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ENEMY TO LOVER
Kayden is obsessed with revenge after his parents disappeared when he was just a cub. Now the gorgeous Hunter has discovered the man responsible for betraying them – Joshua Ford – and it’s time for payback. Beginning with the kidnapping of Joshua’s daughter, Bianca. But last thing he expects is to be confronted with the horrifying realization that Bianca is his mate. Will he put revenge before his chance for eternal happiness?
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Sexy male model, Simon refuses to give up his exciting life in New York City to return to the slow heat of the Wildlands. For a decade, many pantera have tried to capture the rogue Diplomat and bring him home, but all have failed. Now it’s Tryst’s turn. The hard, brilliant, and gorgeous, Hunter is the ultimate tracker. But can the admitted beast-girl of the Wildlands capture her prey without losing her heart in the process?
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“Did they teach you nothing in Hunter school? When you go outside the Wildlands, you don’t draw attention to yourself and your kind.”
With a curse, she pushed away from him, releasing his wrists. “Get dressed.”
“It’d go faster if you helped.”
She dropped into a chair and snorted. “No interest in touching you.”
“You’re just going to leave me like this?”
“I’m sure it’s not the first time.”
He laughed and pushed away from the door. She was feisty. A true cat. Spitting one moment, purring the next. It was disappointing that he’d never see her again after today. But such was life. Well, his life.
He pulled on his shirt then grabbed his jeans. “Can I ask you something?”
“What?” she practically snarled.
“Why do you love it? The Wildlands?” He zipped up and put on his shoes. “Don’t you feel caged there? Like an…animal?”
“I love being an animal. I wish I had fur on my back right now.”
“That’s right,” he recalled. “No shifting outside the magic of the Wildlands… So…are you in your cat more often than you’re like this?” He walked toward her, his gaze flickering past her for a brief second.
“If I could be in my cat 24/7, I would.”
She stood up. “Can we go now.” It wasn’t a question, and his answer wasn’t a verbal one.
He reached behind her, yanked the chair forward, which made her falter, her butt landing on the cushion once again. He leaned in close, his eyes locked with hers, his face just an inch away. “Cab waiting outside? Or is it a limo? Maybe a horse-drawn carriage? I’m used to grand gestures.”
For a few brief seconds—which was all he needed—the female seemed to consider this. Then her lips twitched and her eyes took on a mocking look. She was damn good at those looks. Made his knees buckle. Almost.
“I’m thinking I’ll just throw you over my shoulder, caveman style.” She batted her eyelashes. “Or cavewoman.”
He groaned. This sucked. “Goddess, you don’t know how good that sounds.” He stood up, exhaling with disappointment. “Another time. I hope.”
She sniffed and rolled her eyes, then started to rise. When she realized she was tied to the chair, her gaze blasted his and she bared her teeth.
These Pantera just keep getting more and more delicious. Kayden and Simon’s story just proves that…
The Bayou Heat is one of my favorite series, and I’m always counting the days to every new release or news of it. This series is the perfect example of a wonderful and successful writing collaboration, because Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright really make it work! These enticing short stories about every member, and his mate, got me completely hooked, and the connecting sub-plot between all the books, just entices us even more!
I loved both couples, for various reasons, and would have given a even higher rating if not for the sudden ending on both stories. I know that’s typical of the 1001 Dark Nights series, and this series itself, but I wanted even more!!! But I’m sure we’ll get some more peeks into these couples’ lives in the upcoming books of the series. I already want the next! One thing is always guaranteed: off-the-charts charts chemistry and some scorching sex scenes, and these two stories had that in spades!!!
KAYDEN – 4.75 Stars
Kayden was set out to revenge the death of his parents. What he didn’t expect was to find in their killer’s house, his destined mate.
Bianca has been locked down from the outside world all her life, so when she was captured by a delicious man who made her feel SO many different and new things, she didn’t have much of a chance to resist. They were, after all, meant to be together.
Kayden was absolutely the perfect Hero! Even when his motives and revenge were so present and justified, and he didn’t even know her, or who she was, he always treated Bianca like some precious for him.
She flashed him a chiding smile. “Why do you keep calling me that?”
He captured her fingers that had been exploring his face, pressing them to his lips.
“That’s how I think of you,” he murmured. “An exquisite, rare beauty who has been hidden away. Just waiting for me to rescue her.”
“My very own Prince Charming?”
“More like the Big Bad Wolf.” His smile was wicked. “Or in this case, the big bad kitty.”
And soon enough she overtook the attention, and her happiness, their happiness became his main goal.
“Why did you change your mind?”
He leaned toward her, his eyes darkening as his cat prowled close to the surface.
He didn’t hesitate. “Because your happiness is more important than my revenge.”
Bianca was fantastic too, but Kayden… Wow… He’s the kind of character that true romances are made of! He had me constantly sighing and thinking of even with her horrible parental situation, Bianca was one lucky girl!
“I’m a Pantera,” he said on a growl. “Once we choose our mates, there are never any second thoughts. Our love and devotion is unwavering. And eternal.”
SIMON – 4.25 STARS
Simon may present a cocky and confident image as an international model, but when Tryst is sent to bring his back to the Wildland, their home, she quickly find out that it’s all a facade to protect and cover something that was broken a long time ago.
They both try to fight the scorching chemistry between them, but it was evident from the very beginning that it was a lost battle.
I loved how confident and honest Tryst was. And absolutely kickass!!! She is a completely no-bullshit kind of woman, and when she sees something she wants and believes in, she fights for it with everything she has! And fight she did!
Simon’s gorgeous exterior hides an immeasurable amount of pain and trauma caused by the ones who should have protect him the most, his own parents. Trust is very hard for him to believe in and that someone loves his, even more. So Tryst will have to fight to change his mind, and show him he could be the center of someone’s world and make him a believer. And since she never loses a battle, you can be sure, she most certainly did!
And when he eased back, his nose resting against hers, and whispered the words, “My home” and “My Tryst” against her lips, she finally understood the true meaning of the word “mate.”
It wasn’t about claiming at all. It was about connecting.
ARC kindly provided by the authors via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review
Alexandra Ivy is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling 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.
Laura Wright is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling 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.”