Book Review – The Witch’s Familiar by T J Nichols

Familiar Mates #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 208
Characters: Jude/Mack
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Series

He can hold lightning in his hand, but will love slip through his fingers?

Jude Sullivan has one more chance to prove he isn’t a danger to the paranormal community. If he fails, he’ll be stripped of his magic, a painful process to make a witch human. As a test, the Coven sends him to Mercy South, Colorado, to stop a creature that’s been mutilating cows and scaring the locals. Jude hates cows and small towns. The Coven should’ve sent a nature witch.

Rob Mackenzie is the local mechanic and bear shifter. If the locals knew his secret, they’d run him out of town. He wants someone to really know him and not be afraid. With several chewed-up cows and some other weird happenings, he’s wondering if he’s no longer the strangest creature in Mercy.

After meeting Mack, Jude thinks he’s found the cause of the trouble. But the trouble is only just getting started when Mack realizes he’s Jude’s fated mate. As the cow-mutilating creature starts hunting in town, Mack and Jude will have to quit fighting their attraction and each other, to stop the creature from killing again.

Buy Link


I got caught up in this story very quickly. I loved the world building and the characters, and the mix kept me absorbed from start to finish.

The twist on a witch’s familiar was very clever, and I love stories about fated mates, so I was very happy to read a story that combined the two. Jude and Mack also have an opposites attract vibe going on several levels. I liked the two of them together and the instant lust/fated mates pull that they both try to deny and resist. I liked how they got to know each other and how that friendship progressed to love.

I loved the magic system. Jude’s power is very cool. I liked how the magic users in this world have to follow rules, and that there’s a council with not quite straightforward motives pulling a lot of strings. Mack is fabulous as a bear shifter.

I enjoyed the action scenes, especially the showdown with the creature, and how Jude and Mack have to work together to survive. Their bond has some rather neat aspects to it, some of which I hadn’t read before. The Coven is a real piece of work, and I disliked them from the word go, especially one in particular who has it in for Jude. I hope we get to learn more about the Coven, and what Landstrom’s issue is, in other books in the series.

I’m very happy this is book 1 in a new series, and I’m already looking forward to reading them. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
This entry was posted in book review. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.