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!!
Excerpt: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?”
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?
My Review: I am a huge Alyssa Rose Ivy fan and just love all of her books. Her Crescent Chronicles and its spin-off series the Empire Chronicles are both some of my favorite paranormal series out there. Needless to say, I have been really looking forward to reading Dire, the first book in The Dire Wolf Chronicles. I must say that Dire is a bit different that the other paranormal books I've read by Alyssa Rose Ivy before. It has a kind of darker feel to it, and though it is obvious from the synopsis what the Dire wolves are, it's kind of like watching one of those scary movies when you're own the edge of your seat waiting for the bad guy to jump out of the closet or something - and I mean that in a good way. Mary Anne and Gage, the guy she's had a major crush on forever it seems, are on their way home for break from college. She's known him all her life, but Gage has always considered her more of a little sister, that is until recently, when he's been noticing she isn't so little anymore. One thing leads to another and they find themselves in a heated night of passion despite the freezing temperatures outside. They also find themselves in a very bad situation, one that changes their lives forever.
I liked both Mary Anne and Gage's characters, but it took a while for Gage to grow on me, though he did as the book progressed. Both Mary Anne and Gage are confronted with their feelings with one another and how deep those go suddenly, and just what they are willing to sacrifice to keep the other safe. Then there there is Hunter, the alpha of the shifter pack of Dire wolves who also has plans for Mary Anne While I wasn't crazy about him, I do think there is potential for my opinion to change as the series progresses, so I am not writing him off yet, but will wait and see where things go before I make that decision. There are also some surprising things that happen that just add more suspense to the story that I look forward to finding out more about also.
Overall, I did enjoy Dire. A good majority of the book seemed as if it was setting the stage or laying the groundwork for the series, and it didn't start really getting on the edge of your seat exciting until neared the end, which by the way, has left me in "dire" need (sorry I couldn't resist) for the next book in the series. Dire is a great beginning to what looks to be another outstanding paranormal series by Alyssa Rose Ivy, and is most definitely something I would recommend checking out.
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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