Book Review – The Vet’s Christmas Familiar by TJ Nichols

Familiar Mates #4
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 190
Characters: Kit/Errol
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Series

Wounded and left for dead, Kit Linfield is stuck in his eagle form.

A Christmas Eve flight with his family turns to slaughter when hunters take aim at the eagle shifters. Kit plays dead, but he’s wounded and needs help. He wants to live to have a chance at vengeance.

Vet Errol Hart is spending Christmas alone for the first time since his divorce. When a badly wounded eagle is delivered to his care, it’s the first animal that Errol can’t communicate with, and the wedge-tailed eagle is so badly injured, Errol isn’t sure it will survive. But the way it looks at him, like it understands every word he says… They are both keeping secrets.

When Errol learns the truth, he vows to help Kit find the men responsible for the illegal hunt.

For readers who like fated mates and small town gay romance.

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I love this series, and enjoyed Kit and Errol’s story. I love the world building, and that this story is set in Australia. I also liked that Kit and Errol weren’t sure how much of their attraction was magic, and how much was them, so needed to work through that as well as the danger of the hunters.

I liked the idea of a shifter who doesn’t want to shift, and would prefer to be human, and I liked Kit’s journey in embracing who he is, although at a terrible cost. I thought Errol’s power was very cool, although one very easily abused. The way he figures out how to communicate with Kit while he’s stuck in eagle form is very clever. I liked how Errol shows Kit how to calm his thoughts, and the description of how he shields himself from being constantly bombarded. I liked the realistic approach to powers in this series, and that there’s a down side as well. Ditto with the fated mate bond.

I liked the animals in the story, and their personalities, and how they help out Errol when he needs them. I liked Sam as soon as he showed up and figured there was a story behind his comments, so very happy his book is next in the series. The Coven is an interesting organisation, with a ruthless streak in order to keep the paranormal world a secret from humans. The bad guy was a nasty piece of work, and I liked how the animals dealt with the human hunter.

More please.

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
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