Sunday, July 12, 2015

{Review} Stolen & Forgiven (Branded Packs, #1) by Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan

About The Book

Stolen & Forgiven by Alexandra Ivy & Carrie Ann Ryan

Publisher:  Branded Packs, #1

Publication Date: July 14, 2015

Genres: Paranormal


The first in a brand new dark and gritty paranormal series, Stolen and Forgiven begins a new journey with NYT Bestselling Authors, Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan.


The first rule of being Alpha of the Canine Pack is to protect their secrets from the humans at all cost. One look at the dying human at his doorstep and Holden Carter knows he will have to break it. The broken woman with no hope at survival is his mate. When he forces the change on her to save her life, he not only sets forth motions that could risk both their lives, but the lives of every shifter in the world.

Ariel Sands grew up in a post-Verona infection world and under the care of the very humans she thought had cured the disease. When they betray her in the worst ways imaginable, she finds herself not only mated to the Alpha of a the very species she’s been taught to fear, but the focal point of a traitor and path to destruction for everyone’s way of life. It will take more than trust and a mating bond for Ariel and Holden to not only survive their enemies, but the burn of their own temptations.


Soren Slater is a Beta wolf who understands that duty to his Pack comes before his own needs. At a young age he takes a position as a liaison between his Pack and the other species of shifters. He never expected his enticing flirtations with Cora Wilder, a Tiger Princess, would encourage her cat to consider him a potential mate. He’s forced to walk away, choosing a partner among the wolves to try and strengthen his Pack.

Cora has no intention of forgiving or forgetting Soren’s rejection. Not even when the Packs are forced to live together and she discovers Soren’s former mate has died. But then, she’s kidnapped by the SAU and she has no choice but to work with Soren to escape. Together they must put the past behind them if they’re to survive the human’s evil plot.


If you’re a paranormal reader then you are probably familiar with Alexandra Ivy and/or Carrie Ann Ryan. I have read many books written by both of these authors…several of their releases are even on my pre-order list, including Bayou Heat and Montgomery Ink.

Stolen and Forgiven is a concise introduction to the Branded Pack series. Readers are given a quick overview of the world and its inhabitants. I would have liked a more in-depth expansion; hopefully as time passes more details will be revealed.

Stolen injects you directly into the harsh reality that has been forced upon the River Pack. Ariel is a little too accepting of life within the walls of the compound. Holden is dominant and possessive - and his dialogue is revealing...and sexy.
“If we do this, there’s no going back,” he warned, his voice low.
In Forgiven, the felines are introduced into the already overcrowded canine compound. This reunites past lovers Soren, the River Pack Beta, and Cora, the Golden Pack princess. Cora is still holding a grudge about Soren choosing his duty over her. Soren is my favorite character (so far)…and while Cora seems a little bratty – she makes an incredible heroine.

This series has lots of promise…can’t wait to see what happens next!

Review Copy Provided By: Author

This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

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