Familiar Love: Book Two
For over a century, Edward Youngblood has been the logical one in a family of temperamental magical beings. But reason has not made him immune to passion, and Edward’s passion for Mullins, the family’s demon instructor, has only grown.
Mullins was lured into hell through desperation—and a fatal mistake. He’s done his best to hang onto his soul in the twisted realm of the underworld, and serving the Youngblood family when summoned has been his only joy. Edward concocts a plan to spring Mullins by collecting a series of items to perform an ancient ritual—an idea that terrifies Mullins. He can’t bear the thought of losing Edward and his brothers to a dangerous quest.
But every item in their collection is an adventure in brotherhood and magic, and as Mullins watches from the sidelines, he becomes more and more hopeful that they will succeed. When the time comes for Mullins to join the mission, can he find enough faith and hope to redeem himself and allow himself happiness in the arms of a man who would literally go to hell and back—and beyond—to have Mullins by his side?
This story felt very much like a "middle book" in the trilogy to me.
In "Familiar Angel", Henry and Suriel's HEA story, the series began with a bang, giving us the origin story of how three young boys, recently-escaped from an abusive whore house, were given magic and became feline familiars to a powerful witch.
After Henry and Suriel got their HEA, it was Edward and Mullins' turn, which mainly focused on a series of treasure hunts, gathering items that would eventually free Mullins from the bonds of hell.
I thoroughly enjoyed discovering more of the history behind the events that had occurred over the past 140 years since the brothers became shape-shifting, magical kitty cats, including a lot of lore about elves, vampires and "the other", the god-like being ultimately responsible for Mullins' centuries in hell.
However, as I'd only read two of the three "Green's Hill" stories and none of the "Little Goddess" books, I was vaguely familiar with what was going on when the boys arrived at Green's hill, but felt as though I was missing out on quite a lot.
So yeah, if I hadn't read those first few "Green's Hill" books, I suspect that I would've felt waaaay more lost. So, pro tip, if you're planning to read the Green and Cory stories, you may want to consider making that happen *before* starting this book. I suspect your enjoyment might be greatly enhanced.
The action in this book seemed to come less often than in Harry's book, with only their trip to Africa, then their return to Green's hill coming to mind as the actual "wow" moments in the story, so I didn't feel quite the same level of excitement.
But I did feel the genuine connection between Edward and Mullins, which I suspect was precisely the author's intention.
My overall enjoyment was slightly higher than with the first book, so I'd rate this story at around 3.75 stars, but advise readers to not expect this to be some Michael Bay "shit blows up on every page" type of read.
Now, I'm *dying to read Francis and Beltane's story, as Green and Cory are also supposed to be featured heavily in that final story in the series.
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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