A Taste for a Mate - Book 2 in the Redwood Pack Series
Jasper Jamenson's only responsibility to being the Beta of the Redwood Pack, second son of the Alpha, is to protect the Pack from themselves and the human world. After a century of selfless service, his brother's new-found mating forced him into taking a good look into his life. He isn't sure he wants a mate, but fate may have other ideas.
Willow Delton is a skinny bakery owner - the type most woman love to hate. Being without family, she finds herself alone to the Greek god with green eyes who saunters into her bakery every morning. Her desire to follow him, to be with him, overrides every rational sense she possessed.
Jasper and Willow are drawn together, despite every nuisance that works against them. But evil beyond even Jasper's supernatural compensation will make war against him, by going after the only thing in his eternal life he desires - Willow. Is Willow's heart enough to overcome Jasper's soul to save her life? A fight he cannot win, but to save her life - he must.
A full length novel.
You can find the print version of this novel in Redwood Pack Vol. 1.
©2012 Carrie Ann Ryan (P)2014 Carrie Ann Ryan
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I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am now addicted and will have to listen to them all. I have listened to dual narration and I like it but Gregory Salinas does a great job and I don't even think about it when he is reading me the story. I am loving the Redwood pack and all the different things that each member brings to the stories. Can't wait to hear all the family get their turn.
I really love Carrie's writing. I've read the entire Dante Circle and Montgomery Ink series, and I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into another series of hers. Well, this book did not disappoint! It was really everything that I hoped it would be, I can't wait to see where she takes the Redwood packs story!
"Not quite there"
It was time well-spent. The time went by fast and I looked forward to listening to this book.
This one didn't quite come together as well as I wanted it to. Although I enjoyed it more than book 1, I still felt that Willow believed all the werewolf stuff a little too easily, and neither she nor Jasper became someone I could connect fully with as characters.
Gregory Salinas is a great narrator. Even with a deep voice, he manages the female POVs well. I enjoy listening to him.
I am intrigued with the direction this series is going. The impending war and the danger it has obviously brought to this pack's doorstep is interesting, and I want to know what happens.
"Sweet and heartbreaking at the same time"
I am a huge Carrie Ann Ryan fan, so I would enjoy all of her books regardless. However, the combination of Carrie Ann Ryan's vivid imagination and Gregory Salinas voice is genius. Salinas manages to put different intonation and inflection when reading different characters which goes in line with what most readers do when reading a book themselves. It keeps the story fresh and the listener engaged throughout the entire book.
“The Jamenson brothers stood in front of her and Willow didn't know what alter his parents had prayed to but they'd all been blessed in good looks and build.”
I don't have a specific favorite scene, but I did have several chuckle out loud moments. This particular lines is one of my favorite in the book. It shows just the tip of the sense of humor that I've vome to expect in all of Ryan's books.
WARNING SPOILER AHEAD
As a very avid reader, at times I feel that I may have become jaded in the romance department. However, Willow finding out she was pregnant and Jasper's reaction to the news made even my sometimes jaded heart melt. It's the kind of moment all women want to have when telling the father of their child that they are expecting and Carrie Ann Ryan captured it perfectly.
"Love this Series"
The story line
An Alpha's Path. Two men having to fight for the mates they want and two women with issues of mating and turning.
When Jasper Jamenson has to rescue Willow.
No. Took my 1 1/2 days.
"Love the Redwoods!!"
Jasper is the Beta of the Redwoods. Willow is a sweet baker that makes sweet treats. She knows nothing of the shifter world and he knows she's his mate. So how do you convince a human she's meant to be yours? Ask her out. Only before the date can happen Willow is taken and decisions have to be made. This book is sometimes graphic and often sweet. It is a story about making the best of a situation in less than ideal circumstances. You can't go wrong with Carrie Ann Ryan and Gregory Salinas does a good job bringing life to the world she has created.
"Redwood Pack Book Two"
Redwood Pack Book Two
When Willow is asked out by the guy from her shop, she is thrilled! However, before Jasper can take her to dinner, Willow is kidnapped by a rival pack. Being told that werewolves are real is stressful under normal circumstances. Imagine watching the man who has taken you turning into a wolf right in front of you! After Jasper rescues his mate, she must come to terms with their mating and decide how to continue their relationship. But nefarious forces are at play and the Redwoods will face a new enemy.
If you're looking for a werepack to keep you warm at night, this will be it!
"trials and tribulations"
willow, was just a baker and when Jasper asked her out she did not know just how her life will change. forced mating, a demon and a war. plus needing to make sure her mate really wanted her. this story just had no dull points.
The author has a good story in mind, but many of the scenes are extremely grotesque. Warning: do not read this if you are not into sadistic and gory scenes. I gave this three stars because I am pretty open to paranormal themes, but I have to say that I found many of the scenes in this book disturbing and disgusting. I believe that if the scenes were described in a less glory fashion, this could've been a much better book for a paranormal romance.
"Dive in deep with the Redwood Pack"
Diving deeper into the Redwood Pack!
Jasper, Beta of the Redwood Pack, is everything I love in a wolf. Strong, dominant, protective and fierce. His life changed the day he walked into a bakery and smelled that cinnamony sent. Just when he and his wolf have their mate, hell breaks in on Jaspers life.
Willow is a survivor. Orphaned, she has only had herself to rely on. She made a goal and built her dream. Willow is strong, a bit timid but feisty when needed and courageous. For a woman whose life literally got a slapped into a living urban legend I would say she is doing pretty damn good.
Carrie Ann Ryan takes it up a notch with A Taste For A Mate, book two of the Redwood Pack Series. Willow and Jasper will tug at your heart as they steam up the pages trying to find how their pieces fit together. Emotional and naughty. Ms. Ryan really opens up the world of the Redwoods. Getting deep inside the pack, learning the ways of her wolves. Personalities emerge from the background, setting the stage not only for this story but the entire series.
Gregory Sanlinas voice is the piece that completes the puzzle bringing the Redwood Pack alive in the readers mind.
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