Set in the Regent’s Park pack world
Clapham Common—a new pack with their own set of problems…
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.
It focused on the series of (human) murders that allegedly done by shifters. Told alternately from two third person’s POVs, it allowed readers insight into human’s and shifter’s thought alike, both in personal and professional manner. I saw Aaron and Michael as likable and realistic, wading the attractions for all the difference and obstacle between them. There were moments where the pull ruled and the our MCs slipped due to certain “improvisation” into the usual instinct and mating call, allowing the case shoved into the background – that left this reader displeased. Not that I begrudged the story some steamy time, but after seeing how level headed Aaron and Michael were, it felt rather unseemly for them to do.
Case-wise, it’s very straightforward and predictable – we could easily guess who the villains were. That said, the intriguing start followed by consistent development, the conclusion was an anticlimax albeit all the actions with guns, blood, and cuts. The same way also applied for the budding romance between Aaron and Michael; it felt to me much was left unsaid on this interspecies relationship. Of course, overall “Butterfly Assassin” is another winning story with charming (protagonist) characters, both the leading and supporting ones. I can’t wait for another book of the same universe and wouldn’t say no for the alpha and betas having their own story to tell next time!
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.
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