by Jacki James
This is my first time reading this author and this book is an interesting start to a new paranormal m/m series.
The main character, Aaron, loves his nice staid, _safe_ life as the owner of an Antique (slash used stuff) Store in small town America, a store he inherited from his grandmother along with his house. Aaron's greatest ambition as a child was to be a cashier at Walmart, that's the kind of safe and secure he wants. He haunts Estate sales to find things to sell in his store and an estate sale of the belongings of a local 'witch' is too good an opportunity to pass up so Aaron drags his friend Russ to the sale and comes away with a weird book, among other things, a book he didn't even want but one that Russ insisted he buy. Well it was interesting, at least, not that he believed in witches or the occult. Wicca, sure, it was a religion, but real spells and stuff? Hah!
And then the book does weird things like open only for him, manifest energy, and make things shake but... witchcraft was NOT real, and Aaron would prove it by doing one of the spells in the book... and almost summoned forth a demon. Well crap!
Enter Malakai Donovan, of the Donovan Clan of Kilkenny Ireland, witch and super hottie. He's been looking for the fabled Coughlin Grimoire for years, this particular Book of Shadows the most powerful of it's kind. And someone - Aaron - not only found it, but opened it _and_ cast a spell from it. And now all sorts of magick users are crawling out of the woodwork to get their hands on it - from bad witches to warlocks to vamps and shifters. Kai has his work cut out for him, protecting both the book and the gorgeous little witchling the book has bonded too. Piece of cake, right? Oh and then there's the little matter of them being soul twins and Aaron being freaking adorable and firing _all_ of Kai's protective instincts.
The book was a nice, light read. Some of the plot points were a little rushed, speeding the story along a little faster than believable. There were a few places where the reader had to really suspend disbelief and just go with the flow but on the whole it was an enjoyable little book and the series shows promise. View all my reviews