In STOLEN we are introduced to the world of BRANDED PACKS through the building crisis in the Canine pack. Holden is trying to figure out how to make the lives of his pack members more tolerable when they are all confined to a reservation like area because of the fear that humans have of dual natured beings. After discovering Ariel near death and realizing that she is his mate Holden is now facing a whole new level of problems not only from the humans who despise all of the shifters, but from dissent in the pack as well. STOLEN is fast paced and there is a lot of background and story packed into this short read.
In FORGIVEN the world is expanded through Soren's story and the inclusion of the feline shifters. Things are changing for the shifter community and when wolves and cats are made to live together alliances, loyalties, and even hearts are tested.
There's plenty of action and world building in STOLEN AND FORGIVEN. I enjoyed the paranormal world that is developing. These are novella length stories so things happen quickly and I was left wanting more. The only thing that I didn't like is the fact that the humans are so much the villains in this world. I hope that in future stories there will be more empathetic and basically good humans that come to the forefront. I will definitely continue with this series to find out!
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
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.