Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Abandoned and Unseen (Branded Packs #2) by Alexandra Ivy & Carrie Ann Ryan Review
ABANDONED by Carrie Ann Ryan
In ABANDONED love blossoms between two unlikely shifters. A mama bear whose main concern is the care and safety of her twin sons and a seemingly laid back jaguar. With the changes that have taken place in the compound that the bears, cats, and wolves are now forced to share everyone is needing to make adjustments. Sharing power and responsibility outside of their packs doesn't come easily to any of them, but in order to keep everyone safe concessions are having to be made.
For Anya, things are about to become even more dangerous for both herself and her sons. Her sons are the key to a crazy man's plan for fame and possible fortune. What he doesn't count on is the fact that the packs are able to band together and all of them, especially Cole is going to take their responsibilities very seriously.
ABANDONED is another fast moving installment in this series. There's a fast burning but sweet romance between Anya and Cole, a mad dash to save innocent lives, and the coming together (to a degree) of the shifters forced to find common ground. Ryan was even able to get me excited about possible upcoming storylines. Cole's friend Gibson's as well as Anya's brother Oliver's stories are two that I am looking forward to reading.
UNSEEN by Alexandra Ivy
In UNSEEN we get a story that takes place outside of the shifter compounds. Nicole is on a mission to avenge the loss of her son and she doesn't care what she has to happen to do it. The humans who are responsible will be made to pay even if costs her her life to do it. Risking his community's safety and putting the larger Unseen community at risk as well isn't in the plans, but Tucker is willing to help Nicole. They are just going to have to get help from Sinclair, the alpha of the Unseen pack.
Unseen had plenty of action and laid the groundwork for how the Unseen will impact how the governing of shifters will develop and change. SAU is being infiltrated and will hopefully be taken down with the help of humans who acknowledge the huge injustices against shifters.
Strong personalities, intense desires, and a different set of mating standards makes the story enjoyable. Romance, action, and even emotion are plentiful in UNSEEN and I look forward to what comes next!
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
You can read my review of book 1 Stolen and Forgiven here.
Abandoned and Unseen Synopsis:
The next in a new dark and gritty paranormal series. Abandoned and Unseen continues the journey with NYT Bestselling Authors, Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan.
When bear shifter, Anya Tucker fell in love with the wrong man, the only thing she left with was a broken heart—and her two bear cubs. Now she’s mended her wounds and learned that in order to raise her babies she can only trust herself. When her sons meet the lazy cat next door and fall heads over tails for him, she’ll do whatever she takes to protect them—even from a past she’d thought she’d left behind.
Cole McDermott is a jaguar on a mission. Long naps, a willing woman, and a full stomach is usually all he needs when it comes to relaxing after a long day of protecting his Pack. Then he meets Anya and the burn of temptation is silky and tantalizing indeed. When a horror from Anya’s past threatens everything she loves, Cole will put everything aside and fight for her family—as well as his own.
Nicole Bradley had no reason to live after the humans murdered her son. Not until she learns to hunt down those responsible for his death. Shifting into her wolf form at night, she slips out of the compound, determined to do as much damage as possible. The last thing she expected was to discover secrets that could destroy the SAU.
Polar shifter, Tucker Stone, lives off the grid. It’s the only way the Unseen can avoid being rounded up by the humans and tossed into a compound. Besides, he’s a loner by nature. But he can’t walk away when he sees the pretty female wolf in danger. Risking exposure, he takes her to his hidden den and tries to heal her wounds.
Can a reclusive polar bear and a wolf with a death wish find happiness together?
About the Authors
Carrie Ann Ryan Bio:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.
Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.
Alexandra Ivy graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She started her career writing traditional regencies before moving into the world of paranormal with her USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling series The Guardians of Eternity. Now she writes a wide variety of genres that include paranormal, erotica, and romantic suspense.