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(The Dire Wolves Chronicles #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,806 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn't my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything.

It was all Gage's fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance.
Published September 15th 2014 (first published September 13th 2014)
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Mar 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn't my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything.

It was all Gage's fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, arcs, paranormal, na
I am totally down with Stockholm Syndrome right now. I know most everyone who has read this book fell head over heels for Gage, but not me, nope...I am all for a possessive, hunky, wolf-shifter (Don't call him a werewolf), Hunter! Typically I would rail against this type of character, but there is just something about Hunter that just pulls you in. It's a sad sort of need to want him to feel loved, to let him have his HEA.

Dire is told form the dual POV of main characters Mary Anne and Gage. Two
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was very different from what I was expecting. I've read lots of werewolf stories and there are different werewolf cultures and degrees of psycho possessive behaviors but I'd say this one really pushed on that. Mary Anne and Gage are traveling through the snow to get home. Mary Anne has known and loved Gage all her life so when they end up stranded together it seems like a dream come true. But then it goes all bad. A crazy possessive group of guys finds them and demands they stay while the lea ...more
Sláinte Wanderlust
Hmm, I am not even sure if it good enough to reach a 3 star rating...
It was pretty odd and not actually that interesting..
stupid stupid becca
didn't listen to the warnings
cliffie? I think so
So who i staying up til midnight with me to read the next one?
God dammit, stupid me.

Real Review coming spoon

So i thought this was a thrilling read! I was on the edge of my seat, swiping as fast as I could comprehend and process all the words on one page to the next. I had to know what was going to happen next, where they going to escape? Did I want them to escape? When would Hunter finally fucking crack and just go postal? W
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
☆ I received an ARC via Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆


#Woah! This book exuded one word: COMPLICATED!!

Dire had many good qualities that I was looking in a paranormal themed romance:

☑ interesting and realistic plot
☑ intriguing characters
☑ sound pacing
☑ and the “right amount” of steam to keep me sated and satisfied *wink wink*!!


As a lover of all that is all out of the box, I’ve always enjoyed reads with supernatural entities and elements and Ms. Ivy does not disa
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

HOLY. FREAKING. CRAP. That was gooooood!!! Alyssa Rose Ivy enters the paranormal New Adult world with the incredibly awesome Dire Wolves Chronicles! Dire starts off the trilogy and it was A-MAZING! I am still left utterly speechless! The vibes and feels I had the entire time I was reading had me on my toes and my heart racing and my mind whirling! It was incredibly incredible!

Mary An
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 

Yay for some good new adult paranormal. We need more of that, in my opinion. And yay for Alyssa Rose Ivy for creating an original storyline. It was part kidnapper story, part shifter and a whole lot of interesting. I really enjoyed Dire. I wasn't sure what to make of the romance a lot of the time. I liked Cage, and Hunter left me with mixed emotions. But I do know one thing for sure, I need to get my hands on a copy
Monica **can't read fast enough**
I was a little nervous when I first started reading Dire, it was feeling a bit angst ridden with a very young New Adult vibe that I mostly stay away from. The dialogue between Mary Anne and her best friend induced a few eye rolls and that is never a good sign. Mary Anne is just finishing her first semester of college and is very young. I don't generally connect with very young and immature characters, but I am so glad that I didn't put this one down. A young girl pining for a slightly older boy ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Stars: 3

Overall: Gage & Mary Anne are on their way home and the snow is coming down really heavy. Gage decides to take a back road because the main highway is closed off. While driving the back road something jumps out into the road and they crash. The send that night keeping warm in the back of his truck and having sex. The next day they decide to start walking, but only make it a mile or two before they see smoke in the woods. They head towards the woods and two men come upon them and offer sh
Magen Corrie
4 stars

*ARC received in exchange for a fair and honest review*

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it. I also know I am definitely going to be keeping up with the series as well. The book was fast-paced, but didn’t feel very rushed. The characters get tossed into a situation that was very interesting, scary, and not what I expected at all. I honestly didn’t know where the storyline was going and I think Ivy did a good job at keeping me guessing. The
10+ Howling Stars!

Dear God. Just. Breathe. OK.
Now let me tell you about this brilliantly woven story! This wasn't the normal everday werewolf read. No ladies and gents! This different angle was f_(king magnificent! I just can't put into words. This will forever stick out.

Mary Ann has just started college and is soon to go on winter break. She has had a thing for Gage....well since forever. Both of them growing up in the same small town and ending up at the same college. Mary Ann has had non sto
ummmm WTF did i just read?! I have to say I'm not opposed the fantasy world being the bad guys, but from what I've read in reviews of this one and the next the creepy shifter is supposed to be the hero of the whole thing? The same shifter that holds the 2 people against their will in the middle of nowhere and does endlessly creepy creepy things is supposed to be a guy I root for? How about no. How about it's not sweet or protective its FUCKING CREEPY? What the hell are people thinking rooting fo ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I have loved every single thing I have read by Ivy, so of course I went into this expecting something great and unique and that, thankfully, is exactly what I got.

I admit, even though by the end I loved this, it took me awhile to warm up to some of the characters and even now, knowing that Ivy will throw some twist on us in the next book that will completely make me change my mind again about my thoughts on the characters, I am hesitant to say that I liked Hunter.

