I received an ARC copy from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
The stories in this new series of Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan, Branded Packs are amazing and I can't wait for the next one.
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.
I loved Cole, especially when he was in his natural form as jaguar, he's quintessence of the feline race, sly and lazy but beneath this façade he's dangerous and lethal.
The scenes with him and bear cubs are wonderful, full of sweetness, but they also show the love and protective instincts that every shifters nourish for every kind of puppy.
From the start the relationship between Cole and Anya is sparkling, Anya is a tough mumma bear and she is not so fond about Cole, but everything changes when her youngs are in danger and comes into play the real Cole, the protector, the tracker of the pack, which goes against all the rules to help Anya, entirely disinterested, willing to risk his life for her and her babies. Their relationship changes, suddenly overwhelmed by the events. A beautiful story, very hot, always set place in a dark reality, because of the cruelty of humans, who deprived of their freedom the shapeshifters, keeping them understo strict control in their camps. A hard world, which puts a strain on the various races of shapeshifters, but teaching them to live among other races in order to adapt and survive.
RATING 4.5 stars
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?
This is the story of the whole series that I liked the most.
For its two protagonists, their story, Nicole's past, how she's strong and her desire and need for revenge, but especially for Tucker ... Who would ever think that a polar bear could be so hot?! I'm not kidding, he is one of the most beautiful and intense alpha I've ever read, a pity that this is just a short story, he deserves a full-lenght book, because he's amazing. I love he back-and-forth with Nicole and his attitude as caveman.
Dominant, ruthless but very protective of Nicole, willing to do anything to support her and keep her safe, but he didn't prevent her from achieving her revenge, against whom brutally killed her son.
Tucker is one of the Unseen, a group of shapeshifters who managed to evade capture and identification by humans, a group that is trying to destroy from within the human organization that has imprisoned the shifters. Their role is crucial, but keeping their identities secret is equally important.
The story has a great plot and is written beautifully.
RATING: 5 STARS