Dire by Alyssa Rose Ivy

I stumbled across Dire by Alyssa Rose Ivy somewhere on the internet and I immediately bought it on my Nook because it was so intriguing. The cover was gorgeous and I am a HUGE sucker for werewolves, well in this case direwolves.

22433850Gage 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?

I was so disappointed by this book. I’ll be honest; I didn’t finish it. I made it almost to the very end and couldn’t bring myself to finish the last chapter, which made me very, very sad.

This novel had such a promising premise but suffered from poor execution. Mary Anne is in love with Gage and they finally get it on while stranded in the middle of nowhere huddled in Gage’s truck. I think the first major problem was Mary Anne and Gage physically connected but there wasn’t anything mental, so when the story progresses into being kidnapped by direwolves and held against their will, I didn’t believe Gage when he all the sudden cared about Mary Anne and wanted to save her. I get that desperate times call for desperate measures, but I didn’t want Gage to be anywhere near Mary Anne.

Then comes in Hunter, the dire wolf jailer. I was really intrigued by him but his personality fell flat; he just had a nice body and repeated the same possessive dialogue.

The story got crazier and crazier and I just couldn’t take it anymore. I couldn’t connect with the characters and the plot couldn’t keep my attention. I give this book two stars for having an interesting premise, but I couldn’t get past the poor execution.

STARS: 2 out of 5.


Releases and Recommendations: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

It’s Tuesday! The wonderful day that books are released to the world.

Today, I’m anticipating he release of Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs, which will be released Tuesday, March 3, 2015. This is the fourth book in the Alpha & Omega series.


Praised as “the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense and paranormal,”* the Alpha and Omega novels transport readers into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now, a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business…

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

There is a special place in my heart — and on my shelves — for Patricia Briggs. I love her supernatural stories. I first discovered Mercy Thompson and that series but quickly jumped into her Alpha & Omega series, which follows Charles and Anna within Mercy’s world. I love the idea of an Alpha and Omega, needing both the strong and the weak to create the perfect couple. I can’t wait to get more of Charles and Anna’s story.