Title: Butterfly Assassin
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 8th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 82,000 words approx.
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Shifter Aaron Harper gets drawn into illegal underground fighting to keep an eye on his best friend. The thrill of the fight keeps him coming back for more, but discovery could mean imprisonment and banishment from their pack. Without a beta to watch over them, common sense takes a back seat.
Michael Archer of the Shifter Crimes Task Force is investigating recent murders. Despite the brutal cause of death pointing to the work of a shifter’s claws, instinct tells him a well-known nightclub owner is involved, but they have no proof.
Aaron and Michael’s paths cross after another body with the same injuries is discovered. With Aaron finding himself on the wrong side of the SCTF and Michael looking for a killer, any attraction between them is both ill-advised and unlikely. But fate has other ideas.
Butterfly Assassin is a mystery/suspense/romance type of shifter story which doesn’t kill the suspense by letting the romance take over. It’s also not the meet-first-time-I-know-he’s-my-fated-mate story. The blurb explains everything needed to know and I’m a firm believer of not knowing too much before reading the story, or it’ll loose the element of surprise so I’ll leave it at that. I loved the story and wouldn’t mind reading more from this author in the future.
The characters felt solid, the plot was great, even though I had a part of it figured out from the start, blame it on my cautious mind. I loved the build up of Aaron’s and Michael’s relationship, the pack dynamics between the alpha, the beta, Aaron and Harry. All the facts were logical, the police here didn’t follow the police procedure we have in my country when apprehending someone but the mistakes were exactly that – the characters‘ mistakes sprung out of the situation. At least that’s what I felt.
This pretty much sums it up –
“We’re on our way, Arch. Don’t do anything stupid.” He’d already done that.
I liked the slow (for shifters) build up of Aaron’s and Michael’s relationship. Michael is a detective sergeant and Aaron is connected to the case, so it would have been unethical for them to have jumped straight into bed, I would also have lost all respect for Michael as a detective if they had. This led to the crime solving getting more space in the story and I like the excitement they feel at the prospect of meeting each other again, at the same time they all, humans and shifters alike, feel the need of catching the killer before the situation turns into chaos.
The only thing I have a small issue with is that to me Aaron and Harry comes somewhat across as young adults still having to be looked after (part of the blame is put on the fact that they didn’t have a beta to watch over them) and the way Sam and Isaac treats them enforces that fact.
I want to read more about their alpha Sam and the beta Isaac, hopefully there’ll be more from the Clapham Common pack. So unless you only care for the insta-love fated mate shifter stories then this is a great book I highly recommend reading. The perfect blend of mystery and romance for this story.