Bitten by Desire: Annabelle Jacobs Review Tour roundup

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Length: 78,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Regent’s Park Pack Series
Bitten By Mistake (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK
Bitten By Design (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK

Two lovers from rival packs. Have they come together only to be forced apart?

Alec Knight, a beta in the Regent’s Park pack, guards his heart carefully. Ghosts from his past keep him alone and angry, any hope of a relationship impossible while guilt from the pack wars still haunts him. With the anniversary drawing near, Alec needs a distraction.

As a lowly member of the Primrose Hill pack, Mark Appleton isn’t used to having his alpha’s attention. Lately he’s had more than his fair share, and not for the right reasons. Despite growing suspicions that all is not well, Mark tries hard to do better, but constant criticism leaves him desperate for a stress outlet.

Sex is a good way for shifters to let off steam, and while their packs attack each other with accusations and lies, Alec and Mark work out their frustrations in bed. Pillow talk and shared secrets lead to a closeness neither was expecting, but when pack relations reach an all-time low, any future for them seems out of the question.

If they want to be together, they’ll have to go against their alphas’ wishes—except Alec won’t and Mark can’t.

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Author Bio

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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Brilliant Elizabethan romp through Shakespeare’s theatre

Fools and MortalsFools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bernard Cornwell is, without a doubt, one of the finest historical novelists writing in the genre imho and this is no exception.
It’s a slight departure from his usual style as there’s no warfare or great battles as in the Sharpe or the Warlord novels, instead it takes the reader firmly into Elizabethan England at a time when William Shakespeare was in the city establishing The Globe theatre and getting into conflict with the Lord Chancellor’s Men a vival theatre company, and fighting with the rising Puritanical influence on the entertainments of the city.

The hero is William’s brother Richard, again a real historical figure although not one we know as much about as his famous sibling, and he’s a fully rounded character, neither sympathetic nor villainous. William isn’t portrayed in a particularly flattering light so lovers of the Bard take heed!

The plot focuses on the rehearsals and first night performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in the book it’s written to celebrate the marriage of the Lord Chancellor’s daughter (again with the historical placement of the narrative which I love from Cornwell) so there’s all the usual rivalries, backstabbing, petty feuding and problems with the production.

There are familiar faces from history too, the great actor Will Kemp makes an appearance, there’s visits from the nobility and, arcing over the whole thing, is the pressure to perform the play and get one over the new rival theatre which has been established at The Swan.
The intrigue keeps the reader interested, there’s a side order of romance to bring a bit of light-hearted relief, and the fractious relationship between William and Richard elevates the plot with petty jealousies as only sibling rivalry can.

For lovers of Cornwell it’s a no brainer to add this to your bookshelves, but for lovers of both Elizabethan history and of the great playwright it’s a romp through a fascinating period in time when England really did rule the waves both economically and intellectually.

#ARC received from Harper Collins via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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