Book Review – The Firefighter’s Familiar by TJ Nichols

Familiar Mates #9
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 284
Characters: Callum/Nas/Rikar
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Series

Callum and Nas have a perfect life until Callum rescues a man who turns out to be his familiar. How does he tell his boyfriend about witches and magic and fated mates?

Leopard seal shifter Rikar has been travelling alone, trying to find a place to belong since being forced out of home. He has convinced himself it’s not that bad and that he’s a free spirit. Just as he thought he’d found his feet, his world explodes.

When Callum hauls a man out of a burning bar, he doesn’t expect the kiss of life to lead to the familiar bond. Then he freaks out because he has a human fiancé and a life he likes very much. He doesn’t want a familiar or a mate.

For Nas, finding out that witches and shifters are real—and that he was about to marry one—is almost enough for him to walk away. But there’s something about Rikar that makes him stay long enough to listen…to consider that his heart might be big enough for his witch and his witch’s familiar.

Dive into The Firefighter’s Familiar for a steamy MMM fated mates romance with a touch of danger, a leopard seal whose bite is definitely worse than his bark, and a relationship that’s strong enough to take whatever magic throws at it.

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I’m already a fan of this author and series. I loved the different perspectives of the three men, with Callum a witch, Rikar a shifter who has been brought up to believe he has to be alone, and Nas, a human who up to now has no clue the supernatural world exists. I loved how they all grew to love each other, but differently, and how they worked together to take down a threat.

I loved Callum’s magic, and how all the witches and familiars in this series are different. I liked how his magic works well with his chosen job, and complements Rikar’s leopard seal with the twist of too much raw power needing learned control. I thought the way these two bonded was nicely done, with the added complication of Callum already being in a relationship. I loved how the three fit together, and how Nas and Rikar connect romantically first. I liked Nas and how he adjusted to the idea of a paranormal world and was more upset by the fact Callum hadn’t been honest with him about something so intrinsically him.

I liked the showdown with the shark shifter, especially with Jude showing up to help out. The sharks come across as a very real threat, especially with what happens to Rikar. I liked the conclusion to that part of the story especially with their sister and her children.

The supporting cast are a great addition to the story. I loved Nas’ sister and her girlfriend, and very happy Beau has his own book. I liked him.

I’m looking forward to more in this series.

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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