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The Curse of the Black Cat

(The Curse Collection #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Alrik has two choices: Spend eternity eating mice, or learn to accept himself for who he is.

As his eighteenth birthday draws near, prince Alrik--heir to the throne of Edan--must choose a wife. But when his first kiss with a beautiful princess leaves him feeling cold, he knows that although it is his duty, he cannot love a woman. In a fit of panic, he seeks out the aid of t
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Published October 27th 2019 by Lou Wilham
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Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you Lou Wilham.


Holy Cheese and Crackers!! This was so adorable!!!

5 sweet stars for a delightful tale!

Prince Alrik of Edan, is the heir to the throne of Edan. As his eighteenth birthday draws near, he is of course expected to choose a wife, as any normal prince would do, to ensure the royal line and do his duty to his people. He is himself remarkably beautiful and kind, so the King and Queen make sure to find him a pri
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
This was the perfect afternoon read.

Adorable and heartwarming! Wilham created a warm fuzzy read with an effortless voice. But more than that, an important message in this short story, which is be true to yourself no matter what.

Alrik is a self-loathing individual who must learn an important lesson: love himself. It's just taking a few centuries to do that! He's a complex character, and although the novella centers around him, it's Yuuki who truly steals the spotlight. He compliments Alrik in eve
Corrie DeWolfe (Corrie's Book Nook)
This was so stinkin' cute! My only gripe was that the ending could have been fleshed out a bit more.

We have Prince Alrik of Edan who runs away from a marriage proposal to a woman, and is cursed to be a cat until he can learn to accept himself as he is. And stop the internalized hatred of his heart loving men instead of women.

Alrik lives throughout the centuries. And understandably, builds walls around himself to not let anyone in. Until modern day NYC, he meets Yuuki. A young sous chef from a
Jamie Sands
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a sweet, slow burn romance with some epic magical elements. Lou can really write characters, I was absolutely in love with Yuuki and Alrik and I wanted them to be happy SO BAD like, you don't even know.

Funny, sweet and easy to read, I devoured this one in less than a day. Would love more with these characters just hanging out and being adorable. Plus it made me really hungry for ramen <3
Emily Frady
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: 2019-read
This book was everything I wanted it to be! So positive and so sweet. I finished it in one sitting. If you want something quick that fills you with joy this is the book for you.

We follow Prince Alrik of Edan who finds himself pushed into marrying a lovely princess. Unfortunately, for her, their first kiss sends Alrik running for the hills, literally. Poor Alrik struggles for his feelings for men and his desire to do the right thing for his kingdom so he asks a witch to make him straight. They re
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Curse of the Black Cat by Lou Wilham is a sweet fairytale romance told in third-person from main character Alrik's perspective. The story itself is well-written and an absolute delight to read. Not only is this a sweet new modern fairytale it is also a wonderful story about learning to love and accept yourself for who you are because being different doesn't mean there is something wrong with you. I really think we need more stories like this one, happy stories with a sweet and uplifting mess ...more
Nancy O'Toole
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eighteen-year-old Prince Alrik is expected to wed a princess, but he doesn’t like girls. When even the most beautiful of royals doesn’t stir him, he seeks out help from the Witch Gwydion. Now under a curse, Alrik will spend hundreds of years as a black cat. Can he truly learn to love himself and break the spell?

