Deadly Crush (Deadly Trilogy, Book 1)

Rated 4.50/5 based on 7 reviews
Dog Mountain is just like any other small town — peaceful and uneventful. Well, that is if peaceful means wolves howling all night, and uneventful means it’s overrun by pesky werewolves, then yes, Dog Mountain is just your average small town. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781927806005
About Ashley Stoyanoff

Ashley Stoyanoff is an author of paranormal romance books for young adults, including The Soul's Mark series and the Deadly Trilogy. She lives in Southern Ontario with her husband, Jordan, and two cats: Tanzy and Trinity.

In July 2012, Ashley published her first novel, The Soul’s Mark: FOUND, and shortly thereafter, she was honored with The Royal Dragonfly Book Award for both young adult and newbie fiction categories.

An avid reader, Ashley enjoys anything with a bit of romance and a paranormal twist. When she’s not writing or devouring her latest read, she can be found spending time with her family, watching cheesy chick flicks or buying far too many clothes.

Ashley loves hearing from her readers, so feel free to connect with her online.

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Review by: Holly Rutkowski on Nov. 26, 2013 :
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)

I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I had trouble deciding how many stars to give it because it's more than three, but isn't quite a four. If Smashwords would let me, I would have probably given it 3 3/4 stars.

The story was great. I loved how the pack politics was all laid out and you sort of knew how everything worked, although I have to say I sort of hate the female pack members. I believe them to be a little to overly mean. (I would have used the word catty, but they're dogs...) It was decent story telling, and it was a different look on things, but it could have been conveyed a bit better.

I felt that the characters were a bit one dimensional, and I also thought there was over use of certain phrases, which could have easily been avoided. Example, "Too-tight hug, Too-tight grip..." I think other adjectives could have been use.

The one thing that bothered me most about this book though is probably something that is just in my head and no one else's, because I tend to really think, and over think things when I am reading. If Dog Mountain is a town where people know about weres, and the rest of the world apparently doesn't, and some people dislike the pack...why don't they just call the media, or the military, and have them shipped off to area 51 so that the army can do testing on them and possibly make weapons to help fight in wars and such? This would get rid of the weres, and they would be out of people's hair. I don't understand how an entire town can know about something like this and it hasn't leaked.

All in all though, I would recommend reading this, because it's an interesting and different take on the old classic werewolf story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Maria Dodd on Nov. 23, 2013 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review - Lovers of Paranormal.WOW! Werewolves with a difference. This story wasn't really what I was expecting. Right from the very beginning it led me down a path I wasn't familiar with. A town where the wolves openly lived with the human townspeople. Jade's dislike of the wolves and her strained relationship with Dominic made me hope for a happily-ever-after for them. That was very short lived when his little secret came out. I didn't quite know how I felt about Aidan at first but found I was hooked without meaning to be.The plot kept developing and taking me to places I wasn't expecting. I was keeping an eye on the page numbers as I got towards the end and with only 4 to go was thinking the wrapping up had to be intense. I couldn't believe it that I didn't get the 'wrap'! I still want more!! I wasn't ready for the book to end. I can't wait for the continuation.A thoroughly good read made more so by the new twist on a theme. Thank you
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Dii on Oct. 21, 2013 :
Is there room for another YA paranormal romance? If it has the unique spin only Ashley Stoyanoff can twist, then the answer is yes! Deadly Crush, the first in a new trilogy, Deadly puts the small town of Dog Mountain (yep, seriously) on the maps as a haven for werewolves as they co-habitate with humans out in the open. Too bad this doesn’t sit well with Jade, who has lost a lot to the bite of a werewolf and cannot forgive and forget. When a hot new guy hits town, Jade has taken it on herself to keep him safe from the pack. Too bad Jade is wasting her time, Aidan is the new pack alpha, but cannot seem to let her in on the news. Tough, outspoken and completely human, Jade is a force to be reckoned with when angered. When she learns that things are not as they seem and those closest to her have been less than honest, Jade’s already turmoil-filled life is in for a massive upheaval and her biggest nightmare could become reality, starring Aidan, the pack and someone Jade could never believe would betray her.
Ashley Stoyanoff has given voice to multiple viewpoints, each clear, well-timed and genuinely realistic! Talk about 3-d story-telling! Her sense of good dialogue and great world-building almost make me wonder if she knows something the rest of us don’t! From the sights to the sounds and smells, Dog Mountain comes alive, its inhabitants ranging from the typical high school Hierarchy to the laws of the pack. So many secrets, so many webs have been woven, only the strong will survive. Will it include Jade and Aidan, or will forces beyond her control cause Jade to turn her back on happiness and weave her own web of lies? Only Ashley Stoyanoff knows!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Valerie McQueen on Oct. 01, 2013 :
Deadly Crush by Ashley Stoyanoff

rating 5*****

This book was provided from the author in exchange for honest literary review.

