Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆.5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Audience: New Adult
Narrator: Amy Landon
Publisher: Tantor Media
Source: Library (Libby)
Recommended for fans of: Shadowhunters looking for a steamier romance, Sookie Stackhouse
Content Warnings: kidnapping, drug use, torture
Book 1: Wicked
Pub. Date: December 8, 2014
Length: 12 hours (376 pages)
Book 2: Torn
Pub. Date: July 19, 2016
Length: 10 hours (369 pages)
Book 3: Brave
Pub. Date: December 11, 2017
Length: 11 hours (362 pages)
SYNOPSIS – BOOK 1
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.
I absolutely loved this series. This is the perfect trashy fantasy romance about a secret order of fae hunters. Ivy is the kind of passionate heroine with a secret I love. Ren is ultimate book boyfriend material. Tink is delightful and provides much needed comic relief. I always love a New Orleans setting. The world building is straightforward and interesting, the romance is very steamy, and what the story lacks in depth it makes up for with an engrossing pace and addicting storyline. The twisty, action-packed, cliffhanger ending at the end of book one solidified it as a 5 star read for me.
I did not love the direction book 2 took as much. It took some strange turns that put the characters through hell. Ivy and Ren’s relationship was challenged, but there was still lots of steam.
Book 3 featured great character development, great action, and again, plenty of steam. Ivy struggles to overcome the aftermath of Torn, but Ren and Tink are there to help her through. Ivy has to make some difficult decisions to save the world from the fae, and there are plenty of surprising twists! The ending could’ve been a bit more satisfying, but overall I loved this series and it was just what I needed at the time.