Length: 78,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Regent's Park Pack Series
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.
Falling for a member of a rival pack was always going to complicate things. Doing so when the Alphas of both packs have just issued official complaints about the other to the Alpha Council is quite possibly the worst timing imaginable. So of course that’s exactly what happens to Alec and Mark. One steamy night together to deal with the mutual attraction and blow off some steam might seem like a great idea; in practice it doesn’t solve anything but only leads to a world of problems, especially for Mark.
If you’ve read the previous two books in this wonderful series (and I highly recommend that you do read them first) you will know that the Alpha of Mark’s pack is a nasty creature. In theory Mark should be low enough in the pack’s hierarchy for that not to affect him personally. However, circumstances beyond his control have put Mark on his Alpha’s radar, which means neither he nor those he cares for are safe.
Alec is a member of a good pack with an honourable leader. His problems don’t stem from internal strive but from long held personal issues and deep rooted guilt and resentment. The fact that he desperately needs to keep Mark safe while not being in a position to do so, only adds to his stress. Which only made it all the more rewarding that opening up to Mark turns out to be the first step he needs to take in order to deal with what has happened in the past and start the process of putting that part of his life to rest while embracing a brighter future.
This book is action and tension packed. There’s never any doubt that Mark and Alec face an uphill, if not impossible, struggle to establish the all too obvious bond between them. They are irresistibly drawn to each other and fulfil each other’s needs to perfection, while trying to balance pack dynamics with personal need.
I don’t want to say anything else about what happens when things come to a head, except that what happened had me reading with my heart in my throat, not sure how the situation could possibly be resolved, never mind lead to a happy ending. I should have more faith in Annabelle Jacobs’ fabulous story-telling and plotting talents. The climax in this story was amazing, heartstopping, and perfectly fitted everything the story promised.
In short, Bitten by Desire completely lives up to the standard set by Bitten by Mistake and Bitten by Design. All three are very sexy, very well told, and very thrilling paranormal tales. I do hope there’s more to come in this series.
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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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