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ABOUT RAGE/KILLIAN: Bayou Heat Novellas:
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?
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?
She turned and headed for the door only to be stopped in her tracks by six-plus feet of hard muscle, sinister expression, and shimmering blue shark eyes.
Her heart stuttered inside her chest. Was it possible that he had become a male in one day? Her gaze ran the length of him. He sure looked like one of them.
“K-killian…what are you…where were you…” she uttered like a scared fool. Which she was not. Refused to be. Hunter, female. You’re a f*cking hardass Hunter. Act like it!
“Couldn’t sleep,” he said.
His voice was husky like his cat’s growl, and it made her entire body tense. Flare with a heat she refused to acknowledge. It sounded hungry, demanding. Goddess, she remembered that sound. When Raphael had called her back to the cage, to a crazed puma who had instantly calmed and softened the moment she’d wrapped her hands around the bars and given him her attention.
“I’m not surprised,” she said. “Sleeping in here can’t be easy.”
His eyes dropped to her mouth, making everything south of her navel stir. “Not in the mood for any new nightmares.”
“Sure. Of course.” Why did she sound so breathless?
Those eyes lifted to connect with hers. “Unless I do what you do to block them out.”
She licked her dry lips. What the hell was happening to her? Every inch of her skin was tight. Hot. Ready to be touched. “I think you should wait on that. Shifting is an art. Takes practice to master.”
“Is that why you’re here, Hunter?” he asked with just a touch of sarcasm. One dark brow lifted. “To teach me?”
Her sex actually clenched at his words. Dammit! She shook her head. Not here to teach him, Anything. Right? Right? “I want to take you somewhere,” she managed to push out.
Those brows drew together. “Why?” A growl rumbled in his chest. His very broad chest. “To finish the job you started on the bank?” Even in the dim light, she saw his eyes suddenly cloud over. “I just might let you.”
Her heart clenched at his words this time. As she’d said to him once, she knew pain when she heard it. And fuck her, she heard it now. “Don’t say sh*t like that.”
He sniffed. “It’s true.”
“I don’t care.”
“I know,” she said, then added, “It’s overwhelming and shocking and scary and you have no clue what you want or what this means.”
His eyes were tightly fitted to hers. “Yeah. Something like that.”
“I’m sorry, Killian.” His nostrils flared at her use of his name. “For everything. How I attacked you on the bank. Treated you last night. Then, coming around in my puma…”
He shook his head. “You heard the tech and Raphael. It was already done. Sealed-fate kind of thing.”
His nostrils flared and a soft groan rumbled in his throat. “It’s so weird having you call me that.”
“You don’t like it?”
“Sh*t, Hunter, of course I like it.”
Her insides melted, both at his words and the soft lust reflected in his eyes. She reached for his hand. “Come with me? I want to show you something.”
When at least one of the individuals involved in a relationship can turn into a puma, the “enemies to lovers” troupe takes on a whole new dimension:
Green eyes flickered with heat, but if it was sexual interest or the possibility of getting him alone and removing his heart with her puma’s teeth, he couldn’t tell.
“It’s settled, then,” she said, her lips moving into a smile.
“Nothing is settled until I say it is,” Raphael returned tightly. “Rosalie, if this man ends up dead, you will not be able to remain in the Wildlands. Do you understand me?”
She gasped and turned to look at the leader of her kind.
“Do you want to take that risk?” he asked.
Her jaw tightened, she nodded.
“I need your word, Hunter,” he pushed.
“He will not die, Raphael. I give you my word.” But he might feel some pain, her eyes said.–“Killian”
The Rage/Killian novellas by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright work great as an introduction to the Bayou Heat series. Even though you’re thrust in the middle of an ongoing issue for the Pantera–they recently found out that a secret group of humans learned of their existence and was experimenting with their blood and DNA, one desired outcome of which was creating a breed of super soldiers–you’re not at all lost jumping into the middle of it all with the two stories here. Instead you get a brief synopsis–but not too much to bog down the narrative–and few brief explanations as needed while you go, and two complete series novellas. Based on thesetwo, I’ll definitely be revisiting the Wildlands again–soon.
The hero and heroine of “Rage” –Rage and Lucie–have a history, and it’s not a good one. Lucie’s had a rough life, always on the outside of the puma-shifter society looking in, She’s had a major crush on golden-boy (and Hunter, a.k.a. a Pantera protector) Rage for nearly the entire time, but she neither knew how to act appropriately on it (because sharing his private journal entries about his dating exploits with all of the Wildlands wasn’t an effective tool; go figure!) nor did she have the luxury of really trying to get to know anyone, let alone the unreachable Rage with everything that her grandfather put her through.
Now it’s years later, and Lucie, a Geek (Pantera-speek for tech whiz), has left the Wildlands. Her skills are desperately needed, though, in the fight against the humans who are out to exploit the Panteras for their own personal gain, so Rage is sent–against his will–to go find her…
And the rest, for the most part, is simply meant to be. Rage learns that things with Lucie weren’t exactly as they seemed to the Pantera group on the outside, and Lucie learns that she has worth–to herself, but also to the group and to Rage. They both find that resisting each other in the future would be useless.
Oh, and they kick some bad guy butt in the meantime. Win-win.
“Killian” and Rosalie struggle as much with their own inner demons as with each other. Rosalie and her mate, Mercier, were both taken to the human labs, where Mercier died trying to protect her. To say she’s got a problem with all humans now is a bit if an understatement. Killian was a victim on the other side of the experiment–a special forces soldier who thought he was getting treatment for PTSD but ended up in a whole other type of treatment all together. Now he’s got shifter blood and DNA inside him, and he’s not happy.
For these two, the only butts that get kicked are their own–but there’s still a satisfying story about trust, acceptance, and forgiveness here.
And smoking shifter chemistry. Hooah. 😉
Rating: 4 stars/ A-
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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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.
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ABOUT LAURA WRIGHT:
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.”
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