Book Review – 9 Willow Street by Nell Iris

Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 84
Characters: Hannes/Mattis
POV: 1st
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?

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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.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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2 Responses to Book Review – 9 Willow Street by Nell Iris

  1. Nell Iris says:

    Thank you so much for this lovely review! I’m so happy you liked it!! 😍


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