Title: 9 Willow St
Author: Nell Iris
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: July 6, 2019
Genre(s): Paranormal Shifter (rabbit)
Page Count: 95
Reviewed by: Kristin F.
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5
Heartbroken after the death of his beloved Nana, Hannes, the family outsider, finally allows himself to grieve. The legal battle over Nana’s quirky old house — the only place he’s ever felt accepted and loved — is over, and he moves in and finds a sense of peace.
… And a rabbit.
An adorable bunny with a huge personality moves in, too, and refuses to leave. Hannes instantly falls in love with the sweet animal who helps heal his heart. But one morning, Hannes’ view of the world changes when the rabbit transforms into a man. A man named Mattis.
After the initial shock, Hannes and Mattis discover a connection between them that runs deeper than it seems. Will their newfound feelings survive unraveling secrets and meddling families, and grow into something real? Something deep and everlasting?
This is a sweet, romantic, short story. Blurb summarizes the plot so I won’t rehash. I enjoyed the connection Hannes had to his late Nana, his grandmother, through the house and garden. I could empathize with his sadness and frustration.
Enter an endearing black and white bunny named Mattis. Mattis is struggling with family expectations and found refuge with Hannes.
I enjoyed the slow attraction between Mattis and Hannes. The comfort each was able to offer the other and ultimately, standing up for what they believed in made for an endearing read. Normally I complain that short stories, are, well…to short, but this was the perfect length.
If you need something short and sweet with a touch of paranormal, this might be the story for you.