Title: The Altered #3
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Series: Lycanaeris #3
Release Date: October 1st 2015
Age Group: Adult
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Matt is a single shifter living in a house full of couples. It’s not that he begrudges his friends their happiness—especially after everything they’ve been through—but he wants someone for himself. He wants a mate. Living out in the Cornish countryside there seems little chance of him finding one.
Thomas’s life has recently been changed for ever. Newly altered, he finds himself in danger as his mother, a prominent politician, works to put a stop to the mistreatment of altereds and bring those responsible to justice.
To keep him safe, Thomas is sent to Cornwall where Matt and his friends offer him refuge until he can return to his home in London. Despite the circumstances surrounding his arrival, Thomas and Matt bond in a way neither of them were expecting. They struggle to come to terms with what this might mean for their future once the threat is eliminated.
This instalment of The Altered is sadly the final one in Annabelle Jacobs’ shifter trilogy. As in the previous two books, Annabelle Jacobs fully absorbs her reader into the world of these characters using Matt’s story to tie any loose plot threads, whilst keeping us on the edge of our seats.
Matt has been a constant presence throughout The Altered series, though often on the periphery of the action. He has provided a certain humour, as well as being a loyal friend of the group.
Now that Sam and Ash are a couple, Matt feels like a spare part in the house and Annabelle Jacobs allows us to empathise wholeheartedly with him – and I am probably not the only female reader who would have put my myself forward to be his partner! Yet, there is some ambiguity about Matt’s sexuality and though in this nook it is mentioned that he has had girlfriends, I think that we have always presumed he is gay.
For Matt, love comes in the shape of Thomas, a newly Altered whom the group of friends are asked to protect. Thomas and Matt’s relationship gives Annabelle Jacobs another opportunity to explore the subject of mates amongst shifters – and link the three stories together with the scary idea of experimentation.
The Altered #3 is sexy, thrilling and a perfect conclusion to the series!