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Familiar Beginnings

(Demon Magic #2)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,533 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Smart men quit while they’re ahead—they lay low and hope disaster blows on by them. Not me. Especially when disaster seems to follow me and my soulmate Havoc, a demon I bound to me three hundred years ago with my magic.

The dark mage Geoff is back from the dead and creating chaos by devouring the hearts of people with magical abilities, giving him overwhelming power as his
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published March 26th 2020
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☆ Todd
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved LOVED this follow-up story to "Happy Endings", which left off with one bad guy dealt with, but the Major Big Bad still on the loose and out for blood.

While the first book took the MC's from a centuries-long, platonic, working partnership to a romantic relationship full of snark and banter, this story more firmly cemented their HEA -- if they could stay alive long enough to actually enjoy it.

This time around, to me at least, it seemed as if there were quite a few more touch
Alice Winters is sooo funny! She always gets me to crack up while reading.
This is a sequel book that contains all the magical creatures. They have become a supergroup like Cream or something, and are called "The Penetrators". Well, not everyone is a fan of the name, but it grows on you. It could always be worse.

And, at least they get to wear their own clothes.

Their goal is to kill the very bad guy who is so powerful that all of the Penetrators will have to use their magic and power. Luckily, the
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it


I think this series is so underrated
And trust me the humor did not feel forced or cringe worthy

What I liked the most was the chemistry between Havoc and Miles
Havoc (the demon) had a sarcastic sense of humor..
Pair him with the sweet and charming Miles (who is a Mage btw)..and you have the perfect pair!!!
The MC's are fabulous
The side characters add an extra punch to the story
The romance is swoon root fo
Have I mentioned that I love Havoc yet?
I love Havoc, so I made a thing :3

Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it

I absolutely loved Happy Endings. Miles, Havoc and the whole posse of weird and wonderful creatures. And therefore I couldn’t wait for this book. I was up at midnight trying to download it and fell asleep at 1.30am with my kindle on my face.

It’s all my favourite characters from the previous book. Plus some interesting new ones. As Miles yet again takes on Geoff.

There’s humour of course and some fabulous moments. I just can’t get enough. And I hope we get more of the cute little cat. And more of
**grm** (some spoilers)

Also this 2nd book was funny and with a charming plot. Miles and Havoc were just too cute and the cat(dragon) was a good addition to their family. We also found out that mages too can have familiars and Miles finally found his in the way of that sassy cat. We met a lot of new characters and also if we didn't really learn much about them, they still were essential to the story and interesting. I actually think that this series could end like this, we saw a lot of flashbacks
Wow! I can't believe it took that long for this sequel to be released. Thank goodness I only found out about Book 1 just days ago and able to read it back to back.
Love, love, love the shenanigans between Miles, the powerful yet understated mage and his crazy and incorrigible demon, Havoc. They are now all coupled up and so in love with each other, yet they still bicker like always. Fun times. Even with the homicidal and back from the death Geoff didn't deter my enjoyment. My favorite part is al
Stephanie ✨
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it

I swear I don't have a dragon fetish.

Unless, maybe I do. :3

This book was a good follow up to the first one. I liked it, but it didn't make me laugh out loud like the first one did, so that's why it's rated just a little bit lower.

But this was a great conclusion to the story of Miles and Havoc. And the epilogue killed me. (view spoiler)

I do wish the battle w
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
A good follow up to the original book. Likable characters, some action & adventure, all made for a fun tale. Plot line felt a bit too rushed though. There’s a lot of build up to a climax that’s over in like 3 paragraphs. I’ll be honest, I was a little underwhelmed with this but can’t win em all
Dragons are n...real

Miles and his crew of misfits are back at it again. They are on the search for Geoff the evil mage who is consuming magical hearts to build up his power. Miles beat him once before but can he do it again?

This was another solid read. My favorite parts were the growing love between Havoc and Miles. It really shines bright in this one.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, magic, paranormal
Freaking amazing!!!!!!!!
And the cat 😂
So much fun reading!!!
Mulling over rating, but this one was very underwhelming and felt like such a disconnect in writing in comparison to the previous book, which was GREAT!! I'm leaning toward a 2.5 star rating at most, IF that, to be honest!! ...more

I only discovered Alice Winters last year, so I'm not one who has been waiting for this book for years, like some readers have- it's just been about 7 months for me! But as soon as I finished Happy Endings you can bet I was checking to see when book 2 was coming! And let me say, the wait was worth it.

Familiar Beginnings was just as fun and silly, if not more so, than Happy Endings was and I loved every word. It was action packed and also a little stressful, as Miles and Havoc once again had
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun with so many bits that made me laugh. Miles, Havoc and co are back to take down Geoff for good. A bit more sappier than the first with Miles and Havoc acting like a married couple, the type that sneak off for sex and spew I love yous every moment. It was sweet, chaotic and a little dramatic. More flashbacks like the first book, plenty of new characters. It was great and I loved it. Just what I needed.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
purrfection.. i love this series so much.. they are so funny and sexy and heartwarming and in spots they break my heart. love it so much!
Joscelyn Smith
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Brilliant

This second action-packed adventure for Miles and Havoc was so worth the wait. Happy Endings, book one, had me falling in love with the wonderful characters and Familiar Beginnings just kept the love going. Amazing characters: check, humor: check, engaging well-written storyline: check, I loved it all.

