Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: KAYDEN/SIMON by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright! (1001 Dark Nights)

Release Date: August 9th, 2016

Type: Shifters, Pumas, Paranormal Romance, Novellas, 1001 Dark Nights, Books 21-22, Bayou Heat series

My Review: I've read multiple books by Alexandra Ivy, and Laura Wright has been on my watch list for some time - so I've always wanted to check out their Bayou Heat series. And with Kayden/Simon being a part of the 1001 Dark Nights series, I couldn't pass up the chance! I love shifter romances, and these two authors have created a fascinating world surrounding their Pantera clan (Puma shifters). Having read this volume, I can definitely say I'll be going back and giving the first book(s) a shot!

I read the first story, "Kayden," and just going off the description, I figured that one would be my favorite of the two. Some scenarios just appeal to me more than others, what can I say. And considering how much I liked Kayden, both the story itself as well as the character, I didn't think "Simon" could hold up. So imagine how excited I was when "Simon" proved to be just as good, if not even better. I loved seeing the dynamic between the heroes and heroines, and how each couple manged to come together as mates. I also liked seeing how the characters interacted with others in their clan - which made me that much more interested in going back and reading earlier books in the series, to see how those characters might have gotten their happy endings.

I'm going with a 3.5 on this one. It's not that the stories were bad - they weren't! I clearly enjoyed them. It's just, based on the space constraints, it felt like there wasn't enough of each story to get me fully involved. Which is always tough when reading a novella - and in this case, there were two stories in one novella, giving each one even less room. But overall, I liked them. And both of these authors will remain on my follow list!

Cover Lovin': Fits the rest of the 1001 Dark Nights series. I love the subtle (and not-so-subtle) differences between them all.

Recommendation: I was a completely newbie to this overarching series (Bayou Heat), so you can be too!
Final Rating: THREE POINT FIVE out of FIVE stars! (3.5/5) Very fun stories. It was hard to choose which one I liked better, they were both a fun read.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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August 17th
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August 18th
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alpha book club – Review & Excerpt
Deal Sharing Aunt Excerpt
August 19th
G & T's Indie Café – Excerpt
Loves Great Reads Blog – Review & Excerpt

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?
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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      Alexandra Ivy - headshotAlexandra 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.

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  Laura Wright - headshotLaura 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.”  

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