Stolen and Forgiven (Branded Packs #1) by Alexandra Ivy, Carrie Ann Ryan Stolen: Alpha Holden Carter knows he is about to break the law when he decides to save the life of the dying human woman he finds by turning her into a wolf-shifter. Trouble is the woman is his mate and letting her die is not an option. Holden is the Alpha of the Canine Pack. He is an excellent leader who hates the suffering of his people as well as all shifters that have been branded, collared, and imprisoned by the humans who fear them. The shifters are a good race that were wrongfully accused. Holden knows what it was like to live free. He tries his best to shield his pack. I really like Holden. He struggles with his feelings and tries to do what is best. Ariel Sands was an orphaned human that was tortured and left to die on shifter land in order to frame the pack. She is a worthy heroine who struggles with everything she was taught and needs to adapt to a new life as an imprisoned wolf-shifter. She is strong and an easy character to admire. Forgiven: Beta wolf shifter, Soren Slater, is devoted to his pack. Years ago, he met his potential mate, Tigger Princess, Cora Wilder. He put his pack above his own needs and left Cora behind. Now they are reunited and need to work together in order to survive the SAU. Soren is a noble character. He is brave and cares for his people. He is a loyal Beta and pack mate. He is determined and will not make the same mistake twice. Cora is loved by her father and pack. Soren's rejection hurt her. She still has feeling for Soren even though she doesn't want to forgive him. Despite that, they work together well, coming up with clever ways for their packs to gel and when faced with danger. I enjoyed Cora's character and her chemistry with Soren. Stolen and Forgiven is an excellent read. I really enjoyed this collaboration between Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan. The plot was original and carefully thought out. The details and description are commendable. The story was very believable. My heart went out to all the shifters and what they endured. This is one series I will definitely want to continue to read. Complimentary copy provided by authors in exchange for an honest review.