Monday, January 12, 2015

Release Day-Review, Excerpt and Giveaway: Dusk (The Dire Wolves Chronicles #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Alyssa Rose Ivy's DUSK! DUSK is the second novel in her The Dire Wolves Chronicles Series, a New Adult Paranormal Romance. The Order of the books is: Dire, Dusk, Dawn. Enter to win a paperback copy of DIRE then grab your copy of DUSK today!


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About DUSK:

The Dire Wolves Chronicles continue...

After you have sacrificed your freedom what else is there to lose?

Mary Anne has given her word to Hunter that she’ll stay as his mate, but every second she spends with him takes her further away from Gage when he needs her the most.

Caught between love and duty, Mary Anne discovers that her troubles are just beginning, and that sometimes love comes at a great price.


“Hunter?” she asked in a low voice as we sat in front of the fire downstairs. We’d started back with our favorite evening ritual, only now she sat right at my side. The rest the pack was giving us plenty of space. There were benefits to being Alpha.

“Yes?” I smiled at her. She was so beautiful. I zeroed in on her lips, needing to claim them with my own.

“Tell me about your dreams.”

“My dreams?” I put an arm around her and pulled her down into my side. I could feel her heartbeat and that put me at ease. “What kind of dreams?”

“What kind do you have?”

“The usual types I guess.”

“Are they ever about me?” She looked up at me with those expressive eyes of hers.

“You mean now? Are you asking if I dream about you?”

“Now. Before.”

“Before? Why would I have dreamed about you before I met you? How would that be possible?” Someone had told her something. That someone was going to be in a lot of trouble.

“How is it possible that you’re a wolf? I’m starting to believe that anything is possible.”

I ignored her use of the term wolf. It wasn’t worth an argument. She’d start calling us Dires eventually. “Do you really want to know?” The can of worms had been opened. There was no turning back.

“Yes. Why else would I ask?”

“Come here.” I gestured with my hand.

“I am here.”

“On to my lap.” If she wanted something from me, I was getting something from her.

“You want me to sit on your lap?”

“You know exactly what I’m asking you to do.”

She put a leg over mine and straddled my lap. She settled herself down, awakening my body even more than it already was. “Happy now?”

“I’m always happy when you’re with me.”

My Review

After reading the first book of this series, I was hoping this second installment would bring more clarity to the storyline...and thankfully it did.  We get to find out more behind why Hunter wants Mary Anne as his mate, and discover more of the inner workings of the pack.

With Dusk though, I've gone from being solidly on Gage's team to kind of sitting on the fence between him and Hunter.  Dusk makes Hunter seem more likable and more vulnerable, but he does still have his overly cocky alpha attitude where he is so sure that Mary Anne is the one destined for him.  But how he is portrayed in Dusk does make my more sympathetic to his character.  I'm still leaning toward Gage though ;-)

In Dusk, we get quite a few interesting exchanges between the characters, especially the ones between Mary Anne and Hunter.  And there's also some great action toward the end to keep you drawn in, all leading up to another cliffhanger that will have you eagerly anticipating the next book, Dawn.

This more engaging, more revealing entry in The Dire Wolves Chronicles was a 3.5 star read for me, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how things get wrapped up in Dawn.

Don’t miss DIRE, the first book in The Dire Wolves Chronicles…


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?

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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.

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