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.
In Stolen, we meet the canines.
I love the Alpha Holden, he is trying so hard to do the right thing for his pack, one of those things has been not to mate. He is careful about who he beds, since none of the females in his pack are his mate.
When he comes across what he at first thinks is a body dump, his wolf cries mate. Ariel has been left for dead by the SAU, and Holden is given no choice by his wolf. There is only one way he can save her, and that way will but everyone at risk. Change her into a wolf.
One of my favorite passages is when Ariel wakes up already healing and Holden is trying to explain what happened:
“I’ll explain everything once you’re clean and have food in you.” He nudged her chin with his knuckle and she met his gaze. “You’re my mate, Ariel. You don’t have to believe that right now, but you’ll feel the connection.” He frowned. “At least I hope you will. We’ll deal with what that means at another time, but first, let’s get you cleaned up.”
She blinked. “You changed me. Is that what you’re saying? Because if that’s true, you didn’t give me a choice.” She ran a hand over her chest. “I… I don’t know how I feel about that.”
He winced but didn’t defend himself. “Shower, Ariel. Now.”
“Don’t order me around.”
“I’m the Alpha, siren. You’ll have to get used to listening to my orders.”
“Siren?” she asked, her head spinning.
“It was either that or mermaid.” He shrugged then picked her up, holding her close to his chest. She let out a yelp and wrapped her arms around his neck so she wouldn’t fall.
“I can walk,” she snapped.
“Can you?” he asked in that annoyingly arrogant tone.
Keeping Arial safe is top on the list of the Holden’s priorities. Yet as the Alpha’s mate she must also find her place in the pack. This will not be easy as so many things are thrown at both her and the pack simultaneously.
Jealousy, new love, sizzling sex and the SAU causing more than enough grief for everyone.
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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.
In forgiven we meet the felines as they are forced to move in with the canines. Not an ideal situation for either of them. However, there is one feline and one canine whose interest in each other is more than just surviving together.
Soren had left Cora, the feline Princess, to do what was right for his pack and mated another wolf. A fact he regretted, and even two years after Leah’s death he still feels guilty.
In spite of Cora wanting them to stay away from each other Soren and his wolf have decided not to let that happen, especially with a male cat sniffing around her. Having come up with an idea for games that would challenge and help tone down aggression he enlists Cora’s help.
As the games progress, even Cora has to admit the idea was brilliant. This is a scene as Soren leads her to his place after gifting her with her favorite chocolates.
She nearly stumbled as she felt the damp urgency between her legs. Oh, lord, it’d been so long. Too long.
“You shouldn’t waste your money on me,” she forced herself to mutter.
His fingers moved up her back, threading in her hair that she’d left down this morning. “I would give my last penny to see you smile,” he assured her.
She licked her lips that suddenly felt dry. “Soren.”
They reached his front porch, and he halted directly in front of his door, gazing down at her with a tenderness that nearly broke her heart. “I would give my soul to earn your forgiveness, princess.”
She wavered. It would be so easy to submit. To give in to the aching need of her cat. But there was still a part of her that couldn’t let go. Perhaps it was a need to punish Soren. Or to protect her vulnerable heart. Or perhaps it is simply a very female desire to continue with this delicious game, she wryly conceded. There was, after all, a heady power in having this gorgeous male chase after her.
Whatever the reason, she found herself giving a slow shake of her head. “I’m not ready.”
“I know. I’m sorry.” His hand lifted to cup her cheek, his thumb trailing along the line of her jaw. “I can be a pushy bastard. Honestly, I’m happy we can at least be friends.” His light touch sent sparks of pleasure shooting through her body.
Swaying forward, she placed her hands on his chest, relishing the feel of his sharp shudder. “Friends,” she said, the word sounding oddly empty.
His thumb found the pulse that was hammering just below the line of her jaw. “We are friends, aren’t we?” he asked.
“I thought…” She deliberately allowed her words to trail away.
“Maybe we could be friends with benefits,” she suggested.
Never stupid, Soren was swift to follow her implication. His muscles tensed, his heart pounding beneath her palm. “Would those benefits include having you in my arms?” he demanded, his eyes fully wolf as he gazed down at her flushed face.
“If you want-” Her words broke off in a startled shriek as he abruptly grabbed her by the waist and tossed her over his shoulder. “What are you doing?”
Wrapping his arms around her legs, he shoved open the door and headed into his cabin. “Not giving you the chance to change your mind.”
Stolen and Forgiven (Branded Packs Book 1) (Kindle Locations 2266-2289). Kindle Edition.
Then the smoldering sex begins, as they both start to realize there is much more there.
It’s not going to be that easy though. The SAU knows Alpha’s can turn humans now and it’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose.
Love this story and can’t wait for more of the Branded Packs!
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Coming in July
Buried and Shadowed – Book 3
I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library. Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.
Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!
I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.
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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