Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Butterfly Assassin
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Heroes: Aaron & Michael
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 82k words
Release Date: June 8, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review: The Butterfly Assassin is written in the same world as the Regent’s Park pack, and we hear about familiar characters but there really is no crossing over. In this case, it’s the Alpha Council that plays the biggest role in both series. Is this a series? I am unsure, but I like this world, and I really enjoyed this one and hope there is more, but I just wasn’t as into this book as much as the original series.
Aaron, and his friend, Harry, are young shifters who do stupid things. In this case, one fights and the other bets on the fights…illegally. After they decide to come clean to their alpha and walk away, things turn south. The last fighter Aaron beats is found dead, with Aaron’s blood on him. It took a little while for the two love interests to get together as there was quite a bit of world building at the beginning…and then, there was a murderer to stop and a shifter to save. The romance, if it could really be called that, was really just the early stages for a strong chance for more between Aaron, and his detective, Michael.
There was definitely strong attraction, on both sides, but we really don’t get enough alone time between them to get more than a HFN. Makes me wonder if there will be a part two, or will there be a sighting to show them committed in another book. Don’t get me wrong, I like them together…Aaron especially was pretty well developed and I loved his nickname, Butterfly Assassin. The best part of the whole story, to me, was when Michael saw him fight for the first time. That whole scene is what I come to expect from this writer and this world that she’s built. Loved that.
In this case, it was very close to what I was hoping it would be, but I just needed a bit more of Aaron and Michael settled together…and definitely a little more sexy time. But, all in all, it is a great story and I recommend it to those who have read the Regent’s Park pack series.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*