Claiming Rys (Dark Forest Pack #1) by Annabelle Jacobs

"Blue eyes caught mine, and it took all my willpower to remain unaffected by their depths. I'd lost myself there once before, and look how that had ended." Claiming Rys

From the blurb:

All that time apart and yet the pull between them is as strong as ever…


Ten years ago Gabriel Mason betrayed me in the worst way. He made me question my instincts because I’d trusted him with a bone-deep certainty, and for that I will never forgive him.
Seeing him again after all this time sparks memories I thought I’d buried so far down they’d never surface. He’s as beautiful as I remember, but I’m older and wiser now, and I refuse to make the same mistakes again.


Rys Calder, wolf shifter and the biggest regret of my life. I loved him, and yet I didn’t share with him the one thing that eventually became our undoing. I broke his trust and I’ve carried that guilt for years. I knew seeing him again would hurt, but no matter how many times I’d imagined it, being on the receiving end of his cold stares and indifference hurt more than I’d anticipated.

Thrown together again with a killer on the loose, will the past continue to haunt them, or can they move past it and claim the future that fate always had in store for them?

Claiming Rys is an MM paranormal romance with second chances, fated mates, pining, angry alphas, and feisty ex-hunters.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

What do you do when you unexpectedly come face to face with the man who shattered your heart 10 years ago? Now what if that man was your fate given mate? Rys finds himself in this exact situation and I can honestly say he handled it about as well as I would have given the perceived circumstances. Notice I said perceived, because 10 years ago assumptions were made and we all know what they say about those who assume.

My heart hurt for both Gabriel and Rys. Rys for spending so much time hurting after feeling betrayed by the one man he should have always been able to count on, his mate. Then there's Gabriel. Gabriel who made a big mistake, but not the one Rys thinks he made. They were young and naïve when they first met, but the miscommunications of their youth led to some very hostile feelings as an adult in Rys. It seems 10 years hasn't dampened the strong emotions still rolling through the alpha wolf shifter.

Though animosity may be the strongest thing Rys is feeling towards Gabriel, he also can't help but feel the mating pull he has tried so hard to forget. Gabriel isn't uninfluenced either, though it takes him much longer to discover the fate aspect of his feelings. All he knows is just seeing Rys again causes his heart to hurt. They may have been young, but they loved each other with all they had back then.

I loved the start to this new paranormal series by Annabelle Jacobs. Rys and Gabriel's book had me glued to the pages. From the romance to the suspense I enjoyed every moment of reading this book. I know Nick is the MC for the next one, and I really am excited for his story, but I can't help but hope that book 3 is going to be about Talis and a certain commitment phobic fae. I'm looking at you Axel. Based on their actions in this book, there's definitely a story there and I for one am begging for Jacobs to tell it.

Rating: 5 Stars

Claiming Rys is currently available as an e-book and paperback and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription


  1. Your reviews always make my TBR bigger!!


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