Book Review – The Billionaire’s Familiar by TJ Nichols

Familiar Mates #8
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 257
Characters: Ethan/Axel
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Series

Fated mates…there’s only one problem: their families hate each other.

With old money comes old hatreds, and the fight to survive will take everything the familiar bond offers witch and shifter.

Ethan Lumin has followed the plan laid out for him since the day he was born. As part of that plan, he needs a familiar before he turns thirty so he can take his place on the Shadow Board as expected. But he wants more than a bound shifter who’s only interested in his family’s power and money.

Axel Hollins learned a long time ago that family comes first, shifters come second, and witches come last. He wants nothing more than to escape the family business, but even the idea of becoming an artist is frowned upon.

A chance meeting leads to a one-night stand and waking up to find that he’s now the familiar to the richest witch in London.

Discover the world of the Familiar Mates mm fated mates paranormal romance series. Each book in the Familiar Mates series has a new couple and a HEA with no cliffhangers.

The Billionaire’s Familiar is a steamy gay enemies to lovers romance between a billionaire witch who is expected to follow family tradition and a fox shifter who doesn’t realise his own power.

Buy Link


I’m already a huge fan of this author and series, and loved Ethan and Axel’s story, which adds the threat of the Shadow Board. Foxes being magical and the added complications to a familiar bond was an interesting twist, and I enjoyed how it played out.

Ethan and Axel come from different worlds, but they have common ground in that they are bucking family tradition and expectations. I liked how both men had no clue as to their families’ real power, and how they’re drawn to each other, and forge a complete bond before either realises what the other is. I liked how they have different skill sets yet work well together balancing each other out. The Fates knew what they were doing bringing these two together. I also loved how their bond grows over time, and with it their power.

I like how Ethan finds out the truth about his family, and their reaction to his and Axel’s familiar bond is nothing like he imagined. I loved the showdown and how Ethan and Axel both react, and protect each other. It’s wonderfully tense, action packed scene, with very real consequences.

The Coven often plays a part in these stories, and I liked their stance in this one. I suspect the Shadow Board’s world view isn’t exactly what they think it is.

I enjoyed Axel and Ethan’s HEA, which fit them and their dreams perfectly. I also liked the hint of more to come, and I hope they get to play a part in bringing down the Shadow Board.

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, gay romance reviews. 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 )

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.