Review: Dusk by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Review: Dusk by Alyssa Rose IvyDusk by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: The Dire Wolves Chronicles #2
Publication Date: January 12th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal, Paranormal/Fantasy, Romance
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Synopsis

Synopsis

After you have sacrificed your freedom what else is there to lose?

Mary Anne has given her word to Hunter that she’ll stay as his mate, but every second she spends with him takes her further away from Gage when he needs her the most.

Caught between love and duty, Mary Anne discovers that her troubles are just beginning, and that sometimes love comes at a great price.

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review

I have been following this series from Dire (Book 1 in the Dire Wolves Chronicles series).  Alyssa Rose Ivy has maintained the phenomenal beginning that she created in The Crescent Chronicles, and has built upon it to create a truly unique and spine-tingling adult paranormal romance series.

We begin Dusk where we left off in Dire.  Gage and Mary Anne are now bound to the Dire Wolves, specifically the pack that is overseen by their Alpha, Hunter.  A new change has taken place and now everyone involved will have to acclimate and assist in making the best of a difficult situation.  We are re-introduced to the Dires that we previously met in book one, but have a quick understanding that the relationships that were once in place, and had been for so long, are now being tested.  Alyssa Rose Ivy allows us to experience the transformations that Gage, Hunter, and Mary Anne are going through to appease a bargain that was made to save Gage’s life.

“…the way I feel about Mary Anne, it’s need. She might as well be my oxygen for the way I crave her body, mind, and soul.  When I close my eyes, she’s the only thing I see.”

Gage…

Trying to adjust to changes..losing one’s self from the old and adapting to the new.

Attempting to make sense of a different life.

Making quick, sometimes poor decisions that lead to more changes and unpredictable circumstances.

“I’d made a mistake; a huge, never going back mistake that was going to haunt me for the rest of my life. But it was worth it. Gage had another chance at life. That was what mattered.”

Mary Anne:

Trying to live with the choice she made.

Fighting a life-long desire.

Coming to grips with what the present holds, but tortured by a love she cannot have.

“I looked down at her. At the girl who’d had me from the moment I saw her face. I’d been wrong last time with Vanessa.  I wasn’t wrong this time.”

Hunter:

Finding the treasure he has dreamed about.

Holding steadfastly to his desire for more.

Hoping that one day, soon, he would be able to claim his mate.

We are whisked away into the paranormal world of Dires, witches, other shape shifters, and Pterons.  A score is settled between Gage and the person who has caused his heartache, but this also leads to an unexpected move of the Dires that could possibly shape the future for all paranormal creatures .  All the while, our three main characters struggle to exist in a world that isn’t allowing for what they truly want. Finding ourselves in a new, but familiar setting, crimes are committed, and choices are made to assist in alleviating any unnecessary discoveries of the Dires’ true identities.  An unforseen ending leads to forward progression for some and abrupt and questionable stagnation for others.

I was consumed by the story of our three main characters. I recall the emotions that I felt for Gage and Mary Anne when reading Dire, and quickly transferred them to Dusk. However, when I read Hunter’s feelings for Mary Anne that were full of love and sincerity, of his protectiveness over her and genuine awe, I knew that my new-found observations of Hunter may betray my original hopes for Gage and Mary Anne.  I appreciate that the author allowed Mary Anne to voice the sexual chemistry she felt with Hunter, even while knowing that her heart still belonged to Gage.  My curiosity continued to be piqued by the drama between those supporting and accompanying our main characters on their journey, and how their personalities were woven into the story to assist in its completion.

I loved when the scenery changed and familiar settings were brought into the picture.  It made me take a deep breath, recalling all of the memories that I had of this place from a previous time.  Coming back to where it all began and following along as secrets and relationships were revealed was intoxicating.  I continue to be enthralled with this series, and will definitely be coming back for more with DAWN (Book 3 in the Dire Wolves Chronicles).

A quote from Dusk that wraps up how I felt when reading it…

“I’m always happy when you’re with me.”

5 Stars

About 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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