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Raphael/Parish (Bayou Heat #1-2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  2,854 ratings  ·  385 reviews

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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Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
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
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!
Short, but enjoyable. Love how the story is unfolding.
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!
Jennifer Lyon
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.
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at 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 b
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...
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.
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
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)
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
Viviana Izzo
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

*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
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
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
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 09, 2013 Amiee rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Guilty Pleasures
KcLu‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

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
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
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
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
I can't remember if I finished this on the 14th, or the 15th. It was a replacement story while I was in the middle of Heart of Iron (London Steampunk, #2) by Bec McMaster, since my Ipod went funny and I had to wait till I could resynch it at home.

Moving along.

I liked it. The start bothered me a little bit, as it was the whole "something happened, I can't remember, now I'm (view spoiler)", so we got told about their first meeting after the fact.

It's not the best I've read, but it's a start. It's a weird format, as it's s
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
Jessi Szigethy
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!
These were well done, short reads. I preferred Raphael's story over Parish's but both were worthwhile reads. Likable characters with good plot flow...there was a lot of setting up for the next story in each book. An enjoyable loan from a good friend!
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
RAPHAEL di Alexandra Ivy 3 STELLE

"Si abbassò per rubare un bacio di promessa sincera. “Ti troverò sempre.”"

Primo della serie, questa breve storia dovrebbe fungere da "presentazione" per l'affascinante mondo del popolo Pantera e introdurre quello che sembra sarà il tema portante, ossia il "fruttuoso" accoppiamento tra uomini Pantera e donne umane XD In realtà data la brevità non viene spiegato poi molto, ci vengono fornite solo le info di base ma sono riuscita a cogliere il potenziale dell'idea d
The first part,Raphael, was a 4* read but the second part, Parish, was 2*'s hence the overall rating as it is. But i'll definately be reading more of this series.
These were two hot little stories that I picked up because of another hot little story I read in the Bayou Heat series, Bayou Noël (#8.5 in the series.)
Although I love the stories and the characters I wish that there was a little more to each of them. They're just a taste... a very hot little tease that draws you in and then leaves you hanging at the end. Regardless, I'll still pick up the rest of them eventually. As frustrating as they are to finish, they're just the right length to be the per
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
Interesting concept of having 2 authors take characters out of a story line and write their own individual stories but keeping within the plot of the entire series. These stories are written as novellas with the entire book only being 130ish pages. How this is done is that the plot continues but the focus switches from one hero/heroine to another hero/heroine as the main character focus.

In story 1 by Alexandra Ivy we have Raphael and Ashe this story focuses on what happens *after* they initiall
Heh. DNF for me. Oh and this review is full of spoilers so.. youve been warned.

I mean this whole book was ridiculous ( and i only read half of it so it couldve actually gotten worse but il never know). No but seriously, looking at all those 4-5 star reviews i was hoping more.
First things first, now lets imagine a person somehow gets pregnant and cant remember having sex with anyone. The author made it seem like it was abit weird, I personally found it VERY weird. Now moving on from that- lets sa
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