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Review ~ Bitten by Design

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Bitten By Mistake (Book #1)

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When the last thing you want, is everything you need…

Seb Calloway isn’t interested in shifters. After his best friend bonded with one, he avoids getting involved with them no matter how hot they are to prevent the same thing from happening to him. Why take the risk for a few hours of fun?

Tim Walters is the pack doctor. Considered to be mild-mannered and non-threatening by pack standards, he prides himself on being able to stay calm and maintain his control at all times. Desperate for a bond of his own, he knows his interest in Seb is an exercise in futility, but he canít seem to help himself.

When news emerges that threatens Seb’s safety, he and Tim need to fake a relationship to keep Seb safe. Despite Seb’s refusal to be anything other than friends with benefits, what starts out as pretend, quickly becomes more for Tim at least. If Tim doesn’t want to end up heartbroken, he needs to prove to Seb that loving a shifter doesn’t mean losing himself.

 

5*

I always enjoy reading Annabelle Jacobs’ intriguing shifter stories. Bitten By Mistake was one of my favourite growly reads of last year, so I was keen to read Seb and Tim’s follow-up story. It was also great to see that Jared and Nathan were still hot for each other and the continued story of the conflict between the two local London packs and the rogue shifters, along with more info on some of the other pack members. Who can they trust? Thrilling stuff!

The romance is another ‘pretend boyfriends’ plot, although different from book 1, with Seb firmly stating he didn’t want to become a shifter or end up in a mated bond like his bestie, Jared. He fears having the choice about his future taken away from him. Even so, Seb falls for Tim, who is already besotted with him, as they try to divert the rival pack’s attention away from Jared/Nathan and keep Seb safe. There’s plenty of action and suspense, along with some lust-filled steamy sexy times and some more tender moments for these guys.

Tim is such a calm and patient guy. He’s kind and restrained with Seb and my heart went out to him several times. Tim wants the happiness and love Nathan and Jared share, but is willing to accept being Seb’s friend if that is what Seb decides when their ‘fake relationship’ comes to an end. I adored his growly possessiveness and his care for injured Seb throughout. I especially loved the exciting climax of the story. Perfect for these guys!

Great writing and storytelling. I’m already looking forward to book 3—hopefully Alec’s story. (Although I’d be happy with Luke’s story, just saying!) Glad Alec was given page time in this story too.

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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it fighting enemies and adversity but they always find love in the end.

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Review ~ Bitten by Mistake

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Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Release Date: July 28 2016

Length: 81,000 words

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

 

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From animosity to searing passion in a lunar cycle… but can their bond survive?

Wolf shifter Nathan Kohl’s pack is his whole life. Arrogant and handsome, he avoids commitment to anything or anyone outside of his pack. He works hard, plays hard, and pursues humans as lovers because there’s little to no chance of him forming a permanent bond. However, when Jared Taylor comes into Nathan’s life, every rule is broken.

After a bad experience, Jared vowed to never get involved with another shifter, no matter how much they got under his skin. Despite being physically attracted to Nathan, who’s all kinds of hot, Jared only sees an arrogant, domineering bastard.

A disastrous case of mistaken identity throws Nathan and Jared together until the next full moon. Forced to spend the next twenty-eight days in close proximity, they can no longer ignore the powerful attraction between them. Passion ignites, and their relationship takes a turn neither of them wanted.

But when the full moon comes, everything might change again.

 

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4.5*

This is a fast-paced, fun, and sizzling story that had me engrossed right from the start. There are several moments near the beginning that had me chuckling out loud.

A wolf shifter and a human start out as antagonistic ‘enemies’ only to become lovers via an accidental bite and a strong bond that forms between them. I haven’t really read many paranormal/shifter stories, but I like Annabelle’s take on this genre (both in this story and The Altered series).  This story is set in contemporary London with humans and shifters living side by side, fully aware of each other. The shifters rule themselves through the various packs, unless an issue affects humans, such as when a shifter illegally bites a human.

