Review: Lure by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Review: Lure by Alyssa Rose IvyLure by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: The Allure Chronicles #1
Publication Date: February 16, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Paranormal, Paranormal/Fantasy, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Synopsis

Synopsis

There's danger in the beauty...

Two years, six months, and twenty-five days. That's how long it had been since I'd seen my winged hero— not that I'd been counting. I'd suffered through years of counseling just to convince my friends and family that I wasn't crazy and knew he didn't exist.

But he did. And I was done waiting.

Days after college graduation I headed back down to New Orleans to retrace my steps and find Owen again only to find my life was about to get even crazier... thanks to the most beautiful and dangerous of all paranormal creatures, the Allures.

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 can still feel his hands, his lips. Hear his voice. It’s like he seeped into my soul.”

It’s been 2 1/2 years since Daisy and Owen’s encounter in Seduction’s Kiss. They tell us time heals all wounds. But Daisy hasn’t forgotten that fateful night…or the Pteron who rescued her. She’s waited long enough, suffered through enough counseling, and heard enough parental lectures on the subject. She’s tired of waiting and not knowing. Tired of only having distant memories.  That trip shaped her emotions and her journalism career choice.  So, she’s going back to where it all began, New Orleans. Let the anticipation begin!  Next stop, Crescent City Hotel, and we are hit with a wave of nostalgia.  As if Daisy has forgotten just how strange New Orleans was the last visit, she begins to remember when she takes a trip to the shop that was once owned by the photographer who helped start her on this journey. Unfortunately, he no longer occupies that store, but fate is stepping in again to offer her an additional opportunity.  Next stop, a visit to Kalisa at the Magic Cauldron. Oddly, just like the photographer’s store, this one holds the same shocking change. It makes us start to wonder what the heck is going on in this bizarre city. Before that thought can be conjured and leave our head, we find another displacement in the story, which leads to our desperately-seeking-Pteron girl getting a break. It might be a little shaky initially, but she knows just what to say to set the wheels in motion.

“Even after two years I could still remember the taste of her lips, and the way her mouth had eagerly welcomed me.”

Our excitement starts to gain momentum as we have our first sighting of Owen.  He has escaped to the mountains to find peace and solace for his sad heart. He is alone. Not married or dating like his friends. Alone. And the one kiss he keeps going back to is the one he ran away from. So, we find him in Colville, Colorado about to be given a proposition from Clyde, another person hoping for an escape from life.

“Everything is going to be okay.  It might get crazy and terrifying, but it’s going to be better.”

Today has not gone as Daisy wanted and she certainly doesn’t want to deal with company tonight. However, she has a commitment with an acquaintance from earlier in the day to keep. When this acquaintance shows up at the bar they agreed to meet at and becomes a little too pushy, she is in need of rescue. Enter Violet, Hugh, and Roland, and we now feel like we’ve stepped into the Twilight Zone, or maybe just the Woodstock era. What have they been smokin’?  They begin firing questions at her in an overwhelming fashion.  Knowing they can’t discuss who they are in public they leave. Daisy begins to allow her New Orleans story to bubble out. She finds herself stuck to depend on these…whatever they are. But, needs help finding Owen. She travels with them to their “home” and we are privy to more awkward moments and questioning. They have powers that are unlike anything she has ever seen, and we soon discover just how their lives are melding and clashing with Daisy’s in a way that can alter her future.

Our next visual is of Owen having a recurring dream that has plagued him. As he is shaking himself out of this trance, a familiar face arrives, his sister Hailey. Meanwhile, Daisy makes her way through an old amusement park and comes face-to-face with the the reality of the Allures. Violet then proceeds to give us details of the Allures, who they are, how their gifts work. But, because Daisy holds some of their essence, there is much unknown about how they will effect each other. Regardless, they each want something, so they strike one deal, and the next day another.

Owen and Hailey have decided to hit the town.  They enjoy spending time together, even when interrupted by Clyde.  Not wanting to overstay her welcome, Hailey leaves to visit a fellow Pteron. If only Daisy could escape her current situation and still get what she came for.  Living with paranormals isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. She is having a night out on the town with them to meet Andrew, her online contact in a paranormal chat group. Arriving we find that he didn’t come alone either, and his guest shocks us. Then another bombshell drops, as we find out the source of Andrew’s leads. Things get really weird and it calls for a sudden departure, destination California.

“Does the name Daisy suit who you really are?”

First question in the crazy games one plays while stuck in a car with 3 Allures on a road to who knows where. But it does offer us an opportunity to learn a little more about Allures. A short time later, we are back with Owen and Clyde. Seems like Daisy isn’t the only one striking up deals with those she doesn’t really know. We continue the story with Daisy, the Allures, and a new member, Louise. He is interesting. He tried to explain to Daisy, as best he can, what has happened to her. She is now closer to getting back to Owen. But, he is on a wild goose chase of his own. Then the pieces start clicking into place.

“The only thing that was going to help was seeing her, and I had absolutely no idea how long it would be before that happened.”

ECSTATIC!!!!  That was my feeling at this point in the story. I could see that a bigger plan was coming together, and all of the players in the story finally knew it. As Daisy became more aware of her new self, Owen also admitted to himself why he ran away and what he had been missing.  I could see the visible tug. They were like magnets being drawn together by some enigmatic force, until finally the positive and negative sides lined up and there was contact.  Their reunion was the most magical moment in the book.  It was a little awkward, like teens on a first date, but there was a spark that had always been there. It built until it was the Forth of July and the Disney Electrical parade all rolled into one. They were smitten with one another one minute and smoldering the next. As I was aiming my eyes forward to a happy ending, I forgot to watch where I was going and found myself tripped up by the next step in Lure. Then I stumbled and fell, and had no idea how to get up.

I love that both Owen and Daisy narrated their story. The interactions between the Allures made my head spin. They were funny, intense, and maybe just a little wacky. I was definitely intrigued by their abilities. The details and fast pace of the story held my attention and made me crave more. Because I have loved the other series connected to this book, I was ecstatic to see the other character’s from previous books. It was like snuggling into your favorite warm blanket, bringing comfort and familiarity. There were constant surprises, some I was thrilled about and others flustered me.  I had so many more questions left to be answered, but am happily and anxiously anticipating the next book in the series to find out.

This quote from Lure perfectly states the hope I had when reading the ending…

“Destiny is the kind of thing that can be changed.”

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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