I was really caught off guard by how much I enjoyed The Curse of the Black Cat. While I was just looking for a fast, fun read (which this is), I ended up really falling in love with the s
Jodee Symons arellano
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! A young persons struggle with who he is, to accept that he is who he is, or it’s Rat sushi for eternity. Starting the story, I wondered if the witch was good or was she bad for what she did. I found out! And I also found out if he was stuck eating Rat Sushi...or did he learn to accept himself. Sadly the story ended, and I hope that Ms. Wilham continues writing these awesome stories... I’ll be first in line to read her next one, and her next one, and her next one...etc
A great
Rebecca Crunden
This is an inherently sweet spin on the classic fairy tale. Prince Alrik of Edan is set to marry Princess Amriah, whom he doesn't, and can't, love. Cos, you know, he fancies the pants off Filip, his valet. He tries to play along and give Amriah a chance, but he can't. He feels nothing for her. Filled with fear of his secret being discovered, Alrik seeks out the witch Gwydion, for help: he wants to be 'cured'. :( It's a very sad moment, but rather than take advantage of him, Gwydion tells him the ...more
Ziva Drakhjärta
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a very cute book! Loved reading it! The love story is just soooo cute!
It's very well written. I laughed out loud plenty of times, but also got tears in my eyes during certain scenes. I may be biased, because I love cats, but this is very good read!
I like the shift from the different time periods and the differences between them, as well as Alrik's character development throughout. I also LOVE Gwydion, the fairy dragmother!! OMG! So funny :D
A good book all around, really recommend it! W
Daniell Marsh
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alrik is a kindly prince who has a problem. He is ashamed of who he likes as he realizes that he likes men over women. In the time he was born he couldn’t accept himself or even like himself for this. So this starts the whole cute story. I liked how they show that with the time that go past that he learns about himself and other people. Now some of that isn’t good stuff and he doesn’t have an easy time of it. Yet i think when it comes to the next part it helps him to step up to the plate. I also ...more
Catrin Russell
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a heartwarming and delightful read! Funny, light-hearted, and filled with an important message to everyone out there - be yourself, love yourself! It cannot be said enough, the importance of accepting yourself for who you are, and this book hit the nail on the head.

The novel is an entertaining read with plenty of laughs, written in a simple style, yet with the right amount of description. The characters are sweet and well thought out. Alrik is slowly coming into his own, with his centuries
Whitney McGruder
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
You ought to know that I love a good fairy tale. I love original stories, retellings, whatever I can get my hands on. If I had to pick my favorite trope, it’s things working out thanks to a little bit of magic.

I could see a little bit of Beauty and the Beast here–one character turned into something non-human in order to learn self-acceptance. Every character goes through some growth on accepting who they are so they can become their best selves.

I also loved the LGBTQTIA+ representation. As a str
Abigail Linhardt
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off, this is NOT my regular genre. It's about a Japanese chef and a lost world prince who fall in love and there's a curse and a witch (who is THE BEST by the way). I didn't know what I'd gotten into when I started to read the story. And honestly, it was refreshing.
At first, I thought it was too simple. Too sweet. But you know what's ok? You know what people don't focus on enough in this day and age? Simple and sweet. The Curse of the Black Cat honesty was refreshing and I WANTED to keep
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, adore, lgbt
"Love yourself!" if ever there was a book that had a theme that repeated itself from beginning to end from every scene and met character it was this one right here. If nothing else just "love yourself" because if you don't, you can't love anyone else.

This story was the sweetest, make you smile story. Were all the events in the book happy? No, but then if it had been there wouldn't have been much to the story. Not any words that come to me about what I could say. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to h
Candy Lawless
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I got it yesterday and as I was already in the middle of a library book I was going to wait to read it until I was done with that, but I peeked at The Curse of The Black Cat and was so totally hooked that I could not put it down! I read until I fell asleep and finished it during the night when the power went off and woke me up. I could not wait for the end and did not want it to end. A wonderful and satisfying saga of self-discovery and love, I was enthralled and en ...more
Sydney Hawthorn
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t typically read contemporary, non epic fantasy stories. But this book was one of the purest, sweetest romances I’ve read in a while! When a young prince is cursed in the form of a cat by a witch, he must learn to love himself before the curse will be broken. After centuries of wallowing in self pity he almost loses hope, until he finds a new owner and discovers that what he’s looking for might not be so hopeless after all. This was such a quick read, and I would definitely recommend it to ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me the warm fuzzies. It would be a great book to read when you've had a bad day. The characters all have unique personalities, the different settings are great.

If you like m/m romance, a feel good story, magic, adorable characters, cats, sarcasm then this is a book for you.

If you want m/w romance or w/w romance you wont find that here. If you are easily queasy read with caution, a part or two may make you cringe.