Once bitten in this AU doesn’t necessarily mean the human automatically or immediately becomes a shifter, and so an agonizing month of waiting follows. Will he or won’t he change? Neither Nathan nor Jared know. Will Nathan be found out and punished, even sentenced to death for this illegal act? And when a bond develops between them, will it last after the next full moon? Exciting stuff. So much uncertainty and dread pervades the two characters’ emotions and their interaction. And all the time a powerful force draws them towards each other. But will it come to an end or will they become mates? I loved this uncertainty and their desire for the bond to remain in place. There’s lots of powerful feelings in this relationship with plenty of intense and steamy times.  I especially loved the growly, possessive, claiming scenes and the hot sex with teeth and claws. ROAR! There are also some lovely comforting and tender moments where the two guys are caring for each other and where they are filled with doubt about their future.

“I’m scared that I’ll wake up and there’ll be this big empty space here… ” He pressed gently against Nathan’s chest “…where I should be.”

There’s enough world building throughout. Nathan is not that clued into his shifter way of life, thus requiring computer research and the need to question his friends/pack members rather than have the info dumped in the text, so that worked well. The reader finds out the details at the same time as Nathan and Jared.

A few minor things I thought were missing from the plot: I’d have relished more backstory for both main characters sprinkled throughout the story, e.g. more detail on Jared’s past relationship that went wrong and the reason why he loathed shifters so much. More information on the rogue pack storyline to fill in some gaps would have worked well too. I was also expecting a confrontation scene between Nathan and the big, bad Alec and was hoping to find out more about the tension between them. Perhaps his character was being built up in readiness for a future storyline.

I’m not going to give away spoilers, but I thought the ending was resolved in the best possible way for these guys.

The story finishes with hints at options for further books and I’m hoping the series will continue. I’d like to know what’s happening for Nathan and Jared, as well as following other romances that form. I’m especially hoping Luke gets his own story in the future.

A recommended read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Review ~ Always Another Side by Annabelle Jacobs

 

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Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Release Date: June 3 2016

Length: 60,000 words

Buy Link: myBook.to/Always_Another_Side

Price:  3.99


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Starting over at forty is hard work for landscape architect Jack Bowman. His long-term partner hurt him badly. With his self-esteem dented by the break up, trusting a new lover is going to take time.

Tyler Freeman is equally unlucky when it comes to love. Now that he’s over thirty-five, he’s tired of getting played. All he wants is someone special. How hard can it be to meet a man who’s honest, with no hidden surprises?

Being set up on a blind date might be a classic cliché, but it’s a stroke of good luck for Jack and Tyler. They have a lot in common, including previous relationships steeped in deceit, but it’s worth navigating their trust issues if it means laying those ghosts to rest.

Making it work finally seems possible—until an accidental discovery threatens their newfound happiness.

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Everyone said their goodbyes, and Jack tried not to notice the blatant, knowing looks being passed around. He had no doubt he’d be getting some nosy texts later. On the plus side, at least he wouldn’t be the only one.

Now it was only the two of them, they wandered into the bar area and snagged a small table by the fireplace. It wasn’t lit—the late-April weather had been far too mild to warrant an open fire. The Saturday-night crowd from earlier had clearly moved on to somewhere else, and the room had quietened considerably.

“Thanks for offering me a lift.” Tyler smiled and took a sip of his drink. “I wasn’t ready to leave yet.”

“Me neither.” Jack had bought another Coke, and he ran his finger down through the condensation on the outside of the glass. “I have to admit I was a bit—a lot sceptical about whether or not this was a good idea.”

Tyler glanced up and met his gaze. “Meeting me?”

Jack’s smile was wry. “I was talking about the whole blind date thing, but yeah… I guess it was meeting you in general.” He cringed as he said it, perhaps not the best thing to say to someone whom you were hoping to go out with again. And despite Jack’s misgivings and preconceptions, he liked Tyler.

