Review: Raphael by Alexandra Ivy and Parish by Laura Wright

Posted April 8, 2024 by Sophia Rose in Reviews Tags: , , , ,

Book cover of Raphael/Parish by Alexandra Ivy and Laura WrightRaphael / Parish
Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright
Sophia Rose
Rating: B

What I’m Talking About:

I had read several of both authors’ books by the time their new Bayou Heat partner came out.  I loved the idea of puma shifters hidden away in the Bayou as legend so when the pair of first stories was free, I jumped on it.  And, years later, to meet a few reading challenges, I finally read it.

Whew, this was a fast and furious ride of sizzling sexiness and paranormal danger.  Raphael is the first novella and it gives a brief intro to the world by way of a legend the heroine and everyone else on the edge of the bayou knows about, but doesn’t believe- legendary cat creatures… right.

Until her blurry memory of a one night stand leads to pregnancy and the man comes back into her life with a tail, ahem, tale to tell her that she is forced to believe when the situation gets extreme.

Raphael is inflamed by a need to claim the human woman and is rocked to the core when she turns up pregnant with his child.  His people, the Pantera, have grown desperate because of infertility and even tried mating with humans.  Why did it suddenly work and why is he driven to claim and mate with her?

So much happens in a short amount of time, but whoa, that abrupt stop of an ending with lots of things left unanswered might have made me mad if I hadn’t had the second book and discovered that while Raphael and Ashe were not the primary couple, their story continues.

The second story is Parish and pediatric doctor, Julia Cabot’s tale.  With Ashe’s pregnancy, all the Pantera including Ashe and Raphael want her to have the best care and that means a human doctor.  Parish isn’t keen on humans, but the moment he catches the sight and scent of Julia, he’s in a hurry to whisk her away to the Wildlands.  And, oddly, Julia isn’t as worked up over being kidnapped as she should be because Parish is wild and take charge, but he’s honest unlike her cheating ex.

I wasn’t as surprised by the climax action leading to a stunning surprise and then an abrupt end.  Oh and the romances in this one are lightning fast with the mating urge on the puma shifters, but also the humans feel it as well to a lesser extent, I suspect.  I’ve got some theories about what is going on here, but I’ll have to wait and see if I’m right.

Word to the wise, this is one of those serial-style series of quick novellas that the reader will likely have to invest in the whole enchilada to get a complete wrap on the series plot conflict.  As it happens, I did invest in the first six stories at least so I’ll keep going with them.  Hot Paranormal Romance in a quick-read novella form will suit the mood and time constraints for some readers.

My Rating: B
Sophia Rose

About the Book:

New Year. New World. New Species.
In the depths of the bayous lives a secret race of puma shifters. The creation of a powerful magic, they have lived in peace until the threat of extinction drives them to seek the world beyond their homelands. Now the Pantera must discover the answer to their dying magic and halt an ancient enemy before it can destroy them all.

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 path, his most primitive instincts are stirred. Unable to resist, he takes her to his bed, and is shocked when she becomes pregnant with his child. It’s a miracle that might prove to be the salvation of his people, but only if he can keep her safe from the mercenaries determined to kill her.

Untamed and undeniably sexy, Parish, leader of the Pantera hunters, rarely leaves the magic of the Wildlands to deal with the humans he despises. But with the prized and risky Pantera birth on the way, puma shifter, Parish must travel to New Orleans to find and bring back a human doctor. The moment he sees the lovely, talented and all too human Dr. Julia Cabot he cannot resist the wild, potent drive to make her his. Betrayed and destroyed by love, Julia will not let her heart choose her path again. But as she and Parish fight to save the life of an unborn child, a fierce and overwhelming bond develops between them, threatening her frozen heart with the secret hope and ultimate temptation of love and family.

Release Date: January 3, 2013
Bayou Heat #1-2
Paranormal Romance
paperback (#183 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Purchased with my own funds (freebie at the time)

Purchase Info:
Amazon (affiliate link)