Thursday, 20 August 2015

Blog Tour and Review: Rage/Killian (Bayou Heat #17-18) by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright

I recieved a review copy as part of the Rage/Killian Review and Excerpt Tour, run by InkSlinger PR. Now to the review.


Title: Rage/Killian
Author: Alexandra Ivy, Laura Wright
My rating: 3.7 hearts
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Publication date: August 11th, 2015
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Summary: Get Wild in the Wildlands

From New York Times Bestsellers, Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright, the heat of the bayou is back with Rage/Killian in an all-new dual 'tail'. Enter the Wildlands, where a new, volatile danger threatens the sizzling hot Pantera.

RAGE
Rage might be an aggressive Hunter by nature, but the gorgeous male has never had a problem charming the females. All except Lucie Gaudet. Of course, the lovely Geek is a born troublemaker,

and it was no surprise to Rage when she was kicked out of the Wildlands.

But now the Pantera need a first-class hacker to stop the potential destruction of their people. And it’s up to Rage to convince Lucie to help. Can the two forget the past—and their sizzling attraction—to save the Pantera?

KILLIAN
Gorgeous, brutal, aggressive, and human, Killian O’Roarke wants only two things: to get rid of the Pantera DNA he’s been infected with, and get back to the field. But the decorated Army Ranger never bargained on meeting the woman—the female—of his dreams on his mission to the Wildlands.

Rosalie lost her mate to a human, and now the Hunter despises them all. In fact, she thinks they’re good for only one thing: barbeque. But this one she’s guarding is testing her beliefs. He is proud and kind, and also knows the pain of loss. But in a time of war between their species, isn’t any chance of love destined for destruction? (summary from Goodreads)

   My thoughts: The first story is about Rage and Lucie. Lucie is a Geek, who left the Wildlands after she was banned from using computers. When the Pantera needs help from her, Rage is sent to find her.  
   Lucie had a crush on him before she left the Wildlands, and has always been fascinated with him. She had a very difficult past, which has left some marks on her.
   Rage is wickedly charming. He is labeled a “player”. He’s fiercely protective and possessive, but he also has his sweet moments.
“Nothing it more important to me than your safety.” He tilted his head down until they were nose to nose. “I will sacrifice everything, including my duty, to protect you.”
   I simply love quotes like this, quotes that makes me swoon a little every time I read them.
“I warned Parish you were dangerous,” he breathed, intending to pull away only to find his lips stroking over the softness of her cheek and down the line of her jaw.
   “Me?” She shivered. “You’re the one who’s lethal to females.”
   The chemistry between Rage and Lucie is obvious from the start. Their story is filled to the brim with passion, emotions and some action in the end. It was fast-paced, which made it impossible to put it away. I had to know what would happen.
   The only problem I could find was that I would’ve liked to get to know Rage and Lucie a little better. I learned the important stuff, but I didn’t get that feeling of really knowing them, and the reasons behind their actions, which is a really important part of a book for me. This is why I usually don’t read novellas, but I’m still happy I read this.
“Every part of him was hard, from his mouth to his eyes to his body. He was wet, his short black hair plastered to his head. And scented of sweat and the bayou. Some females might call him…sexy.
   Rosalie would call him dinner.”
   The second story is about Rosalie and Killian. They start out as enemies. Rosalie hates humans because humans killed her mate, Mercier. Killian came to the Wildlands to get rid of the Pantera DNA he’s been injected with. But from the very beginning, it is obvious that they are attracted to each other, although they try to fight it, especially Rosalie.
Then they have to spend time with each other. Like in the first story, the chemistry is pretty obvious from the start, even though Rosalie hates him and wants him dead, or really, really wants to hate him.
   The second story was a little more boring than the first story, and it didn’t captivate me the same way the first one did, but it was still pretty good. It had the same problem that the first story did, that I didn’t get to know the characters as well as I would’ve wanted.
It was well-written and the characters were nice. Overall a good read.
I also have two teasers to share with you all!

ABOUT ALEXANDRA IVY:
Alexandra Ivy is a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author. From Alexandra: “I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library.
Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.
Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!
I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.
ABOUT LAURA WRIGHT:
Laura Wright is a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author. From Laura: “Unlike many of my peers in the writing world, I wasn’t a writer or a reader until I left high school. During my youth I was into theater, song and dance, commercials and boys. I loved romance surely, but I had never read a romance novel until my late teens. With that said, I remember the day I did like it was a moment ago – my aunt gave me the Jude Deveraux novel, Knight in Shining Armor and I couldn’t put it down until the very last word. Then I went straight to the library and got another – then another until I’d read everything she’d ever written. After that, it was McNaught, Howard, Schone, Kleypas, and the Silhouette line, Desire. I instantly loved those emotional, sexy reads, so much so that I began to carve out ideas for my own stories, themes that were unique to me and moved me. In 1997 I enrolled in UCLA extension writing classes, met my mentor and critique partners and since have never stopped writing. I was committed then and I still am now; the need to tell my own romantic stories a full on obsession. My first manuscript was rejected, and though the second one was as well the editor who’d rejected it wanted to see something else from me. I had something (note to authors; always keep working, even after you’ve sent in a proposal) and sent it right away. The day I got the call telling me Desire wanted to buy Cinderella and the Playboy was the best day of my life. That is until I married my husband, and had my two beautiful children. But I must say, writing is much like motherhood – tough, grueling, surprising, delicious and for me, a dream come true.”

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