I would definitely recommend ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute Little Romance

A story about truly learning to accept yourself. I loved the characters in this cute, magical romance. The storyline is perfectly suited for anyone who's ever felt the desire to be "normal" instead of themselves: whether queer, trans, or even just not the weight you want to be.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I read from this autor and let me tell you that I loved it! Such a good book, very well writen with great characters that keeps you obsessed with every page since the first one. This is a very sweet and funny story full of magic and love! My kind of book! :p Can´t wait for book 2! Amazing job! definitely a must read!
N.A. Dwyer
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So cute!!

This book was super cute. It was a fast and easy read and even though I could have used a bit more detail in the beginning, it was a really cute story! I really enjoyed all the characters!
3.5 stars!

This was adorable! It reads like a YA book so if that isn’t your cup of tea, I’d go ahead and skip this one. But if you’re looking for a super sweet love story and a story about accepting yourself, this one is a very good choice.
“What do you deserve?”

I'm pretty easy to lure into reading a book: A cat on the cover. A cat in the title. Black cats are especially irresistible. Sprinkle in bits and pieces of magic, humor, a feel-good romantic tale, and a Fairy DragMother to boot, then consider me your slave~♥

Lou Wilham’s The Curse of the Black Cat has all of these and so much more. Just from reading the synopsis and the first chapter, I knew I was going to be in for a treat. And wow, what an absolute treat t
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alrik is a prince and turning eighteen, when he first kisses a young princess and feels nothing he must decide if it right to marry her . He runs off and with the help of Witch Gwydion , who like any witch has a plan of her own . Be a cat for a hundred years and learn to love himself as he is or stay a cat for eternity. After he finds himself in New York where there is food in every dumpster he is drawn to a Japanese restaurant and to the young chef . Who takes a liking to the little black cat ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The Curse of the Black Cat" is an adorable queer love story with what might be the most precious love interest EVER. It's sweet and fluffy, although there are some instances of internalized homophobia and one (very brief) scene of attempted violence toward an animal. If you're looking for a light-hearted, queer novella to read in the bathtub, this is the one ...more
Xander Blue
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I never thought about how fairy tales have a certain vernacular. I love the way the story is told and I very much enjoyed the journey. The author must have sprinkled with magical dust, because I was unable to put the book down!

The characters are really likeable and the author made me care about them. What a wonderful read, I enthusiastically recommend!
Wesley Thomas
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgb-read
A short, cute, adorable story. A wonderful fairytale that Disney should option! It did get confusing referring to the witch as them/they as those are plurals not singular, but I adapted. There were some grammatical and punctuation errors but those were far and few between. Overall, a great read.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This sounded like such a cute romance story and I liked the sound of the premise, so I bought a copy of this one. I am glad I got around to reading it, it was a fun and cute story. I have a bit of mixed feelings about this one, parts of it were really good, but other parts didn't quite work for me.

The Curse of the Black Cat is a story that mostly feels like a contemporary read, but there's a big paranormal twist namely the curse. So it's a bit hard to really categorize this one. The story start
Barbara Strickland

This was cute but not sure who it was aimed at. It was all story telling, no showing at all except crying and then we are told about the tears rather than shown. I wanted to like this based on the fun cover alone but I couldn’t figure out the suitable age group, and think this is important.

The content is about accepting the self or face becoming like Arik and too scared to live. I would have thought the teens would have been the age to aim for in this story given the restaurant setting, and
Idaly  Ramos
Quirky, Witty and funny.

I'm not gonna lie, the book needs polishing but overall the story is quite funny and sweet.
Alrik's character development is very little, but it's there and it's easy to notice.
I would have loved a little more context on Yuuki, his family, his friends, his habits outside of work.
Gwydeon in another character we see very little of.

The book may not win a Pulitzer or a literature Nobel prize, but is a nice afternoon read for a lazy day.
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Born and raised in a small town near the Chesapeake Bay, Lou Wilham grew up on a steady diet of fiction, arts and crafts, and Old Bay. After years of absorbing everything, there was to absorb of fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi she's left with a serious writing/drawing habit that just won't quit. These days, she spends much of her time writing, drawing, and chasing a very short Basset Hound named Sher ...more

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