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Defiance is tension filled and action packed and I loved it!

58143566._SY475_Defiance by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My sodding review just vanished. Will write it again when I’m at the laptop tomorrow.

Let me just pop a non spoiler note I sent to Annabelle during my beta read of this book though 😘

Yes! Get in, bloody brilliant twist!

I won’t tell you at what point in the narrative I wrote it though 😂

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Right, my actual review which the Goodreads app decided to lose yesterday!

Annabelle Jacobs’ Regent’s Park pack – start with Bitten by Mistake – is one of my all-time favourite shifter series’, so when she said she was writing another wolves saga, I was absolutely delighted.

As you can see from my review of book one Escape I was utterly blown away by it and how incredibly different it is from the RPP series – this new Rebellion world is dangerous, it’s fraught with tension, it has a feel of an occupied country under wartime conditions.

Shifters were once persecuted but 10 years ago they rebelled against their human oppressors and took over. Unfortunately, power corrupts and the ideals of the Shifter Alliance Party for a Britain where both species are equal has long gone.

Humans are forced to take a bite and transform into a wolf shifter if their DNA shows they have the gene and life is not pleasant for anyone who doesn’t want to conform to the rules.

In this second installment, which I had the honour of beta reading for Annabelle, we pick up where Escape left off – literally – with Logan and Cole being returned under guard to the McKillan pack.

What follows next is a brilliantly paced, adrenaline causing rush as the plan to infiltrate the pack on behalf of the human resistance begins and rapidly starts going off track.

There are so many unforeseen consequences of their actions. Both men are forced to hurt the other and the sense that everything is about to unravel just grows stronger the more the plot goes on.

Of course, we get another cliffhanger to the <i>main overall story arc, as I’d expect with a series long plot, but their relationship is not threatened. As with book one, this is paranormal first, romance second, but don’t think that it’s not important.

Everything that Cole and Logan go through is because of their love. They are more committed to each other than ever before and, at book’s end, are in an incredibly solid place.

It was impossible for me to put this down from the second I started reading the draft (the odd note aside 😉 ) until it finished and I felt like I’d just been through a Tough Mudder trial!

No spoilers but OMG I need book three (and four, five and six given how much else I want to know about this world!) like yesterday please Annabelle!

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

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Audio Blog Tour: Shadow Voice by Mary Rundle & narrated by Nick J. Russo

Shadow Voice | Mary Rundle

Blackwood Pack #5

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Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Publisher: Dragonheart

Release Date: April 27th, 2021

Length: 118,486

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Blurb

The Blackwood Pack saga continues…

This is part of an ongoing series and reading the previous titles is advised. Readers of the past books will enjoy meeting old friends once more as the pack does what it does best ̶ caring for each other.

Slate, one of the last Dire Wolves, has carved out a life which suits him fine—plenty of traveling to exotic locations and an abundance of one night stands to handle his needs. While he’s happy for his brother, who has found his Fated Mate, Slate isn’t interested in finding his—at least not for a long time. That is, until his body betrays him. Seeking his mother’s help—who is an Oracle—Slate pays a visit to the Blackwood Pack where he finds the Fates have once again, messed with his life.

Dakota, the chef for the Blackwood Pack, fell in love with cooking as a young child and ultimately the kitchen became a place of refuge for him. Suffering with a ‘curse’ through much of his childhood, he relied heavily on his mother’s help to deal with it. After the massacre of his mother and siblings by their greedy uncle, Dakota barely survives, but finally forges a life for himself, content to stay home and take care of the people he loves.

A long-hidden secret, rejection of a mate, acceptance of rare gifts, and a brutal kidnapping are just some of the obstacles Dakota and Slate must battle together to save their relationship. As the pack rallies around them, both must learn to trust the other before they can find the happiness that the Fates have ordained for them.

