To Touch You by Cardeno C.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Throughout this one I was suffering along with Yoram until Salvatore finally got his act in gear and accepted his fate was to be with his shifter mate.
It didn’t seem to go on as long as in previous books and there was the same generally low level angst to keep the pace of the plot ticking along nicely.
The first time they came together was seriously hot, virgin sex in combination with a shifter’s overwhelming need to claim, meant for a truly mesmerising encounter.
I liked Sal. I know some reviewers haven’t been as keen but he worked just fine for me as a repressed escapee from poverty who’d learnt to trust only himself.
I loved how, once he’d had the hotel room chat with the gang, he just threw himself into everything. That is, surely, all we’d ever wish for in a partner 🙂
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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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