When Val unearths a Japanese scroll and a cat figurine inherited from her grandfather, magic invades her world. The statuette, actually a cat spirit named Yuki—a yokai—enchanted into that form for her own protection, comes to life. With her old high-school boyfriend, she searches for a way to vanquish the threat from the spirit realm, while facing the attraction they thought they’d long since put behind them.
On the verge of losing her job, Shannon leaps at the chance to sell her graphic novel series to a major publisher. She’d love to have a closer relationship with her artist collaborator, Ryo, but how can she count on a man who keeps disappearing with the flimsiest of excuses?
Ryo feels the same attraction to Shannon, but he isn’t sure how she’d react to the truth. He’s a kitsune—a fox shapeshifter—prone to transforming at awkward moments. When a wannabe wizard follows him to a science-fiction convention, Ryo’s secret, liberty, and budding romance with Shannon are all threatened.
Two years after her husband’s sudden death, Heidi hopes to make a fresh start with a new love and a new home. But she hasn’t planned on sharing her century-old house with her son’s not-so-imaginary friends—a ghost child and a Japanese water monster. At least the creatures aren’t dangerous—or are they?