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Sixth Sense Investigations #2

If Wishes Were Fishes

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After dealing with unruly Terrors and haunted dolls while trying to graduate from university, Keith just wants a break. His psychic abilities have got him in as much trouble as they've got him out of, though they also helped let him protect his two boyfriends -- Lucas, a ghost, and Hiraeth, a deer-antlered cryptid -- so he can't complain that much.

When Hiraeth's son appears looking for help to remove a curse that's been placed on his lover, Keith is pretty sure his anxiety over his powers is nothing compared to how he feels about trying to get along with his boyfriend's family.

Polyamorous, M/M, contemporary paranormal romance. Featuring an anxious psychic, his ghost boyfriend, and their deer-antlered lover. A story about family, communication, and learning to let go of the past… and about trying to get along with your immortal boyfriend’s persnickety grown-ass kid whose lover has gotten himself trapped in the form of a fish.

A standalone sequel. Reading Empty Vessels is encouraged, but not required.

A previous edition of this novella originally appeared in the Happiness in Numbers anthology, edited by Nicole Field and published by Less Than Three Press in 2019. This current edition has been expanded and revised.

120 pages, ebook

Published May 15, 2020

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Meredith Katz

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May 21, 2020
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

As someone who enjoyed Empty Vessels, I was excited to read the sequel, If Wishes Were Fishes. Paranormal plus polyamory? Yes please!

The story focuses on the same trio as the first: Keith, the nervous psychic (and viewpoint character); Lucas, the ghost who’s tethered to him; and Hiraeth, a deer-antlered Other. While I think it probably works best as a sequel, knowledge of Empty Vessels isn’t necessary to enjoy the rich family and relationship drama of this book.

When Hiraeth tells Keith and Lucas that he wants them to meet his son Avi, Keith is understandably nervous. And sure enough, Avi is more than a little skeptical of the relationship, not because it’s gay or polyamorous, but because Keith is human. Avi himself has a boyfriend who has a girlfriend (and honestly, from what I’ve seen so far, my headcanon is that most Others are polyamorous), but it turns out Keith may be the best hope for undoing the curse on his boyfriend.

Keith’s interactions with Avi are painful in an utterly realistic way, and while Avi is unfriendly it’s hard not to feel sorry for him. Having one’s boyfriend cursed and meeting your dad’s mortal partners in such a short period of time would be stressful for anyone! We also meet Keith’s parents, and while I can’t give details without spoilers, I appreciate that Lukas’s family is addressed as well.

No relationship exists in a vacuum, and it’s especially true in polyamory, where there are more than two partners who have their own friends and families to navigate. I appreciate seeing this sometimes-challenging, often-rewarding complexity represented in the story. Keith cares about his partners in a healthy, holistic way, and part of that is wanting to be on good terms with their families as well, even when that’s intimidating.

While Empty Vessels had more action and mystery, there’s still some excellent creepy moments in this book and I found the focus on the characters’ families a worthwhile tradeoff. If you’re looking for a cozy paranormal romance with polyamory, If Wishes Were Fishes will be right up your alley!
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May 26, 2022
A wonderful addition to the previous book with more Keith, Lucas, and Hiraeth! It was pretty short, but I enjoyed it a lot! The theme of acceptance and family was really good!
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