Once again Ivy has managed to c
Melanie Genanatti
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
amazaballs! i loved both gage and mary ann. they had amazing chemistry right from the start. i loved the way they bickered and the sexual tension. their connection was strong and they were willing to do so much for one another. I have read a lot of paranormal and was very interested in seeing Alyssa's take on the wolves. I saw how possesive and the impact on how controlling they could be when they choose their mate.

there were many twists in this book and the journey is crazy to say the least.
Although I like the actual story for this series, I have a problem skimming with much of Alyssa's work. The story always seems to slow down enough for me to do a skim, sometimes a major hop, skip & jump. I also have a few issues identifying with the female protagonist whom I find not completely likable. Nonetheless, the story pulls me on to the next novel.
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
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Chloe Adams
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book, I couldn't put it down, can not wait to read the next one 😆
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
THEME: Werewolves and Witches
3.5 star

As a werewolf fanatic I was super excited to be introduced to Alyssa Rose Ivy’s writing through my favorite shifters. I was very surprised with how the werewolves were introduced, as Ivy takes a different route with not only the paranormal aspects but also the romance. If you’re looking for romance it’s all here and then some, but it’s not the normal paranormal romance I was
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Dire" was a new and refreshing paranormal romance. I really fell in love with some of the characters, and I am anxiously awaiting the second book, "Dusk". One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the fact it was written in dual POVs. I loved being able to see inside Gage's head as well as Mary Anne's.

Mary Anne was the main character, and I really enjoyed reading the book from her point of view. She was a smart and caring girl that was easy to relate to. Mary Anne also had some funny line
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4 Sweet and Scary Wolvish Stars
So let me start by warning you that this book has one hell of a cliff-hanger ending. Stupid me thought this book was a series but each book with new characters… Ughhh, the frustration in wishing I was right…. I loved and devoured DIRE and I’m dying to finish all three books to see how the crazy world Mary Anne and Gage walked into can possibly deliver them a HEA. DIRE was extremely fast pace after the first few chapters and things just went out of control.

Mary Ann
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow, super awesome! I had a book hangover, unbelievable!.

This story was totally different, a common theme but there were so many different aspects that really stuck with the stereotypical werewolf/ paranormal story, like the main concept, but was able to branch off into new and fresh territory. I just love what Ivy brought to the table with these characters. I definitely got served.

College students Mary Anne and Gage are leaving campus and heading back to their hometown. Mary Anne is completely
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it

Dire is the first book in the new paranormal NA series by Alyssa Rose Ivy. Obviously due to the paranormal nature and title of the book, some aspects of the plot were obvious from the beginning. For instance, being rescued by a strange group of overprotective men – oh yeah wolves anyone ;)

Told in dual narrative from male and female perspective, Gage and Mary Jane (I just want to call her MJ spiderman style). They’ve known each other nearly all their lives, growing up in the same small town
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
**Received an ARC for an honest review**

I guess the best place to start would be to say that for myself personally it's hard to sink into anything paranormal, however, with this being about werewolves it was easier to like. Dire is prefaced with a flash-forward, which I thought was a nice touch and a duel PoV, before we head into getting a feel for things starting with Gage and Mary Anne at college just before break.

Mary Anne and Gage have been longtime friends and while Mary Anne has always
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mary Ann and Gage are childhood friends now attending college together. What Gage doesn't know is that Mary Ann has been in love with him the whole time. Stranded on the side of the road while heading home over break, they take the opportunity to open up about their feelings for each other. The sexual tension and witty banter between these two are hilarious. Mary Ann is ecstatic over her new relationship with Gage but feel he will dump her when they return to school.

With the possibility of free
Lora Lehman
I think this might be too far from the norm. I finished it and am still just left confused about what's happening. It just felt off but I can't seem to articulate why.
Jess (the cozy reader)
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Big thanks to Alyssa for an ARC copy for review.

Alyssa Rose Ivy has done it again. I am hooked on her newest series, The Dire Wolves Chronicles. It's fast paced, sexy, dangerous and thrilling. I absolutely love the mythical and magical world Alyssa creates. Just like both The Crescent Chronicles and The Empire Chronicles this novel is still set in the same paranormal realm, but now the wolves are front row and center and they most certainly have a story to tell.

The story is told from two perspec
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* I received an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review.

I have a love-hate relationship with this book. I still can't tell you how I finished it and actually wanted to write up a review.

The first 24% of this book didn't capture me. It was actually SO unrealistic that I felt it pushed the fictional romance boundaries, to me. First of all, why would anyone in their right mind decide to "out run" a snowstorm just to avoid being on campus for another 2-3 days? Why w
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books I have to take a few moments to gather my thoughts before I rush into a review. Don't get me wrong...I enjoyed the story, there just was some parts that made the storyline hard for me to shallow. I’ll get to that in a bit.

Let me start off by saying that I love Gage. Like love-love him. He is a great character that I ended up loving more and more as the story unfolded. Mary Anne? I liked her, but wasn't in love with her character. But she was ok. As for! Ju
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, na, paranormal, weres

3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!

I've read a LOT of werewolf stories over the years and whilst some are rather obvious and predictable, I was pleased with the different approach Alyssa Rose Ivy takes in Dire.

Mary Anne wants Gage. Gage is just starting to notice her, but then suddenly they find themselves immersed into a strange, supernatural world. Enter Hunter! On a side note, the snowy elements kinda reminded me of the scenario in JLA's Frigid but with added paranormal elements.

The characters were a b
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Alyssa Rose Ivy is the bestselling author of more than forty novels with over one million books sold worldwide. She loves to weave stories with romance and humor, and she is best known for writing about college boys with wings. After surviving law school and earning her masters in library science, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. Although raised in the New York area, she ...more

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