Thursday, October 2, 2014

*REVIEW* Deadly Mates (Deadly Trilogy #2) by Ashley Stoyanoff

Accepted Readers,

I am so late in getting around to reviewing this book... *sighs* but FINALLY I've had a chance to read Deadly Mates, the second book in the Deadly Trilogy by Ashley Stoyanoff. If you're a werewolf lover, make sure to check out this series... *growls*

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Quick Book Facts 
Title: Deadly Mates
Series: Deadly Trilogy, #2 
Author: Ashley Stoyanoff
Release Date: April 26, 2014  
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance 
Formats:  E-book and Paperback.
# of Pages: 260
My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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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.

My Review

It took me a little while to get back into the groove of this series. It had been so long since I read book one that I found myself forgetting things. Fortunately after reading my notes and review, I gave myself a memory booster. It was also helpful that within the first few chapters, all the important key moments were mentioned. I adore when authors take the time to refresh their reader's memories... it makes the reading experience far more enjoyable.

Deadly Mates starts off kind of slow at the beginning but picks up a bit after the middle.  When things pick up and the action starts it's damn awesome. If you find the first half too slow-paced for your liking, stick with it because it is totally worth it...I promise! A warning... there's a slight cliff-hanger. It's no biggie, it just hypes you up for the next book something fierce. =-P

I loved Jade because of her stubbornness and independence in the first book but in this one it drove me nuts! For most of this book I wanted to knock some sense into her. She allowed her fear to take the driver's seat and it nearly cost her everything. I am just relieved she realizes her mistakes and makes up for them in the end!

Aidan surprised me in this one because he becomes so mature. He is willing to do whatever it takes to make Jade happy, even if it means letting her go. His loyalty to her and his pack has no bounds. He is everything an alpha male should be with a touch of compassion... he's just PERFECT!

Overall, this was a pretty good follow-up to book one. I think Jade's stubbornness could've been scaled back a bit. When she joins forces with Aidan, it's nothing but sheer magic. I wanted to see more of them together, more of them working things out... just like they did in the ending! Hopefully we get to see more of that in the next book!
ashleyprofileAshley Stoyanoff is an author of paranormal romance books for young adults, including The Soul's Mark series and the Deadly Trilogy. She lives in Southern Ontario with her husband, Jordan, and two cats: Tanzy and Trinity. In July 2012, Ashley published her first novel, The Soul’s Mark: FOUND, and shortly thereafter, she was honored with The Royal Dragonfly Book Award for both young adult and newbie fiction categories. An avid reader, Ashley enjoys anything with a bit of romance and a paranormal twist. When she’s not writing or devouring her latest read, she can be found spending time with her family, watching cheesy chick flicks or buying far too many clothes. Ashley loves hearing from her readers, so feel free to connect with her online.

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