Sep 15, 2014

{Release Day: Review, Excerpt + Giveaway} of Dire by Alyssa Rose Ivy


We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Alyssa Rose Ivy's DIRE. DIRE is a first novel in her The Dire Wolves Chronicles Series.The Dire Wolves Chronicles Series is a New Adult Paranormal Romance! The Order of the books is: Dire, Dusk, Dawn. We can't tell you enough how excited we are for Alyssa's newest series, The Dire Wolves Chronicles!

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A single howl made me stop short. “The wolves!”

“Let’s hope they are farther away than they sound.” Gage tightened his hold on my hand and pulled me forward.

Three more howls filled the night. “They sound closer.”

We picked up the pace, and I chanced a glance behind me. That was a mistake. Several large grey wolves came into view. “Run!”

Gage didn’t need to be told twice. He broke into a run without letting go of my hand.

I ran as fast as possible over the frozen snow, but we didn’t get far before the wolves started circling around us. “Oh my god.” Could things get any worse?

“You have to make a run for it.” Gage’s voice quivered. “They’re going to kill us.”

“I’m not leaving you.” I tried to stay strong, and I kept my eyes locked on the wolves. There were five of them. All of them were massive, much larger than any wolf I’d seen before, but one of them was even bigger and had a large silver streak running down its back. That wolf seemed to be staring right at me.

“I’ll distract them. You run. I’ll catch up.”

I spotted an opening next to one of the smaller of the wolves and went for it. I didn’t make it far before one of the wolves stepped in front of me. I froze, paralyzed with fear, before my legs were knocked from under me. Suddenly, I was lying in the snow with a giant wolf hovering over me.

“We’re fucked.” Gage voiced exactly what I was thinking.

The silver streaked wolf stared down at me. It’s almost glowing eyes bored into mine. Was I really going to die as half-frozen food for a giant wild animal?

Then things got hazy and the air seemed to buzz. Moments later it wasn’t a wolf on top of me—it was a man. A completely naked man with a faint scar across his face.

“What the heck?” I tried to scurry back, but Hunter didn’t move. His very exposed parts nearly touched me. I didn’t want to notice his size, but I did. He was huge. He also didn’t look remotely concerned with the cold.

His lips brushed against my ear. “Were you going somewhere?”

DireDire by Alyssa Rose Ivy
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Paranormal Romance
THEME: Werewolves and Witches

Dire: The Dire Wolves Chronicles

Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn't my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything.

It was all Gage's fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happened to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves. I thought the wolves were the worst of my problems, but I was wrong. When things went from bad to worse I had to make a lifelong sacrifice to save Gage, but what price is too much to save the one you love?


As a werewolf fanatic I was super excited to be introduced to Alyssa Rose Ivy’s writing through my favorite shifters. I was very surprised with how the werewolves were introduced, as Ivy takes a different route with not only the paranormal aspects but also the romance. If you’re looking for romance it’s all here and then some, but it’s not the normal paranormal romance I was expecting.

Dire follows Mary Anne who is heading home for winter break, but her excitement about going home is all about who she is traveling with. Mary Anne’s long time crush and star of her dreams, Gage, is heading back to his hometown that is also hers. But on their way they hit a massive snowstorm, which causes them to be stranded on an empty back road. Even though things start to heat up with Gage while waiting for the storm to die, they notice their not alone outside. Risking the cold they venture toward a hopeful town only to come face to face with very large men, who seem to want Mary Anne safe. Now Mary Anne isn’t so sure about their little road trip, as well as her and Gage’s safety. But what these men want, especially one named Hunter, in particular isn’t anything she ever thought she’d come across.

Mary Anne is known for being smart and the girl who doesn’t attract guys, well…so she thinks. She actually catches the eye of many guys but only has them for her “friend” Gage. With the chance to be with him on a road trip back home, she jumps at the chance. Mary Anne is a sweet and innocent girl, her personality is hard to grasp at first as she is a bit different with her best friend than she is with Gage. I can tell she’s going to grow a tougher exterior with everything that’s happened in this book. She is put in a scary as heck situation and I feel she acts the way I would, she is on guard, knowing the as long as she sticks with Gage she’ll be safe. But in all seriousness she is on her own and I can tell she’s going to be taking the lead in how everything goes.

Gage is the popular guy, always getting girls attention and does find Mary Anne attractive but tries not to go past friends. But being stranded with her makes him realizes he’s making a mistake in letting a good girl slip through. But when they meet the strangers in the woods he not only becomes more than a friend he becomes her protector. I actually liked Gage more than anyone in this book, they way that he acts and wants to escape is what I’d hope someone would do if I was in their situation. He has the best intensions for Mary Anne and I’m glad doesn’t trust Hunter and the other people. Realistically who the heck would trust some random people in the woods? It all sounds like a really creepy horror story.

Hunter is one of the many people in the woods that help get Mary Anne and Gage out of the cold. But he’s also a werewolf and leader of his pack, as well as interested in Mary Anne. When Hunter is first introduced he’s all mystery and all brawn, I wasn’t sure about him and his pack at first. His persona is way too overbearing and I couldn’t understand why they thought Gage and Mary Anne would trust them with the creepy way he and his pack acted. Nearing the mid point of the book, Hunter started opening up about the situation he was in; I can see some potential for a sweeter more alpha hot Hunter. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed because I always love my alpha males and Hunter just needs to stop being creepy and be more careful with Mary Anne.

Overall I loved the paranormal bits, the Dire wolfs and the introduction to the witches have a lot of back story, I can see Ivy has only just began to get into but it was awesome. The romance is heavy and smoking hot, but also I can see the love triangles and even potentially an old romances getting in the way. My number one pet peeve is love triangles, not a fan what so ever, especially when I feel like both guys have a chance. The characters need a bit more development as I was only really able to connect to Gage, but I can see Mary Anne is going to step it up a notch after the ending. Speaking of ending, holy moly!! Cliffhangers are another my big pet peeves, but thankfully Ivy doesn’t hit us with a major one just an exciting one that I seriously cant wait to see what’s going to happen.


This is an young adult novel with sexually content meant for readers over the age of 18+. Fans of Terry Spears Heat of the Wolf series and Sierra Dean’s Secret McQueen series will want to meet Alyssa Rose Ivy’s Dire wolves in Dire.
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Alyssa Rose Ivy- Author PhotoAbout Alyssa Rose Ivy:

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.

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