Review: Ivy (Blackbird Series, #1) by Dahlia Donovan

July 7, 2014 Review 0

Review:  Ivy (Blackbird Series, #1) by Dahlia Donovan

Widowed photographer Ivy Langdon avoids people in general after her husband’s death. She ventures out days before Christmas for last minute gifts and stumbles into the middle of a terrorist attack in London. Will her luck ever change?

Steven Samuels and his partner Gareth Richardson are called in with their company, Blackbird Security Firm, to rescue the hostages. They never expected to find their perfect mate while saving the world. The more the two wolves learn about Ivy, the more that they want to make her theirs.

Love is never simple or straight-forward and life is often stranger than fiction.

Ivy finds herself drawn into a strange world of shifters and human traffickers.

Can love’s true bite find her before trouble does?

Title: Ivy
Author: Dahlia Donovan
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: May 19, 2014
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Menage
Pages: 61
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Stars: two-stars
Flames: three-flames

This story had such potential, but in this reader’s humble opinion it lacked development.  The premise of the story was interesting – widowed photographer meets a pair of wolf shifter owners of Blackbird Security – and was the only thing that really kept me reading.  I kept waiting to see why terrorist were attacking London requiring our heroes to “save the world.” It was never explained.

The characters weren’t allowed to develop well.  We got the bare highlights of their lives, but not any real depth to their personalities.  I didn’t like Ivy’s friends the way they were described or in their interactions.  They seemed so superficial.  Rather than showing support during a panic attack, Ivy’s “best mate” Alicia continued shopping.  The author was probably trying for more drama by having Ivy running willy-nilly through the streets of London, but I just found it callus and uncaring.   I could almost identify with Ivy, but ultimately there was no connection.  I found Ivy too much of a contradiction.  Was she strong and brave or a hermit prone to panic attacks?  Our wolves, Steve and Gareth are portrayed as hot, hero type, alpha males – pretty stereo-typical.  There were hints at deeper relationships to the pack, and some potentially interesting pack dynamics, but neither was explained well – if at all.  I had moments of “Hey what! What?”  I would have liked to see this developed more, rather than have another eye-rolling attack on Ivy.

The story itself wasn’t bad, but it felt like a narrative and didn’t draw me into the action.  As mentioned, the premise of this story was interesting.  I really wanted to get sucked in and love this story.  Unfortunately, it just did not happen for me.


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