Length: 80,000 words
Regent's Park Pack Series
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.
This is shaping up to be such an awesome series!
I've always liked Annabelle Jacobs' work, but the Regent's Park Pack books have that extra HELL YEAH, BABY vibe. Maybe it's all that raging shifter testosterone. Or the growly possessiveness. Or the clawing-banging-up-against-the-wall sex.
Whatever it is, it WORKS.
I liked the first book just a little more than I liked this one, mostly because it took me a long while to warm up to Seb. Seb's kind of a shit, truth be told. He's so anti-shifter, he really hurts Tim. And, damn, but did I want Tim to walk away and make Seb beg.
Tim, though, is the nicest guy ever. He's a doctor, a healer. He can't stand to see anyone, much less Seb, suffer.
When Seb senses shifters outside his flat, things get complicated. Seb doesn't think he needs protection, but Tim (not to mention Nathan and Jared) disagrees. Seb decides he'd rather "pretend" to be with Tim than live with Nathan and Jared, but the whole pretending thing doesn't work out so well.
Does it ever when two horny guys are involved?
Seb insists it's all fun and games, but Tim's wolf thinks of Seb as his mate. Too bad Seb freaks out at any mention of commitment; he just can't imagine being that dependent on anyone.
The mystery/suspense plot in Bitten by Design isn't as compelling as the one in Bitten by Mistake. Nasty Alpha Newell is back, angry that Nathan got away and still plotting to challenge Cam. Considering the sense of danger, the climax was a bit of a letdown.
Of course, the MCs have no such qualms about their own, um, climax. There's plenty of sexy action to be had here! Shifters are a possessive bunch. I love the whole MINE MINE MINE & I Want to Bite You thing.
Seb and Tim do get their HEA, but Newell isn't done wrecking havoc. We see much more of Alec (Cam's beta who doesn't get on with Nathan) here. I'm VERY interested in the pairing for book 3 (hint: it won't be shifter/human).
Bitten by Design won't work well as a standalone. The world-building, urban shifter lore, and pack members were introduced in book 1, so don't skip Jared and Nathan's story.
All good books have one thing in common—they are truer than if they had really happened.~Ernest Hemingway
An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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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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