by Carrie Ann Ryan
Fated Desires Publishing (February 17, 2015)
When the great war between the Redwoods and the Centrals occurred three decades ago, the Talon Pack risked their lives for the side of good. After tragedy struck, Gideon Brentwood became the Alpha of the Talons. But the Pack’s stability is threatened, and he’s forced to take mate—only the one fate puts in his path is the woman he shouldn’t want.
Though the daughter of the Redwood Pack’s Beta, Brie Jamenson has known peace for most of her life. When she finds the man who could be her mate, she’s shocked to discover Gideon is the Alpha wolf of the Talon Pack. As a submissive, her strength lies in her heart, not her claws. But if her new Pack disagrees or disapproves of fate’s choice, the consequences could be fatal.
As the worlds Brie and Gideon have always known begin to shift, they must face their challenges together in order to help their Pack and seal their bond. But when the Pack is threatened from the inside, Gideon doesn’t know who he can trust and Brie’s life could be forfeit in the crossfire. It will take the strength of an Alpha and the courage of his mate to realize where true loyalties lie.
Lone wolves are challenging the Talon Pack Alpha Gideon, with increasing frequency and none of them have had the dominance to win. On top of this, it is becoming apparent that wolves will not be a hidden entity much longer. In an effort to control how the wolves are made public, the Redwood and Talon packs have a meeting to discuss how this should be done. This is where the fun begins.
Brie has known Gideon is her mate since she was seventeen. The problem, she is a submissive wolf, and as such really isn’t suited to be an Alpha’s mate. She has managed to avoid meeting him since that day so long ago, now her hiding is over. Kane, Alpha of the Redwood pack has ordered her to be at the meeting with the Talon pack.
When Gideon meets Brie, he knows right away she’s his mate, and a submissive. Since she doesn’t acknowledge anything he decides fate made a mistake and is going to ignore this little fact. Unfortunately for him the elders of his pack have other ideas. In an effort to exert their power the elders decide to invoke the Mating Clause on the Alpha “for the good of the pack”. Faced with a forced mating Gideon tells the elders he has found his potential mate but has not had the opportunity to pursue her. When Brie discovers this she travels to meet with Gideon. Better to have the mate the Goddess has given them than to have one forced by the elders and witches.
The mating instinct is strong with these two and they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. With this starting backwards and they really don’t know each other, Gideon is way too overprotective of her. This is making it difficult for Brie to find her place in the pack.
Top that off with the elder Shannon hating her and the surprise appearance of a wolf who should be dead and the sparks really start flying. The pack has an internal problem that could mean the end of the current relative peace if Gideon and Brie don’t get it together.
I loved this book, the intricate weaving of the story as Gideon and Brie find their paths in spite of everything that is against them.
5 Contented Purrs for Carrie Ann!
Carrie Ann Ryan
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
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The Fifth Book in the Outsiders Series
Fireborn Publishing, LLC. (July 10, 2015)
Christophe Roux has always known he was different. Born to a wealthy French family, he has never told anyone that he is frequently thrown through time and space to visit with ghosts and other terrifying creatures. But now he knows he is an Outsider and moreover that he has a soul mate somewhere out in the world waiting for him. When his brother is taken, he heads to Maine to search for help, never expecting that his love is the woman he has lusted after for years.
Ruby Brannon lived her childhood on the run and her adulthood trying to make sense of the strange things that happen to her. Now, she’s with the Outsiders but she is still unsure if she’ll be able to step up when it’s her turn to fight the evil seeking to destroy them all.
Together, Ruby and Christophe will change the fates of the Outsiders. Or die trying.
As the tale continues we get to see more and more of the Outsiders and their past. While mainly about Christophe and Ruby, we also meet the rest of the outsiders. They haven’t all met up but for a moment they are all in Maine. We have caught glimpses of Zane previously so now we get to know him better.
Sebastian is on a roll and attacks not only Christophe and his twin Colin but also the house in Maine, playing mind games with Ruby who has joined the group.
Ruby discovers the whereabouts of the cypher key by half-watching TV while trying to decipher the books. It is a cane in the possession of a Preacher the same preacher her grandparents kept her away from for years.
Drew and Marina accompany her to get the cane, but they are waylaid by the appearance and then disappearance of Christophe. Then an explosion and fire leaves Marina unconscious and Drew missing. Christophe reappears with the knowledge that his brother has been captured by Sebastian.
Christophe finds that when he touches Ruby his powers settle as well as hers. Wishing for the key she ends up with a key that burns her hand and Christophe transported them to a place they wish to be aka her bedroom.
There are three things that need to be done, rescue Colin, get the cane and find out what the key is for.
We meet up with Zane as he goes to a bar to find the courage to enter a church he believes the Outsiders are in. There he meets Gia the bartender and when she tries her power on him it doesn’t work and vise versa. They discover they are cousins and not soul mates and Zane moves in with an offer to keep her safe.
The person we hadn’t met is Raquel, she is the one who set the fire that caused the explosion. Alexa has also traveled to Maine and meets Raquel and only knows that she wants to get to the island home of the Outsiders as much as she does.
This is fast paced with something happening on every page. I love how the newly mated can’t keep their hands to themselves and the males get all grumpy. Lots of surprises here and I enjoyed every single one.
Five Contented Purrs for Rebecca!
Catch up on the series:
Love Beyond Time | Love Beyond Sanity
Love Beyond Loyalty | Love Beyond Sight
As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.
I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. I live in Austin Texas where I am determined to eat all the barbecue in town.
I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I’ve been told I’m a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.
I’d love to hear from you!
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