Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Mark of the Familiar
Author: Alex Whitehall
Series: Mark of the Familiar #1
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 32 Pages
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Release Date: September 6, 2013
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Previously Released in Written In Flesh Anthology
Ellis, having killed his abusive master, is placed in the custody of a safe house for magical beings. Within those brick walls, he finds more than safety. But William has dealt with people’s unwanted attentions his entire life and wants nothing to do with Ellis or his devotion. Except Ellis is determined to convince William that their bond is more than just skin deep and that together they can make something magical.
Review: Wow! Talk about jam-packed! This story is only 32 pages but it’s 32 pages of WOW!
It takes place in an alternate world/time where people travel by horse and everyone has magic in them to one extent or another.
Ellis was just released from prison where he was charged with the murder of his last “master” who forced him to stay as a housecat and perform magic tricks in between raping and beating him. He was found “innocent” and allowed to leave in the hands of Willam’s father who runs a sort of home for wayward magical creatures.
When he gets there, Ellis is immediately entranced with William who is part Succubus. Because of that blood, everyone is attracted to him, so nobody understands why Ellis’ infatuation is different.
The story is so well written. It moves along at a lovely clip and has a full, rounded feel to it, though it’s very short.
I wish there’d been more, it was a neat place to be, all the magic was fantastic, and Ellis is fascinating.
Though we don’t get much relationship building, the feels are there and there’s certainly a bit of smexy times too.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and recommend it to fans of the well-written short story, magic, shifting, mates, insta-love and humor.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*