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Spotlight: Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

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WICKED Pre-Order: Amazon

WICKED Synopsis

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Links: Website/Facebook/Twitter/Author Goodreads

Review: Dire by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Title: Dire
Series: The Dire Wolves Chronicles #1
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date:  15 Sept 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn’t my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything.

It was all Gage’s fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happened to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves. I thought the wolves were the worst of my problems, but I was wrong. When things went from bad to worse I had to make a lifelong sacrifice to save Gage, but what price is too much to save the one you love?

REVIEW 

Dire is the first book in the new paranormal NA series by Alyssa Rose Ivy. Obviously due to the paranormal nature and title of the book, some aspects of the plot were obvious from the beginning. For instance, being rescued by a strange group of overprotective men – oh yeah wolves anyone ;)

Told in dual narrative from male and female perspective, Gage and Mary Jane (I just want to call her MJ spiderman style). They’ve known each other nearly all their lives, growing up in the same small town and Gage being friends with Mary Jane’s older brother. A typical case of brother’s friend crush, MJ has been fantasizing about Gage for quite some time.  Although charismatic, Gage is a typical douche-bag player at the start of the book. Access to his inner thoughts did nothing to endear him to me. Their chemistry may be set to boiling point but I can’t say I really wanted Mary Jane to be with Gage. Mary Jane has her eyes wide open where Gage is concerned, knowing that he isn’t relationship material yet unable to fight her feelings for him.

Travelling home together (I can’t quite remember if it’s for Winter Break or Thanksgiving) they end up battling the elements only to get stuck in a blizzard. The only option for warmth is body heat – yep you can guess how that goes :) So a few bad decisions and a deliciously hot overnight stay in Gage’s truck sees them wandering the wilderness in search of safety, only to cross path with the aforementioned group of overprotective men, lead by Hunter.

In a strange twist, I actually found myself preferring Hunter to Gage. He is completely alpha male yet with a capacity for tenderness. Hunter has an insta-connection to Mary Jane (details are revealed as to why as the plot develops and did make me question the nature of the connection in a negative way). However, I practically melted with Hunter’s proposition of ‘love, passion and complete adoration’ who doesn’t want that.

Few details in respect of the plot are revealed through the book while tantalizing threads leave the reader desperate to know more, a high level of anticipation for the next book is most definitely achieved.

Alyssa Rose Ivy manages terrific world building within the pages of Dire paving the way for the rest of the series. While Dire doesn’t give much insight into the history of the Dire Wolves or the personalities of the characters, it does do a fabulous job of laying the groundwork with which to develop the plot and characters further.

Spotlight plus Give-Away: Dire by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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About DIRE

Dire: The Dire Wolves Chronicles

Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn’t my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything.

It was all Gage’s fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happened to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves. I thought the wolves were the worst of my problems, but I was wrong. When things went from bad to worse I had to make a lifelong sacrifice to save Gage, but what price is too much to save the one you love?

Buy Links: Amazon/Barnes&Noble/iTunes/GooglePlay/ Kobo

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About Alyssa Rose Ivy

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Links: Website/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Author Goodreads

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Books I’ve Read: Undressed by Jen Frederick

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Title: Undressed
Series: Woodlands #1.5
Author: Jen Frederick
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date:
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Noah and Grace’s happy ever after hits a stumbling block in the form of one shady professor threatening Noah’s scholarship eligibility. Noah is given the choice of throwing his New Year’s MMA fight for a big payoff or accepting that the true meaning of love isn’t measured by the thickness of his wallet but the depth of Grace’s big heart.

Grace and Noah’s story begged for a peak inside their Happy Ever After. Originally published in the anthology Snow Kissed, this holiday novella speaks to the great gifts one person can give to another — unconditional love.

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You are probably aware that I love this series, so color me happy when I stumbled across this little novella featuring one of my favorite couples, Noah and Grace.

Oh Noah

I loved this short story, delving deeper into the minds of Noah and Grace with some surprising insights into both of their psyches. Yes Grace I completely agree with you, you can get some amazing ideas from reading books ;)

I’m not going into details about the plot as I think the synopsis does that enough to give an understanding of the trials and tribulations facing this wonderful couple. However, I will say that this story does add another layer to their relationship and is a must for any fan of the series.

One thing I have to mention is the cameo appearance by Grace’s brother, Josh. OH BOY.  I really, really want him to get his own story *begs Jen*

Review: Deep Surrendering – Episode 6 – by Chelsea M Cameron

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Title: Deep Surrendering
Series: Episode 6
Author: Chelsea M Cameron
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 25 Aug 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

For the first time in their short and rocky relationship, Marisol is having doubts about how to move forward with her relationship with Fin. Will the secrets and the distance finally come between them and end things forever?

REVIEW 

Please bear in mind that this is the sixth episode in the serialization and therefore may contain spoilers for the previous episodes.

While I am fully invested in Marisol and Finn I can’t help but be frustrated with the serialization. Being an instant gratification kinda girl I really need to get to the nitty gritty of the plot.

Episode 6 shows a tremendous amount of character development. Yet, as always with this relationship, there is a continuous nagging doubt at the back of my mind. You can’t help but anticipate the point where it is all going to come crashing down leaving you a devastated heap on the floor.

The timeline and crossover of the characters with the Surrendering Saga, especially Rory and Lucah, added an additional depth of connection as well as a roundness to the plot.

I really wish Deep Surrendering was a full length novel as opposed to a serialization. That way I would be able to devour it in one sitting ;)