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Raphael/Parish (Bayou Heat #1-2)

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The brilliant and dangerous diplomat of the Pantera shapeshifters, Raphael has devoted his life to discovering the key to the infertility that is threatening the extinction of his puma race. Creating a vast network of spies worldwide, he never expected to discover that the answer might be beneath his very nose. But when Ashe, a beautiful human female, crosses his pa
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Published January 7th 2013 (first published January 3rd 2013)
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4.5 RAWR Stars


Deep in the Louisiana Bayou, forgotten in the mist of time, live the Panthera. An ancient race of Puma shape-shifters, seductive and ruthless, considered only a myth, is struggling to survive. The magic that sustained them in the Wildlands are weakening. Infertility is plaguing them. To continue their existence, they must do the unthinkable... Venture into the human world to seek some answers. But maybe the answer is to ask the right question and sometimes you have to delve deep in
Re-read April 2015...... 3.5 Stars

Ok, I'm gonna hold my hand up and admit that I must have had an off day the last time I read this as enjoyed it a lot more and have upgraded the rating. In my defense I'm writing this as nearing the end of Bayon / Jean-Baptiste and am getting into the series rather than having to stop and frustratingly wait for the next addition. I still think each story is way too short and would have benefitted from being longer, but now want to have answers to the questions t
Gi's Spot Reviews
3.75 Stars
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Lady Heather

Great story & story-line... another friggen cliffhanger!!

*sigh*... Now I have to continue with the series to find out what happens! *grin*

Thanks for the recommendation Megan!
Sep 26, 2015 CC rated it really liked it
I am so screwed! WHY do I do this to myself?! I have literally hundreds of books on my TBR that are already paid for! So what do I do? This idiot here gets sucked right into another series that I am now going to have to buy because the damn books are really a serial! Ok, bitching about my total lack of discipline over.

This is two stories written (I guess) by two authors. The first I liked but was not completely sold on the series. Raphael had a hard time coming to terms with the fact that his ma
Dec 11, 2012 Vashti rated it really liked it
I love these two authors and jumped at the chance to read this book that they had written together.
Rapheal ,written by Alexandra Ivy and Parrish,written by Laura Wright.Both entries were equally as good with Ivy's being more erotic and Wright's the more romantic.I enjoyed them both and cannot wait for the next installment as this ended in a dratted cliffhanger.I hate cliffhangers!
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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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 b
Nov 29, 2012 Soxie rated it liked it
Shelves: shifters
I really wanted to Love this book but i just couldn't , I found it rather lacking to be honest, i know they are short books. but still, i was left wondering about a few things most of the time .. I didn't like how either book finished it was like running and then hitting a brick wall they just ended. full stop. yes i know, "cliff Hanger" the concept was good but i found both stories rushed and left a lot out that could have been added...
Jennifer Lyon
Dec 10, 2012 Jennifer Lyon rated it it was amazing
New World! New Species! New Addiction! I love this fresh new series, Bayou Heat by Laura Wright and Alexandra Ivy. I read books one and two, Raphael and Parish, straight through and am totally hooked. Fresh world building, super sexy alpha heroes and the strong heroines who tame them. The ending left me aching for more. Can't wait for book two, Bayou and Jean Baptiste.
Jan 13, 2013 Roos rated it liked it
My biggest complaint is the length of the stories. They are too short. Besides that, I'm not a big fan of the ending in book 2. It's rather abrupt and a way to create space for the sequels. It doesn't really match with the rest of the book. I prefer a complete story, not such an open ending.
Feb 13, 2014 Fil rated it really liked it
Short, but enjoyable. Love how the story is unfolding.
Viviana Izzo
Nov 25, 2012 Viviana Izzo rated it it was amazing
Holy Cow! WOW! These women can write!! I’m a huge fan of Laura Wright and have read all of her MOTV series books and some of her contemporary novels. Totally LOVE Laura Wright!! This was the first time reading Alexandra Ivy! Now I LOVE Alexandra too!!!

