Review: Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright’s KAYDEN/SIMON

Review: Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright's KAYDEN/SIMON

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Review: Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright’s KAYDEN/SIMONKayden/Simon by Alexandra Ivy, Laura Wright
Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated on 9 August 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: the publisher
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Goodreads three-half-stars

ENEMY TO LOVER Kayden is obsessed with revenge after his parents disappeared when he was just a cub. Now the gorgeous Hunter has discovered the man responsible for betraying them - Joshua Ford - and it’s time for payback. Beginning with the kidnapping of Joshua’s daughter, Bianca. But last thing he expects is to be confronted with the horrifying realization that Bianca is his mate. Will he put revenge before his chance for eternal happiness?
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Sexy male model, Simon refuses to give up his exciting life in New York City to return to the slow heat of the Wildlands. For a decade, many pantera have tried to capture the rogue Diplomat and bring him home, but all have failed. Now it’s Tryst’s turn. The hard, brilliant, and gorgeous, Hunter is the ultimate tracker. But can the admitted beast-girl of the Wildlands capture her prey without losing her heart in the process?

I enjoy these short novellas, they do have the insta love and mate thing but I think that just helps the story. Ivy and Wright’s couples have a great chemistry with the overall plot/arc moving forward a bit in each book.

Kayden ~ 3 stars

Kayden is looking for the man who kidnapped and murdered his parents, what he isn’t looking for is the man’s daughter to be his mate. It also doesn’t help that he is starting out his relationship with mate by kidnapping her to lure her father. Bianca can’t help but feel attracted to her kidnapper and Kayden doesn’t know how to handle this new development. He is conflicted between revenge and the feelings Bianca brings in him.

The book kind of focused more of Kayden and less on Bianca. Bianca while a great person didn’t question or try to escape which made very little sense in context. Her behaviour I guess affected my enjoyment of the book.

Simon ~ 3.5 Stars 

I really liked the couple. Both of them were cocky and confident. Tryst was a very intriguing lead while Simon was a brooding hero. Tryst and Simon couldn’t be more different than each other. Tryst is a hunter while Simon is a model in the human world. He’s more human than panthera while the exact opposite is true for Tryst. They are both attracted to one another but there are obstacles in the way least of all, that Tryst is out of wildlands to bring Simon back home.

I liked this one slightly more. I however do wish it had been a bit longer and more from Simon’s POV towards the end of the book. Also I would have liked a bit of an epilogue because how does a woman who prefer’s her animal skin but is mated to a mostly human shifter.

Overall 

I enjoy this series because it makes for some light PNR reads while this novella isn’t my favourite in the series, it is still quite worth a read.

About Alexandra Ivy

Alexandra Ivy is a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author. From Alexandra: “I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library.

Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.

Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!

I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.

About Laura Wright

Laura Wright is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Laura: “Unlike many of my peers in the writing world, I wasn’t a writer or a reader until I left high school. During my youth I was into theater, song and dance, commercials and boys. I loved romance surely, but I had never read a romance novel until my late teens. With that said, I remember the day I did like it was a moment ago – my aunt gave me the Jude Deveraux novel, Knight in Shining Armor and I couldn’t put it down until the very last word. Then I went straight to the library and got another – then another until I’d read everything she’d ever written. After that, it was McNaught, Howard, Schone, Kleypas, and the Silhouette line, Desire. I instantly loved those emotional, sexy reads, so much so that I began to carve out ideas for my own stories, themes that were unique to me and moved me. In 1997 I enrolled in UCLA extension writing classes, met my mentor and critique partners and since have never stopped writing. I was committed then and I still am now; the need to tell my own romantic stories a full on obsession. My first manuscript was rejected, and though the second one was as well the editor who’d rejected it wanted to see something else from me. I had something (note to authors; always keep working, even after you’ve sent in a proposal) and sent it right away. The day I got the call telling me Desire wanted to buy Cinderella and the Playboy was the best day of my life. That is until I married my husband, and had my two beautiful children. But I must say, writing is much like motherhood – tough, grueling, surprising, delicious and for me, a dream come true.”