A Taste for a Mate

A Taste for a Mate

by Carrie Ann Ryan
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KrystalShannan More than 1 year ago
Carrie Ann Ryan steps up the anti with A Taste for a Mate. With the appearance of a conjured demon, the Redwood pack could be in some serious trouble. Experience Ryan's new and exciting twists in werewolf lore. She takes a darker than usual approach by adding magic and demons to the mix. I wasn't sure how it was all going to come together at first, but I was very pleased with the result. A delightful world of magic and intrigue hidden within our own. The two main characters of the book are Jasper and Willow. I love the fact that Jasper waited seven weeks before asking Willow out on a date. It's so "human" that he was insecure. Both characters grow and change as their story progresses and as a reader I love to see those changes. Ryan brings her story to life with beautifully vivid imagery, witty humor, and lots of sexual tension. Sink your teeth into this exciting and sexy love story. You won't be disappointed.
NiinaCs_Blog More than 1 year ago
Tall, dark and handsome keeps showing up at Mel’s bakery every morning, until one day he finally asks her out. Delighted she expects a wonderful night, instead she gets kidnapped, tortured and near killed and at the very last moment saved by Jasper. And let’s not forget she discovers there are such creatures as werewolves, and they aren’t all nice. Jasper is the Beta of the Redwood Pack, he’s been dying to make a move on Melanie, he knows she’s his mate, but Mel’s human and knows nothing about werewolves or about his Pack, but risking it he finally asks her out. Before he gets to pick her up she’s kidnapped by a rival Pack, The Centrals. Jasper and his brothers do everything they can to save her – with the consequences of having to take Mel to Pack lands to keep her safe, to keep her his. The Central Pack and its sadistic alpha won’t go down easy, they have a plan of their own to get rid of Redwood Pack and their way to do it just happens to lay in Melanie and Jasper and destroying everything they hold dear. No amount of blood, family or morals will stop these wolves from making pack with the devil. Literally. A Taste For A Mate was a great continuation for the Redwood Pack Series! Dark, entertaining and passionate! Carrie Ann Ryan writes like a pro, the text is engaging the reader to react, to feel and to hope. The characters are realistic and the depth of their emotions made this a genuinely interesting read – hoped throughout the book that Melanie and Jasper could get a break and just settle down, and be happy for ever after, but this doesn’t seem to be that sort of series. There is a delicious amount of darkness and truly wicked enemies that made the hairs at the back of my neck rise. I loved the darkness of the events unfolding in contrast to the love blossoming between Mel and Jasper. Jasper had all the characteristics of an alpha, even though he was the Pack’s Beta, powerful, smart and when it came to Melanie, possessive. I can’t help but love the traits of a werewolf hero, all the possessive don’t cross on my turf kind of attitude, the desperation for their mate and their protectiveness and hot bedroom manners! But then there has to be something about the hero that makes him relatable, bit weak and in Jasper’s case that was inability to express himself to Melanie which caused some major drift and trouble, and after that he was even more compelled to show her that he truly loved her. Melanie took to the Pack life like a moth to the flame, she finally had a family and she was so genuine and happy and caring that you could not help but adore her. She had a strong side too but being only human among friendly and not so friendly werewolves, it wasn’t physical. One of the most adorable heroines I’ve read in ages! What I loved about this novel was the time, everything happened snap quick in the beginning and then there were weeks and months between actions – which tribute so well to getting to know the Pack and letting Melanie adjust and bringing everyone to connect deeply. Sometimes the insta-connection is good, but I so enjoyed everyone getting to know each other over months! I loved all the twists in this book! Just when you thought things were settling down and people were happy, wham, the rugs off from underneath your feet and you’re on your ass with a snarling beast before you. Loved it! There wasn’t one boring moment in this book! And the cliffhangers, oh boy I loved those!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think i liked this one even more than the first book. Looking forward to next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased the second book from this author after reading the first (free) novella. Though the first lacked the substance of true character development, there was an interesting basis for plot. Unfortunately, i wish i had saved my money for a fully developed and edited work by a different author. I happen to enjoy self published works and discover wonderful new talent this way. However, the obvious grammatical errors are simply too distracting.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the Redwood Pack series. Carrie Ann Ryan is really coming into her own with this series. I finished the first book which was only about 50 pages and while really good it missed a lot of background (but it was still 4 stars). But this book is longer (about 130) and delves into the background of the family, werewolves and has a storyline beyond meeting a mate. I could explain what happens but really the synopsis does pretty good already. However what it doesn’t say is that in this book we meet The Centrals, another wolf pack, who want to kill the Redwood pack and seem to want to use Willow to lure the family in. Willow is a strong woman who wants to be loved and have a family and she is willing to do anything to make that happen with Jasper. The interesting thing about Jasper is he is not the “perfect” guy... he messes up - boy can that boy mess things up! But the reader never doubt his love for Willow. I enjoyed reading this book more than the first (see my review on “An Alpha’s Path”) not because the first wasn’t good - it really is good - but it is a short story and this one was so much more intense and had a paranormal suspense feel about it. There was no suspense in the first one. Now after reading this book I wish Ryan would go back and add more to her first book because I think it could be so much more. And I can not wait to read the third one “Trinity Bound” because “A Taste For A Mate” leaves you with a cliffhanger!
nursejackie32 More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next in this series :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next book.
