Alex is a soul familiar, a two hundred years old creature that is fated to be an enancer for a wizard. Only one, his soul mate, will have the chance to gain powers through a bonding with him.
When Alex is summoned with a spell, he is surprise to find that the summoner is a young untrained wizard, Tyler, with a little problem: his late mother before dying, cast a protective spell on the son, and know, everytime he is near another man, an hungry cerbetta appears, preventing him to get any closer. And so at twenty two years old, he is still virgin and very eager to resolve the problem.
Alex decides to help the boy, but he is not expecting to remain involved in a more personal way: now Alex wants to get Tyler rid of the spell, but only toward him, since he doesn't want for no one to have the chance to be near to the boy.
The story is short, less than 90 pages, and enjoyable. Funny and relaxing, it's a fast and smooth reading, probably a prequel to a longer series. The plot is nice, I always like "virgin" characters, they are so cute. And Alex is a careless and nice man, a bit ego and self-counscious, but all in all generous and likeable.
Amazon Kindle: Soul Familiar 1: Lucky Dog
Publisher: Changeling Press, LLC (May 23, 2008)
Unpredictable (Soul Familiar 2) by Kate Steele
In the second chapter of the Soul Familiar series, Alex and Tyler are learning to live together as soul mates.
Alex is a Soul Familiar, a magical being who enhances the powers of his soul mate wizard. Tyler is the chosen wizard, but he is rather young, both in age than in power. Unlike all the other wizards, who learn since young age how to master their power, Tyler is arrived at the good age of 21 years old without knowing that he has special power. The reason why he "called" Alex, is that his mother cast on him a spell, and now everytime someone try to arm Tyler, a little cerbetta (a dog with three heads) appears. The problem is that the cerbetta translates also intense emotions like physical arm, and so Tyler was an unwilling virgin, since no one could be near him.
Alex overcame the problem of the cerbetta, and now Tyler is no more a virgin, but being his soul mates, Tyler must pass a test, a magical tournament with another pair of soul mates. To complicate the situation, Bobby, a soul familiar who can't control his powers, accidentally bonds himself to Tyler, creating even more chaos for both of them.
This is not a "serious" tale, it's more a funny romp. Alex and Tyler play with power as well as with sex, their life is like a perennial playground. Even the imminent test is not a serious thing, more like a match between neighbor team: a bit competition is good, but don't take the thing too seriously...
A light reading, fast and good, less than 90 pages, and a continuing series. I will look forward for the next chapter.
Amazon Kindle: Soul Familiar 2: Unpredictable
Publisher: Changeling Press, LLC (October 3, 2008)
Fated (Soul Familiar 3) by Kate Steele
The Soul Familiar series by Kate Steele has always been a funny one. The story of how Tyler, a wanna be wizard, met and fell in love with his soul familiar, Alex, is light and without angst. In line with it, it was also sexy, but always with lightness. Alex and Tyler has to face a trial to validate their bond; but even if failing the trial means for them to be separated, again, the previous two books have no angst at all. Kate Steele plays a lot with the cuteness of Tyler, being him a virgin when he first met Alex, and so not only new to the magic he has inside, but also to the sex. Alex becomes his "master" in both fields, even if Alex has not the attitude of a very serious professor.
Alex is a playboy; he loves and leaves, he was once burned and now he is quite cautious. But the bond he has with Tyler is not something he can avoid, it's in his nature to be the soul mate of the young man, and being Tyler so pretty and willing, it's not an hard task to comply. In the third book there is maybe a bit more of seriousness between them, more actually from Alex's side. Tyler was always, from moment one, totally involved in the love story, for him it's the first and only love. Instead Alex maybe realizes only when he is near to loose Tyler, that what he has is something of important. So yes, the third book is the more deep and involving of all the series, but still it's more on the light and funny side than on the angst one.
Book 1 was all about Tyler, book 2 was a transitioned one, about a side character on the series, and book 3 is all about Alex. It's also longer than the usual novellas by Changeling Press, so the reader has something more than some nice and good sex scenes. There is actually also a plot, and it's a nice contrast to see "professor" Alex that actually does something to gain the title. But to not disappointed the reader who likes sex, he would be happy to know that this book starts with a very long and very erotic sex scene.
Amazon Kindle: Soul Familiar 3: Fated
Publisher: Changeling Press, LLC (July 10, 2009)
Series: Soul Familiar
1) Lucky Dog
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