August (Black Cat Circus: Pearl of Fate) by Duckie Mack

The Black Cat Circus is back for another season with the Pearl of Fate! It kicks off with August a low angst best friends brother romance.

From the blurb:

The Balance Brothers have been performing together at the Black Cat Circus for years. Despite the name of their act, they aren’t related by blood, but are family by choice.   

An injury brings their act to a halt. August needs to find a new partner, but he’s hesitant to work with someone he doesn’t know. Not only because of the bond it takes to do what they do, but also because he has secrets he’s not prepared for another human to know. August is a centaur.

Alyx grew up in a circus family, but he chose to go his own way and became an exotic dancer. When his brother calls on him, he shows up to help. It’s temporary, he has no desire to join a circus again. But there’s something intriguing about his new partner, and the Black Cat Circus itself.

August feels a strong pull to Alyx, but could his new partner accept him if he found out the truth of what he is?

August is a best friend’s brother, human/shifter, paranormal MM romance. The Black Cat Circus: Pearl of Fate is a multi-author series and season two of the Black Cat Circus World that features found family and a magical cast of characters. Each book can be read as a standalone but is better enjoyed as a series.

Molly Otto's Review:

I'm happy to report that season 2 of Black Cat Circus has the same vibe of season one! Duckie has done the best friends brother trope as I always hope it will be, where the brother is supportive and wants to see these two people close to him happy!
August has always hidden his pnr side for the bad rep of the species, and when his partner, Aaron, is injured, Aaron calls his brother Alyx in for help. Alyx has avoided the Circus life since his past experiences, but soon realizes how different Black Cat is from any other Circus. These two have a beautiful flirting banter that just is easy and happy. When feelings develop, they must decide together what is best for all three of their futures. It's a beautiful start to season 2, and I can not wait to see how the rest of this round plays out!

Angel's Review:

When these authors got together to release Season one of this series last year, I was completely enamored. This series was and still is my favorite mm series of all time! When the second season of this series got announced I was SO excited!! I had some questions I wanted answered with this second season; was it worth the wait? Will it be as good as the first season? And is it going to evoke the same or similar feeling that the first series did? The answer to those questions are yes, to all of them.

August is a centaur shifter who is apart of a balancing act with his best friend Aaron, when Aaron gets injured, Aaron's brother Alyx, comes to stay with him at the circus. When these two meet they weren't prepared for what they would end up meaning to each other, but that is the magic of the circus after all!

I LOVE this circus!!! August and Alyx's characters were so cute!! I liked how Alyx's character was confident and bold, I also liked how he was so open to everything that he thought he saw going on at the circus. Along with how understanding he was when he found out what August is. August's character was adorable! He was so kind, shy, sweet, and caring. He knew Alyx didn't want to be apart of a circus again and offered to step back from performing until Aaron's leg was healed. That was really thoughtful and considerate of his character to suggest that, however, I'm really glad that Alyx chose to perform with August!

The descriptions of the practices that Alyx and August were performing was so detailed! I could picture what they were doing, it was incredible! What I loved the most about this book is that we got to see all of the characters we got to know from the first season, they were a prominent feature in this story, and I LOVED that!

I'm really curious about what that little seashell means, or what it does. It makes me very excited to keep reading so I can find out!

Rogue's Review:

This is the first in the connected series Black Cat Circus: Pearl of Fate, which is itself a follow up to last year's Black Cat Circus. While there are recurring characters from that, this can stand alone. I've read a lot of shifter stories, with all manner of animal shifters, but a centaur shifter is new to me, and I loved the idea. August is such a sweetheart, I loved him right from the start. He does a circus balancing act with his best friend, Aaron, but when Aaron has an accident he meets Aaron's brother, Alyx and they have an instant connection when Alyx agrees to take Aaron's place while he heals up.

These two together were just the most adorable thing. August came to Black Cat to get away from a bad home situation, the circus is his home, and Aaron is his brother in everything but blood. He's wary of revealing his true centaur nature to anyone, and hides it as much as possible. Alyx is the total opposite to August, he's a former circus kid who became an exotic dancer, he's confident, cocky, yet totally devoted to his brother and these two just work so well together. He's so accepting of everything about August, supportive and loving and it's all just so perfect.

The thread of this series is going to be the pearl that brings all the couples together, it plays a part here and I can't wait for more.

Low Angst
Best friend's brother
Found Family
Shared universe

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