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Summary

Smart men quit while they’re ahead - they lay low and hope disaster blows on by them. Not me. Especially when disaster seems to follow me and my soulmate Havoc, a demon I bound to me 300 years ago with my magic. 

The dark mage Geoff is back from the dead and creating chaos by devouring the hearts of people with magical abilities, giving him overwhelming power as his followers grow. And since I’m one of the strongest mages alive and am leading the resistance against him, he’s coming for me next. Oh, and it might have something to do with the fact that I was also the one who originally killed him. But you can’t blame me; the guy needed to die. 

Havoc and I, along with our unlikely band of...(I don’t want to say heroes, I can’t give them that much credit) annoyances will stop at nothing to end the destruction. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a sexy demon by my side every step of the way. For the first time in 300 years, I’m finally with the person meant for me, and I will do anything to keep from losing him. 

Familiar Beginnings is a 63k word sequel to Happy Endings. Contains a powerful mage who just wants to be left in peace, a mysterious curly-haired troublemaker, gargoyles that are literally dumber than stone, a river trip that doesn’t feel at all like a vacation, and a “cat” with some unusual features and deadly claws.

©2020 Alice Winters (P)2021 Alice Winters

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A mess

While I generally enjoy Alice Winter's tales, this book was a mess of cliches. Yes, there were some funny, snarky moments, but they could not save this book for me. There was nothing original in the story, just a bunch of paranormal story cliches thrown together with far too many characters. The last hour and a half felt like she was desperate to get the story finished no matter how it was cobbled together. A big disappointment, despite the great narration.

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Excellent

Absolutely loved this book. Excellent author and narrator. Funny and a great start to the series.

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Hilarious

The story and the narrator are just awesome! Characterisation is brilliant and I found myself grinning like a maniac most of the way through. I can recommend reading the books too, as well as listening to them. Fab!

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This series is the bomb

I loved these books so much. The first one was Awsome and the second one was just as Awsome!!

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Awesome

Greg does these characters so well, the inflictions and emotion into his voices adds another wonderful dimension. This book is awesome, I loved this edition and hope that it’s not the last. I adore Etienne and Leo. Alice needs to make more books, I love that Miles can share and relive memories especially with Havoc and the way that they use this as an escape from their problems and a way to bond as a couple it’s really lovely. Evan is so wonderful odd. I had a cat very similar to Menace and now have questions. It was great to see the gang again. Reread list for sure.

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Alice Winters Does It Again!!


Another great audiobook instalment in this series 😁

This series, like all of Alice Winters books are just amazing and gets better and better.

From the MC’s, to world building and the excellent humour and snark, along with empathy - just makes for a great audiobook listening experience! 🥰

Highly recommend ❤️❤️

Definitely gets 5🌟’s from me 😁🥰🥰

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Great book!

I really enjoyed the book. It picked up the story where the first book ended. This book was as good as the first. Narration was also very good.

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Fun conclusion

I really enjoyed this book, though it wasn't that long, it was a good conclusion.

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Great Series

I love Miles & Havoc - such great characters with an amazing bond. They're still in the fight against the bad guy from Miles's past, but they've got the support of their frinds. All in all it's a brilliant story

I cannot recommend Greg Boudreaux enough, either. His narration absolutely brings to life this heartwarming, hot, hilarious tale. 5*

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brilliant series

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. Comedic touches. Love the ending. It's a must read. never soar that Twist .coming . Near the end.

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  • 07-07-21

very entertaining

this series is full of intrigue, suspense and humor with great character development and plot.

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  • Sage Davidson
  • 13-01-22

Had me laugh crying hysterically…

people thought I was crazy. Not kidding. You should have seen the looks I got but I couldn’t stop laughing. Love this story, Miles will never let you down.

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  • songbird
  • 05-07-21

Love love love it!!!!

This was a fun series! The characters are great and unique. I wish there were more books coming in the series. I’m sure there are more adventures they could get up to. The “cat” was a Menace that made me laugh so hard!!!! If you like fictional beings you’ll love this.

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  • barbara e wistrom
  • 21-07-22

love this series

want more on these guys loved every character . love all your books. please do more on these guys

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  • T. Norman
  • 17-07-22

I think this series may be my favorite so far

Hoping that Alice Winters decides to continue this series! I love the main characters and the magic is well done in my opinion.

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  • Carla Cook
  • 08-07-22

Excellent series

These two books were hilarious and sweet. Hope there will be more to come. Worth the purchase.

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  • Many Hat Momma
  • 25-06-22

Kicking bad guy a$$

Second book in the series, same couple featured. Miles collects the weirdest people to himself- creepy vampire, skeleton horse, evil scaly cat, narcissistic angel dude… the list just goes on and on. The gargoyle like demons are pretty funny too. The mc’s have had a horrific life full of ugliness and torture- but the book never gets heavy or dark- it keeps things light and infuses the memories of bad with present day happiness and love. It is not a sappy love story though- it is snark and sass, embarrassing and laugh out loud moments, action, mystery, magic and trying to kill the uber-bad-guy who is out for power and blood. And in the end, a huge exciting finale and a trip to the happiest place on the planet! I love how Greg Boudreaux narrates the characters with such vibrant personalities- capturing the smugness or sassy quips from unique voices. Helping the listener pick up and join in on the story without having to backtrack to see who is talking. This is extremely important to me when listening!

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  • Lazy Afternoon
  • 24-06-22

Another fun romp

Ribald, but in a good way. Again nothing groundbreaking but I was entertained and this was definitely worthwhile.

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  • Susana
  • 08-06-22

Best narration ever!

I love Greg Boudreaux!!! His performance was amazing, can get enough of Miles and Havoc!!!

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  • Carlotta
  • 16-05-22

Love this series

Narrator does an excellent job being this series to life. I hope we see Miles, Havoc, Menace and the gang again.