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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Review & Excerpt! Savor by @AlyssaRoseIvy @InkSlingerPR

About SAVOR:

Jared is Vera's perfect man—until he opens his mouth. An incredible body and set of wings can only go so far when everything he says seems designed to make her mad. Still, she can't deny her intense attraction or the fact that he is the closest thing she has to a friend.

Jared doesn't go for bear shifters, especially ones that are related to his ex, but he can't resist Vera's charm or the way she understands him better than anyone else.

As suspicions build and loyalties are tested, Vera and Jared realize that they may not be able to trust anyone but each other. 

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Review- 4 Stars
I was a bear.  I knew it in every grain of my being, but another part of me was human, and it was the human side, the human vulnerability, that simultaneously saved me and destroyed me.  And it was him.  Jared.  He opened me up to feelings and experiences I never wanted but now needed.  If I'd know in the beginning what he was going to do to me, I probably would have run the other way, but I didn't.  I didn't see it coming.  

This is the 4th book in the Empire Chronicles featuring Jared and Vera,  Vera is Casey's sister.  Casey you met in the first three books and is Jared's former mate.  Even though Jared and Vera are not "together" you can't help but feel the attraction between them. Two unlikely people, who can't seem to stand each other, but are drawn to one another.  
The beginning of the story has Jared and Vera traveling to her home to confront her parents.  She needs to meet her real father and have words with her mother.  Jared needs help finding his mother and believes Vera's mother can help.  But there is a unsettling feeling....trouble is brewing.  Who can they trust?  Can they trust each other? 
I liked Vera a lot.  She's snarky, and puts up with nothing.  She will put a person in there place in a second, but I also thought she was a little insecure.  Jared does things to her...he makes her quiver with need, but yet he also pisses her off.  It's hilarious!  
Jared can be a jerk.  He's got such a attitude, but yet he has a big heart. He doesn't trust easily, but there is something about Vera.  She brings out the worst and also the best in him.  Will he go against judgement?  Will he fall for Vera completely? 
Oh these two are perfect for each other.  Vera is essentially Jared in a woman's body.  The banter between them is funny and you can't help but want them to be together.  You see them both learning to trust each other and not run away when they both desperately want too.  They definitely make an interesting pair. 

One night with Vera wasn't nearly enough.  She was addicting, and staying away was going to be hard- if even possible.  

This book deals with folk lore, family traditions, prophecies, and lots of magic.  This has lots of secrets, questions and is full of suspense.  It's intense at times....
As this being the fourth book, I felt a little lost.  Even thought it's a new couple, their story begins in the previous book.  You probably should read the first three books to understand their characters more, but it's not completely necessary.  It would give you some more insight into their lives.  But I will say you will get sucked into Jared and Vera's intense attraction and drama.  
The story I felt starts off slow and the build is nice.  It was about the 65% mark that things started to really go off.  Around 77% things get even more intense.  It just keeps going and going from there...then BAM the damn cliffhanger.   I totally didn't see that coming...shocker!   I can't wait to see where the story ends up.   Alyssa does a great job getting you interested in her characters and the storylines she dreams up suck you in.  4 Great magically intense secret filled Stars!!! 

Review by Heather Driscoll

Savor (The Empire Chronicles #4)
Alyssa Rose Ivy

“I’m glad you don’t want me dead.” He smirked. Even his smirk was sexy.
“I’d be on my own if you were.” I put my hands behind my head.
“And you don’t like being alone?” He studied me in the darkness. Sometimes I wished neither of us had night vision. It left you so naked, never having an opportunity to hide.
“I do most of the time.”
“But not always?” His eyes raked over my body. The fact that he could make such a platonic conversation feel sexual gave me even more reason to resist him.
“Why does it matter?” Often the best way to avoid a question is to ask your own.
“It matters because I asked it.” And there went his mouth again.
My annoyance gave me back my will power. “Put a shirt on.”
“Why?” He grinned. “Am I distracting you?”
“No, but we should go. The sun will be up soon enough.”
“Maybe I shouldn’t go with you.” He sat up, swinging his legs off the side of the bed.
“No way.” I moved to standing. “You’re not backing out.”
“Why do you care?” He stood with his back to me. “You can do this alone.”
“Of course I can.”
He turned to me. “Then why does it matter if I go my own way?” He pulled on his t-shirt, and a little part of me missed the view.
“Because we agreed to help each other out. I stick to my promises.” That was one of my good traits. The not so good traits weren’t worth reflecting on.
“Maybe I don’t.”
“You do.” I put a hand on my hip. I didn’t have time for Jared’s games.
“How do you know?”
“I just do.”
“You’re infuriating.”
I groaned. “And what are you?”
If I’d had liquid in my mouth I would have spit it out. “Not exactly the word I’d use to describe you.”
“Says the girl begging me to stay with her.”
“I never begged.” I crossed my arms over my chest.
“Would you beg?” His grin was his undoing.
“Is that how you like it, Jared? With your women begging?”
“I wasn’t talking about how I like my women.”
“Are you sure about that?” I grabbed my backpack and headed into the cabin’s small bathroom.
“Where are you going?”
I paused with my hand on the door. “To shower.”

Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio:
Displaying Alyssa Rose Ivy- Author Photo.jpgAlyssa 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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