MollyzReviewz More than 1 year ago
After reading, and falling in love with, book 1, An Alpha's Mate, I knew I MUST read book 2.And I am SO happy that I did! This series, this author, these characters ALL pull me instantly to the heart of the wolf's den and make me a part of their lives, if just for the length of the novels. This story picks up where An Alpha's Mate leaves off. Though this one if full length where as An Alpha's Mate was not, this story is still incredibly written like book 1. This is Willow and Jasper's story. Both characters are deep and complex, yet vibrant and refreshing. I loved their story and the connection that they instantly had for each was awesome. Jasper Jamenson is the second son of the Redwood Pack's Alpha leader and has been going into Willow's bakery for more than a month, and each day, just by seeing her and being near her, he falls for her a little more. He knows she's his mate, but he's nervous about telling her that. Getting up the nerve to finally ask her out, he's completely unaware of the danger that is surrounding his Willow. Willow Denton is an orphan, who has finally gotten her dream of owning her own bakery. She loves her customers, especially the sexy, gorgeous mystery man who comes to her shop every day to order the same thing. She fantasizes about him when he's not there, so she's super excited when he asks her on a date. But, when he leaves, she, too is unaware of the danger that's around her.....that is, until she's kidnapped by the enemy pack. The hunt for Willow ensues, and Jasper is forced to make her his mate. But, Willow is unsure if he really wanted to make her his mate or if it was because he wanted to protect her and the enemy pack forced him. Determined to prove herself worthy of Jasper and win his love, she's in for a treat when she learns the real reason behind Jasper's mating. This story is full of fun, desperation, hot,passionate, steamy love scenes and one whopper of an ending! Once again, the lives of werewolves have stolen my heart, as Carrie Ann Ryan created another beyond 5 Book worthy novel. She combines all the passion, all the bonds, and the meaning of friendship and family into one incredible book. Bringing back all the characters from book 1, and adding in a few new ones, Ms. Ryan keeps the reader on the edge of their seat with the twists and turns, and keeps them ohhing and ahhing with the amazing, instant chemistry between Jasper and Willow. This is by far, my absolute FAVORITE series, and I can't wait until April when book 3, Trinity Bound, Reed's story releases. This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.
BoxerAlice More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this second book in the series just as much as #1. I was pleased to see a longer book although it is still a nice quick read. Ryan expanded on the characters of the book while allowing you to learn more about the characters she introduced you to in the first one. She also introduced villians in this book and although I feel she leaves you hanging a little with them, I do like where she is going. I hope she expands on this in book #3 as you are left with some confusion regarding their actions. The sex scenes can be a little graphic but this is some what expected with this type of book. She does introduce you to her own version of theories on shape shifters which is nice as you are not left reading a typical shape shifter book with differents names. The shape shifter rules and origins are a different twist. Overall I look forward to reading #3 and watching this new author continue to grow in her writing style. I look forward to continuing to learn about the Redwood Pack's lives and family members and seeing where Ryan's imagination takes us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want a Jasper of my own! This book was even better than the first! You got to meet the whole family and now I want to know more about that dark and stormy Maddox! It was hot, dark, suspenseful, romantic, deep and just all around amazing. I'm totally happy I took a chance on this author! Loved it!!!
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Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
This story is exciting, fast paced and lots of action. Jasper and Willow have a beautiful relationship and I loved the werewolf scenes. The story will keep you flipping pages and not wanting it to end. Carrie Ann Ryan is an amazing storyteller and I highly recommend this book. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
BFuller65 More than 1 year ago
Jasper and Willow are Amazing This book is filled with so much. There are bittersweet moments, unbound love, betrayal, loss, family, passion, home. Jasper and Willow will stick in your mind as characters you want to hold onto. They are both strong yet vulnerable and I can't decide which endears them more to me. Carrie Ann Ryan once again delivers a book that keeps you engrossed in the story and eager to turn the pages to find out what happens next. She makes it so you want to further immerse yourself in her world and tangle yourself in the lives of her characters. She makes the next book in the series imperative to your TBR list. To say I loved this book is a no-brained and I'm sure future purchasers will feel the same. I volunteered to read an ARC of this book
TitaniaW More than 1 year ago
Willow is finally living her dream. She has her bakery and her daily visitor is plenty of fodder for her nightly drams. But when the best day of her life turns into the worst can she accept the paranormal is real? I enjoyed seeing Jasper with Willow. He knows Willow is a possible mate but wants to take it slow. I loved that Willow enjoys Jasper's company even if er entrance into this paranormal world was a bit brutal. The Jamison family is full of love and I enjoy seeing Ms. Ryan give them happiness even as they fight evil. I can't wait to see where Ms. Ryan will take us next as the Redwood Pack fight for its survival.
