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This week my book boyfriend is Jared from Stay (The Empire Chronicles #3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy. I just love this hot Pteron.
Nothing could possibly get worse. Everything and everyone that could be in jeopardy already is, and Jared knows that he is The Society's only hope. If he doesn't find a way to escape he fails everyone including Vera, the bear shifter he can't seem to get out of his head.
Casey and Toby are in love. Head over heels in love, but is their love strong enough to survive a magic so powerful that Casey's mind is no longer in her control?
Vera will do anything to help her sister, and unfortunately that means she is well acquainted with Jared, the most frustrating man she has ever met. Now she has to find a way to fight her annoyance and growing attraction long enough to help save Levi and Allie.
Racing against the clock, all four must face their greatest fears to save The Society and all the people they love.
“Then just kiss me already. Get it over with.”
“Kiss you? Are you kidding?”
“I already told you I’m not sleeping with you.”
“Then just shut up.” She yanked on my shirt pulling me toward her. Her lips were on mine before I could process it. My lips responded immediately, greedily sucking on her bottom lip before pushing my way into her mouth.
She moaned, eagerly letting me in. My tongue tangled with hers, as I explored every corner of her mouth. Before my hands could do their own exploration she broke the kiss. “So much better.” She hopped down from the bar.
“Excuse me?” I was still spinning from the kiss. Had she really stopped that suddenly?
“Ok, let’s talk about the plan.”
“Now?” I asked with disbelief. “After that?”
“You could say thank you.”
“For easing the tension. It was thick enough to cut with a knife, but I preferred your tongue.”
“So that’s it? You just did that to ease sexual tension?”
“What did you think I was doing?”
“Giving in to your desires.” My eyes devoured her. Her tank top had pulled up when we were kissing, exposing even more smooth skin I wanted to touch.
“You mean our desires. There’s nothing one sided here.”
I glanced down at the bulge still obvious in my pants.“You’ve got that right.”
“You’re not a bad kisser.”
“Not bad?” I raised an eyebrow.
“I’d say you’re a seven.”
“A seven? I’m a ten. I’m a ten at everything involving sex.” I had no confidence issues in that department. No matter how pissed girls got at me, they never complained about the sex.
“But that wasn’t sex. Your dick wasn’t involved. I’m sure you rely on it to earn you points.”
“I don’t just rely on my dick.”
“Oh yeah? Well your tongue seems a little bit out of practice. Not using it much?”
“I use it plenty.”
Oh. My mistake.” She licked her lips. “Anyway back to that plan.”
My Review: Alyssa Rose Ivy's paranormal series The Crescent Chronicles and it's spin-off series, The Empire Chronicles are, in my opinion, one of the best kept secrets available in new adult paranormal romance. I have loved each and every novel and the characters all hold a special and very memorable place in my heart and mind. Stay, the third book in the Empire Chronicles picks up where Search leaves off. Jared finds himself in a very precarious position because he is the only one who has the answers that can save Levi, Allie and The Society as a whole, yet little does he know that the only one who can save him is Casey's sister Vera. We met Vera in Search and I immediately loved her. She is, as one of the other characters in the series, Owen, puts it, "the female version of Jared." The chemistry between the two of them is off the charts, yet they try their best to stay away from each other. The banter between them provides for some really entertaining reading. We also get a lot more of Casey and Toby in this installment as they both play a big role in the novel. There is also more of the other characters we've come to know and love, Levi and Allie, Hailey, Owen, and we get to meet several new characters also.
The paranormal aspect of the story is creative and Alyssa Rose Ivy has put her own twist around the concept of shifters, creating the whole Society concept, which I've found to be extremely entertaining and fresh. She also delivers in the romance department, which is something she does well in all her books. As things come together for Casey and Toby in this installment, the groundwork is also laid for more excitement, romance, and action for Toby and Vera in the next installment, Savor, and I can't wait to read it.
If you are a fan of paranormal romance, I can't encourage you enough to make the time for this series. It is fabulous and definitely one of my favorites.
Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio:
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.