This book contains two novellas written by Alexendra (Raphael) and Laura Wright (Parish). They wrote them individually but follow the main arc of the story. The transition between stories is smooth making it an easy read! You get action from the v
R.E. Butler
Jan 03, 2013 R.E. Butler rated it really liked it

*4 1/2 stars*
What a clever storyline! I love everything about the backstory of this series from the magical bayou to the sexy panther shifters to the human women they love. Richly detailed, with just the right mix of magic, mythology, and sexy alpha males to make it a winner.

The first of the two novella length stories stars Raphael the panther and Ashe the human woman. Ashe finds herself pregnant and looking for a star in the East because she can't remember having sex with anyone. Naughty, sexy
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3.75 Stars

Growing up in Louisiana I have always heard the legends of men that were able to turn into certain animals. It was even rumored that my great grandfather had the power to turn into a big black dog, which he enjoyed scaring people so this fit him. The book Bayou Heat Raphael / Parish are two really great novellas that play on the legends of the Pantera, or men that can turn into giant cats.

The Pantera numbers are slowly declining. The
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Myth & Legend turn into reality in Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright’s Raphael/Parish. Books one and two in Ivy & Wright’s new joint series Bayou Heat.

In Raphael (bk1) we get introduced to the world of the Pantera Shapeshifters. Ivy does a great job of creating the world in this first story. Boy does Raphael’s story start with a bang. We get to meet Raphaels mate as she is being kicked out of her house by her drunk of a mother for being pregnant. Problem is Ashe can’t remember who or when.
Donna (BLHmistress)
Apr 14, 2013 Donna (BLHmistress) rated it it was amazing
I can say that individually these authors are awesome, but you put them together and you have magic. I devoured Raphael's story so fast I think I had barely time to let soak in this wonderfully, steamy short story. I almost immediately fell in love with Raphael. He is definitely is my type of guy, pure sexy alpha male.

For as short as this book is, I completely could feel Ashe's heartache and pain regarding her family or rather her treatment by them. Make sure you have the a/c on too while you r
Mar 18, 2013 Starla rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved both Raphael and Parish. This is a combination of two stories in one book. First is Raphael and Ashe. They have a rocky beginning but I love how they are both strong characters and can roll with whatever changes come their way. Raphael is a strong character and needs Ashe to balance his control. I think they are a great couple. Second was Parish and Julia. Parish is wilder than Raphael and not use to dealing with others. Dr Julia Cabot is a wonderful woman who is getting out of a ba ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
I enjoyed these shorts. The flow between the 2 different author's stories was fluid and worked well.

Basically a shifter nation of magical Pumas live in the bayou. Hidden away from society, their race has been unable to procreate until a chance encounter ends in a human woman carrying a 1/2 Pantera baby.

The second short story is basically a hunter of the Pantera brings back a human gynecologist to assist in the pregnancy. The hunter and the doctor have instant chemistry and another human/Panter
Dec 10, 2012 Jhg rated it it was amazing
Wow -- got a special early read of this book and what a smoking-hot story it is! I'm a Laura Wright fan, but this is the first Alexandra Ivy book I've read -- these two pair up nicely in this sizzling tale of shape-shifting males and the very, very lucky human women who stumble out of the "normal" world and into the magical Wildlands. The start of an inventive and entertaining series!
Jan 22, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing
This was a great read but too short!!! The world that the two authors created is an intriguing one, and I am eager to visit again with more books to come!
We start with "Raphael" which is written by Alexandra Ivy: We are introduced to a woman named Ashe who has just found out she is pregnant; but she can't really remember how it happened!!...UH..OKAY??.. She has left her acoholic mother and gone to stay at a hotel to figure out what she is gonna do. In the night she starts having vivid flashback
Jan 06, 2013 Charlayne rated it really liked it
The Pantera shapeshifters exist only in legend, a story told to humans about a place that is not a place within the deep bayous of Louisiana.

The brilliant and dangerous diplomat of the Pantera shapeshifters, Raphael has devoted his life to discovering the key to the infertility that is threatening the extinction of his
puma race. Creating a vast network of spies worldwide, he never expected to discover that the answer might be beneath his very nose. But when Ashe, a beautiful human female, cross
Nov 25, 2012 Beate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I nearly panicked when Parish's story ended. And Raphael's story also felt a bit short. That's my biggest peeve with these stories, they're much too short! I mean, gah!

