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This shifter book will have you on the edge of your seat

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m going to state from the off that I think this is the best shifter story Annabelle’s written and, as I’ve pretty much five-starred all her shifter novels, that’s saying something.

However, I will say this book falls more on the paranormal than the romance – at this point in the series – although I have no doubt the passion which connects between Cole and Logan will end up being just as steamy and emotionally satisfying as everything from this writer.

The malevolent tensions overhanging the plot of this book are felt from the off, this is not a fluffy shifter world. This is a UK where the once persecuted became the perpetrators of even greater injustices and where those with the wolf compatability gene are forced to join a pack and take the bite.

I loved everything, absolutely everything, about this book, including some surprising geographical stops on the way which reminded me of a holiday I once took in the particular part of England and anything like that always gives me an even deeper connection to a book.

There is such great world-building, and so different to Annabelle’s Regents Park Series. This London and these shifters are nothing like Alpha Cam Harly’s pack. There is a sense of foreboding the minute the McKillan name is mentioned.

A bit road trip, a bit thriller, a bit romance, a bit suspense, all the elements combine perfectly into a plot which drives the reader through the dangerous world we’re being introduced to and some of the people trying to make things just a little bit better.

Book two can’t come soon enough for me!

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

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I wasn’t Torn at all – I loved this unconventional romance

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by Rick R. Reed

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Rick R. Reed does it again with an almost memoir-like romance which takes the reader back into the 1990s and into the mind of 35-year-old American Ricky Comparetto.

I don’t know how he does it, but every time I read a book by this author, I feel like I’m sat listening to one of his friends telling their life story, this one is no exception.

It’s a Dreamspinner Press publication so it’s medium on the steam but still manages to be heavy on the sexual activity, all be it in no graphic detail and with a delightful feeling of slutty expression on the part of our erstwhile hero.

It’s an examination of a unique part of a decade which was itself a study in contrasts and which is truly reflected in the differences between the two men Ricky finds himself falling for during a heady Summer of 1995.

Partly set in England, partly in America, the book evokes memories of a time when both countries were still in the fallout from the AIDS crisis and while the world itself was tearing itself up over oil in Iraq and conflicts in the Balkans and Africa.

It’s the dawn of the World Wide Web, the advent of multiculturalism as a movement but also the end of the Cold War and the decline of Communism in the former Soviet states.

I can’t go into the plot because it drives everything about the narrative, from start to finish the reader is taken through an emotional ride as Ricky tries to choose between the American he met while in the UK and the guy he unexpectedly fell for after returning home.

The ending is perfection, and one I perhaps saw coming just a tiny bit and welcomed it all the same.

I will say one thing though Rick – Spotted Dick is a fruity suet pudding, not a custard 🤣 – that’s what you have poured all over it.

https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/spotteddickandcustar_87835

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