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Defiance is tension filled and action packed and I loved it!

58143566._SY475_Defiance by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My sodding review just vanished. Will write it again when I’m at the laptop tomorrow.

Let me just pop a non spoiler note I sent to Annabelle during my beta read of this book though 😘

Yes! Get in, bloody brilliant twist!

I won’t tell you at what point in the narrative I wrote it though 😂

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Right, my actual review which the Goodreads app decided to lose yesterday!

Annabelle Jacobs’ Regent’s Park pack – start with Bitten by Mistake – is one of my all-time favourite shifter series’, so when she said she was writing another wolves saga, I was absolutely delighted.

As you can see from my review of book one Escape I was utterly blown away by it and how incredibly different it is from the RPP series – this new Rebellion world is dangerous, it’s fraught with tension, it has a feel of an occupied country under wartime conditions.

Shifters were once persecuted but 10 years ago they rebelled against their human oppressors and took over. Unfortunately, power corrupts and the ideals of the Shifter Alliance Party for a Britain where both species are equal has long gone.

Humans are forced to take a bite and transform into a wolf shifter if their DNA shows they have the gene and life is not pleasant for anyone who doesn’t want to conform to the rules.

In this second installment, which I had the honour of beta reading for Annabelle, we pick up where Escape left off – literally – with Logan and Cole being returned under guard to the McKillan pack.

What follows next is a brilliantly paced, adrenaline causing rush as the plan to infiltrate the pack on behalf of the human resistance begins and rapidly starts going off track.

There are so many unforeseen consequences of their actions. Both men are forced to hurt the other and the sense that everything is about to unravel just grows stronger the more the plot goes on.

Of course, we get another cliffhanger to the <i>main overall story arc, as I’d expect with a series long plot, but their relationship is not threatened. As with book one, this is paranormal first, romance second, but don’t think that it’s not important.

Everything that Cole and Logan go through is because of their love. They are more committed to each other than ever before and, at book’s end, are in an incredibly solid place.

It was impossible for me to put this down from the second I started reading the draft (the odd note aside 😉 ) until it finished and I felt like I’d just been through a Tough Mudder trial!

No spoilers but OMG I need book three (and four, five and six given how much else I want to know about this world!) like yesterday please Annabelle!

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Ella wraps up this duet with a sweet and spicy narrative

GoodIntentions AMAZONGood Intentions by Ella Frank

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ella Frank knows how to write a scorching hot romance and this second half of her Intentions Duet hits those high notes perfectly.

It’s also really sweet, as Marcus St James falls head over heels for the much younger Gabe Romero and realises that, for once in his life, work isn’t his priority.

As it dawns on him that he really doesn’t want to hurt or let Gabe down, we get a beautifully paced narrative which takes us alongside both men as they navigate potential pitfalls and new challenges.

I’ve really enjoyed this pair of books from Ella. They’re connected into her wider Temptations Universe, so there’s plenty of guest appearances from our favourite lawyers and all their extended family and friends.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Just like the romance between Mags and Laurie this book will sweep you into happiness

beautifully unexpected coverBeautifully Unexpected by Lily Morton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is something utterly satisfying about picking up a Lily Morton book because I know it will bring me into the lives of people I so desperately wish were real.

In Beautifully Unexpected she takes it onto another level with two men in my own age bracket.

Men who I’ve known similar versions of, those who are either determined they don’t need anyone else or who spend their time bringing happiness into other’s lives while neglecting their own.

Mags and Laurie are just gorgeously written, they’re vividly real, their experiences and the absolutely determination that it’ll just be a fling as they give in to the attraction that’s been shimmering between them since they met.

And can I just say that the initial meeting between them is not only one of the most hilarious ones Lily’s written, but also stands as a perfect introduction into how the rest of the narrative will grow.

Laurie’s wit and charm captivates Mags from the start. Mags’ arrogance and confidence, as well as the kind heart he tries to hide, are an inescapable draw for an artistic soul like Laurie’s.

The humour you’d expect from Lily is all present, this time combined with the sharp intelligence of a QC at the top of his game.

They’re surrounded by a bunch of fabulous side characters, and I have to say, I half expected an Easter Egg appearance from our other lawyerly types Gabe and John at some point!

Alas, it wasn’t to be, not that the other people didn’t make up for it.

Mags senior partner in his Chambers Jane, Laurie’s twin sister Lonnie and her husband Chris, who’ve been best mates with Mags since uni, even down to Laurie’s stepfather Judge, a bane of Mags’ courtroom trials, they all bring a richness to the story.

Best of all though is a mad Red Setter, who truly lives up to his changing names – Armageddon aka Don when first encountered at the shelter – and then, once adopted by Mags having been utterly railroaded into it by Laurie, Endof. Short for End of Days 😁

He brings chaos and joy and it’s needed when there are hiccups on the way to happiness.

But you know that they’ll only be temporary bumps on the road which connects these brilliant men and I loved how quickly both realised they needed to own up that the no strings had turned into ties that bind forever.

Throw in 80s nostalgia, mix tapes, and lists of London’s hidden gems, and this book took me on a hell of a ride, no hands on the wheel and only a slight side eye at Laurie’s dissing of the genius that is Pink Floyd 🥳

#ARC kindly received from the author via GRR Tours in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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