Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Release Blitz w/ Excerpt, Review & Giveaway


Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

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He left me standing there as he disappeared into the bathroom, and I tried to make sense of what just happened. All I knew was that the punch-in-the-chest sadness that came whenever I thought of Shaun wasn’t there. And I didn’t know what to make of that.

Or anything.

Taking a deep breath, I put my clothes on his dresser and all but dashed into the bed, and good Lord, the mattress was comfy! I scooted to the middle and froze, having no idea what side he slept on or if he had a side. I totally had a side—always the furthest away from closet doors because I was a dork. Straightening the shirt out so my undies weren’t saying hi to the world, I tugged the blanket up to my hips and lay flat on my back.

I so needed an adult to explain to me what the hell I was supposed to do from this point on.

There wasn’t much time to stress over it because Ren returned from the bathroom. His ever-present half grin spread as he saw me. I clutched the blanket, my breath caught in my throat. My heart pounded so fast that I wondered if I was going to have a heart attack, and God, wouldn’t that be embarrassing. I swallowed nervously and willed my heart to slow.

Turning off the lamp, shadows fell around Ren, but when he faced me, I could tell that he’d frozen. I couldn’t make out his expression as he bent, taking a hold of the covers on his side.



He slowly edged the covers back from his side and climbed in, and although I couldn’t make out his eyes, I knew he was watching me. “I’m happy that you’re here.”

My fingers eased off the blanket.

As he stretched out beside me, my eyes adjusted to the lack of light, and I could see that he was smiling. “Are you?”

“Yeah,” I whispered.

“Good. That’s all I wanted to hear.”

Wow, the warmth that flooded my chest could’ve turned me into a puddle of goo in that bed. I waited for him to make a move on me, but seconds ticked by. He seriously was behaving himself. I dared a quick peek at him, and found I could not look away.

Ren lifted his arm closest to me, and a heartbeat passed. I hesitated for a moment, and then, my heart pounding even more, I slid over until my leg brushed his. He curved his arm around my waist and drew me up against his side, guiding me down until I was nestled against his warm, bare chest. Another moment passed and then I lowered my cheek, and the simple pleasure of lying like this nearly broke me right open.

About Jennifer Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Review by Yvette:

Whether writing about teenage aliens, undergraduates in the throes of first love, or members of a secret group of individuals whose sole purpose is to hunt and destroy Fae, Jennifer L. Armentrout has proven herself to be a master at crafting enthralling and innovative storylines filled with characters that stand out for their larger-than-life personalities. Her latest release, Wicked, is a new spin on Fae mythology that invites readers into the exclusive world of The Order – a world filled with danger and excitement and danger and stakes that grow increasingly higher as the story progresses. Of course, Wicked wouldn’t be the same without the author's signature razor-sharp humor or the wise-cracking repartee between protagonists, Ivy Morgan and Ren Owens. These characters are spunky and daring, which, combined with their crackling sexual tension, ensures that there’s never a dull moment between the pair.

When your heroine is a ball-busting college student with a secret identity and a fiery attitude to match her runaway hair, you know you’ll be in for an exciting journey. By chance of birth, Ivy Morgan is fully entrenched in the world of the Fae, hunting the dark and dangerous creatures on the streets of New Orleans every night and coming home to a miniscule winged brownie with a voracious sweet tooth and an addiction to online shopping. Ivy is in her element amongst the hectic and fast-paced life of the Order, adopting a no-nonsense attitude and a hardened exterior so as not to expose any perceived weakness. Wicked explores the side of Ivy concealed from the rest of the world, exposing all her strengths and weaknesses in such a raw and emotional way that you can’t help but be drawn to her character.

There is nothing quite as enticing as a romantic relationship with a hint of antagonism and, the second Ren Owens compares Ivy to a certain bushy-haired Disney heroine, I knew their rocky start would provide endless amounts of entertainment. Ren is exceedingly confident and doesn't seem to have a filter between his mouth and his brain, which actually makes him perfect for Ivy because his shameless flirtation and irresistible charm challenges her and pushes her out of her comfort zone. There is something incredibly refreshing about a fictional hero who is open and honest (well… about certain things), knowing exactly who and what he wants and pursuing the object of his desire with a single-minded determination.

With Wicked, Jennifer L. Armentrout crafts a mysterious and wondrous world populated by otherworldly creatures and the formidable opponents who dedicate their lives to eradicating their species. It’s an action-packed thriller with shocking twists and reveals around every turn. Every moment not occupied with the skirmish between the Fae and the Order is consumed by the sweet, yet sensual romance between Ivy and Ren, which is, in itself, incentive enough to read this book. The narrative of Wicked wove itself into my mind, never releasing its viselike grip on my emotions until long after the ending left me in astonished disbelief. The sheer brilliance of the author's final bombshell ensured that I will be awaiting the follow-up to Wicked with unbearable eagerness.

Rating: 5 Stars


  1. thank you so much for the giveaway!! Love JLA!

  2. Thank you for the excerpt AND the giveaway! :)

  3. Thank you for the giveaway and all you do on the blog

  4. First I e-book I ever bought and read.

  5. Awesome Giveaway. Thanks for the chance. Good luck everyone. :)

  6. Amazing Giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  7. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm Amber bookloverforlife Smith

  8. Great blog, great giveaway! Jennifer Armentrout is one of my top five favorites, would LOVE a signed copy of White Hot Kiss!!! Thanks :)

  9. Great review, can't wait to read this!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  10. Amazing giveaway! Wicked is absolutely amazing and definitely one of my favorite reads this year!!

  11. Morgan ~

    I love JLA, and I loved Wicked!!! This was a great review and thank you for the awesome giveaway, I would love to win some Wicked swag!!!

  12. thank you for this giveaway! YOU ROCK..!


  13. everything looks good except me losing.

  14. wow, 2 comments? Hope I did this right? How come a guy can't win?

  15. Thanks for putting this giveaway, so awesome!

  16. Never read this author but it sounds good. Thanks for the chance.

  17. Woohoo, thanks for this great giveaway :)

  18. Thanks so much for this opportunity!!! Good Luck to everyone & Happy Holidays! =)

  19. Thank you for the wonderful chance.

  20. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  21. Thanks for the chance :) Keep Jasmine Flower Editing in mind for your next publishable project!

  22. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!