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Excerpt

The sounds of the forest faded as Dakota lost himself in the pleasure of kissing his mate’s soft but firm lips—that was, until the sound of his growling stomach broke the spell. Breaking off the kiss, an embarrassed Dakota said, “Uhm, sorry, I haven’t eaten since this morning.”

“Babe, mine has been growling too; I haven’t eaten since last night. Didn’t you hear it?”

Dakota shook his head. “I guess I was a little preoccupied,” he said, shyly. Glancing around the glen, he realized how late it was. “Holy shit! I have to get home and make dinner!” Dakota said, stumbling, as he tried to get up.

“Whoa! Trust me…my mother has made dinner for everyone, well, except for us.”

“But Jackson will worry why I’m staying out so late. I never told anyone where I was going.”

Grabbing Dakota’s hand, he pulled him back down beside him. “No he won’t, because I told him where you were and he knows I was headed out to find you.”

“Did you tell him we’re mates?”

“Yes, do you have a problem with that?”

Sighing, Dakota shook his head. “Not really. It would’ve come out sooner or later anyway.”

The resignation in Dakota’s voice wasn’t reassuring but Slate decided to not worry about it right now; instead he wanted to get his mate back to the house and then, feed him. “Why don’t we head back and I’ll make you something for dinner.”

Dakota’s face brightened. “That’s right, Colton told me you like to cook. Okay, do you want to shift and run back or walk back?”

“I’d prefer to walk back with you in the moonlight, if that’s all right.”

Dakota thought it over and decided he really did want to spend more time with his mate. He knew they needed to talk about having pups and all of that, but right now, he just wanted a moonlight stroll with Slate. “That’s fine, I’d rather do that too,” he said, rising to his feet again, and offering his mate a hand.

Grabbing it, Slate rose, and slinging the empty backpack over his shoulder, led Dakota down the mountain on the dirt path he’d followed when he was searching for him. “I’m hoping you know the way back.”

“Yup…just follow this path until you get to a fork, then take the one to the right and it’ll lead us back to the house.”

Walking in silence for a few minutes, Slate wished they were already mated so at least he could know what his mate was thinking, but he knew it would take some time before that happened because of the promise he made to his mother.

“Was Jackson angry I left?” asked Dakota, worrying about what he would find at home.

Slate stopped, turned around so he was facing Dakota, then grasping his other hand, he looked intently at his mate. “Not at all. Please stop worrying about it. I told Jackson you were my Fated Mate and I wanted to claim you, but I told you I won’t do that until you agree, okay?”

Dakota stared at his mate’s face, loving how the moonlight highlighted Slate’s features. Nodding slowly, he felt his worry disappear as his body was flooded with his mate’s love. Smiling in response, he said, “You know when you do that, it makes it so easy for me to forget everything except you.”

Growling his approval, Slate said, “Good, now let’s go so I can show off my cooking skills.”

Giggling in response, Dakota happily followed his mate. “Tell me more about the trouble you got into as a pup.”

Snorting, Slate said, “Only if you promise never to tell anyone what a complete shit I was back then. Sometimes when I think back about all the crap I pulled, I’m amazed my parents still speak to me now after surviving my youth. Half of it was spent going to bed early as punishment and my poor brother spent half his youth trying to talk me out of my crazy ideas. By the way, he never did…the best he could hope for was getting me to make a few changes in the interests of protecting me from the danger that made my ideas so cool.”

“Did he get punished too?”

“Sometimes, but usually when he came up with his own ideas,” Slate said, laughing. “My mother told my father I was a bad influence on Steel the time we took her car and drove it into town so we could go to the fair.”

“Why, cause you didn’t get permission?”

Smiling broadly, Slate said, “No, though we didn’t do that either. My parents were furious because Steel was only twelve.”

“Twelve? Holy shit! Now I know why you didn’t ask.”

“Right. We knew what the answer would’ve been even though my brother could drive very well. The funny thing, it was actually my brother’s idea to drive us and, of course, I was all for it.”

“What was the big deal about the fair?”

