Saturday, March 3, 2018

Review & Giveaway: BITTEN BY THE ALPHA by Annabelle Jacobs (Regent's Park Pack #4)

Length: 76,000 words
Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Regent's Park Pack Series

Book #2 - Bitten By Design
Book #3 - Bitten By Desire


Gareth's heart is set on Cam, but Cam's heart broke a long time ago.

As alpha of the Regent's Park Pack, Cam's focus is always centred on its members-his personal life pushed aside after the death of his wife. Now that his pack has merged with the Primrose Hill shifters, he can't afford any distractions.

Gareth's been in love with his alpha for years, but his position as beta complicates matters. Added to the fact Cam still mourns his late wife, Gareth knows his feelings will never be reciprocated, so he buries them deep.

With the two packs already struggling to unite under one alpha, they get a surprise addition-one who causes more tension within the ranks. Under such strain, long-kept secrets are forced into the open. Gareth and Cam must deal with the aftermath, while also keeping the pack's best interests at heart.

Carra's Review

There’s no denying that after seeing Cam in the first three books of the series as an alpha without a bonded mate that this is a story I’d been looking forward to reading.  Contributing to that was also following Gareth separately in those books as well, and having an inkling of his feelings.  So, it was with great interest that I started reading this story, hoping that the two of them would work out.

I can’t imagine pining after someone for so many years—and hiding that fact—the way Gareth did with Cam.  It does show the strength and willpower that Gareth had to be in a position of some authority as one of the pack betas, yet not let his base instincts take him over.  Cam’s dedication to his pack, particularly in the face of all the upheaval and strain after the last book as the Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill packs merged back together, is admirable and shows his strength and protective nature, as well as his commitment to putting the entire pack first.  

When I first started reading this book, Cam’s persistent grief surrounding the death of his wife was so thorough and convincing that it made it difficult for me to see how he and Gareth could ever come to be.  In fact, his repeated insistence that he could never love another like that, even when confronted with the potential bond (and the fact that it couldn’t be there if both Gareth AND Cam didn’t feel something) actually had me less inclined to accept the eventual connection—I just couldn’t feel it completely between them deep down.  

Now, this does NOT mean I didn’t enjoy the story—far from it in fact.  And there were a couple of scenes (both involving Alec during beta meetings with Cam) that did reinforce the connection between them with Cam’s reactions.  For me, it was more of the overall story of the pack that drove my enjoyment of the book this time around; the author just did too good of a job with Cam’s attitude regarding his deceased wife to let me fully feel the connection between him and Gareth.

Bitten By the Alpha was a solid 4-star read for me; fans of the series will enjoy this latest look into the pack, and if you’re like me you’ll still be wanting more books.  I would personally recommend reading this after reading the first three books in the series as the events in those result in the situation in this story, so having that background not just for the individual characters but for the pack and world as well is essential to enjoying this book.  This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

About The Author

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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