Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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?
I loved this story for so many reasons. Hannes’ memories of his nana and their relationship paint a picture of a very strong willed lady and a wonderful friendship between the two of them.
I liked Hannes and how he’s so different to the rest of his family who didn’t impress me much with their priorities and the way they treat him. Mio is such a cute bunny, and I liked him as Mattis—his human form too 😉 I really liked Hannes’ reaction when he discovers his rabbit is really a shifter, and thought it felt realistic as opposed to him just saying ‘wow, that’s cool’ and accepting something out of the realm of his reality.
The world building around the bunny-humans is wonderfully detailed, and I felt for Mattis living in a society with expectations he knew he didn’t want. I loved the reference to werewolf erotica as Hannes tries to figure out how everything works in Mattis’ world.
I thought this was a lovely light story about soul mates and true love, and found it a very satisfying read despite its shorter length.
I’d recommend 9 Willow Street to readers who enjoy a very sweet and romantic story which is a perfect pick-me-up with an added bonus of bunny shifters. 5 out of 5 stars.