Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - DEADLY MATES (Deadly Trilogy #2) by Ashley Stoyanoff:

TITLE: Deadly Mates
SERIES: Deadly Trilogy
AUTHOR: Ashley Stoyanoff
AGE GROUP: Young Adult
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 2014
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
FORMAT: eBook and Paperback
PAGES: Approx. 260

RATING: ★★★★★

Jade never thought she’d embrace being a werewolf, but after having accepted her new role as alpha female of Dog Mountain’s pack, she finds herself doing just that. She’s training with the enforcers and learning to use the alpha within her to her advantage. And for the most part, Jade is content, well at least with her training she is.

But Dog Mountain is a small town with big problems. The new alpha pair is divided, splitting the already unstable pack with them, and to make matters worse, Jade’s father is on his way home. Except Jade’s father and his twisted pack of werecourgars aren’t the only threat.

When Aidan brings in a new set of enforcers to weed out the problems within the pack, Jade is forced to delve into the center of the issue. She soon realizes that she is the indirect cause of the uneasiness within the pack, and if Jade doesn’t fix it, she’ll lose everything, even Aidan.

REVIEWERS NOTE: Deadly Mates is book two in the Deadly Trilogy and is a Young Adult, Paranormal Romance written by Ashley Stoyanoff. I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 Amazing, Alpha-Strong Stars!
Conflicts Are Raging, Secrets Are Discovered and Angsts Are High. I Loved This Read! 

The Review: 
I knew I was going to enjoy this read because I love this authors work. And I fell in love with Aidan and Jade in book one, but I had no idea just how much I’d love it. There was a lot going and tensions are running high as Aidan and Jade try to figure out the werecougars plans as well as reconcile their feelings for one another and find a happy medium in being alphas to their pack. And with the addition of two new enforcers added to the board, it’s hard to figure out who to trust and who is telling lies and keeping secrets.

Told from dual POV’s, from beginning to end, I was sucked in, reading it all in one sitting. I enjoyed the characters, the story and the intrigue. And watching the pack try and come together when they all seem to be on separate pages was angsty and fun.

There’s a lot of anxiety going on with all the characters and there’s a lot of pressure and distrust within the pack. There’s new players in the game on both the good and bad side, secrets are revealed, friends are quickly becoming enemies and loyalties are being tested. The rogue werecougar pack seems to be able to sneak past the wolves defenses encroaching on their territory, Jades father can’t be trusted, Jared is showing his true colors, Jade’s beta is doing questionable things and added on top of that, Jade is reluctant to being fully mated to Aidan which is causing Aidan to doubt her and the pack is slowly being torn apart. Things are not good with the Dog Mountain werepack!

This book picks up a couple of weeks after the first one ends. Jade is hanging out with the enforcers and learning their methods of fighting, she’s making unexpected friends and slowly finding her place in the pack. But she’s also being very stubborn and though I actually agree with why she’s staying away from Aidan, it’s causing a split in the pack. She doesn’t trust Aidan because of his lies and manipulation in the first book, she’s on the outs with her best friends Dom and Marcy and she knows her dad is up to no good with the werecougars. She’s in a tough position. She knows she wants and needs to be with Aidan but she doesn’t trust him. She’s very indecisive and I don’t blame her. She’s eighteen, still in high school and has recently become a wolf and then an alpha. Wolves mate for life and I completely understand her caution. Aidan has lied and manipulated her and though she’s not completely innocent of playing the same kind of games, her reluctance to accept her mate has caused a separation within the pack, which she doesn’t understand until it’s almost too late. I felt so bad for her. She has solid reasons for her decisions and the pack laws are absolute. Trying to wade through all that would be hard on anyone, especially a young girl newly introduced to all this change. But I loved how strong she stayed throughout the whole book. She’s in this new life and yes, she’s making mistakes but she’s got the best interest of her pack at heart and she’s young but also standing firm. That’s one of the great things about this authors writing. Her heroines may fall, they may make huge mistakes, but they stay strong, they are completely loyal and they persevere through all their trials. Jade was just such a character.

Aidan has a lot on his shoulders and at only nineteen, he’s trying to re-glue a shattered pack. And he’s hurting. He realized all too late how much he really cared about Jade, how much he loved her. Love isn’t usually part of the alpha male and female union. They mate for dominance and to rule the pack. But with Jade, it’s different and I loved this about their relationship. He has to find a way to get her to trust him again but she’s also making huge mistakes in the trust area as she lets Aidan believe she’s with Jared. Aidan has also found his way in with most of the pack, though some still don’t trust him, and they are slowly accepting him as alpha but he knows just how weak they are without their alpha female and getting Jade to put things in the past seems to be harder than Aidan would have believed. He’s not sure how to handle it without pushing Jade further away. It’s a delicate balance for anyone, especially one with little experience in love and on being leader. The emotional toll it’s taken on him and his inner-wolf is severe. Regardless of all he’s got going on, I think he handles things brilliantly and it only increases his hotness factor! I love it when he goes all alpha and though there was a part of me that just wanted him to claim his mate, I thought his patience only made him hotter and more swoon-worthy. He respected Jade enough to concede to her wishes. I loved the way he tried to rule his pack with morals, compassion, love and equality while also keeping his alpha dominance in the forefront.

Jared really finds himself in a sticky situation and I loved the surprise we get as to the “whys” of his actions. It was a plot twist I wasn’t expected and it played out really well in the story, creating angsts, rivalries and distrust amongst the pack.

The Wrap Up: 
The ending was shocking and perfect and though it filled me with a wonderful apprehension at how it would all turn out, it really couldn’t have gone any other way. This book leaves off on a slight cliffy and I can’t wait to read the third and final book to see how it all turns out! Team Aidan and Jade forever!

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Deadly Pack (Deadly Trilogy #3) is releasing September 27th and Ashley is having a Facebook Party to celebrate! Click the image and join the party!

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