Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
Bitten by Desire, the third in the Regent’s Park Pack by Annabelle Jacobs, is my favorite by far. That’s saying a lot because I’ve loved them all. But these two shifters, Alec Knight of the R Pack and Mark Appleton of the PR Pack really got to me.
First, there’s the Romeo and Juliet aspect of their situation or in this case Romeo and Jules as their two packs are at war. Mark has already been a victim of his Alpha’s heinous behavior and need to win at any cost, putting Mark at forefront of a Council investigation into both pack’s recent actions. It also brought him to Alec’s attention as part of the storyline in Bitten By Design (Regent’s Park Pack, #2). In Bitten by Desire, the pull Mark and Alec feel towards each other intensifies as Alec is unable to stay away from Mark, no matter the consequences.
Jacobs gives us both shifter’s perspectives, letting us feel the danger of the situation and the inevitability that drives them forward…yes, it’s the mate bond already forming. It’s primal, sexual, and so very hot! Alec also has an angst filled past that’s haunting him, keeping him in an unsettled state, along with his uncertain feelings for Mark and the stress of the Council’s investigation. The author’s writing drops us into the hearts and minds of these men, letting us feel the push/pull of the mating bond as it strengthens…and it’s every bit as sexy and wild as it sounds.
Plus yes, there’s the fact that Mark’s Alpha is plotting against the R Pack. Annabeth Jacobs continually ramps up the suspense and the danger around Mark and those around him the entire story, keeping the readers right on the edge. This was a successful element here and my only disappointment was the sentences doled out at the end. For me, I thought the Council was too light handed considering what Howell and his Betas had done. But perhaps that was just me. Or maybe there’s more to come. I hope so. I love this series and for me Bitten By Desire is one of the best. The writing is excellent, the romance primal, hot and shifter perfect, and the storyline full of suspense and happy endings! For the fullest reading pleasure, start with the first story, Bitten By Mistake and work your way to Bitten By Desire! I highly recommend them all.