“REVIEW: RAPHAEL is the first storyline written by Alexandra Ivy for the new release BAYOU HEAT (Raphael/Parish). Like many novellas, Raphael is a very quick read, but there is enough character and world building that the reader doesn’t feel left hanging. The introductory prologue reveals the...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“This book confused me to no end. The story in itself wasn't bad, but how it was composed was really frustrating. The stories were short and seemed to only look at a situation from one point. There was barely any character development or world building. At the point were you dived really into the...”see full review » see other reviews »
“REVIEW: RAPHAEL is the first storyline written by Alexandra Ivy for the new release BAYOU HEAT (Raphael/Parish). Like many novellas, Raphael is a very quick read, but there is enough character and world building that the reader doesn’t feel left hanging. The introductory prologue reveals the pertinent information required by the reader to know exactly what is going on. As the storyline develops, circumstances allow the characters to relate their experiences and life changes in a relatively short period of time. We are aware of some of the history of the elusive Pantera shapeshifters and hopefully more will be revealed as each story is released.
REVIEW: PARISH is the second storyline (written by Laura Wright) in the new BAYOU HEAT series of novellas. Parish begins quickly on the heels of Raphael. More details involving the history and lore of the Pantera are revealed including some of the political ranking and break down of the Pantera community including Suits, Hunters, Nurturers and a Shaman. We are introduced to some of the other Pantera members whose storylines have yet to be told.
Raphael and Parish read together like a continuous storyline. Raphael and his mate Ashe are expecting and, Parish’s storyline focuses on the need for a human doctor to bring the new life into the world. But like all shapeshifting societies there are those who want to cause harm. And at the end of PARISH we learn that one of their own may be responsible for using dark magic against a mother and her unborn child.
BAYOU HEAT-Raphael and Parish is a wonderful introduction to the BAYOU HEAT series co-written by authors Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright. Each author has submitted their own storyline and the overall feel to the continuous story is smooth and easy flowing. I am looking forward to the next instalment
“This time around Alexandra Ivy takes us to meet the mystical race of the Pantera, the puma shifters, living down in Louisiana, and almost brought down to extinction.
In this new series written together with Laura Wright, we find that the infinite imagination and skill of this two authors never fail to bring us the best alpha's or the most exciting nights spent between the arms of this men. Danger is just around the corner and we are taken into another dimension that never fails to amuse my thirst for reading.
Raphael has devoted his life in serving the best he can his people as a diplomat for the Pantera. Extinction of his race is coming fast and he must find a solution.
But when he meets Ashe he knows that his single days are over and she is the one that he will take as his mate.
When danger comes and the bad guys start hunting down Ashe, Raphael must save the woman he loves and save his future child because a miracle has just happen and no harm must come to them.
I expected nothing else but perfection in this story, everything was in place, the characters were believable and well written and of course the bed burned up the room.
I truly liked the world that was created and the bad guys leave us hanging for more to come, I wonder what they want ...
Raphael was truly a hero, a good man giving in to the sole purpose of loving Ashe and taking care of them.
Ashe was in the end the tortured spit fire female, with a sorrowed background and above all a fighter, such a good pair for Raphael.
Now, about Parish ... I so love a wounded man, a dark soul, it's in my blood.
Parish is the leader of the Pantera, living in the Midlands and rarely living his magical home. He despises the humans and makes an effort not to have to cross his path with them.
But now, with the birth of Raphael's child he must travel to New Orleans and find a human doctor that can assist Ashe.
When he finds Julia Cabot he knows that she must come with him and be his woman, his mate.
Will he have the inner strength and patience to convince her to stay with him and will she make the decision to stay or walk away and start a new life away from the Midlands ?
Parish was so much more than Raphael, so different and had such an appeal to me. He is the truly tortured hero, the one that for some reason that I'm not telling, read the book, is dark and lonely, hard and unforgiving, until Julia arrives in his life and makes him want to love somebody and be part of something beautiful.
Julia is the perfect lady, hurt from a loveless relationship, and rapidly coming to a crossroad in her life, only to choose another road, one that is not so rocky from the previous one.
When she finds Parish she understands that before him nothing mattered and that she is unable to leave this man. Even though she is afraid and uncertain she struggles to understand and make the right choices for herself. I really loved Julia as a character and because she had character and love to spread around to those surrounding her.
The ending of Parish's story kind of leaves you hanging on the cliff and I so loved this option that the author's gave us. It makes us reader's to keep up our reading and wanting more.
My thoughts about this first book in the series are bring on the next one fast, I will enjoy it.”
