Friday, September 23, 2016

Two to Go by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright - Review

Author: Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright
Publication Date:  19 September, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  Pantera Security League, book 2
Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Shifter
Age Recommendation: 18 and up
Rating: 4 Stars

Book Description:

**The mystery and epic romance of the Pantera Security League continue in TWO TO GO, the second story in our new, sexy Bayou Heat offshoot!** 

A Dark, Dangerous Fairy Tale

A Prisoner of Body

Once upon a time, a young Pantera female called Elyon was ripped from her family and left to roam the jungles of South America. She foraged and fought to stay alive. And by the time she was rescued, she’d grown into a Badass Beauty who could kill without mercy. The Angel of Death.
The Perfect Hunter.

A Prisoner of Blood

Cage fighter, Max is no prince charming. The human male has spent his entire life protecting his parents. With every strike, every win in the illicit matches he fights in New York City. Night after night he’s forced to shed blood and crack bone, as a slave to the men who hold his parent’s prisoner.
But when an Cinderella in black leather walks through his doors, for the first time in his life, Max wonders what is truly worth fighting for.

My Review:

Another great addition to the Pantera family of stories.  I love that Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright decided to take on the stories of the Pantera Security League.  This spin off from the Bayou Heat series has a lot of the same feel that we've come to love in Bayou Heat but I find it to be a tad darker and I have to say I like that.  I like the idea of the 6 person team that works on the fringes of two worlds.  They're clandestine, practically rouge, and each one of them has a history that will break your heart and melt it into a puddle all at the same time.

In Two to Go we meet Eylon and Max, two bad asses with broken hearts.  Max is the perfect man for Eylon because while he's been tortured and held captive for years by Pantera nemesis, Christopher Benson he has known deep love.  The love of his parents a love he has help his entire life as he waits for the chance to free them.  I loved Max's strength and the fact that even though he's spent his life in captivity he has a huge heart that is open to love.  I also love the he recognizes Eylon's strength, that he knows she can take care of herself and he gives her the room she needs to be herself but also holds her close and gives her the love that she has unknowingly craved her entire life.

Eylon is a fantastic heroine.  She's bad ass plain and simple.  She is a woman who has and can take care of herself. I loved her strength and also her vulnerability.  The only thing I can say I wish is that we had gotten more of her back story.  She has such a moving story all her own that I could have read half a book about that alone.

That's always my challenge with these and the Bayou Heat stories, I always want more.  I never feel unsatisfied with what Alexandra and Laura give us but I would never, ever, complain about getting a full length novel.  I can't wait for the next one!

~ Happy Reading ~ 

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.

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.

I was born and raised in Minnesota. It’s where my love of all things green, wet and grown in the ground comes from. As you read above, before writing I was an actor, singer and dancer, specifically a BALLROOM dancer – an instructor and competitor as well. That work took me to many places like New York, Ohio and Wisconsin. I live in Los Angeles now, but I’m always thinking about greener pastures – literally.

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