Review: Out of Control by Alexandra Ivy

Posted October 28, 2014 by Lorna in Lorna, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 24 Comments

Review: Out of Control by Alexandra Ivy
Out of Control by Alexandra Ivy
Series: The Sentinels #0.5
Published by Zebra
Published on: October 28, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 109
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Ivy quenches your thirst for illicit desire with this seductive tale of the Sentinels—outcast humans with the ability to tread the line between life and death—and pleasure and pain…
Ph.D student Angela Locke has a crush on her sexy professor, Dr. Nikolo Bartrev. When she learns he’s actually a Sentinel with extraordinary powers, she joins forces with him to catch a psychopath. But soon, their hottest pursuit is of each other...



When I requested this book from Net Galley, I had no idea that it was the second book in a series. Imagine my surprise, when I realized I had already read the first book, and this was one I had wanted to read all along. The other surprise for me, was that it was pretty much a novella, rather then novel length. Even so, the length worked pretty well for this story, but really could have been a bit longer.

Angela is a teacher at a local small college, and weeks away from getting her PhD in molecular biology. She’s pretty much a science geek, who doesn’t get out much, and spends her off time doing experiments. Six weeks prior to the beginning of this, a new professor had come to the college, and she has since fallen head over heels for him. He sees her daily, but never asks her out. Niko isn’t really a professor, and has reason to watch Angela. He is a Sentinel, and works for Valhalla, the place where most supernaturals in the area live. In this world, the supernatural world is known about, and pretty much feared by humans. A very homicidal supernatural has escaped Valhalla, and they think she will be seeking out Angela for help.

Since this was a short read, I really don’t want to tell more of the story. I will say that I really liked Angela as a character, and Niko was definitely a plus in this story. Dangerous, gorgeous men, pretty much always are!

I liked the premise, the characters, and the limited amount of action that takes place in this story. There were some scary moments, and some sensual ones as well. Of course it could have been a longer story, and I am sure I would have enjoyed it much more. I think I would have liked hearing more about Valhalla, or even a glimpse of the main characters from the previous book, Born in Blood, would have been welcome. All that being said, the next book in this series, Blood Assassin, will be released in January, so hopefully all of that will be taken care of in that installment.

If you are an Alexandra Ivy fan, or just like a good paranormal romance, I recommend this novella, and series. It definitely was a quick, easy read, and I did enjoy it.

FYI-It says 109 pages but actually ends at 88% in, so it is shorter then 109 pages. It was also previously part of an anthology named Predator.


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I’m Lorna and I live in Maryland. Since retiring, I spend my time mostly reading and reviewing books. My favorite reads are Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. I read a lot of indie books in addition to traditionally published books. Favorite paranormal creature? Vampires, but I am really liking werewolves more everyday.

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24 responses to “Review: Out of Control by Alexandra Ivy

  1. so this novella is a prequel but would you recommend me to read book 1 first or start with this ( if i manage to get it of course) i have book 1 in my pile waiting patiently^^ but now even if i planned to read it soon i could postpone it a luittle until i read this novella if you think it’s better
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  2. Lol I’m glad I’m not the only one who forgets about series and stumbles back to them! That’s a sign that 1- you read A LOT and 2- you really like the concept for the series, huh? I’m not familiar with this one, but it sounds with checking out for sure! Novellas can be frustrating, but I’m glad this one was satisfying!
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