Being Familiar with a Witchby Sapphire Phelan
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Tina doesn't know she's a witch. It will take Charun, her demon Familiar, to convince her to make love with him and let loose her witch powers. For if she doesn't, then with the demon army about to bring Armageddon to the Mortal Realm on Halloween, she won't stand a chance in Hell.
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In a nutshell, if you like paranormal romance with explicit sex that's a quick read, then this book might be for you. Our story begins as we accompany an incubus, Charun, as he haunts a woman in the throes of an erotic dream. He is about to do what incubi do best when he is summoned to Hell by his superior, Byleth. Charun is told he will lose incubus status and be assigned to a witch on Earth, in this case, Tina, as her familiar. It will be up to him, on her 21st birthday to consummate their relationship to activate her latent magickal abilities. This must occur or Armageddon will start, wiping mankind from the face of the Earth and giving sway to Lucifer and all the demons of Hell. Charun spends the next 21 years watching Tina grow and mature, unaware of her witchcraft. When she turns 21, Charun assumes the guise of a black cat and insinuates himself into Tina's life - finally revealing his true nature of being a demon to her. He explains who he is and why he is there and gives her a deadline of Halloween to consummate their relationship in order for her powers to bloom. Tina is initially skeptical, then comes to accept what she's been told, still a bit on the "oh sure" side of things. However, she cannot deny her attraction to Charun (he takes on a hunky human look). The book is short, 116 pages, qualifying more as a novella than a true book. It is chock-full of explicit language and sex scenes...and I do mean explicit. Is this for everyone? Possibly not, it depends on how much sex you like in your paranormal romance. There's a smattering of magick behind the goings on in this tale, but nothing too involved. The writing is not bad - the reading level here though is sparse (not a lot of time spent on detail) but is heavy and detailed when the sex scenes show up. That was a little jarring for me, as I would be reading along on what felt like a junior high school level and then wham, here was the XXX rated sex scenes. I honestly think Sapphire Phelan can write - despite the explicit romps, I found myself drawn in to the action. As short as the story is, I did find the characters of Charun and Tina engaging and well-crafted. In fact, I wanted more detail regarding these characters. I would like to see Ms. Phelan take on a longer and more involved work - she did pretty well within the shortness of this novella, but I believe she would shine given a longer format in which to develop her story and her characters, Bottom line? Watch out for Sapphire Phelan - she has the tools, and deserves a bigger canvas on which to work.
Being Familiar With a Witch has a mortal woman who does not know she's a witch and it takes Charun, her Familiar, who must convince her to make love with him. If she doesn't she may die on Halloween as the prophesy ordains. Not only that, but this time around Armageddon will be won by Hell. Erotic and hot as hell itself, this urban fantasy will set your toes curling, while you fear for the hero and heroine.
I am not yet eighteen and I thought this was going to be about WITCHES like the kid kind when I read what it was about. SO INNAPROPIATE.