“Loved this book. The story line grabs you right from the beginning and never lets go. Would recommend to all that love books with shifters in. they are short stories but defiantly worth a read.”E.M. Reders wrote this review Sunday, April 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this but felt it was missing something. Both stories needed a good 50 pages more. ”Ann Lorz wrote this review Wednesday, February 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book confused me to no end. The story in itself wasn't bad, but how it was composed was really frustrating. The stories were short and seemed to only look at a situation from one point. There was barely any character development or world building. At the point were you dived really into the plot the first story was already done and the reader is forced into another story in this world with again, little more world building, barely any character development or explanations. This could have been a really awesome series of short stories, but it kept me unsatisfied with the world settings, characters and these awful story cliff-hangers - like a cut off book.”Jasmin wrote this review Wednesday, February 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
"The cajun feel of the setting and the sexy characters will keep me coming back for me for sure." ~ Under the Covers
Bayou Heat is unrelated to either Alexandra Ivy's or Laura Wright's worlds, and it features one of my favorite shifters...pumas. No need to go into any more detail than that. Yes? Oh...you want me to? Fine.
Pumas are the less talked about felines of the shifter world and, to me, they're so sexy. Something raw and primal always surrounds them. In this series it's no different. The Pantera shapeshifters of Louisiana are somewhat of a myth. Humans don't really believe in the tales of magic that surrounds the area they live in. And the Wildlands is an area full of magic. Actually that's the only place the Pantera can shift.
Raphael by Alexandra Ivy
I have to say this was my favorite of the two stories. It caught my attention with the story, the intro to the world and, of course, the sexy as sin Raphael. After what he thought would just be one night of hot sex with a woman he couldn't resist, she ends up pregnant with his child. Due to the rarity of that occurrence, Ashe has some mercenaries after her. Raphael, big bad mate that he is, steps up for the protector role. The alpha male sparks were oozing off the pages. This story was all raw sex appeal.
Parish by Laura Wright
Parish can be sexy and scary at the same time. I mean, he lives in a cave, never smiles and prefers his animal form. That can be intimidating. Then he's sent on a mission into the human world to bring back a Doctor that can help Ashe through her pregnancy. Of course, the terms talking and asking are not very familiar to him so he pretty much kidnaps Julia and brings her to the Wildlands. There's a little bit more action in this story and probably more world building than in the previous story, but I connected less with the characters. At the end of the day, Parish still won me over because he did what was necessary to make sure that his woman would be happy.
I am looking forward to reading more of this series. The cajun feel of the setting and the sexy characters will keep me coming back for me for sure. ”
“I loved it!!!”Sandy S wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Check out my review and two teasers here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2013/01/made-grade-bayou-heat-series-books-1-2.html”Jess @ From Me to You ... Book Reviews wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I LOVED this! I finished it in less than 2 hours or maybe less as soon as my youngest went to bed. I loved this world that both Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright created.
Hello...it's based in Louisiana (in the bayou), which has Sexy Men that turn into Pumas, and of course those puma men who have magic to them as well....why would you not want to read this.
Plus...you have two amazing authors who come together to create it and there is more e-novella's to be told after this one. Oh YES...as soon as I saw it was on Amazon, I bought it and drained my Kindle Fire battery dry.
- I'm typing up this review kind of different from my others because I do not want to give away anything since both stories are short. (so not much explaining the storyline) -
The first part, "Raphael" is from the fabulous author, Alexandra Ivy, where she opens it up with the mystery of the half human, half feline creatures that live in the Bayou and how people avoided the areas due to the fact how enticing creatures were. Unfortunately, they are believed to be a myth because it seems the race is unable to birth any children. The shape shifters reverted to sending out their own kind pass the bayou to find out what could be the cause.
Alexandra Ivy definitely had me from the first page when I was reading her half of the book. I also happened to need a very cold shower after her half as well. Wow! She put some really steamy, sexy scenes in that novella. She definitely introduced the puma race very well and their dilemma and she definitely wrote two characters who had the hots for each other and needed each other. Raphael was very protective of Ashe even when he hardly knew her.
I look forward to Alexandra Ivy's next part in the next book. =) The woman can definitely make a reader imagine she's in the story with the characters.
The second part, "Parish" is by another fabulous author, Laura Wright and she definitely did not disappoint either. She picked it up from the ending of "Raphael", but of course with the leader of the Hunters, Parish, sent on a mission to retrieve someone they needed for Ashe and Raphael. The moment Parish finds her, he knows he must have her.
Laura Wright did an amazing job transitioning from picking up from Raphael and putting the previous characters in her story, as well giving Parish and Julia their story. I LOVED it!
Of course, Laura put together two characters that were stubborn at first, they had their reasons though, but they were meant to be with each other and help each other out.
She definitely left a cliffhanger at the end as well that made me want more. I need the next book now after reading this book because both authors definitely created a fave series for this year for me.
I recommend this book to paranormal romance and shapeshifter readers out there. If you are a feline shapeshifter addicted like I am, you definitely will enjoy this world that Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright have created. Just be prepared to want more though.
I know I need some more SEXY Pumas!!! =)
If you have not added this book to your to be read list yet (SHAME on you) ... you are missing out from two amazing Authors. ”