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The Soldier's Familiar by T.J. Nichols

 
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The Soldier's Familiar, by T.J. Nichols

Book Info

Book Series
Familiar Mates, Book 7
About the Author
TJ Nichols is the author of the Studies in Demonology and Familiar Mates series. They write mostly gay fantasy and paranormal romance, but sometimes gay action/horror as Toby J. Nichols.

After traveling all over the world and Australia, TJ now lives in Perth, Western Australia.
Publisher
Publication Date
May 28, 2021
Available Formats
Kindle, Mobi, KU
Pages
157
ASIN
B091M9MN1C
Stealing the wrong wallet, puts Bailey’s heart in the witch’s grasp.

Sergeant Kassidy Robinson craves a final night of fun before deploying. But one kiss changes his fate. The man in his arms is his familiar. The snow leopard shifter then steals his wallet and vanishes. Kass ships out, but he can’t escape the longing for the light-fingered thief.

Bailey Fisher is terrified of the power Kass holds over him. When the connection doesn’t fade, Bailey realizes he’s already in Kass’s thrall and he’s forced to confront old fears and ancient prejudices or risk being under the soldier’s spell forever.

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Solid Continuation of Series!
Overall
 
4.0
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
3rd person, dual character POV
Themes: shifter, fated mates, magic, witch, leopard
Genre: MM, Shifter, Romance, LGBT, PNR

World-Building: ★★★★☆
Heat: ★★★☆☆
Chemistry: ★★★★☆
Plot: ★★★★☆
Romance: ★★★★☆

I'll admit, I was nervous starting this one. I've often found with other series that once they pass the book 5 mark, they tend to filter off or lack the same great elements from the beginning of the series. Chemistry. Plotting. Pacing. I usually find they start lacking, the longer the series goes on, so I was nervous about this being Book 7.

I had nothing to worry about.

The Soldier's Familiar added something refreshing and new to the series that I hadn't been expecting. All throughout, there's been a lot of morally ambiguous characters, which I've loved seeing. This was the first time we dealt with the underage shifter aspect (even if only a few months), and how they translated through the mate bond.

Nothing about Bailey and Kass's relationship was easy, simple or logical. They were swimming against the tide, the entire book, and that added an element of excitement and the unknown that I hadn't thought would work so well. They met for barely a few minutes at the beginning of the book, but the chemistry was sizzling and intense, right from the start. Then, they don't meet in person again until well into the second half of the book, but I didn't feel like the chemistry, or their relationship, felt any less real for it.

As characters, I loved how Bailey was flighty and carefree in image, but actually strong, resilient and a little desperate in reality. Kass was the strong, dependable solider, with a softer side and an untapped well of need and protective instincts ignited by his bond with Bailey.

Overall, I loved the whole thing. It took time to introduce Bailey's family situation, and the backstory surrounding it. It took time to introduce him to the world of shifters, familiars and mates, which he'd been kept ignorant of. But, as with the other morally ambiguous characters, his path wasn't easy or quickly resolved by the mate bond. I loved the time the relationship was given, how they used the bond and the mental connection to strengthen their relationship, but still had doubts and worries, still put space between them and wanted to force a relationship as humans to reinforce what had started by magic.

A solid addition to the series, which has reignited my excitement for future installments.
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