Pebbles92 More than 1 year ago
A Taste for a Mate is Book 2 of Carrie Ann Ryan's Redwood Pack series. I've already read the Talon Pack series so I've been enjoying "going back to the beginning" and reading about everything you only get a small glimpse of in the Talon series. This story had it all. A very engaging story line with the start of the war between the Redwood and Central Packs, intense action and scorching hot heat between Jasper and Willow. I've enjoyed getting to know the rest of Jasper's family and cannot wait to read their stories.
Rinsky13 More than 1 year ago
Holy wow, this book was explosive straight from the get go. There's so much intenseness going on from start to finish. Lots of love & fun also, but you sty on the edge of your seat pretty much throughout. And you totally fall in love with this family. I can't wait for more!
HsuLeeNY More than 1 year ago
ARC - I voluntarily offered to review this book with no obligations and my opinions are honest! This was a great read! I love the storytelling. The interaction between Jasper + Willow was so cute + sexy at the same time. They did feel attraction toward each other. I would recommend this book. HEA ending!
Lexee9 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story!!! We get to learn so much more about the Redwoods and exactly what this world is like. This is the second book but it can be read as a standalone novel, (though you will want to read the next one), and will have no trouble reading this first. This is a full length book and so we get tons of story and character. I loved Jasper and Willow. Willow is a strong woman to handle what she goes through in the beginning of the book and be able to be with Jasper. Their connection truly helps her out because it allows her to feel safe with him and trust him. Willow didn't know about werewolves but she gets a quick introduction when she is kidnapped for being connected to Jasper. This story will keep you engaged from the beginning and needing to finish the book to find out what is going to happen. Once I started reading, I didn't want to put the book down. The sex is explicit and fits the characters and the story. It blends in well. I truly enjoyed the characters and getting to know Jasper's family better. I can't wait to read more about them. I'm really excited about all the other books in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Sinfully decadent edge of your seat heart pumping action packed paranormal romantic adventure. The Redwood Pack is on the brink of war and it all begins with a turn to the dark side of magic and a deep betrayal. Jasper Jamenson as the pack Beta is strong, smart and fast, but will this be enough to save his mate and the pack he has always protected? Willow Delton is sweet, funny and has an inner strength that has helped her survive so much loss and sadness in her short life. Will it be enough to carry her through this next part of her life as her world is torn apart and turned upside down? Enjoyed reading about this growing family and look forward to more Redwood Pack.
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
I loved this installment of the Redwood Pack!! After reading Kade's book I knew I was hooked and this book just reinforced that to me! Jasper is the Beta of the pack and is used to responsibility every day. Willow is a bakery in the small town near their den and he visits her every day. He will do anything and everything for not only his family but his friends. And Willow proves that she is just as much the same. When he finally decides to make his move? She is taken before it can happen! There are twists and turns and things that I never expected! And the pack finds out they have an enemy they never thought to have. This book will make you love the characters and make you fall in love with the series in general! These two together are explosive and I never wanted this book to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG this is great. Can't wait to start the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series!!!!! Jasper and Willow touch your heart!
KahlanMercy More than 1 year ago
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!
Charity1007 More than 1 year ago
WOW!!!! I thought the taste I got from the prequel/book 1 was what made me love the Redwood pack....well after reading book 2 IM IN LOVE!!! I want a redwood alpha for myself please. I literally forgoed all my Mom and wife duties for 2 days cause of this series and I'm not ashamed to say that I didn't care lol What I LOVED about Jasper and Willow was that all thou they had this magnetic attraction to each other from the 1st time they saw each other, Jasper wanted to take his time and let Willow get to know him as a man before he dumped her into his world. Well his good intentions were thrown to the wind when Willow was snatched up and taken away into the evilest part of the Redwood World. Poor willow but fear not Jasper is already hot on her trail and willing to take the "lets take it slow" path right out of it all just to make sure she will no longer be harmed. The one thing that I loved and hated at the same time was how Carrie Ann wrote Willow's pain and confusion thru out this book. I loved that it was written so well that I felt her pain but I hated it cause I wanted to reach into the book and rip out Corbin's (the bad guy) throat with my bare hands. That's how you know a book is well written, when you feel everything that the characters are feeling. I love Willow and Jasper together. I think that they complement each other very well. You get to meet and get to know the other brothers a little bit more in this book which helps you get attached to them and count the days till their books are released. I give A Taste for a Mate 5 stars, I couldn't help but feel everything from this book and that's how you know your reading a 5 star novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago