Release Blitz ~ 9 Willow Street by Nell Iris (Reviews + Giveaway)

Length: 28,153 words
Publisher: JMS Books 

Heartbroken after the death of his beloved Nana, Hannes, the family outsider, finally allows himself to grieve. The legal battle over Nana’s quirky old house — the only place he’s ever felt accepted and loved — is over, and he moves in and finds a sense of peace.

… And a rabbit.

An adorable bunny with a huge personality moves in, too, and refuses to leave. Hannes instantly falls in love with the sweet animal who helps heal his heart. But one morning, Hannes’ view of the world changes when the rabbit transforms into a man. A man named Mattis.

After the initial shock, Hannes and Mattis discover a connection between them that runs deeper than it seems. Will their newfound feelings survive unraveling secrets and meddling families, and grow into something real? Something deep and everlasting?

5* This is totally adorable! A lovely, sweet and romantic tale that ends in a HEA. Oh,…
… and a gorgeous cover, too. 

Nell Iris writes such lovely tales; this and the recent His Steady Heart, are some of the warmest, sweetest feel-good stories I’ve read in a while. She writes with heart, has leads you can relate to and visualise, and doesn’t rely on a ton of sex to sell her stories, so I’ll be looking out for more of her work.
I’ve never read about a bunny shifter before and now I don’t know that I can look at bunnies in the same way, lol! I’ve wanted one for ages, but hubs says that my cats might torment it, so it’s a no-no. For now. But I think if he read this book, it’d be a no-no forever! Could you imagine putting a cute, furry bunny to bed one night and waking up to a (probably naked) man-bunny? Hubs would not be pleased!
I loved both guys! I think I loved Mattis in bunny form a tiny bit more than in his human form, as he was such a cuddler and his personality shone through. And Hannes was such a sweetie to love and honour his great gran so much. I think their decency and genuineness made the tale, which could easily have been one where you have to suspend disbelief a little too much, but here, the author was pretty much perfect. OK, so yes, you do have to suspend disbelief to go with shifters, anyway, but NI tied the leads’ ‘connection’ in perfectly, and it made sense. The only bit that didn’t quite make sense was that if Hannes came from a family of medical people, how come the ‘connection’ never came to light? Surely that would have popped up in the course of work, general health, etc? But hey, that’s a minor niggle, as I was rooting for this couple from the start.
It was lovely how Mattis and Hannes ‘heartbound’ness won over Hannes’s cold, imperious father, and Mattis’s traditional mother. And no, it wasn’t Bollywood insta-bliss and insta-roses, but a year later, the parents had come to realise that theirs was a true ‘love match’ and that was that.
ARC courtesy of the author and JMS Books LLC, and Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure.

4.5 stars

This was an unexpected delight! I have never read a shifter book that wasn’t about wolf shifters and I tried this one out on a whim and am so glad I did. 

This was super sweet and Hannes and Mattis worked for me. The book is on the shorter side, so we didn’t get a ton of time to really explore these guys but we got just enough. I love how Mattis was when he was a bunny and how those bunny characteristics showed through to when he was a person. It made him that much more endearing. Great read!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. *** 

4 Stars

This story was so stinkin’ cute! I have read a few of Nell’s books over the past few months and I think this might just be my favorite one. 

Hannes was a wonderful character who had so much inner strength; I was so impressed with what he went through in order to keep his beloved grandmother’s house. His family was horrible and greedy and needed to be smacked over the head several hundred times…each.

Mattis was adorable; it didn’t matter if he was in bunny form or human. He was so affectionate and cuddly that it made me smile through the entire book. 

I have been consuming so many shifter books over the last two to three months and I have to say this was one of the cutest I have read. 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

Nell Iris is a romantic at heart who believes everyone deserves a happy ending. She’s a bona fide bookworm (learned to read long before she started school), wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without something to read (not even the ladies’ room), loves music (and singing along but, let’s face it, she’s no Celine Dion), and is a real Star Trek nerd (“Make it so”). She loves words, poetry, wine, and Sudoku, and absolutely adores elephants!

Nell believes passionately in equality for all regardless of race, gender, or sexuality, and wants to make the world a better, less hateful, place.

Nell is a forty-something bisexual Swedish woman, married to the love of her life, and a proud mama of a grown daughter. She left the Scandinavian cold and darkness for warmer and sunnier Malaysia a few years ago, and now spends her days writing, surfing the Internet, enjoying the heat, and eating good food. One day she decided to chase her lifelong dream of being a writer, sat down in front of her laptop, and wrote a story about two men falling in love.

Nell Iris writes gay romance, prefers sweet over angst, and wants to write diverse and different characters.

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