Kayden/Simon by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright: Review

Posted August 14, 2016 in review Tags: , ,

Kayden/Simon by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright: ReviewKayden/Simon by Alexandra Ivy, Laura Wright
Pages: 323

Series: Bayou Heat #21, Bayou Heat #22
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Also in this series: Rage/Killian, Blade
Also by this author: Rage/Killian, Kill Without Mercy, Blade, Pretend You're Safe

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?
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?

Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright

So, I love PNR and I love fated mates! I know that some people hate the insta-love thing and the fated mate trope isn’t their thing, but its totally my thing. I love it! Kayden/Simon gives it to me!

So, first you get the story of Kayden, a Pantera who just found out that his parents didn’t die in a plane crash like he had been told. They died in a research facility that did tests on Panteras. He hunts down the man responsible to exact his revenge, but finds the man’s daughter, Bianca instead. And the fated mates ‘dance’ begins. He has to first get Bianca to trust him, then get her to believe him, and still get his revenge on her father. All while his puma pushes him to mate! I liked Kayden. He is in the “Geek” class of Pantera so he is a hot nerd! I love that almost as much as fated mates. Bianca is a sheltered young woman who has been undergoing cancer treatments her entire life. At least, thats what she has been told…

Book 2 in this set is Simon. He is a Pantera who is hiding his nature. Tryst is the hunter sent to find him and she does-he is a male model! She is furious to have been sent on a mission that she feels is so beneath her. Right away, I wanted to know why Simon was hiding. I also wanted to know why Tryst was so isolated; she lives with the Panera’s, but she has isolated herself from them. The isolation theme is a parallel for Simon and Tryst even though they hide differently and for different reasons. And then there is the betrayal…

The romance and plot of these books moves VERY fast. If you don’t like the insta-love or need more time in order to believe in a romance, this isn’t the book for you. But, if you love PNR, want a twist on the genre, and are down with the fated mates trope, this book is perfect! I have thoroughly enjoyed the books in this series for their uniqueness and romance!

  • POV: 3rd
  • Tears: no
  • Trope: fated mates, shifters
  • Triggers: None
  • Series/Standalone: standalone within an interconnected series
  • Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
  • HEA: View Spoiler »

Enemy Mine by Katie Reus, Phoenix Freed by Elise Faber, Wolf on a Mission by NJ Walters…then you will probably like Kayden/Simon!

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About Alexandra Ivy

About Alexandra:

Like most writers, I was born with an avid love for reading. Growing up in a small town in the Midwest, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a book in my hand or wasn’t dreaming up wild stories in my head. And when I stepped into my local library for the first time I thought it was paradise. There were so many books on the shelves I didn’t know where to start!
Still, I didn’t plan to grow up and become a writer. I was much more interested in a glorious career as an actress on Broadway.
I followed my dream by acquiring a degree in theatre and performing for several years in summer-stock productions, but after I married my college sweetheart I decided to put the career on hold while we started a family. After the arrival of my two sons, Chance and Alex, I found myself seeking a new creative outlet and decided to turn my occasional scribblings into a genuine effort to get published.
I’d like to say that I was an overnight success, but the truth is that it took years before I finally got ‘the call’. The rejections were painful, but now I’m relieved. All those manuscripts that I thought were the next Great American Novel are now exactly where they belong…gathering dust under my bed.
They did, however, help me learn my craft, and just as importantly, they gave me the opportunity to enjoy writing in a wide variety of genres as I searched for my voice. Which no doubt explains why I started writing traditional regencies under the name Debbie Raleigh and then moved to steamy historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh before transforming into a contemporary paranormal writer as Alexandra Ivy. Now my career spans everything from erotica to romantic suspense.
When I’m not writing I love to travel, it doesn’t matter where I’m going as long as it doesn’t include any cooking or cleaning. I also love to spend time with my family who continue to be my greatest source of inspiration. And since some things never change…when I have a few minutes, you can still find me with a book in my hand!

About Laura Wright

About Laura Wright:

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.

I was born and raised in Minnesota. It’s where my love of all things green, wet and grown in the ground comes from. As you read above, before writing I was an actor, singer and dancer, specifically a BALLROOM dancer – an instructor and competitor as well. That work took me to many places like New York, Ohio and Wisconsin. I live in Los Angeles now, but I’m always thinking about greener pastures – literally.

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2 responses to “Kayden/Simon by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright: Review

  1. I’ve had my eye on this series for a while I just never took the plunge and read them, but I’m definitely going to have to do that now. Insta-love stories are most definitely my thing, now sometimes an author can take that too far and not give any sort of foreplay so to speak, and other times the story is so perfect that I end up craving stories like them.

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