Shift in Time (Out of Time #1)

Author: Mercy Celeste

Publisher: MJC Press

Rating: 3.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: True love’s first kiss will not break a curse.

Everyone knows that. Even a Normal like Morgan Monstros knows that.
But Fane Llewellyn isn’t everyone. He’s like no one Morgan has ever met.
Small, fragile and fierce, Fane doesn’t remember who he is or where he came from. He remembers pain and loneliness. Decades of pain and loneliness. And Morgan Monstros. He could never forget Gan. Gan was his from the day he came to the island. And Fane would fight to the death to keep Morgan safe. Even if he has to fight the whole world to do it.
Take one powerless witch, a sassy Siamese familiar, a panther shifter with amnesia, a meddling wolf clan, and a coven of witches hell bent on war, swirl all together and you get the perfect spell for all out mayhem…..oh yeah and there’s chocolate cake too.

 

Review: Morgan Monstros has decided to isolate himself and be the caretaker for his family’s business on the off season. And of course his sister just happens to leave her cat while she goes off to school. Morgan isn’t really interested in spending the winter cat-sitting, but the cat turns out to actually be kind of a cool companion. At times it’s even like they speak to each other. Morgan knows he shouldn’t be speaking to a cat as he’s the only person in his family to have no magical ability whatsoever, but he also knows the cat wants to be called Fane. When Morgan finds himself working to calm the cat down during a nasty thunderstorm he doesn’t think too much of placing a gentle kiss on the cat’s head. Then the cat becomes a man, naked and scared in the middle of the room with thunder booming outside. Surprise! The even bigger surprise is Fane was a Civil War soldier cursed by a witch to be a house cat and has been on the island Morgan’s family lives on for the whole time.

Morgan and Fane do their best to reintroduce Fane to being a people again. It’s not easy, and is made harder by Fane’s desires to be with Morgan romantically. Morgan has a pretty compelling reason to not want to do that. By the time the next full moon rolls around Morgan and Fane can’t really hold off on taking their relationship to the next level. The excrement totally hits the fan. The entire Monstros family ends up in hiding with a bunch of werewolves. Yeah. Werewolves. Seems the whole situation started when the witch cursed Fane because he was an alpha wolf who refused her advances. So now, just as before, Fane has got a witch coming after him and he’s got to save his mate and their families.

This was a fun read. I like paranormal stories and shifter stories, so this was pretty much right up my alley. Despite being a shifter, Fane does not come across as a typical shifter character as a result of being cursed. He’s meant to have a lot of the qualities of a house cat. He’s also trying to deal with the loss of a very significant chunk of time. Last thing he remembers, other than chasing mice, is being alive during the Civil War. Fane has quite a bit to mourn and not a lot of time to do it. Honestly, I don’t envy Morgan getting into a relationship with a guy who has to work all that out.

I had some difficulty reading the story. Not in the sense the story was gory or had difficult subject matter, but at times I found the language itself convoluted or somewhat disjointed. In one instance a still sleeping character was part of a conversation. I felt the grandmother slowly morphed into a worse and worse character as the book progressed, and I felt Morgan’s apparent lack of any magical ability at all at the beginning of the story was suspect as he kept doing things he shouldn’t have been able to do. Whereas overall I felt this book was a fun read and an interesting story, I felt a lot of frustration when I had to stop and reread passages to figure out what was really going on.  My frustration will NOT stop me from reading the next in the series.

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