“We heard there’d be lions and elephants and since we’d never seen any, Steel thought it’d be the only time we’d have a chance to. So off we went and had a fucking good time eating all the different foods and going on rides. We never did see any animals, but the fun we had playing the games…and winning…made up for it. You know, if it weren’t for the games, we’d have gotten away with it.”

“I don’t get it. How could games give you away?”

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About The Author

The first book I ever wrote was Dire Warning in 2017 and, much to my delight, it became an Amazon Best-Seller. Readers loved it and I was on my way to chronicling the Blackwood Pack, seven brothers who are gay wolf shifters in search of their fated mates—stories about love at first sight with twists and turns, angst and humor, romance and adventure and, of course, happy endings.

As my books began to be translated into other languages, I also became an Amazon International Best-Selling author and then achieved the honor of becoming an Amazon All Star due to their popularity. My tenth book, Darkness Master has just been published and audible versions of the entire series are in progress.

I love the M/M paranormal genre because it gives my imagination a lot of territory in which to roam. My mind can really run wild and come up with some amazing stuff when it doesn’t have to stay inside the box.

My readers tell me they feel like they’re members of the pack as the stories unfold…as if they’re right there in the middle of the action. Others tell me it’s like watching a fast-paced movie. My writing style pulls no punches…readers love it and are always clamoring for the next book.

Stories come to me as if channeled by my characters, all of whom I love (except for a few villains). They are eager to recount their lives, loves and adventures and are not inhibited when it comes to revealing steamy, sexy details.

I currently live in the Northeast and love the beautiful change of seasons, my husband, and our quirky calico cat, though not necessarily in that order. I’m always happy to hear from my readers and can be reached through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or my website.

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About The Narrator

Nick is an award-winning narrator with a fan following for his work in fiction, specifically in the romance genre. His performances in two of Amy Lane’s books, Beneath the Stain and Christmas Kitsch, made him the recipient of Sinfully M/M Book Review’s Narrator of the Year – 2015.

When he’s not in the booth, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessica, and kids, (aka their beagle Frank and cat Stella), drumming in his cover band, exploring rural back roads with his wife on his motorcycle, or being enthralled in a tabletop role-playing game with his friends.

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Aspen’s good at grovelling and it’s a good thing too because Brook deserves his apologies

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aspen’s good at grovelling.

And it’s a good job, because boy does he need to, having left not only his family and Grovetown behind, but also Brook, his teenage sweetheart, when he joined the Navy.

Brook has been through Hell. Pay attention to the trigger warnings, although nothing is given in detail. There are mentions on page to what happened when he was kidnapped by a rival pack.

This second chance romance is, understandably, a slowburn. Although it’s clear from the start that all the feelings which tied the two men together for 10 years before Aspen left – doing what he thought was the best thing for the pack – are still there.

It would be easy for everyone to reject Aspen if he were a douche, but he’s not. Everything he’s done has been out of a good intention, even if the execution has left the opposite result. He knew his younger brother would make a better Pack Alpha, so he took himself out of the equation.

Unfortunately, he hadn’t considered the wider implications and there are lots of people he needs to make it up to when he returns 10 years later.

I really loved the pacing in this book, it feels like it’s slowly drawing you into the intimacy of Aspen and Brook’s rekindled relationship, first simply re-establishing their friendship bonds, but then reigniting the attraction and comfort of knowing they are mates.

Brook, for all he’s an omega, isn’t a weak man, even though he’s dealing with massive trauma and sheltering himself away. When Aspen returns, it means he has to look again at what the effects were from his abduction.

Together they start the healing process and there’s no magic dick cures all in this. It takes time and lots of work from both men.

There’s also movement on the series’ over-arcing plot and a big confrontation with the Reid pack which I won’t go into any detail on.

Suffice it to say, by the book’s end, I was more than happy with where Aspen and Brook’s relationship ends up and champing at the bit for book four!

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

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