Tyler cocked his head to one side and frowned, as though he wasn’t sure how to feel about that. Jack had probably offended him, because no one liked to hear that sort of thing. But then, he’d offered to drive Tyler home so they could spend more time together—alone—so Tyler must realise Jack wanted to get to know him better. Or maybe not. If Jack had learned one thing from his breakup with Simon, it was that communication was key. Never assume someone knew what you meant or what you were thinking.

“I know that sounds bad, and it’s nothing personal. Christ, I’m pulling out all the clichés tonight, but it really was a case of it being me and not you.” Jack laughed and scrubbed a hand over his face. “Shit. Just when it was going so well. I’ve managed to fuck it up, haven’t I?”

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4*

I always enjoy Annabelle’s writing and her very English characters and settings. I had the pleasure of proofreading this story and loved it. It made a change to read about older men facing the challenge of dating again after being hurt by their previous partners and left in a vulnerable state. It’s a realistic and romantic tale of seeking a second chance at love and my heart went out to both guys.

Jack’s longtime partner had cheated on him and Tyler’s previous relationship ended in disaster. They are attracted to each other and get on well, but are wary of falling again and getting hurt. They lay their feelings and worries on the line quite boldly from the start. Although the idea of dating again is daunting, being mature men, they know what they want and go about getting it, albeit rather carefully. Both these insecure men want to be loved, but are cautious for much of the story because of their painful pasts are still very much in the present. They spend time on their conversations and speak with honesty. No miscommunication or major tantrums here. It’s all about slowly learning to trust someone else again. I adored how Annabelle expresses their thoughts and feelings and loved how fate worked its way into their lives.

This touching story is well paced and held my interest throughout. It’s about these two guys working things out between themselves, forging how they want their relationship to work, and learning to realize there is always another side to a story. They have supportive friends and families and these characters all added to my enjoyment of the  story. The short epilogue was sweet and finally gave the guys their HEA.

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Release Day Review ~ The Altered 3 by Annabelle Jacobs

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With the release of The Altered 3, the Lycanaeris series is now complete. Although the last installment focuses on Matt and a new addition to the group, Thomas, all the characters from the first two books feature heavily to bring this story to its conclusion.

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Thomas’s life has recently been changed for ever. Newly altered, he finds himself in danger as his mother, a prominent politician, works to put a stop to the mistreatment of altereds and bring those responsible to justice.

To keep him safe, Thomas is sent to Cornwall where Matt and his friends offer him refuge until he can return to his home in London. Despite the circumstances surrounding his arrival, Thomas and Matt bond in a way neither of them were expecting. They struggle to come to terms with what this might mean for their future once the threat is eliminated.

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“Daniel?” He strained to hear anything but the whole farmhouse seemed quiet. His senses were a little overwhelmed after being effectively dampened for the last three hours, but after thirty seconds or so he could hear the tread of footsteps outside and a car approaching the farmhouse.

Jordan’s black Volkswagen T5 pulled up onto the gravel drive at the same time as Matt opened the kitchen door. Daniel walked over to meet him as he got out of the van, holding his phone out for Jordan to see. Whatever was on there had Jordan tensing up immediately.

“What’s wrong?” Matt called out, making Daniel jump, but Jordan didn’t even flinch already fully aware of his presence. He walked over to them, and looked pointedly at Daniel.

Daniel motioned for Jordan to give him his phone back and handed it straight over to Matt. “I got an email from Shaw.”

It took Matt a good few seconds to recognise the name. And when he did, his chest tightened at the memories it invoked. It wasn’t that anyone had forgotten what happened at the facility, but it wasn’t exactly a popular topic of conversation either. Shaw, along with Ash and a Dr Adams, had been injected with the serum by Chambers and had ended up a partial altered. Whatever he had to say, Matt doubted it would be anything good.

The email was short and to the point. Shaw hadn’t bothered with pleasantries, and Matt felt oddly pleased by that. They weren’t friends, and he was glad no one pretended otherwise. He read it again to make sure he hadn’t missed anything and handed the phone back to Daniel.

“So.” Matt glanced up at the sky, knowing their peaceful existence was about to change. But he asked the question anyway. “Are we going to take them?”

