Altered 2 (Lycanaeris) by Annabelle Jacobs
Published ~ 28th May 2015
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance
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.
Book 2 takes up where book one left off. This time the story is about Sam and Ash. If you read the first book then you know that Sam has been mainly in wolf form from the age of seventeen. He was now twenty five and the first time he changed back into a human was to protect Ash. Sam's wolf knows that Ash belongs to him, Sam's human side is not so sure. Ash of course had problems of his own - he was happy being a human, then he'd gotten injected and became a shifter. He didn't know how to cope with it and while he wasn't sure about Sam romantically, he did feel that Sam could help him cope with the furry side of things.
Ash is scared, and as a reader I can totally understand that. Ms. Jacobs did an excellent job of showing exactly why Ash was so confused. But I couldn't help feeling sorry for Sam. The guy had had a hard life, had been rejected by his parents and now Ash didn't like being around him when he made the effort and was in his human form. I liked his twin sister Keira better in this book though - she wasn't being as bitchy as she had been in book one and knowing Sam's story better helped to show why Keira was the way she was.
The house situation was hilarious - the pack has a serious need for soundproofing - especially the bedrooms. It was fascinating to read about Ash's experiences - getting used to increased scents and being able to sort them out and his first time shifting was...emotional. It was nice to catch up with Jordan and Daniel again from book one, but don't worry if you haven't read the first book, this one could be read as standalone.
Overall this is a sweet book in comparison to book one. Ash and Sam are perfect for each other. The age concept was interesting and I loved the sweet and perfect ending. I'm hoping Matt gets his story next.
Ash knocked twice, only pushing the door open a little when Sam howled softly for him to come in.
“Oh, hey.” Ash stuck his head around the door, frowning when he saw Sam. “Um… Keira said today was a human day. But… er….” He came fully inside and closed the door behind him. “Don’t you fancy it?”
Ash walked over to Sam’s bed and sat down on the bottom corner, propping his elbows on his knees.
Sam sighed and padded over to sit next to him, placing his head in Ash’s lap. As soon as Ash’s fingers were in his fur—stroking back and forth—Sam felt a hundred times better. The soothing touch spread warmth throughout his body and Sam closed his eyes, letting it chase away whatever had been bothering him earlier.
Ash’s touch always had this effect on him. Sam had known what that meant from the very first time they’d met.
Ash was meant for him.
Everything about Ash: the way he looked, his scent—which drove Sam crazy sometimes—and even his voice, made something in Sam settle. Something he’d been missing for years. It was that feeling that had helped Sam to shift back in front of other people for the first time in eight years. That, and the fact that some fucking guard had a gun pointed at Ash’s head.
Meet Annabelle Jacobs
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, 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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