Title: Bitten By Mistake
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Release Date: July 28, 2016
Page Count: 3,817 Kindle locations
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
From animosity to searing passion in a lunar cycle… but can their bond survive?
Wolf shifter Nathan Kohl’s pack is his whole life. Arrogant and handsome, he avoids commitment to anything or anyone outside of his pack. He works hard, plays hard, and pursues humans as lovers because there’s little to no chance of him forming a permanent bond. However, when Jared Taylor comes into Nathan’s life, every rule is broken.
After a bad experience, Jared vowed to never get involved with another shifter, no matter how much they got under his skin. Despite being physically attracted to Nathan, who’s all kinds of hot, Jared only sees an arrogant, domineering bastard.
A disastrous case of mistaken identity throws Nathan and Jared together until the next full moon. Forced to spend the next twenty-eight days in close proximity, they can no longer ignore the powerful attraction between them. Passion ignites, and their relationship takes a turn neither of them wanted.
But when the full moon comes, everything might change again.
I enjoyed this interesting take on m/m shifter romance. In this story, it is illegal to bite a human without his/her consent, whether the bite “takes” and they shift at the next full moon or not. And the bitten party has the right, under law, to decide on the punishment of the shifter who did the biting, even up to death.
In the middle of pursuing a menacing, rogue shifter group in his area, Nathan is running through the streets, sees one of them, and goes for the kill bite. He realizes too late that he grabbed the wrong guy and has bitten a human, Jared.
He convinces Jared not to turn him in and to wait and see if the bite does, in fact, “take” at the next full moon. There were lots of little details that needed to add up as to WHY Jared would be forced to live with and hide in Nathan’s apartment, which was in a building full of shifters with heightened senses of hearing, smell, etc. It was in these details that I got a little eye-rolly (I made it a word, deal with it).
1. The Bite – even though it healed quickly, could be “seen” up until the full moon by shifters because of their heightened sense of sight. Dafuq? Ok, that’s a new one for me, but I’ll roll with it. As a result, Jared couldn’t go out in public or even leave Nathan’s apartment.
2. Humans who’ve been bitten start to experience shifter qualities after a bite, before the full moon……wait for it……..even if the bite doesn’t wind up “taking.” So even though Jared starts growling and sprouting fangs and claws at high anxiety times, that doesn’t mean he will turn at the full moon. Dafuq???
Ok, so those lines of …ahem… logic were necessary to follow the plot. Got it. After that, I really did enjoy how this played out. It was a fresh take, particularly the mates aspect that came into play as it unfolded.
Jared and Nathan were both a bit immature at the beginning of the book, and this experience with its potential tragedies really showed them some perspective. Falling in love didn’t hurt either. And Ms. Jacobs knows how to do some hawt shifter sexy times!
If you are looking for something fun, fresh, and with some low to moderate angst, I’d give this one a go. Recommended.