Dire by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release Date: September 15, 2014
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
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Mary Anne and Gage are traveling through the snow to get home. Mary Anne has known and loved Gage all her life so when they end up stranded together it seems like a dream come true. But they are stranded and go for help and then it goes all bad. A crazy possessive group of guys finds them and demands they stay while the leader wants to keep Mary Anne safe at all costs. It was very different from what I was expecting. I've read lots of werewolf stories and there are different werewolf cultures and degrees of psycho possessive behaviors but I'd say this one really pushed on that. It was weird. The group was so creepy. The leader, Hunter, didn't care that Mary Anne was obviously into Gage. He wants her to be with him and thinks it will happen.
I love Gage and Mary Anne together but they are kept apart quite a bit throughout the story. They really can't catch a break. I felt really bad for them. Such a difficult situation. Gage doesn't want to leave Mary Anne but Hunter will not let her go. I'm glad Gage is not giving up. The ending has me really dying to see what the heck they will do next. They are so screwed. While it wasn't a totally enjoyable read in the way that most of the characters were psycho, it still kept my attention and I finished it in a day. I really enjoyed the romance but hated the werewolves and witches. This takes place in the same universe as the Crescent Chronicles but it was very different from that series. I am hoping Hunter will come around and redeem himself a bit in the next book. He seems to care about Mary Anne and not be completely evil but he obviously needs to let her decide things for herself.
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?”