“Bitten by Desire” by Annabelle Jacobs

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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.

review

I thought this series was impressive before this third book. And afterward? Totally swept away! I was screeching, screaming and flailing as I inhaled it in one sitting. Fortunately, long ago I gave up any embarrassment from my physical reactions to a phenomenal book. I’m more than happy to make a fool of myself over a sensational story. I’ve been patiently awaiting this release. Okay, okay, perhaps not so patiently as the release date approached. My anticipation was great and my satisfaction greater.

The second book ends with strong indications as to what could possibly happen next with my new favorite shifters and I was thrilled with the ill-advised couple presented here. Alec has been around since the beginning and we’ve caught brief glimpses of the man underneath his rough and tough exterior. For the most part, it hasn’t been flattering. He is harsh, cold and desperately misunderstood. It’s clear something significant happened to him. Initially, we don’t know the pivotal factor that forever changed him. However, it is revealed and once he releases the skeletons in his closet, you can virtually see the weight lift from his shoulders and his soul. He has been carrying a heavy burden, a burden that wasn’t meant for him to shackle to himself. And for the first time in his life, someone offers him a chance to love and be loved. A future he never dared was possible. And I just wanna hug him tight!

Then we have Mark. I instantly took to our younger shifer. Mark is from the rival pack and makes a showstopping appearance near the end of book two. It’s necessary to have this background information. This is definitely not a stand-alone! I strongly encourage you to start from the beginning. Jared and Nathan, along with Tim and Seb have important pieces of their stories that pave the pathway to Alec and Mark’s story and continue to grace us with their presence. *happy dance* I love it when a series not only continues but builds upon and grows as it continues. The Regent Park family is expanding and I hope they keep going….and take us along.

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Creating a strong realm is critical in paranormal romance. Jacobs delivers a fantastic world composed of everything I consider critical in shifter stories. The distinctions and the merging of the human and the animal must be apparent. I want to feel and know the wolf is lurking a hairbreadth away when the man is present. I need a concrete hierarchy. Alpha, beta, mate, pack…I want the connections strong and steady. I want some action and some heat, and most of all, I want emotions to rule the show. Jacobs is dependable, especially when it comes to my high ‘shifter’ expectations, and this is why her superior wolves remain on top!

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Well, how long do we have? Ha! Quite simply, I loved all of it. Sexy Alec with his grumpy wolf-atude and broken heart has been emotionally off-limits since he was a teen. Overcome with guilt and regret, he sentenced himself to a lifetime of sorrow. His Alpha would love for him to forgive himself, granting him a second chance to live again. When a temptation teases Alec and he can’t resist Mark and his bright all-to-seeing eyes, his protective shields begin to crack. Mark is a member of their rival pack. He’s young and still finding his footing in his dual life. Unfortunately, his Alpha is shady and he doesn’t trust him. But leaving packs isn’t like moving to a new neighborhood. And he doesn’t have much…only his best friend, cousin and a weakness for a forbidden Beta. Besides, Alec has no interest in settling down. He’s the first to tell you, he’s not “mate material”. But what if, he just hasn’t met the right man…until now.

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Impressively intricate storyline driven by deeply emotional characters. They have been beaten by monsters, of their past and present. Their courage, loyalty, and bond will be tested. And the ultimate price is on the line. The final chapters are INTENSE. Ohhh, the suspense is killer!

bookisforRegent Park Pack fans most likely had this baby marked on their calendar. If you are not one of us, do yourself a favor and start at the beginning. And I’ll save you a seat at the fanclub…I have no doubt this series will turn you into a shifter groupie.

Now, I’m going to go back to my werewolf daydreams….I think I see…a widow who’s not looking for love but love finds him anyway. *nudge nudge* *wink wink* *holds breath*

 

bookinfo

TITLE: Bitten by Desire (Regent’s Park Pack #3)
AUTHOR: Annabelle Jacobs
PUBLISHER: self-pub
LENGTH: 311 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 12, 2017
BUY LINKS: Amazon, AmazonUK 

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