*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book*
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I love dragons 😍🐉

This was sweet, loving, funny, snarky, yet it lacked a bit of meat on the bones.

That said - Alice Winters is still one of my favourite authors!
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
This is the first book I have read written by Alice. Yeah, I skipped book#1 in the series! (still loved it)
The world building is good. There is rarely any dull moment in the story! Thrilling, funny (oh the characters are described with humor) and keeps you guessing.

Will I follow the series? YES
Will I try other books written by Alice? Definitely Yes
Diane Dannenfeldt
Okay so I did love it. The only problem I had with the book was the final battle, it felt a little anticlimactic. I wanted a bigger show down, yes I know you are going to say I'm nuts because it was a great battle, but it just appeared to have started & ended way too quickly. I was happy to see that Miles & Havoc are strong in their relationship, even though at times Havoc has some insecurities. When something happened that had to happen and the contract was broken, Havoc immediately wanted it b ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Binding love & cats

“The relationship between a demon and a mage is [indeed] a beautiful thing.” It’s also wonderfully messy, funny, brilliant and spectacular. Oh the shenanigans that Havoc and Miles get up to, snicker. I kinda wish I could peek inside Havoc’s mind but then I think if I’m gonna wish for something there are so many other things I’d rather do with him. “As long as you’re beside me, this is the only path I want to be on.” I adore their connection, snarky love for each other and thei
Maria Engblom
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, Miles and Havoc have returned, this is book 2, if you have not read Happy Endings (Demon Magic) please do as this is the conclusion of their story.

The dialogue will keep you smiling, the action will have you turning the pages, the magic the supporting characters bring will have you cheering on everyone. We are introduced to some new characters that I fell in love with!!

The antics of these loveable characters gearing up to battle Geoff, in a Good vs. Evil war was la
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was incredibly fun! I loved all the crazy side characters (my favourite is Iya, the sexually obsessed Minotaur) in this crazy world Alice Winters created. And I loved seeing Miles and Havoc’s relationship develop into this sweet intense love. You can feel the hundreds of years of caring for each other.
So much love for this book!
Ankita Singh
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-romance, arcs
Oh wow. Familiar Beginnings was SO GOOD. I mean, I knew it would be. Alice never disappoints. But still. I absolutely loved it! Menace the hellcat was absolutely adorable (lol) and I loved all of the side characters, though Iya is probably my favourite xD

I hope there will be a lot more books in the series because I'm not done with Miles, Havoc, Menace and their gang!
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So worth the wait! Miles and Havoc are even more hilarious than in book 1, and now that they're together, there is even more of a delightful mix of romance, banter, and some pretty intense protectiveness. I adore this couple, and the side characters are outstanding as always. There are some awesome new additions to the gang in this book, from a terrifyingly abnormal cat, to an adorably apologetic new friend who has no idea about his own powers. The world building and plot continues to be outstan ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy to read this book. I was lucky that I only waited about 10 months for this book to come out. Worth the wait. Well written with kick ass characters.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
FINALLY here and it's brilliant!

Compared to Happy Endings, which felt more infused with a sense of foreboding and apprehension, 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗿 𝗕𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 has a more lighter tone to the story.  Yes, naturally everyone was worried and feared the confrontation with Geoff, and there have been enough scary moments throughout the book that made me hold my breath, afraid for everyone's lives. But, there was definitely more hope weaven with the gloom this time around.

For one, Miles and Havoc were more secur
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was quite short for an Alice Winters book, like barely half the usual size, but I think it was paced and detailed just right and didn't need more than it had. I also think it had just the right balance of humor, seriousness, and action to keep the reader interested. The danger with a writing style like this one is that the humor can come across as ridiculous, silly, inappropriate, or over the top, but the tone of this book was pitched just right and left me feeling satisfie ...more
Kaity B
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars

This was shorter than the first book, but didn’t take away from the overall book.

I wish like in the first book that this was dual POV, i wanted to know what Havoc was thinking.

I hope that there are more books in this series even if Havoc and Miles’s story is complete, or at least to me it feels like its a good ending.

I do wish the fight scene was longer, but that like the dual POV is nitpicky problems.

Overall to me Alice Winters can do no wrong with her books, they always keep me e
John Altman
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Familiar Beginnings!

Total Rating: 4.0 Stars out of 5
Rating Review Rollout:
(1) Blurb vs Story matchup: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟
(2) Character Development: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟
(3) Danger/Drama/Thrills/Chills: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟
(4) Editing/Proofreading: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟
(5) Entertainment Value: 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
(6) Feeling the Words: 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
(7) Flow of the Story: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟
(8) Keeps my Attention: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟
(9) MC Appeal: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟
(10) MC Backstory: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟
(11) MC Chemistry: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟
(12) MC Love Connection: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟
(13) Plot Worthiness: 3 🌟🌟🌟
(14) Sexy Sex Scenes: 3 🌟🌟🌟
(15) Wrap
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