Friday, July 6, 2018

Review: Tour: Butterfly Assassin by Annabelle Jacobs (Review + Giveaway)

Review: Tour: Butterfly Assassin by Annabelle Jacobs (Review + Giveaway)

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 82,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design


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.

3 Stars 

This book was a long slog for me for several reasons. First, there’s little to no romance, it’s not even a slow burn, there was no chemistry between the MCs. There was no build-up to their intimacy or emotions. Actually, in the end, it wasn’t even a love story. There were two intimate/romantic scenes in the book (maybe a total of 15 pages of a 318-page book). This book is strictly a mystery thriller, but unfortunately, that didn’t really grab my attention so I could overlook the lack of romance.

Furthermore, the “romantic” tension is never resolved. Will the relationship between a shifter task force officer and shifter work out? You never know since this story ends at the beginning of them exploring the possibilities and their feelings.

Finally, Ms. Jacobs doesn’t bring enough character backstory so that I could feel invested in them until the epilogue (which was too late). Therefore, none of the characters were particularly interesting to me. Nobody had me laughing out loud or so angry I wanted to slap some sense in them.

I kept reading this because I assumed it would get better. The Regent's Park series was great. I’d assumed this would be of a similar style, but it’s a definite departure.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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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