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Friday, 7 April 2017

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Bitten By Design (Regent's Park Pack #2) by Annabelle Jacobs

Length: 80,000 words

When the last thing you want, is everything you need.

Seb Calloway isn't interested in shifters. After his best friend bonded with one, he avoids getting involved with them no matter how hot they are to prevent the same thing from happening to him. Why take the risk for a few hours of fun?

Tim Walters is the pack doctor. Considered to be mild-mannered and non-threatening by pack standards, he prides himself on being able to stay calm and maintain his control at all times. Desperate for a bond of his own, he knows his interest in Seb is an exercise in futility, but he can't seem to help himself.

When news emerges that threatens Seb's safety, he and Tim need to fake a relationship to keep Seb safe. Despite Seb's refusal to be anything other than friends with benefits, what starts out as pretend, quickly becomes more for Tim at least. If Tim doesn't want to end up heartbroken, he needs to prove to Seb that loving a shifter doesn't mean losing himself.

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4 out of 5 (very good)

Bitten by Design is the second book in the Regent's Park Pack, and we reunite with Jared and Nathan although the focus is on Jared's friend, Seb, this time. The P-Pack is literally sniffing around Seb's door, and one night after a few too many drinks, Seb ends up being injured whilst the shifters scratch at his front door. Luckily for him, he is on the phone to Jared at the time, so help is swift to arrive. The Pack doctor, Tim, also makes an appearance. Although Tim likes Seb, he takes his job seriously, although he does take offence when Jared seems to say that he is incapable of protecting Seb. Seb likes Tim, but he doesn't want to be involved with shifters. He especially doesn't want to turn into one, or to bond with one. However, he is constantly sending out mixed signals to Tim, and is not stupid when it comes to precautions for his own safety.

The overall story arc continues with this book, and the tensions between Regent's Park and Primrose Hill are high. I loved the politics and manoeuvrings, plus the hierarchy of the Pack rules. It was also nice to see that there are 'good guys' in Primrose Hill, it's not just flat out bad. This makes it far more interesting to read.

 Now, I have to say that I was wavering between a 3 or 4-star review for this book. My reason for this is simple. Although I loved Seb and Tim, even with all of Seb's mixed signals, something happened here that had irritated me slightly with book 1, but had me shaking my head with book 2. It was the 180` shift in the blink of an eye from being vehemently opposed to being with a shifter and having a bond, to bite me. There was no softening in Seb's attitude, although he was more than happy to get his rocks off with Tim. It is just the flick of a light switch, and all's good.

However, given the consistence of brilliant writing, the well turned out characters, and the intriguing plot, I have decided to give this book a 4-star rating. I thoroughly enjoyed both this book, and book one, and would definitely recommend them. Just mind the niggle!

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Regent's Park Pack Series

Bitten By Mistake (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK

4 out of 5 (very good)

Bitten by Mistake is the first series in the Regent's Park Pack series, set in London, England. It starts off with Jared on a night out, looking for some fun. He goes to a club where he is spotted by a shifter called Nathan. Jared makes it clear that, for his own reasons, he is not interested in being with a shifter. Nathan gets called away, and the story moves on. Skip forward and Nathan catches Jared, thinking he is someone else. He bites him, and due to his wounds, Jared goes unconscious.

This is a wonderful start to a series, which explores in more detail a wolf pack that doesn't actually spend every moment in wolf form. Instead, you learn how the wolf pack rules are invoked in human form, including all the new rules and regulations that packs must follow to stop just anyone getting bitten. Our two main characters change from not particularly liking each other, to being thoroughly bonded, to the extent that they do not like being physically apart from each other. 

This was very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow. There were a couple of moments that I would have liked a bit more 'history' on - why Jared was scent marked by the man in the club, and who he was. And also involving Jared, the shifter and circumstances from his past. You get the rough outline of the story, but not the nitty-gritty details. OK, so I guess neither of these would have a massive impact on the story, but you already know I'm nosy!

This book finishes nicely, whilst possibly leading onto a new romance with two other characters, which I am looking forward to reading. Definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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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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