witches is beginning to wane and in order to facilitate its return to his people, he’ll have to go through an arranged marriage he in no way wants but can’t say no to. Never mind the fact that he’s gay and the young woman in
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded interesting, when I first saw the cover art, I thought it was one of my favorite covers ever!
Now I've read the book and while I thoroughly enjoyed it, I'm sad I'm done!!! Good thing I can reread it any time though!!!

I loved the character of Killian, who is in a tough position in the witch community, as the most powerful male witch, he's expected to marry an equally powerful female and procreate - the fact that he's gay and wants
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The Romance Review

There's no such thing as witches, right? In this day and age, there is no such thing as arranged marriages. In SPELL CAT, James (Jimmy) Janx is wrong on both accounts. Although he's a secondary character, his world is turned upside down when he learns both are true.

Killian is a professor of history who teaches a course in witchcraft. He doesn't teach spells and this isn't Hogwarts. What he does teach is how witches were persecuted and the impacts of this kind of mass hysteria and persecution.
After the very enjoyable Fire Balls, this new book by Tara Lain caught my attention due to its interesting premise. The exquisite cover also helped me imagine some great eye-candy in terms of characters. I would rate the novel at about 3.75 and should tell you that it made a rather long flight pass in a very pleasant manner for me. The plot was solid but nothing too complicated, which contributed towards highlighting the characters' interaction. My favourite one was definitely Aloysius - the ...more
*blinks. blinks.*
What exactly does this Jimmy dude have to do with anything...?

This book. It's beautiful. It hits every one of my little favorites (not going to make a laundry list, but this book's like it was tailor-made to my preferences). Plus, the cover is absolutely gorgeous.

I especially love that while it's got sex in it, it's not raunchy. It's got that sort of pure innocence or whatever that children's lit has that I love so much.

:D Killian. He's so adorable, but he's still got an element
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Review:

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

I have wanted to read this story for awhile now, but kept putting it off. When I saw it was being re-published I jumped at the chance to read it and I loved it as much as I thought I would. Killian has resigned himself to a life of duty to save his race, but knows he will never be happy with a woman.

Killian is drawn to Blaine from the first time they meet, but tries to deny it. Blaine gets confused with Killian
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