Review Tour: Butterfly Assassin by Annabelle Jacobs

Butterfly Assassin | Annabelle Jacobs

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Length: 82,000 words approx.
 
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Set in the Regent’s Park pack world

Clapham Common—a new pack with their own set of problems…

Shifter Aaron Harper gets drawn into illegal underground fighting to keep an eye on his best friend. The thrill of the fight keeps him coming back for more, but discovery could mean imprisonment and banishment from their pack. Without a beta to watch over them, common sense takes a back seat.

Michael Archer of the Shifter Crimes Task Force is investigating recent murders. Despite the brutal cause of death pointing to the work of a shifter’s claws, instinct tells him a well-known nightclub owner is involved, but they have no proof.

Aaron and Michael’s paths cross after another body with the same injuries is discovered. With Aaron finding himself on the wrong side of the SCTF and Michael looking for a killer, any attraction between them is both ill-advised and unlikely. But fate has other ideas.

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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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Loved this First World War set historical romance

thecaptainandthecavalrytrooper_800The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I do love a good historical romance and I very much enjoyed this one set during the horrors of the First World War.

There were a whole heap of interesting characters, an excellently drawn villain who gets his comeuppance in the end and a glorious Happy Ever After which had me smiling a great deal.

Jack and his Captain were super sweet together and the smexy times were pitched just right. There’s some angst but it’s not over yet top and it works within the narrative.

This was the first book from this pair that I’ve read but I’m looking forward to book two very much.

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

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Release Blitz: Catch Me by Beth Bolden

Catch Me | Beth Bolden

Kitchen Gods #2

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M/M ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: 10.06.18

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Chef Wyatt Blake is finally ready to move on from his thankless job. He gets no wiggle room, zero praise, plenty of abuse, and on a good day, he might only spend twelve hours in the Terroir kitchens. A friend of his recommends a private chef position, but despite the boost in pay, Wyatt doesn’t want to babysit some spoiled, rich LA family.

Imagine his shock when the family isn’t a Kardashian clone, but Ryan Flores, the only professional baseball player to ever come out of the closet.

Ryan is also at a career crossroads. His team’s management wants to see his more responsible side, which means no more late night hookups and no more adrenaline-charged stunts. When his agent suggests he find a fake boyfriend to give him an air of domesticity, he’s only reluctantly interested.

Until Ryan goes to a local bar and spies the cute private chef he’s supposed to be interviewing the next day. Maybe a quieter life wouldn’t be so bad, as long as Wyatt is part of it?

Wyatt believes Ryan could be more than just a crappy boss, but he isn’t sure about leaving the kitchen for the life of a professional boyfriend. Especially when he wants the reality so much more than the fantasy.

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And he was the epitome of the California boy, Ryan thought as he watched Wyatt carrying his board towards the sand. Blond hair bright under the sun, the tall lanky build, all that tanned skin rippling with muscle.

Ryan hadn’t thought there was a place he could look better than naked in his bed, but he was surprised to discover that he’d been wrong.

There was something in the quicksilver of Wyatt’s smile as he turned to make sure Ryan was still following him. It made Ryan want more from him than just the admittedly mind-blowing sex they had had, which was something he’d thought he’d left behind years ago.

He thought about texting Tabitha and telling her she might be right, but she was already insufferable enough. Besides, if he didn’t tell her, he didn’t put it into words and the truth, while eye-opening, was also fucking terrifying.

“You coming?” Wyatt turned back fully this time, gracing Ryan not only with a quick glimpse of his bright smile, but his entire self. He looked worried, and Ryan wondered how long he’d been spacing out. Not something he usually did—and he’d already spent the morning doing it.

“Sorry,” Ryan apologized. “I was distracted by such a fantastic view.”

“I’ve always loved Huntington Beach,” Wyatt replied.

Ryan snorted. “Not the view I was talking about.”

Wyatt didn’t say anything but the look on his face was enough for Ryan to know that comment wouldn’t always go un-remarked upon. Eventually they would have to address the sexual tension simmering away between them. Eventually they would have to do something about it. And that day was one Ryan eagerly awaited and dreaded in equal parts.

“We gonna surf?” Wyatt asked as they set up their little camp over by one of the piers.

Ryan had tossed the wax over to Wyatt a few minutes before, and had been fidgeting with his tow strap since. He’d wanted to come out here and let the sun and the sand and the waves exorcise his bad mood, but now he wasn’t sure he even wanted to go in the water.

He wanted to sit on the sand and look at the sunlight on Wyatt’s hair, and ask him to tell him more about culinary school and Chicago and Terroir. Even about that nutjob Aquino.

Ryan was not used to wanting to pick social interaction over the adrenaline rush. It was weird, and he wasn’t sure he liked it.

“We’re here, aren’t we?” Ryan asked, shooting Wyatt a disbelieving look, even though all the hesitation had been on his end. He wasn’t ready to admit to anyone—never mind Wyatt—that he’d been contemplating something so out of character. “Last in the water buys burgers on the way home.