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4.5*

It was great to see Matt’s point of view as the lonely partial shifter living in a house of three paired-up couples. He comes across as such a nice guy and, from the start, the reader is willing for him to find his mate. And sure enough he does, much to his surprise. His housemates, despite teasing the pair of them, give the guys enough distance to allow them to get to know each other and spend some quality sexy times together. But it’s not all hearts and flowers. Thomas is staying at the farmhouse for a reason. He needs protecting and sure enough Matt and his friends give their all to keep him safe and in doing so help to make the world a better place for the Altereds.

A well-written and superb conclusion to this very enjoyable series.

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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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Review ~ A Casual Thing by Annabelle Jacobs

Title: A Casual Thing

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Length: Novel/138 pages

Genre: Contemporary gay erotic romance

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

Release Date: Wednesday July 1st

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Patrick Mason travels to Bristol to spend the summer with his brother, Ben. He’s cat sitting for the first two weeks while Ben goes on holiday. But Ben neglected to tell him he wouldn’t be doing it alone. Will Adams—Ben’s mate and Patrick’s long-time crush—is staying in Ben’s guest room while he waits to move into his new house after a breakup.

Against his better judgment, Patrick convinces Will that a little no-strings fun is just what they need. Patrick doesn’t want to get involved with a guy on the rebound, and Will isn’t interested in starting something serious with a student. But Patrick’s never been good at separating sex from feelings, and this time is no exception. As their weeks together draw to a close, they need to decide if they have something worth pursuing or if it’s really just a casual thing.

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 Patrick stopped, the words dying on his tongue as he noticed Ben wince.

“No.” He jumped off the bed, fisting his hands in his hair. “No fucking way. Ben, please tell me you’re not leaving me alone for two weeks with the guy I have a huge unrequited, and frankly, embarrassing, crush on?”

Ben shrugged. “He needed somewhere to stay. I’d sort of forgotten you had the hots for him.”

“How could you forget?” Patrick paced in front of the bed. “The last time I was here, I tried to climb into his lap and told him how hot he was. In front of his boyfriend.”

“Oh yeah.” Ben grinned, and Patrick stopped his pacing to punch him on the arm.

“It’s not funny.”

“It was hilarious.” Ben ducked out of the way when Patrick tried to punch him again. “Look, you were drunk. We all were. He doesn’t hold it against you.”

“But he won’t have forgotten.” The whole thing still made Patrick cringe every time he thought about it. He may have been drunk, but sadly not drunk enough to wipe the horrifying experience from his brain.

“Sit down. I think you might be overreacting just a tad.” Ben even used his finger and thumb to demonstrate how much he thought Patrick was overreacting before grabbing Patrick’s arm and yanking him back down onto the bed.

Patrick sighed. Fine. Maybe he was being overly dramatic, but come on. This was Will. Tall, dark, and handsome, and as easygoing as Ben. He oozed charm and made you want to curl up with him somewhere warm and never ever move. Well, that last part could just be Patrick.

Fuck.

He was going to make such an arse of himself. He flopped onto the bed and covered his face. “I hate you. You are the worst brother ever.”

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4.5*

From the start you know the decision to become ‘fuck-buddies’ will be more than ‘a casual thing’ between Patrick and Will while they live under the same roof. Events and tiredness conspire against them so they don’t actually spend much time in the bedroom. However this gives them time to get to know each other better and enjoy each other’s company. Throw in an ex-boyfriend, the slight age difference, the thought of a long distance relationship and one of them won’t admit he has deep feelings for the other. I was rooting for Patrick from the start and was even wishing he’d go on a date with Christian to make Will jealous to kick him up the butt.

Another hot, yet sweet story from Annabelle, sprinkled with humorous moments and a touch of angst thrown in for good measure. Very enjoyable. Well written and nicely paced as always, with realistic dialogue and a HFN ending.

