This book sounds so cute, I was so excited when I was chosen to participate in this tour! Be sure to check out the other tour posts – this one spreads across social media so be sure to check out the other reviews, Instagram posts, and TikToks! You can check out the schedule here!
Thank you to Turn the Page Tours and the publisher for sending me an advance copy for review! This is an honest, spoiler free review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.
A Little Too Familiar by Lish McBride
Release Date: May 17, 2022
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Louise Matthews has got it good. Wonderful job? Check. Loving family? The best. Roommates? Pretty fantastic, thank you. All of this helps her stay focused on what she wants: to finish out her apprenticeship and become a fully licensed Switch – an animal mage who bonds familiars to their witches.
Only a problem has just moved in – a hot, occasionally wolf-shaped problem.
Declan Mackenzie doesn’t want to be a lone wolf, but he doesn’t have a choice. Girlfriend? Gone. Sister? Starting a new life. Parents? In prison where they belong, thankfully. All he wants is a fresh start – a new home, new job, new life. What he gets is a house full of witches, a fledgling phoenixe named Dammit, and rogue ferrets who won’t stay out of his business. And he could handle all of that if it wasn’t for Louise. It’s not great to crush on your roommate, it’s even worse when you realize she wields the kind of magic that sends you running for the door.
Still, Declan is no pup, and he’s not going to let this set him back.
Until the past comes back to haunt him – the parents he put in jail have busted out. They want revenge.
And the only thing standing between them and Declan is Louise and the very magic he vowed never to go near again.
If you’re a fan of rom-com style paranormal romances, this book needs to be next on your TBR! The premise of the book is so cute. The beginning starts off fairly sweet and innocent as we’re introduced to our main characters, Lou and Declan, but quickly turns as we deal with vengeful parents. One thing I really loved about this book was the way Declan’s trauma and PTSD was handled by Lou and his friends. They never make him feel ashamed of how he feels and are so supportive every step of the way.
Declan and Lou together makes my heart sing. Every interaction with them is so wholesome and sweet and it makes me want to hug the book. It also cuts through a lot of the heavier topics and scenes within the book. And all of the funny moments with their friends makes me appreciate meaningful friendships like these. It’s so sweet! Even werewolves and animal mages can have a cute love story.
And on the topic of heavier scenes – this book is pretty heavy. It discusses childhood trauma and abuse, torture, assault, anxiety, and PTSD. Declan deals with a lot of trauma due to his parents abuse and it causes him to have severe anxiety and PTSD. The scenes are so realistic it makes me want to cry every time he starts to panic and suffer from an anxiety attack. If you want PTSD/anxiety representation, this book has a lot of it and it’s shown so accurately.
In terms of the plot, it was good! The dialogue can get a little cheesy, which I notice is a trend within paranormal romances, but if you’re someone who doesn’t care about that or can look past it, I think the plot and characters make up for it. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and have already told my friends all about it! Definitely pick it up if you want a paranormal romance with accurate mental health rep!
Lish McBride is a writer, former bookseller, and amateur goblin living in the PNW. In the crime of the century, she tricked not one but two universities into giving her degrees, ending up with an MFA from the University of New Orleans. (They cannot have it back, either, as she has invoked the ancient law of “no backsies.”) When she is not writing or reading, she’s usually hanging out with her family and friends…and talking about writing or reading. Her ultimate dream is to have her own castle and one of the libraries with the wheely ladder.
You can find her online in all of the usual places under the handle @lishmcbride, usually posting pictures of her dogs.