Title: Bitten by Fate (Regenst’s Park Pack #6)
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 5th 2019
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 215
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 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.
Daryl and Jason are two of opposite kinds- Daryl is more of the bad boy type and pack is important to him. He doesn’t trust easily and getting to know and trust the new members takes time. He doesn’t do relationships and always seeks outside the pack for one-time bed partners as he hates the mating bond and doesn’t want to risk it.
Then comes the bright and smiling Jason another fellow beta. Daryl doesn’t trust him but feels no animosity towards him. On the pack bonding trip (which seems only to be with some but not the whole pack?) he is forced into getting to know Jason and quickly things heat up between them.
But as both can’t help but taking things to the physical level, they are playing with fire and should really know better. But falling for temptation is easy, dealing with the aftermath isn’t.
The protagonists are easily liked, and Jason’s reasoning very well done. I recognise myself in him. Daryl at times didn’t feel true to his conviction of hating bonds the way he acted and I wouldn’t say his lack of trust in Jason was a problem because it would have come given time and proximity, but hey since the others were going..
This book is not a bad choice, it’s easy to read if you are familiar with the characters otherwise it can cause some confusion. I thought I had read the earlier, or at least some of them before but I’m not sure now if I really did or if this just reminds me of another series.
This is the sixth and final in this series. It has a good plotline which could have been a little more developed. I wondered about the logic from the ’evil side’ though, it seemed not all there… If there’s a certain outcome you’re after then shouldn’t you work to get that exact outcome? And not cast your net trusting the right prey will get caught? I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m not gonna say more.
I enjoyed the story and the protagonists’ dynamic. For me it was rather predictable, the only surprise I had were rather how quickly some things resolved themselves. For not wanting to be in a relationship with or without a bond I felt Daryl overcame it with almost no issues and it felt a little cliché. Just talking to one person then all is resolved as it never happened? And the reason he felt the way he did was also a little shaky to me as he himself wasn’t in the same type of situation. Although at the same time I can relate because if you have reason to hate something it will easily spread and a detail like that won’t matter because then you hate the very notion of it altogether.
However with this said, I still enjoyed this a lot. If you liked the previous books this should be in your taste as well, I suspect.