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.
LITERAL ADDICTION’s Review of Stolen and Forgiven
Our review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
--Actual rating 4.5 Skulls
Wolves, tigers, and bears. Oh my! Stolen and Forgiven were two amazing books, grouped together into a very fun new series by two superstar authors. Shifter fans will be overjoyed!
In Stolen, we meet Holden (Alpha of the River Pack) and his unexpected mate, Ariel as they try to make sense of the new world they've been thrust into. One 25 years into the future, following the outbreak of a virus that caused the shifters to come out and thus become caged by humans. Conflict, intrigue, and strong characters abound in Carrie Ann's Branded Pack debut.
In Forgiven, we are further introduced to Soren (the Beta of the River Pack) as he's forced to come face-to-face with his old flame, Cora, the princess of the Golden Pack once again. And as if their history and tension wasn't enough (despite the fact that he's a wolf and she's a tiger!), they have to deal with the fact that the Canine and Feline compounds have been thrown together--more than likely in hopes that they'll just kill each other off--and constantly look over their shoulders for the danger posed by the humans. Danger, sacrifice, compromise and growth are beautifully rendered in Alexandra's Branded Pack contribution.
As mentioned, if you're a shifter fan, I think you will adore this compilation. I personally cannot wait for Abandoned and Unseen.