 

About The Author

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Beth Bolden lives in Portland, Oregon with her supportive husband. She wholly believes in Keeping Portland Weird, but wishes she didn’t have to make the yearly pilgrimage up to Seattle to watch her Boston Red Sox play baseball. She’s a fan of fandoms, and spends too much of her free time on tumblr.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She’s published eight novels and two novellas, with Catch Me, the next novel in the Kitchen Gods series, releasing in May 2018.

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Brilliant intro to this new shifter series from Annabelle Jacobs

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Butterfly Assassin
by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Argh, you know that feeling when one of your favourite authors writes a new paranormal shifter story set in the same world as one of your favourite series?

You’re excited to read it, you’re looking forward to discovering new characters to fall in love with, new packs to discover. And then it’s over, you’ve read it and it was awesome but now you’ve got to wait ages for the next one.

That’s me that is. That’s how I feel right now because this first introduction to a new pack has more background into the shifter world and how it interacts with the human one, a new criminal investigation division geared at working between shifters and the Alpha Council, and a cracking good storyline with a twist I didn’t see coming.

I loved Aaron and Michael, although I do feel for the shifter as he won’t have the full mates bond with Michael being a human. Still, the emotional connection definitely wasn’t just one way and Michael’s feelings for Aaron were also strong and he knew it was special.

There’s lots going on in this book and it’s all brilliantly executed, the pacing is perfect and the new characters are all just as compelling as the Regent’s Park Pack series was.

I’m hoping this is a new series and we get Harry’s story next as there’s a certain Regent’s shifter by the name of Will who pops up once or twice in this one and I’m all over finally getting his romance 😉

Hurry up please Annabelle (although I know this one is only just out!)

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Cracking good opener to this new series from Jay

Rainbow Place (Rainbow Place #1)Rainbow Place by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is an absolute joy to read. I was lucky enough to proof read it but it’s just as good on a “proper” read through because – like all books from Jay – it has such a sense of honesty and realness about it.

Whenever I read something Jay’s written, I always feel like I’m just peeking into the lives of actual people, in this case two blokes in a seaside Cornish town, finding their way through the maze of a new relationship and dealing with both the good and bad of being part of the LGBTQ+ community in a small place.

I loved Seb, his enthusiasm for his cafe and what he wanted it to achieve, I understood Jason, his fears about being out in a hyper masculine profession, the secondary characters and the setting made everything come to life.

They also burn the sheets when they’re together, lordy but Jay’s upped the sexual chemistry factor in this one. There’s also a first-time scene which is superbly done, sex is real here, messy and not perfectly executed but honest and emotionally connected.

ETA I’m reminded by Dani’s excellent review, that I wanted to mention how much I loved the strong female characters in this book. Not only Jason’s understanding ex-wife and his daughter, but also Seb’s friends Penny & Trude and the ladies of the town’s other businesses.

This is the first in a new series from Jay and I absolutely can’t wait for more. I’m hoping it’ll be Alex and Cam’s story next 🙂

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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A scared baseball star and a chef come together in this romance

Catch Me (Kitchen Gods #2)Catch Me by Beth Bolden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this one even more than book one in the series as its way less angsty and has more of a gentleness to the romance even with all the heat!

Also, it’s a sports romance and they have a special place in my heart because I live for the day when someone’s sexuality has no bearing on their ability to be a great athlete.

Beth also snuck in a couple more potential new subjects for future books as I’m hoping that Chef Bastard and Kian will be next but then there’s still Xander and now I want Wyatt’s brother Tony’s story too!

Fake boyfriends is also another favourite trope and this one’s a doozy as both men fall head over heels but don’t want the other to know in case it messes up the agreement to pretend.

Seriously hot, there’s plenty of chemistry between the two but it takes a dramatic moment to pull their heads out of their backsides.

I also thought the B plot with Wyatt’s Nana’s Alzheimer’s was handled well too, although I am left with questions as to what happened with their other brother, who sort of vanished out of the narrative!

Overall, a great second book in this series.

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Wonderfully sweet Cinderfella romance

A Right Royal AffairA Right Royal Affair by Helen Juliet

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clearly inspired by the recent Royal Wedding, this is a truly delightful Cinderfella style romance with a boy from Dagenham winning the heart of a handsome English Prince.

*Now, the one thing I will say, is that while the author has created a fictional Royal Family ruling over the UK, I did cringe a bit each time I saw a reference to the Queen of England, or Prince of England, as it misses out the rest of the countries which make up our hodgepodge of a nation.

It might be a mouthful to call James a British Prince, but it’d be the accurate way if you’re having a Royal Family and Commonwealth which mirrors the real one.

That’s pretty much my only criticism though. Everything else in this romance is a delight, even the insta love attraction works and the whole meet cute is a really clever scenario.

It’s low angst, relatively steamy and has a great bunch of secondary characters. I live for the day when we actually get a same sex pairing among the crowned heads of Europe 🙂

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

*Helen has let me know the England/United Kingdom references have been cleaned up in the final proof 🙂

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