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Brush with Catastrophe

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Tara Lain

Narrated By: Kirt Graves

Date: January 2021

Duration: 7 hours 19 minutes


Sammy Raphael is a crappy witch, and on top of that, he can't seem to get a boyfriend. Where other supernaturals can bring down lightning and manifest wealth, Sammy can paint. Granted, the 'prophetic' paintings he creates at night always come true, but they never predict anything important. Sammy feels like a total loser with a worthless ability.

One night he paints a gorgeous guy who turns out to be his secret crush, the human Ryder, but Ryder's changed so much he's almost unrecognizably beautiful. Then Sammy paints an angel who turns out to be a witch. But is that witch also a devil-a devil who can bring down Sammy's whole community and everyone he loves? And why the hell does Ryder keep changing? Aloysius, the black cat familiar, always backs a winner. So why is he backing Sammy?

Contains mature themes.


  • Marsha W.

    This is the second book in The Aloysius Tales Series. As with the first book this was a disappointment for me. It needed more story more character building it is a shame that it lost the possibilities. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. Sammy and Ryder are the MC’s of this book. The narration was good and made it more enjoyable than when I read the book. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

  • Lexi Z.

    I loved this story so much! The narrator did a fantastic job with this story and made it even better than it already was since the narrator was able to put the emotions and different voices into this story. This one picks up right where the previous one left off which I was happy about this I definitely wanted to know more about these characters and this world. I loved Sammy so much but definitely wanted him to have more confidence in himself and his powers which are pretty unique and interesting. I just loved all these characters so much and their story. It was great to see the relationships develop and progress. I want the next book so badly.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting story! Sammy is a witch with a very special talent. He doesn’t think it’s that important but his talents will be tested. Lucien, wooed Sammy but something was off. Ryder is changing, apparently a human, a gorgeous human who is Sammy’s bff and has loved him for years. There’s action suspense and witchy romance!

  • Anonymous

    I thoroughly, completely enjoyed this book. The characters and world this author created come to Life even more in this second book, than the first. The way I judge a paranormal genre book is by how immersed I can get into the world and story and this book is one of the best. I almost felt like I was there along for the adventure.

  • Ida U.

    This is a great book to settle in with if you are in the mood for a lovely romance and oodles of twists and turns. Absolutely no one and nothing is exactly what it/they seem. There are powers hidden even from their possessors that end up being necessary for survival, sexuality is changeable all for the better and oh yeah, the fate of the world is at stake. Whew! Do not start just before bed if you need sleep have to get up for work the next day.

  • Sharonica Logic

    Brush with Catastrophe (audiobook) MMy Thoughts and Confessions: Book two in The Aloysius Tales picks up a year after book one. In this delightfully wicked tale, young witch Sammy, who is an art major and prophetic witch painter by nature, finds himself painting two gorgeous Men. The first, his crush since their first year in college, Ryder, who has returned from summer vacation so changed he is hardly recognizable, and if Sammy found him attractive before, he is definitely the stuff of Sammy’s dreams now. The second guy Sammy has prophetically painted is exquisite and could have only come from heaven…or fallen from there, only time will tell. Sammy’s dilemma with these gorgeous men is the fact that the one guy he’s known for years is both human and straight, so completely unavailable, while the new guy, is mysterious, charming, an art major like Sammy, and for reasons Sammy cannot fathom, Lucian wants him. Sammy has also found himself strapped with another male; Witch-Master Killian’s familiar, Aloysius, has decided to play protector and matchmaker once more. This tale curved a little darker than the first. Even though an urban fantasy because it dealt with magic, witches, and other beings, underneath it also had elements of dub-con and manipulation. I was thrilled that the Witch-Master and his wonderful husband Blaine got some page time to themselves. I love all the characters in this little series. All the young witches have varying powers, each so different from another. Sammy’s though, wow! When the full reveal happens, it is just wonderful! I adored his character so much anyway (I think it’s the painter/ artist connection) so I cheered for him from the beginning. You cannot go wrong with this audio series. Kirt Graves does an amazing job. The Story: 5.00

  • Sarah Mitcham

    Kirt Graves continued to weave a spell with his great narration of the second part of the series, the story continues with Sammy creating more vision paintings and Killian's familiar Aloysius choosing to be with Sammy. 'Elvish' returns after summer break looking very different and having had a large growth spurt, he also wishes to be known as Ryder and Sammy's feelings for him have continued to grow during their time apart and who is the mysterious Lucien? Absolutely brilliant story, spellbound again!! In my opinion better to listen/read in order for maximum enjoyment.

  • Magnus J.

    Fantastic addition to the series by Tara Lain, just as entertaining as the first book. Sammy & Ryder where great characters to get to know and I was happy to follow their story. As always Kirt Graves did a super job in giving the characters that little bit extra that the book version does not have. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Katie C.

    I really liked this one! Power, passion, intrigue and deception in a really well written narrative!!! I love Al and I like that he is the "core" if the series and is passed over to Sammy for his story. I liked that we got to follow on with Blaine and Killian, Jimmy and Lavender as we learnt more about Sammy and his friends. I loved Ryder and the mystery surrounding him. This was a really great story and I can't wait to see where Aloysius takes us next!!!

  • Aerielle

    I absolutely adored Sammy and Ryder’s story. There was a couple of ick scenes but once we got the the “big showdown” I can see why they were added to the story. Otherwise great story. I love the world building in the series. Can wait to see more! Narration was fantastic! Kirk really does a great job with these characters!! Even the cat!!!

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by Tara Lain

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