Length: 80,000 words
Regent’s Park Pack Series
Genre: Paranormal, MM Romance
When the last thing you want, is everything you need….
Seb Calloway isn’t interested in shifters. After his best friend bonded with one, he avoids getting involved with them—no matter how hot they are—to prevent the same thing from happening to him. Why take the risk for a few hours of fun?
Tim Walters is the pack doctor. Considered to be mild-mannered and non-threatening by pack standards, he prides himself on being able to stay calm and maintain his control at all times. Desperate for a bond of his own, he knows his interest in Seb is an exercise in futility, but he can’t seem to help himself.
When news emerges that threatens Seb’s safety, he and Tim need to fake a relationship to keep Seb safe. Despite Seb’s refusal to be anything other than friends with benefits, what starts out as pretend, quickly becomes more—for Tim at least. If Tim doesn’t want to end up heartbroken, he needs to prove to Seb that loving a shifter doesn’t mean losing himself.
While I’m known to bamboozle into an ongoing series disorderly, I’m glad that I took time to back track and read Bitten By Mistake prior to this one. For one, the story picked up where the previous book left off, take or give a few weeks. And it’s so much better to understand the gist of this book from early pages after I devoured #book1.
Set in AU London, Bitten By Design is story of Jared’s best friend, Sebastian Colloway and doctor of Regent Park’s pack Tim Walters, both of whom showed interest to one another at the end of Jared and Nathan’s book. However, the recent event on his friend life had Seb’s wariness to shifters deepened, making Tim’s offer of friendship (and more) rebuffed. Though that didn’t make the attraction any less.
Honestly, the so-to-speak mating dance between these two was rather exhausting. Added to the fact that Tim was way too mild-mannered a shifter to my liking; and Seb’s mixed signals found me feeling sorry for Tim and wanting to smack Seb upside the head at the same time. On the other hand, I got where they’re coming from and could understand their reluctance. Of course, once they decided friends with benefits had some perks, readers were treated to some really steamy sexy times. You know how it was with shifters: once was NEVER enough! :p
Emotion-wise, I liked this book better than the previous one as the inner battle of the heroes felt more realistic here. The many unintentional heartache and misunderstanding had me gritted my teeth with sympathy pain; yet – again – making the budding romance between the heroes more than the insta-love version typically found in shifters story.
The interesting part about this book for me, aside from Seb and Tim dance around on chemistry between them, was glimpse of background on a seemingly jerk of pack Beta from previous book, Alec.
Like the previous book, the issue on pack politics was everywhere here too. Even so, considering our MCs were not of higher hierarchy in the pack, I was feeling a bit left out from quite a number of details and excitement of the story; like the escalating turn of events on the last one fifth of the book. In all fairness, this could be intended as the built-up for more trouble/war/whatnots brewing at the background and revealed as the series progress.
I look forward where the storyline would touch the more higher-ups of the Regent Park’s pack hierarchy, such as the Beta …OR even the Alpha. This series definitely offers a variation of human/shifters genre that interesting to follow.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.