Saturday, January 18, 2020

An Egg for Ansel (Alaskan Pebble Gifters #2) by Amy Bellows

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Ansel has a thing for older men.

Specifically his friend’s father Daniel, a penguin shifter who is surprisingly innocent for a forty-seven-year-old man. Ansel probably shouldn’t flirt with Daniel. Or go on a date with him. Or send him photos that Daniel claims are “irresponsible.” But Daniel’s so cute when he blushes, and it’s just a bit of fun. Ansel’s learned that men only want one thing from him, and then they’re gone.

But Daniel doesn’t leave.

In fact, Daniel wants nothing more than to love and take care of Ansel. But Daniel is an omega, just like Ansel, and in polar bear shifter culture a “blood-bond” can only exist between two people who have a child that is genetically related to both of them. If he asks Ansel to be his mate, will he be able to make Ansel happy? Or will he be just one more guy who asks Ansel to settle for less than what he truly wants?

An Egg for Ansel is a second-chance age gap romance with plenty of lace, cuddling, and MPreg of the penguin egg variety. It’s the second book in the Alaskan Pebble Gifters series, and will only make sense if you’ve read the first book.

My Rating - 5+ Stars!

It's hard to put into words how unique Amy Bellows' Alaskan Pebble Gifters series is. Book one, A Pebble For Lewis, blew me away with it's tenderness and beauty. Book two, An Egg For Ansel, is the perfect continuation of this amazing world of shifters.

Ansel and Daniel are two characters with complex and interesting backgrounds. Their relationship is complicated as Daniel is the father of Ansel's best friend.  Adding to the fun, one is a penguin shifter, the other a bear shifter. Basically, the author knows how to take an idea and run with it!

Both men have been living in limbo. My heart hurts for Ansel and his problems, as he's always been stuck in the middle, unable to do what he wants. Meanwhile, Daniel's always been stuck waiting, for his ex, for something. 

Daniel is 47 and has never had the chance to be sexually active. He may be a father, but he's never had sexual contact outside of for procreation. What follows is a wonderful exploration into how good he can feel. I absolutely love this aspect of Daniel's character. It's fascinating and well as compelling.

My favorite thing about Amy's book are the way she manages to create such unique storylines. This book is  heart-warming, sweet, and tender, leaving me mesmerized and in a book funk afterwards. I hate present tense, but I hardly notice it's written this way. The writing is excellent and the story superb, instantly sucking me into these men and their story.

Honestly, there isn't a moment that isn't amazing. I love it all! The differences between the men leads to some great humor. And omg, the texts! The blueberries! Then add in the heat, and this is a book I want to re-read many times. And that's before we get the nest! I can't stop smiling. Armani! And glitter! Ansel is perfectly lovable! I can't get enough of these nesting scenes! 

This story is one of second chances at love and life. This quote really struck me. "The thing about second chances is that you have to be willing to take them. That's harder than it seems. There's so much opportunity to get hurt."

An Egg for Ansel is the perfect read when you just want to smile throughout a whole book. Amy Bellows excels in this combination of shifters, age gap, second chance at love and life, and lace. So much lace!!

Do be aware however that there are discussions of miscarriage, so avoid this if that's a trigger for you. 

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