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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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Toy With Me by Annabelle Jacobs

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TITLE: Toy With Me
AUTHOR: Annabelle Jacobs
COVER ARTIST: T.M. Franklin
PUBLISHER: Blanket Fort Press
GENRE: Contemporary MM Romance
SERIES: The Secrets Collection
LENGTH: 11 500 words
RELEASE DATE: Available now
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Aaron is hiding something in his drawers—but that’s not his only secret.
When he moves in with his new housemates, Aaron intends to tell them about his sexuality from the outset. But a large pink item of a personal nature, given as a joke, scuppers his plans and he misses his chance.
Fellow housemate Rob is out and proud. He guesses Aaron is gay, and when he finds Aaron’s other secret concealed in his sock drawer, he takes it upon himself to help Aaron out with a little sexual experimentation.

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4.5*

A fun and sexy story, which centers around a large pink dildo that helps bring the two main characters together for a hot scene using said item.

I love university stories where a group of hot guys share a house together and there’s a chance for them to experiment with their sexuality and broaden their experiences. Annabelle’s sweet story has romance, humor and just a little angst as Aaron builds up the courage to come out and try something new to him. Although it’s a short story, I felt the connection between Rob and Aaron from the start. It stands alone as a short story, but it could easily have been a prelude to a novel which followed the boys’ journey while they attended university. In fact, I would love to hear more of their sexual and relationship adventures in the future.

This is the third book in the excellent Secrets Collection. A fun, hot and quick read in a well written and enjoyable series.

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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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New Release ~The Altered 2 by Annabelle Jacobs

The second book in Annabelle Jacobs’ Lycanaeris series, The Altered 2,  is released today.

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Following on from where book one left off, this story focuses on Sam and Ash, and their developing relationship as they struggle to come to terms with their new lives.

A remote farmhouse in Cornwall seems the perfect place for Ash to settle into his recently altered status. Starting a new life there with Sam—the shifter he can’t stay away from—should be easy this far from London where they faced so much danger. So why does adjusting seem impossible?

Sam has issues of his own. He has to get used to his human form again after living the last eight years as a wolf. It’s hard when human worries weigh so heavily on his shoulders. Life is much more straightforward from a wolf’s perspective, until Ash needs his human support.

Ash’s problem is simple: he’s fearful of shifting fully. How can he believe he won’t hurt Sam when his genes were altered to create a killer? Despite repeated reassurance, his anger and resentment increase. Only one thing is certain: if Ash can’t learn to trust himself soon, he’s in danger of proving himself right.

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4.5 Stars

Originally,  The Altered was intended as a standalone book, but as the story progressed, it became obvious to Annabelle that Sam and Ash had their own tale to tell, and like me, anyone who has read the first book will no doubt be champing at the bit to hear what happens to them.

This story is shorter than the first (about 37K) and there’s a change of pace with less action occurring in this one and more of a focus on the interaction between Sam and Ash. We still get to hear about our other favourite characters because the group of friends now share a Cornish farmhouse. Jordan is just as possessive and protective of Daniel as he was in book 1. And that’s still hot!

The Altered 2 focuses on Sam and Ash’s budding relationship, and their struggle to come to terms with what happened at the end of book one.

We discover more about Sam and Keira’s past and the reasoning behind why Sam is reluctant to shift into his human form and prefers to stay a wolf.

Ash has to deal with the prospect of shifting into his wolf for the first time. He fears he won’t be able to change back when he does, or that he might not even change into a wolf but something more frightening and dangerous. He wants to do everything he can to protect Sam.

At the same time, the two guys are tentatively testing the waters in their new relationship and getting used to being together in human form. There are several humorous moments when their friends subtly give them some alone time, not wanting to hear them making out. The sweet interaction between them when Sam is a wolf continues. I love it when Sam places his head in Ash’s lap and his fur is stroked. There’s such a wonderful connection between the two of them throughout the story.

The Altered 2 is a very enjoyable read, well written with lovable characters, plus it leaves you wanting more of these guys.

Annabelle is currently working on the final book in the series, The Altered 3, which will hopefully be released later in the year. It’s time for Matt’s story to be told and this one will have more drama and action in it again.

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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it–fighting enemies and adversity–but they always find love in the end.

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