Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Daryl plays with fire and gets burned by fate…
Former Primrose Pack member Jason Black happily accepted his role as beta in the new Regent’s Hill pack, knowing that merging the two was the best decision for everyone involved. Daryl Easton is loyal and honest but wary of change. The joining of the two packs wasn’t his preferred outcome, and he’s struggling to see all the newcomers as pack, including those now working alongside him.
When the alpha council proposes a two-week pack-building course to help improve troubled relationships, Jason and Daryl are sent along as backup. It soon becomes clear that the unit members and their betas won’t be the only ones taking part in tasks—Daryl and Jason will have challenges of their own to complete.
With the full moon adding to the rising tension, emotions are volatile, and tempers flare among the unit members. Jason and Daryl become closer than either of them expected, but with such opposing views on relationships, a messy outcome seems inevitable unless Daryl can let go of the past.
Bitten By Fate is the series finale for Annabelle Jacobs’ Regent’s Park Pack series, a group of novels I have thoroughly enjoyed. Each with a Bitten By in the title, they tell the story of a new pack, the Regent’s Park Pack, struggling to come together under a new Alpha after devastating pack wars. The animosity and territory arguments escalating between a neighbor pack cause most of the anguish, built in mystery, and suspense. And even romance.
Really this series has it all. But by the sixth story, most of characters highlighted by the many plot threads had found their mates and completed the mate bond . Plus all the danger and tension was almost gone as the two packs were now combined under one Alpha, Cam, and his pack. So a finale story made sense to bring a sense of closure and tie up any loose ends.
Is Bitten By Fate the strongest story in the series? No, not in my opinion. For one reason, I don’t feel that Daryl and Jason are “fated” for each other, like the title implies. great and yes, given the timing in their lives, perfect now for each other. But fated, in that sense, they were meant to be together? I never got that. Which is not to say I didn’t adore them as a couple because I certainly did. But maybe Bitten Finally At Last would have suited these two far better.
The idea of the Council using corporate “pack building” sessions and exercises, albeit ones only a werewolf could handle, tickled me. And it worked so well in this story for so many characters. I could easily identify with both sides pulling together to accomplish their goals. And Jacobs’ descriptions went a long way to bringing it all to life. What was over the top hot? The two person Beta exercises the Council had Jason and Daryl do, especially the blindfold ones. Get out the fans now for those. They also accomplished the job of bringing the readers intimately into the evolving relationship and making us care where it was going. Right into that bedroom!
There was a subplot about characters from the other now defunct pack still causing trouble that led to a major story element towards the end. That aspect of the narrative I felt needed more substance and plot development to work. Not the reverberations, but the actual person behind it. That was very shallow and I wished we had more of his story to give his actions more power.
In the end, I was happy to see so many characters that I had come to love throughout the series in this story and to watch Daryl and Jason get their HEA.
Bitten By Fate, like all the other books, is not a standalone story but rather one that should be read as part of the whole series and in the order they were written to understand the universe and the history behind the pack and its members. Highly entertaining, full of action, suspense, romance, and heat, if you love the supernatural and werewolves, this is a series for you. That includes Bitten By Her, I loved that one too. Strong female betas? You bet! And she’s a familiar character throughout the series.
So six books to read, six books to love. Six couples to get to know. Six HEA. What more could you want? I highly recommend them all.
Cover Design: Natasha Snow. Nice cover with the wolf in the background but not especially pertinent to the storyline.
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Kindle Edition, 215 pages
Published March 5th 2019
Edition Language English
Series Regent’s Park Pack #6
Regent’s Park Pack Series
Book #1 – Bitten By Mistake – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 – Bitten By Design – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 – Bitten By Desire – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 – Bitten By The Alpha – Amazon US | Amazon UK