I was a little nervous when I first started reading Dire, it was feeling like a bit angst ridden with a very young New Adult vibe that I mostly stay away from. The dialogue between Mary Anne and her best friend induced a few eye rolls and that is never a good sign. Mary Anne is just finishing her first semester of college and is very young. I don't generally connect with very young and immature characters, but I am so glad that I didn't put this one down. A young girl pining for a slightly older boy who she has grown up with, but doesn't see her as a potential girlfriend isn't what I was looking for since there's nothing particularly interesting to me in that type of storyline. Now I bet you think that I am going to say that I didn't enjoy this one right? Wrong! Once Mary Anne and Gage get stranded on the side of the road things take off quickly.
Enter hot, but somewhat creepy Hunter. Hunter offers refuge to Mary Anne and Gage but has a very different agenda planned for them that what they anticipated. Hunter immediately decides that Mary Anne will belong to him whether she or Gage want to cooperate or not. Hunter is the leader of a group of weres and by revealing themselves to Mary Anne and Gage they have made it impossible to let them go. Mary Anne and Gage now belong to the pack and will be held against their wills until they give in and accept their fates. Poor Gage tries to take charge and protect Mary Anne, but he really doesn't stand a chance against a pack of weres. There's a "Deliverance" feel to Mary Anne's and Gage's circumstance and it's all a bit weird and creepy, but in a good way!
I honestly don't know why I enjoyed this one. I just can't put my finger on what made it a good read for me, but it was. Nothing is fully revealed and I was left with many more questions than answers by the end. By the end we still don't know why Hunter is so attracted to Mary Anne. We don't know why this group of weres are living there and why there's only one other woman around. There's an odd band of deranged and evil witches living down the road with peculiar practices that will impact Mary Anne and Gage. And the doozie at the end? Yes, you guessed it! There's a big ole cliffhanger at the end of this one. I really, really wish that this wasn't so because I didn't feel like I got enough in this installment. It went very quickly with lots of holes left to fill in I must be a glutton for punishment because I really want to see what happens next, but I'll just have to wait for book 2, Dusk to be released.
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
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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?”
About DIRE: Dire: The Dire Wolves Chronicles
Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn't my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything. It was all Gage's fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happened to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves. I thought the wolves were the worst of my problems, but I was wrong. When things went from bad to worse I had to make a lifelong sacrifice to save Gage, but what price is too much to save the one you love?
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.