Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Altered 2
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Series: Lycanaeris #2
Heroes: Ash & Sam
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 37k words
Release Date: May 28, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A remote farmhouse in Cornwall seems the perfect place for Ash to settle into his recently altered status. Starting a new life there with Sam—the shifter he can’t stay away from—should be easy this far from London where they faced so much danger. So why does adjusting seem impossible?
Sam has issues of his own. He has to get used to his human form again after living the last eight years as a wolf. It’s hard when human worries weigh so heavily on his shoulders. Life is much more straightforward from a wolf’s perspective, until Ash needs his human support.
Ash’s problem is simple: he’s fearful of shifting fully. How can he believe he won’t hurt Sam when his genes were altered to create a killer? Despite repeated reassurance, his anger and resentment increase. Only one thing is certain: if Ash can’t learn to trust himself soon, he’s in danger of proving himself right.
After the events a few weeks ago that made Ash an altered, the gang moved to an isolated location where they could recover and build a new life. Unfortunately, some of them are settling in faster than others. Ash, for one, isn’t able to come to terms with what he is now and as it gets closer to the full moon, he becomes and more volatile. Thankfully, he has Sam there to help him but Sam has his own issues, like the fact he’d rather be a wolf than a human. The connection they have together is strong but will the two open up enough to let it heal the fears they both have?
Okay, okay, that synopsis I wrote isn’t exactly stellar BUT hopefully you’ll read the book and find out for yourself what it’s about!!! Because this series so far is amazing! I’m adoring it and the world that Ms. Jacobs created. This book, though, is based more on the after affects of the first book so it’s not about action or suspense. It’s about building a relationship between Ash and Sam. We see both Sam and Ash develop into the people they can be. At the beginning Ash is scared, confused and very quick to become violent while Sam is still spending most of his days as a wolf. As the story goes on, you learn more and more about their fears, the reasons for why they’re scared. I really loved that because by the end of the story, they’ve developed as characters, no longer afraid but confident and comfortable with themselves.
I really, really loved this one but I missed the action from the first book. I also wanted to see more of Sam and Ash after Ash comes to terms with who he is because now I have questions. Does his quick temper still surface around the full moon? Or did that go away once he shifted fully? Are the others still leery around him? Did they discover anything else that makes Ash different than them?
In the end, though, this was a fabulous addition to the series. I loved that we got Ash and Sam’s story and that they both developed over the course of it. I liked that Ash gave Sam a reason to be human and Sam gave Ash a reason to be wolf. It was sweet the dynamics between them and I absolutely ADORED their chemistry together. I can’t wait to read Matt’s story and really hoping he gets his own man (and not a woman because isn’t he straight? lol). If you’re looking for something that’s relationship-centric, definitely give this one a go!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*