Blog Tour and Review: Abandoned and Unseen
The next in a new dark and gritty paranormal series. Abandoned and Unseen continues the journey with NYT Bestselling Authors,
Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan.
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.
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?
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Guest Post from Carrie Ann
Co-Writing and the Branded Packs Series
When Alexandra Ivy asked me if I wanted to write a series with her, I calmly nodded and smiled, saying “Sure, that sounds like a great plan.”
On the inside, however, I was screaming and shaking and going OMG OMG OMG its Alexandra Ivy.
It only took three hours for me to actually do the dance and scream.
In front of her.
That’s how amazing Alexandra Ivy is.
I am truly honored to write this series with her AND I got to make a great friend out of the project. What more do I need?
So what is the Branded Packs series?
It’s an ongoing paranormal series where the world shut down when a virus hit the humans. The shifters might have saved them, but were caged for fear of what the shifters are. Now, twenty-five years later, the shifters are able to fight back and Alexandra Ivy and I are making sure you get to see how.
We plotted the first two books in an afternoon sitting in my hotel room and laughing. We named the characters and the worlds and even had cute nicknames for the dark series. Because even in the darkness, we need light.
Book 1: Stolen (test subject) & Forgiven (you done me wrong)
Book 2:Abandoned (momma bear and the lazy cat) & Unseen (Ninja Mom Wolf and the Unseen Polar bear)
I hope you enjoy the series. We loved writing it! And there is MORE to come in 2016!
This is the second installment from Carrie Ann Ryan and Alexandra Ivy in their Branded Packs series. You will want to read the first book as it sets up the premise for the stories that follow.
Anya is a mama bear with LOTS of attitude. She has twin boys who are curious and full of mischief. She fell for a human once and was betrayed by him. She was left with a beautiful gift of two bear shifter cubs. Her brother has been protecting her as much as she will allow. When the SAU combines all the Wolf, Bear, and Feline shifters in the Denver area in one compound, tensions rise. Her brother is a seer but can’t predict what danger lies ahead for his own family.
Cole is a feline protector and helps guard the compound. He isn’t prepared for two playful cubs to draw his attention. And he surely is not prepared for his feelings toward their fiery mama. I enjoyed all the interactions between Cole and the cubs. Anya fighting her attraction for Cole only added to the sexual tension in the story.
I love that Anya is so strong and doesn’t need Cole but is willing to let him help her. Cole’s alpha tendencies get him in some trouble with her, but he can be stubborn too. Ultimately they end up being a perfect match for each other. Together, they are able to eliminate one of the most dangerous threats to their kind. The compound can breathe a bit easier for a while.
We meet the Unseen in the first book. I admit, I was very intrigued and could not wait to read more about them. In this story we again meet Tucker, a polar bear shifter. He catches Nicole Bradley, a wolf shifter, as she is trying to sneak into the SAU complex to get vengeance for the death of her son. Nicole has escaped the shifter compound to get to her target.
Tucker is not about to let her blow the Unseen’s cover. They live off the grid. The Unseen are trying to sabotage the SAU from the inside and Nicole storming into the complex could very well not only endanger her but all the work the Unseen have accomplished up to now.
This installment was the most suspenseful so far. A lot was on the line for all shifters if things went foul. I really like Tucker’s big bear persona. He was all muscle and heft but a big softy inside. He recognizes Nicole as his mate and takes time to convince her that the two of them together will be a good idea. I loved hearing the traditions of the “wild” shifters and how they try to hang on to them as long as they can.
This series just gets better with each new installment. I eagerly wait to see what mayhem the shifter world will come up with next in order to unsettle the US government.
*I received an ARC of this title for an honest review.
Carrie Ann Ryan Bio:
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.
Alexandra Ivy Bio:
Alexandra Ivy graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She started her career writing traditional regencies before moving into the world of paranormal with her USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling series The Guardians of Eternity. Now she writes a wide variety of genres that include paranormal, erotica, and romantic suspense.
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