Can I keep Talis forever please Annabelle?!
Guarding Axel by Annabelle Jacobs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Mine to keep forever
I’ve been waiting for Axel and Talis’ story since book one and Annabelle does not disappoint with this fabulous entry in her Dark Forest Pack series.
We already know there’s a history between them from Rys and Gabriel’s book, we’ve seen how Talis almost killed Rys’s paranormal police officer cousin Max trying to protect Axel after he’d been poisoned by the bad guy and was out of his mind.
We’ve seen how Axel has a magic which he, understandably, has such fear about people finding out how it works because of what’s already happened to him, made doubly worse by the betrayal being at the hands of the fae he was in love with.
But we’ve also seen the sparks and the almost naked want which flows between them every time they’re in the same space.
With Axel’s betrayer on the loose, tensions are understandably high as this story carries on from the events of Dathal and Nick’s story and brings more danger to the world of the pack when Lady Sarhin arrives with news of a hidden magic cache that includes witch potions.
And OMG the pining in this book is delicious. There’s a rawness about the pain which you can see Talis is hiding, there’s an ache to the hurt which Axel knows he’s caused the man he has feelings for which he’s desperately trying to repress.
As the narrative unfolds, the two men’s relationship hits the lowest of lows and the future looks bleak for all involved in both the pack and the fae world. With only Max and Jake’s story to come, the pacing steps up another gear here as the hunt for Axel’s former lover uncovers further complications.
Then, just when the reader thinks all has been resolved, after Axel and Talis finally have a heart to heart which reveals just what went down all those months before, we get hit by the equivalent of a bomb explosion.
Danger surrounds Axel and Talis from an unexpected source, and with Lady Sarhin also in the line of fire, it becomes a race against time for everyone else.
You’ll get no spoilers here, but let’s just say I was on the edge of my seat as I got closer and closer to the end of the book and the adrenaline was flowing high!
Now, we wait for Max and Jake and the discovery of what’s been causing the misery and tension we keep getting glimpses of between them and their pack.
I’m in no doubts it will be just as spectacular as the rest of this series!
ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review
As with the rest of the series, I beta read this book for Annabelle.
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