Brilliant follow up to this shifter series

Bitten By Design (Regent's Park Pack, #2)Bitten By Design by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know what it is about Annabelle Jacobs’ shifters but they just totally work for me. I think it’s the fact that while they have bonded mates, they’re not the insta love type I’ve read in other books which sometimes just feel a bit like a plot point.

Here, with the Regent’s Park series, the bonding comes when a pair are already sexually involved and its instant, whether they want it or not but it also doesn’t automatically come with the person being bitten turning into a full shifter.

I also like the fact these books are set in London, although there’s not really a lot of extraneous detail given to enforced that plot point, but the mention of Tesco Express always makes me laugh (although I’m a Sainsbury’s girl myself).

The sex in these, driven as it is by hot wolf hormones, is always superbly done, there’s nothing better than reading about two men who can’t keep their hands off each other. Throw in emotional connections which allow them to sense their mate’s thoughts and feelings and it just becomes all ends up awesome.

Really hoping book three will see Alpha Newall get his just deserts as painfully as possible and perhaps there’s a wee spark between Alec and the rival pack’s young gun Mark which we’ll be reading about soon.

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Sneaky Valentine’s short from the Housemates series

Mac and Jez do Valentine's Day (Housemates, #4.5)Mac and Jez do Valentine’s Day by Jay Northcote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was fab and, while Jay’s published it here as a free short, it was brilliant seeing it being crafted on his Facebook group during the day just in time for Valentine’s.

Jez & Mac are an awesome pairing, they’re just too much fun together and this short story is a whole bunch of tormented teasing, tasting and ultimately, triumphant emotional and scorching hot sex.

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Really enjoyable shifter read

Bitten By Mistake (Regent's Park Pack, #1)Bitten By Mistake by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not usually a reader of shifter related books, Kendall McKenna’s Tameness of the Wolf being the exception, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

While werewolf politics played the major role in the plot for this story, it wasn’t the biggest driving force between the two MCs, that was firmly in the sexual attraction and tension front and it was very well done.

There are a few narrative plot points which don’t get explained, like how Jared bought his Camden flat, worth nearly a cool half million quid, which is never fully revealed as his graphic designer salary would have to be insanely high for him to have bought it outright. I just told myself it was probably family inheritance and moved on!

The emotional elements relating to the werewolf relationship parts of the story were well done, as were pack dynamics and the overall world building of the culture.

It’s set in London but I didn’t feel a particular British vibe from any of the characters or in the locations settings but, again, it wasn’t anything which distracted from the relationship part of the book.

And oh boy, what a relationship it was! The enemies to lovers aspect was well played out, the reasons for their confinement together made sense and I liked that the ending wasn’t the obvious choice and instead left room for manoeuvre.

Hot smexy throughout and a truly powerful connection between Jared and Nathan really pulled this story together.
I’d definitely read more about these type of shifters.

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And three makes it perfect

Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates, #3)Practice Makes Perfect by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lovely finish to this series although I could have done without the communication drought!
Dev is such a sweetie, he’s awkward without being a cipher for social anxiety and Ewan is relaxed and open enough to put up with the odd quirks.
The humour in this one was also more obvious and there was a lightness to it all which worked well.

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