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Saturday, September 26, 2015

4/5 Review: Abandoned and Unseen (Branded Packs) (Volume 2) by Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan


Abandoned
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. 

Unseen
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. 

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Abandoned and Unseen by Alexandra Ivy & Carrie Ann Ryan is Branded Packs book 2.  It is about two couples; Anya Tucker and Cole McDermott, Nicole Bradley and Tucker Stone.  In Abandoned we meet Anya, she is a bear shifter and the mother of two cubs.  Her bear pack has been moved into a new compound by the SAU.  Her boys continually sneak out of the house and run off to play in the woods.  They usually end up at Cole’s tree and attack his tail.  Anya is constantly irritated with Cole, but I’m pretty sure she is fighting her attraction to him.  The shifters are kept in compounds where they are collard and branded to show what type of shifter they are.  The SAU does this to show that they are being controlled and little more than animals.  The SAU is another branch of government that came up when a virus killed off tons of humans.  This branch of government controls the shifters and keeps them caged so that they can run experiments on them and make their own shifters.  Anya fell for the lies of a scientist who made her believe that he sympathized with her and what the shifters were going through.  He disappeared after she became pregnant, until he came back and took the two cubs.  Can Cole and Anya work together to retrieve the cubs and realize that they are perfect for each other? 

In Unseen, we see a familiar character pop up again, Tucker.  He has been a behind the scenes kind of guy so far and I love that he gets his mate.  Nicole lost her son in a very tragic manner and has been getting revenge since it happened.  On the verge of completing her vengeance she runs into a bear that seems hell bent on keeping her from completing it.  He realizes that she needs to complete what she set out to do but she ends up in a lot of trouble and Tucker must do everything he can to save his mate. Making sure that his cover is not blown he has to make a plan that will save her and allow her to stay with him.  I can’t wait to see what else happens in the Branded pack and their journey to freedom.