We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Alyssa Rose Ivy's DIRE. DIRE is a first novel in her The Dire Wolves Chronicles Series.The Dire Wolves Chronicles Series is a New Adult Paranormal Romance! The Order of the books is: Dire, Dusk, Dawn. We can't tell you enough how excited we are for Alyssa's newest series, The Dire Wolves Chronicles!!
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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This is one of those books I have to take a few moments to gather my thoughts before I rush into a review. Don't get me wrong...I enjoyed the story, there just was some parts that made the storyline hard for me to shallow. I’ll get to that in a bit.
Let me start off by saying that I love Gage. Like love-love him. He is a great character that I ended up loving more and more as the story unfolded. Mary Anne? I liked her, but wasn't in love with her character. But she was ok. As for Hunter...no! Just no. He is one of those characters you scream and scream at, trying to make them see reason to no avail. Read on, you'll see.
Okay, so here is where parts of the storyline got me. I think my problem was how everything seemed to center around sex. Again, don't get me wrong. There is a story here, but it evolved around sex. To me, the storyline started out good. Really good. Until the wolves showed up and then it seemed like a meeting of the horn dogs. (Wolf pun intended.) Everyone wanted a piece. And don't get me started on the twist towards the end. I think the story had great potential to go somewhere amazing or do something spectacular with it, but it just got to me and not in a good way. But I am holding out faith for book 2. I know Ivy has something up her sleeve and I cannot wait to see what it is.
DIRE is a quick read that had me glued to my ereader, eagerly devouring it until I couldn't hold my eyes open any longer....only to pick it up and finish it as soon as I was awake the next morning. I really do look forward to what is going to happen next, as the ending left me wanting and needing more. Mary Anne and Gage have found themselves in quite the predicament. 4 Wolfy Stars!
A single howl made me stop short. “The wolves!”
“Let’s hope they are farther away than they sound.” Gage tightened his hold on my hand and pulled me forward.
Three more howls filled the night. “They sound closer.”
We picked up the pace, and I chanced a glance behind me. That was a mistake. Several large grey wolves came into view. “Run!”
Gage didn’t need to be told twice. He broke into a run without letting go of my hand.
I ran as fast as possible over the frozen snow, but we didn’t get far before the wolves started circling around us. “Oh my god.” Could things get any worse?
“You have to make a run for it.” Gage’s voice quivered. “They’re going to kill us.”
“I’m not leaving you.” I tried to stay strong, and I kept my eyes locked on the wolves. There were five of them. All of them were massive, much larger than any wolf I’d seen before, but one of them was even bigger and had a large silver streak running down its back. That wolf seemed to be staring right at me.
“I’ll distract them. You run. I’ll catch up.”
I spotted an opening next to one of the smaller of the wolves and went for it. I didn’t make it far before one of the wolves stepped in front of me. I froze, paralyzed with fear, before my legs were knocked from under me. Suddenly, I was lying in the snow with a giant wolf hovering over me.
“We’re fucked.” Gage voiced exactly what I was thinking.
The silver streaked wolf stared down at me. It’s almost glowing eyes bored into mine. Was I really going to die as half-frozen food for a giant wild animal?
Then things got hazy and the air seemed to buzz. Moments later it wasn’t a wolf on top of me—it was a man. A completely naked man with a faint scar across his face.
“What the heck?” I tried to scurry back, but Hunter didn’t move. His very exposed parts nearly touched me. I didn’t want to notice his size, but I did. He was huge. He also didn’t look remotely concerned with the cold.
His lips brushed against my ear. “Were you going somewhere?”
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.