I love anything paranormal. That being said, this book was off the charts to me. Deadly Crush blends action, romance, and pains of growing up all on one novel.
I think Dog Mountain is about the best name for a shifter town I have ever heard. I laughed out loud at that one right from the start. As the novel develops, you can't help but identify with Jade. She is a great strong female character which I love. I also felt some of the vulnerability where Aidan was concerned. It was endearing.
I honestly don't know which of the boys are my favorite in this one. The characters are so gash darn likeable in this one. As I watched Aidan and Jade's story unfold for once I did.t know what to expect. The author hits you with twist of plot that is so unpredictable it will leave you floored. The ending is uber awesome. I want to write it out so much and spill it all but I don't do spoilers.....To equal up to this part two of this series is going to have to be out of this world
This is my first experience with this author and I have to say I was both very happy and presantly surprised. Weres are my favorite of all paranormals, and this is about as vivid and accurate as I have ever been able to have an author recreate in ny mind. overall a great start to a new series. This one has enough to be a stand alone read, but that ending is driving me crazy......when is it I can get my hands on part 2???

Michelle McQueen
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ela Wisniewska on Sep. 30, 2013 : (no rating)
Although this book was provided to me, free of charge, by the author in exchange for my honest review, I really, honestly, loved this book. I flew through it in about 8 hours and really wished that it was longer. The way the book is written really pulls you into the story immediately and doesn't let go until the end, and for me, not even then.

This book had me going through the five stages of grief!
Denial: It's not over. It CAN'T be over. My Nook sais I still have 12 pages to go. It's not over dammit!
Anger: My Nook lied to me! LIED! Why is this book so short?! Why are you doing this to me?!
Bargaining: It's ok. I'll just get the next book in the series right away and it will be ok. Or I can just read this one again. It will be ok...
Depression: I want more and there is no more. Excuse me while I cry myself to sleep now...
Acceptance: Ok, I am a stable adult. I can wait for the next book to come out without screaming at electronics in an accusatory manner or being a little obsessed. I can do this.

The main characters, Jade and Aiden are so well written and complex that it's a pure joy reading about their ups and downs. Their doubts and their triumphs. I especially enjoyed watching the romance between them blossom and then shatter into a million pieces right before their eyes. I know that's a little strange to say, but I have faith for the upcoming books in this series.

A huge gold start to the editor of this book. I've found that a lot of books that are from new or self published authors have either sloppy or no editing that ends up taking away from the writing, and this particular book was impeccably edited. That brought joy to my heart. Not only do I love the story, but I love the ease of which I can read it and not get completely ripped out of the story by a messy or confusing editing job. This really accentuated the writing as I could lose myself in the story completely.

Three bad things that I did find with the book. The first, and most obvious one, is how short it is. I WANT MORE! And to be honest, I want it now. Yes, completely bratty, spoiled 10 year old of me but I really couldn't get enough.

The second one was the extent that Jade made Aiden weak. I understand having a soft spot for someone you have feeling for but he's an alpha. An Alpha! He should at least have a little bit less of a love sick puppy in my opinion.

Last but not least was the ending. It was a bit confusing and abrupt to me. Clearly that didn't stop me from loving the book, it just didn't feel... complete.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves YA paranormal romances. I, obviously, will be waiting with bated breath until the release of any further books in the series, until then, I will fill my days will lesser novels.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: lorrie zielinski on Aug. 25, 2013 :
I was given an ARC for an honest review.

I have never read anything by Ashley Stoyanoff and after reading this book I'm wishing I found this author sooner. I really loved the book and found it hard to put down. Jade is a very strong character that has been hurt a lot and hates the packs. Aidan is the new alpha who falls in love with Jade. I have to by far say this is the best werewolf story I've ever read. I highly recommend this book to any one who is into paranormal.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: NatashaMay on Aug. 25, 2013 :
*I give it 4 and a half stars*
This story was full of suspense, intrigue and a little bit of romance and heartache. I didn’t expect Jade’s dad to be involved in any kind of fishy business so I was really surprised how the story unfold.

Jade seemed like a tough girl and I liked her a lot right up until she started crushing over Aiden while he was ignoring her.

First I was excited to read about Jade not submitting but I was a little annoyed that Aiden’s controlling behavior was something Jade was falling for. It was like someone treating you like shit and overpowering you was ok and something to swoon over.

This was a really good book and well written but I was a little baffled by Jade’s ignorance. She knew about werewolves all her life how come she didn’t know about pack rules and the games? And how come nobody knew werewolves could hear you from a distance when it was common knowledge that werewolves existed and were living among people?

Other than that I loved the book but there wasn’t really an ending to the story which bothered me a little.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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