Thursday, November 7, 2013

REVIEW - DEADLY CRUSH (Deadly Trilogy #1) by Ashley Stoyanoff:

Title: Deadly Crush
Series: Deadly Trilogy
Series Placement: #1
Author: Ashley Stoyanoff
Age Group: Young Adult/New Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 23, 2013
Published by: Ashley Stoyanoff Books
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Pages: Approx. 260

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Book Blurb:
Dog Mountain is just like any other small town — peaceful and uneventful. Well, that is if peaceful means wolves howling all night, and uneventful means it’s overrun by pesky werewolves, then yes, Dog Mountain is just your average small town.

Jade Shaw has spent the last two years avoiding the pack. But when Aidan Collins moves to town, avoiding the dogs doesn’t seem possible. The pack wants him just as much as she does.

Determined to keep him out of the pack’s grasp, Jade does everything she can to gain his attention. Little does she know, Aidan is in deeper with the pack than she could have imagined, and competing for his attention is a deadly game, one she may not want to win.

Reviewers Note: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 Howling At The Moon Stars!
An Amazing Start To A Rockin’ New Series!

The Review:

Another Fascinating Tale By A Remarkable and Talented Author!

Deadly Crush is the very first book in Ashley Stoyanoff’s brand new Young Adult/New Adult Deadly Trilogy. I became a huge fan of Ashley’s when I read her first book in her Soul’s Mark Series which blew my mind. So I was really excited when I got this eARC for her new trilogy and I was most definitely NOT disappointed. This author has a talent for writing amazing and creative stories with the best characters, especially the heroine, who is sometimes flawed but always strong and fierce. This book was no different. I loved every exciting moment.

Killing the Alpha male and inheriting his pack on his first night in a town he was just passing through was never nineteen year old Aidan’s plan. But once the dice was rolled, he was thrilled to follow in the footsteps of his alpha father and be this packs new leader. Now all he has to do is change the unruly ways of the rogue pack, declare a winning mate out of the small group of rivaling she-wolves and not fall for the one human who's caught his attention and is totally off limits. Trouble is, the pack is resistant to change and they are challenging his every decision, the she-wolves are all conniving and treacherous and there's something different about the human, Jade, that calls to his inner wolf he just can’t resist.

Everything is spinning out of control!

Jade has never had anything but heartbreak and bitterness when it comes to the werewolf pack at Dog Mountain. Everyone in their small community either gives them a wide berth or loves them. But stealing away her best friend two years before, only cemented how cruel they can be as they roam the town taking anything and everything they want, when they want. Worse yet, the pack as a whole, goes out of their way to avoid her or outright taunt her. When her ex-bff, Dominic, starts coming around after ignoring her for two years, it causes even more trouble and breaks those carefully placed walls she’s built in his absence. And then there’s the new mysterious guy who’s hanging around the pack that’s caught her attention. There’s something about Aidan that pulls at her ...and unknowingly puts her in more danger than she can even imagine. And things get really messed up when she’s unintentionally entrenched in the one thing she hates the most.. and she has to make a lot of choices and decisions fast, to save herself and those she cares about.

Someone is plotting against them and its up to her to find out who and why.

Aidan desires Jade beyond all else and when the opportunity presents itself and there's a real chance they can be together, he goes about getting her all wrong. He wants and needs her submission, thinking that's what will bring them together. That's how he was taught to handle things but he’s never had to make concessions with a female that has nothing but alpha in her. In his fear of losing her, he causes her heartbreak and pain which is something she’s very familiar with, since that's what Dominic did to her.

Jade hates the pack for ruining her friendship with her best friend and she wants nothing to do with them but when Aidan shows up in town and snags her interest as well as the interest of the female were’s, challenges are set in place and unbeknownst to her, she suddenly finds herself turning into the very thing she hates. Even with all that going on, her interest in Aidan is overwhelming. With secrets running rampant and traitors in their mists, the pack sets a dangerous course to find the motives of a rival pack.

These two have to find a way to work together and with Aidan’s alpha instincts and Jades stubbornness clashing, things get out of hand fast. I loved watching these two fight what they were feeling. They struggled to find their way and they struggled with their emotions. It was a terrific push/pull filled with angst.

I also loved the side characters in this story. This author has a great talent for writing stories around stories which all come together in the end. Its fun, its entertaining and always a joy to read.

Heroine Shout Out...
I really love Ashely’s work. She always writes her heroines with such strength and honesty and conviction. They are stubborn to a fault and fiercely loyal. I loved Jade’s character. She didn't back down, even when things get beyond tough and when she discovers the enemy close to home, she puts on her big girl panties to take care of herself and those she loves. She’d formidable and though her heart might be shattered, she drives forwards with determination.

The Wrap Up:
This book was brilliant! It was smart, fun and completely enthralling. I started it and before I knew it, I had read the whole night through. This book leaves off with a slight cliffy and I can’t wait for book two to find out what happens next with these fascinating character and this enchanting story.

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