The stories should be too short to really get a chance to connect with the characters. And that's somewhat true. Just as you get under their skin, it's over.

Worse yet, I have to wait three months to read the next two stories. I might have been good with a month, maybe even 6 weeks - but three months is making me want to cry. :D

I h
Kate's Corner
RAPHAEL By Alexandra Ivy

Ashe's Mum is the town drunk so Ashe goes to "Cougar's Den" to pay her tab. Six weeks later she is pregnant and she doesn't know how (there are only memories that she doesn't know if she can trust. Her Mum has kicked her out so she drives to the "Cougar's Den" and that is where Raphael the Puma Shifter smells that she is with his child. The Puma Shifters are called the Pantera and descend from a Goddess according to folklore. This Goddess has a twin and they have been fig
Jan 02, 2013 Amiee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any fan of Paranormal Romance and of sexy shifter stories
A big fan of both Laura Wright and Alexandra Ivy, I was delighted to hear they'd written a new series together! Loved the books they'd written themselves and they didn't disappoint with this one :)

In a brand new series, they bring us to this secret and beautiful world in the Bayou - the Pantera's Wildlands - a place kept secret from human eyes and the home of some very sexy shifter men. In this book we meet two of these very hot puma shifters, first - Raphael - (a Pantera diplomat) who is dedica
I have only 3 words to say: W.T.F.

This book has two novellas that were completely underdeveloped. There's absolutuely no explanation as to why things happened and in both stories, the heroine is figthing the hero one moment and agreeing to go into the sunset with him in the next, deciding to leave to leave the world they knew after knowing the men less than a day.

And then the second story had the gall to end in a crazy cliffahnger!!! I mean, WTF???

I originally rated this 2 stars but after readin
Jan 18, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of shifter stories so I picked this up after reading the summary. As a whole I really enjoyed it, but I have to say that Raphael's story was a little more abrupt for me. I felt as if I was dropped into the series rather than starting it...I did like the heroine and how she didn't fall into their world easily. The second story with Parish I loved-- would give it five stars. I thought he character was amazing, humorous yet touched with tragedy. I also loved the doctor-- she was smar ...more
Skye Louise
Jan 02, 2013 Skye Louise rated it it was amazing
Omg I frickin loved this book!!! So amazing!!! The two authors worked so well together it was hard to define the difference between the two. The characters and story are so unbelievable I couldn't put it down once i started reading! I almost started crying when I got to the cliffhanger at the end because now I have to wait til April!!! :'( I would have lived these stories to be a little longer though. Seems like I just get to know the characters when their stories finish. An absolute recommended ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Deb rated it really liked it
OMG! Love Raphael and Parish.
Raphael definitely more level headed, while Parish just jumps right in :-)
Definitely stories that were over too soon, or appeared to be. Can't wait until the next
story and see how things progress with the men an their ladies. Poor, poor Ashe will most likely
be suffering and it's so sad. Please have a happy ending for her <3
Mar 08, 2013 Izy rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-paranormal
Rating~ 4 stars.

This the third and fourth book in the Bayou heat series which is about shapeshifters. The series is written by two author who in each addition write a book. The stories have interesting characters and have a good plot line. My only complaint is that the stories are very short, they should be at least 50 pages bigger.

Overall I'm really enjoying the series.
Jessi Szigethy
Jan 02, 2013 Jessi Szigethy rated it really liked it
Awesome stories both. I'm hoping the next few come out soon. The overarching story continues through each one and there is quite the cliffhanger at the end of Parish. The ladies did a great job with the world building and the characters are instantly likable. Very good read but you may want to wait until the next books are out!
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Bayou Heat (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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“He was stunning,incredible,unlike anything she had ever seen before.Around her,the crowd noise dissipated to a dull hum,but she barely noticed.Her gaze was slowly traveling the length of him,taking in his predatory stance and powerful muscle and tanned skin.” 5 likes
“His face was shockingly handsome,tan and smooth,except for the two healed scars near his right ear and mouth.” 4 likes
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