Mitchell Brentwood is aware that others think he’s the harsh taskmaster Beta trying to keep his Pack alive, but they only see what he wants them to know. He’d once thought he had his path laid out before him, but when his future was violently ripped away, he vowed he’d never let anyone close again—especially not a young wolf from a traitorous Pack.
Dawn Levin may be younger than the war that destroyed her people, but she knows she must still pay for their sins. She’s ready to find her way in this new world where wolves and humans blend as one, but first, she needs to fight her attraction to the dark wolf that stands in her way.
While the two struggle with their feelings and burning attraction for each other, they can’t ignore the world that shakes beneath their feet. There is a new enemy on the horizon, one with revenge and the unknown on their minds. An adversary that might be closer than they realize.
Apparently I’m making a habit of jumping right into the middle of a book series without having read the other books. What’s amazing is how this just doesn’t seem to bother me. Go back 2 years and I would have been out of my mind. Instead, like with Destiny Disgraced, I’ve been able to enjoy these books, especially from authors like Carrie Ann Ryan who easily bring in new readers without making them feel like they’ve missed something.
I rarely read paranormal romances these days and eagerly went into Destiny Disgraced, especially because it was about shifters. What is it about shifters? Maybe it’s that sense that we all have two sides to us and when writing or reading about a shifter you can get in touch with your inner beast, one you can relate to as easily as your human side. Carrie Ann Ryan does a great job of doing this with her characters in the Talon series, especially Mitchell and Dawn, the MCs of Destiny Disgraced.
I really liked these two characters. Dawn is fantastic. She was born into her family after their pack had lost its status as a “real” pack, their magical bonds severed. She’s never had that real sense of belonging and, while she’s dedicated to helping her pack anyway she can, she knows something is missing. She’s searching. She’s also drawn to Mitchell, an older member of the Talon pack who is known for his broody nature. He’s drawn to her as well but refuses to acknowledge it. He’s fought a war, watched his brother almost die, and lost someone he loved very much. Watching them fight the bond that’s pulling them together made for great reading. Mitchell is everything I’d expect from a wolf shifter, all growly and dominant. Dawn is fearless and Mitchell’s perfect match. I loved them as a couple.
There’s lots of action in Destiny Disgraced as the packs face a new enemy. Characters from previous books play important roles and fit seamlessly into the narrative. While there’s little doubt as to who the new enemy is, I still found the danger to be fairly exciting and nicely balanced with the romance. I have no doubt that I’ll go back and read the first books in this series (and the one before that…)!
4 Stars for Destiny Disgraced. Heat level: 3.5
I received a copy of Destiny Disgraced from InkSlingerPR in exchange for honest feedback.
Destiny Disgraced was published by the author in September 2017.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.