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Publisher's Summary

The first in a brand new dark and gritty paranormal series, Stolen and Forgiven begins a new journey with New York Times best-selling authors Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan.

Stolen

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 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 survive their enemies and burn of their own temptations.

Forgiven

Soren Slater is a Beta wolf who understands the 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.

©2015 Carrie Ann Ryan, Alexandra Ivy (P)2015 Carrie Ann Ryan, Alexandra Ivy

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shifters saved the world

I had not read this book so when I got this audio I was so shocked and happy with the story, shifters save humans from death but then get locked up by the government, silly humans not realizing secrets can not be kept and find their way out

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Sexy Shifters and Their Fight to be Free

The narrator's voice reeled me in! The story line was a different take on Shifter Romance.

It starts out with the wolf pack and the history behind the containment of shifters. When a human is left for dead Holden, the Alpha of The River Pack, knows he must save the woman regardless of the threat it poses if the SAU finds out.

I loved having two stories by two incredible authors in one listen. Aiden Snow's performance was exactly what I hoped a dark shifter romance would be. His voice is sexy as hell and perfect to pull you in to the shifter world.

I'm looking forward to the next installment of the series.

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Stolen

Holden and Ariel’s story sets the tone for the series while learn the ways of the pack. Dark and gritting, Holden’s choice sets a unexpected chain of event. Giving a nice twist for shifters. Hot, hard and in your face the Branded Pack is nothing to mess with.



Forgiven

Cora and Soren story is dangerous, sassy and sexy. Past lovers find themselves in each others path when the humans force the wolves and tigers into one compound. Sorens mistake of the past has him chasing after anything Cora will give him. Lust takes over and the humans butt in, sending a love struck wolf on on the chase for his mate.

The Branded Pack series has quickly caught my attention. From concept of the series to the plots of the individual stories are dark, dangerous and hands down sexy. Living within the rules while breaking the rules. Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan’s talent separately has had me reading them for years. Together they are phenomenal. From character development to world building and plotting, they’ve got it going on.

Aiden Snow makes Stolen and Forgiven come alive. His voice flawlessly takes this story to another level.

Audio copy provided for an honest review.

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A Must Have

I received a free copy of this audible eBook in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I absolutely love reading/listening to Carrie Ann Ryan's books. This is the first book that I've listened to with Aiden Snow as the narrator. I must say that he makes this book come to life. I couldn't stop listening! I can't wait to read/listen to more books by Carrie Ann Ryan and also books narrated by Aiden Snow! I highly recommend this book.

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Fantastic to listen to

I really enjoyed listening to these books. It is two stories in one that go together wonderfully. I loved the characters in both! I even enjoyed the narrators voice and didn't get thrown off by him doing the female voices like I do with some male narrators. Each story was suspenseful and romantic which I loved. They are stories that make you want to destroy the bad guys while cheering on the good guys.

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Good story!

This was a book of two novellas set in a world that intertwined created after a virus struck the human race. A tribes of shape shifters in the future fight for their freedoms from the humans while trying to find their mates.

The narration performed by Aiden Snow was performed well and made for an enjoyable listening experience.

I am generally not a big paranormal romance fan but these novellas were pretty good and kept my interest from start to finish. I look forward to seeing where this series will go next and would recommend this series to others.

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Branded Packs Book One

Branded Packs Book One.

Stolen:
When Holden Carter, Alpha of the River Pack wolves, finds a dying human planted within his compound, his wolf knows she is his mate. Ariel Sands has been kept captive by the SAU and experimented on for what seems like forever. She wakes up to find out she has been turned into a shifter by an Alpha who believes she is his. Now, both must deal with the consequences of Holden's choice. Can the River Pack survive the fallout?

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After the two shifter packs had been forced together by the SAU, Soren Slater knows this is his chance to be reunited with the one woman he was forced to give up before the plague. Cora, however, has no intention of letting the wily wolf back into her heart. When she is kidnapped by the SAU Soren cannot stand aside and wait for the two Alphas to find a way to save her - he goes on his own. What will the fallout be when the SAU learn about his escape?

If you're looking for a new series about a post-apocalyptic shifter world, this is it! The characters and the world will pull you in.

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Gregory Salinas narrates in the minimalist vein. He doesn't over-act the different voices, but keeps them more subdued. If you enjoy the less-dramatic approach to narration, this one will definitely work for you.

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GRRRREAT, GRRRRIPPING, GRRRRITTY & HOT TOO

25 years ago the Verona Virus was killing all humans so the Shifters, who were immune, came out of hiding to help and to help create an antidote. But how did the humans repay them? Propaganda and lies were spread about the vicious bloodthirsty beasts getting out of control. So, all over the people in charge split off the breeds then locked them up in Shifter Compounds where they would watch them constantly, have them branded, make them wear collars and, over the years, many Shifters would suspiciously disappear. It was Hell but they had to endure it because the SAU (Shifter Accommodation Unit) had Teams of armed Guards and they were all itching to pull the trigger.

One such Compound is the River Wolf Pack and their Alpha is the handsome Holden who cares deeply for all his Pack mates no matter where they come in the pack hierarchy..... he loves them all. But he was a restless angry and tired wolf, wanting to run solo at night, and that's when he came across a naked, bloody, cut up human woman who had been tossed into the Compound to die - which she was doing..... what was Holden meant to do? Perform a forbidden and secret act and risk his Pack or let her die? His inner Wolf made up his mind when he whimpered and started chanting "mate".

Brilliant story.... it had angst, drama, twists, suspense, tension, romance and lots of sex and, as their passions, feelings and bond develops so too does jealousy which leads to bitter and deadly confrontations and they would all be punished. That punishment came in the form of the Golden Feline Shifter Pack being moved into their Compound and the tension mounts.... especially for Soren the Beta Wolf of the River Pack because he had a sexual history with Cora the Pack's beautiful Princess. And she's not overjoyed with the situation but when she sees Soren again their history, the hurt, the heartbreak and the memories are all replaced by good old lust and sex.... Shifter style. But the SAU, and a greedy mad Scientist, has plans for her.... which again, leads to drama, bullets, claws, fangs, bloodshed and shocking revelations. And, once again, they're punished and the Compound is getting crowded.... because the Bears have now been moved in.

Worth a credit? If you like an entertaining, enjoyable, moving and hot Shifter listen with loveable characters who just don't deserve the life that's been forced on them, a couple of tasty sexy bossy Wolves, two feisty Heroines and a plot that grips you then you're in the right place and in for a treat. Because this delivered far more than I was expecting and blew me away. Dual (plus more) POV's and a gifted narrator who made two well-written, imaginative and worldbuilding stories, the characters and all the action come to life. Which turns a good listen into a memorable one. Very creditworthy.

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Love me some shifters

This is the first book in the Branded Packs series and I am thoroughly enjoying this book. PNR, suspense, great chemistry, wonderful characters, shape shifters, amazing narration by Aiden’s Snow.

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Great Start to the Series

This is two books in one. The first is Holden and Ariel. The second is Sorean and Cora. This is a paranormal romance and was well done with both having a HEA. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Gwen
  • 11-23-21

Branded Packs duo…🎧

Stolen and Forgiven are two stories from the series. The world has decided that shifters need to be contained and branded. Holden, the wolf’s alpha has found his mate and she is human but not for long. There’s politics involved and lots of action. Humans are being deceived by their leaders. So when in Forgiven, Soren, the wolves’ Beta finds his mate again in the feline princess, he gets dragged in the same way as his alpha. Cora is too stubborn and strong to give up. Together the fight the bad guys. Both stories entertaining and exciting narrated very well.

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  • Sarah
  • 08-29-21

Fantastic and better in audiobook

Stolen Holden and Ariel story
Years ago a virus called Verona wiped out many humans at that time shifter came out of hiding with a cure. Wolves were locked up and rights taken away.
Holden is a pack alpha imprisoned by government agency SAU. While trying to deal with making his life and pack as easy as he can. The SAU torture starve and humiliate pack.
While trying to run off his frustration in wolf form he come across a almost dead body of a women.
Instantly he knows there mates and he must protect her.
Ariel is thrown over the fencing of the wolf pack to then blame them for her death but when they come to search for her body they can't find her.
Really like this story and how its laid out. I hate SAU and the way the treated the pack.
Have read previously but wanted to try audiobook because Carrie Ann Ryan has fantastic taste in narrators.
Absolutely loved this more in audiobook Aiden snow beautiful deep voice is perfect for Holden but somehow still makes the female characters sounds feminine can not wait for more in this series

Forgiven Soren and Cora story
There's history between Soren and Cora that you learn bits from blurb and through Holden story. Soren had to give up his true mate and love of his life to stabilise the pack, with the mating if Holden who at the time refused to mate died with no heir then Soren would become alpha but if he was single the pack would then be unbalanced and maybe become dangerous.
After Holden story because he refused to give up Ariel the punishment was to have feline pack join the in the wolf compound.
After everything Soren did Cora wasn't interested in having her heart broken again but Soren had completely different ideas. After seeing the golden pack beta Max try and talk Cora into mating Soren realised he hasn't got a lot of time to convince Cora that there perfect together.
Great story has a lot going on it such a small book. This book is a bit darker and more gritty then other Carrie Ann Ryan books usually have but I really like the change. Really looking forward to next in series and again Aiden Snow does a fantastic job bringing this book alive.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 01-09-21

Fantastic

What a fantastic and intriguing start to a new series. The characters that the authors have created are people that I wish I could meet in real life. Definitely can’t wait for more

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  • Imee-B
  • 12-27-16

Totally riveting

I love this two authors, they didn't disappoint, this stories are awesome and full of sexy hotness and I can't get enough of them :P Aiden Snow as the narrative is excellent and totally sexy (his voice) brings the characters alive. Thank you xox