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Review: Carnal Secrets by Suzanne Wright

Posted March 15, 2019 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Carnal Secrets by Suzanne WrightReviewer: Holly
Carnal Secrets by Suzanne Wright
Narrator: Jill Redfield
Series: The Phoenix Pack #3, Mercury Pack
Also in this series: Wild Hunger, Wild Hunger , Echoes of Fire (Mercury Pack, #4)
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 366
Length: 12 hours and 16 minutes
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A pack Alpha and his estranged, true mate wrestle with painful secrets, ruthless enemies, and their own irresistible attraction, in the sexy third book of the Phoenix Pack series.

Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong.

Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would ultimately leave her with a burden rather than a mate. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he’d never seen before.

Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Carnal Secrets is the third book in the Phoenix Pack series, and the start of the Mercury Pack series by Suzanne Wright. This is another book I thought I read, but didn’t mark down. The details were sketchy, so I’m calling it a new read.

Shaya Critchley is a submissive wolf whose mate keeps rejecting her. She’s done with waiting on him and feeling hurt when he doesn’t claim her, and she’s done not having full control of her life. Determined to start fresh, she relocates to Arizona and begins working in her friend’s hair salon. She’s just settling in and starting to feel content when Alpha Nick Axton – her erstwhile mate – shows up.

Nick is battling an illness no one else knows about. He wanted to stay away from Shaya for her own good, but he can’t fight the pull of her any longer. He’s determined to win her over, even if that means leaving his old pack and going it alone with her. As an Alpha, mating a sumbissive wolf, and making her Alpha Female means never really having full control of the pack, since she can’t disobey a direct order from someone dominate. But Nick is tired of living without her. But Shaya has been hurt one too many times by his actions in the past. It’s going to take all he has to win her over….if he can do it before it’s too late.

Shaya got on my nerves a lot more than the previous two heroines did. I understood why she felt hurt and angry over Nick’s rejection of her, but her “punishing” him for it went on way too long. The lengths she went to to push him away were ridiculous. The more she acted out and pushed him, the more immature she seemed.

There’s also an easy fix to the submissive Alpha Female problem. Turns out Shaya isn’t the type of submissive who has to obey more dominate wolves. That seemed a little too convenient and kind of lazy on the author’s part.

I liked Nick quite a bit. I really liked what a great alpha he was, and how people just naturally followed him. All these wolves kept showing up and sort of forcing him to become their Alpha, which I thought was hilarious. Despite being a natural leader and a dominate wolf, Nick doesn’t like people and really just wanted to be left alone with his mate. I cracked up every time they sort of out maneuvered him and he took another step closer to forming a new pack.

The suspense plot of who is after Shaya and why didn’t really interest me. I know others really like that aspect of these books, but I’m not a fan.

I would have given this a solid four stars if it hadn’t been for how immature Shaya was. As it is I’m going to give it 3.

Rating: 3 out of 5

The Phoenix Pack

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Review: Wild Hunger by Suzanne Wright

Posted February 13, 2019 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Wild Hunger by Suzanne WrightReviewer: Holly
Wild Hunger by Suzanne Wright
Narrator: Jill Redfield
Series: The Phoenix Pack #7
Also in this series: Wild Hunger, Carnal Secrets
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Source: Purchased, Audible Escape
Point-of-View: Alternating third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320
Length: 11 hours and 1 minute
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Series Rating: four-stars

When half–wolf shifter Frankie Newman receives an e-mail from a family member she didn’t know existed, a secret is revealed: as a child, Frankie witnessed her father killing her mother…and then himself. Frankie was torn from her pack by her mother’s human relatives, and the trauma was erased from her memory. Realizing that she’s been lied to her entire life, she’s never felt more alone. Until she catches the scent of an old friend—warmly familiar and intoxicating.

Trick Hardy, enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, can sense the rush of mutual attraction when he sees Frankie again. He knows immediately that she’s his true mate. But he also knows that, given her fragile state, he needs to tread with care—no matter how fierce his surging desires.

As aroused as Frankie is by Trick’s darkly dominant air and simmering desire, her priority right now is her past—not her future, no matter how tempting. But as more secrets emerge and Frankie’s life is threatened, Trick must do everything he can to keep her close and safe. After all, it’s their destiny.

Wild Hunger is the 7th book in Suzanne Wright‘s Phoenix Pack series. This may be my favorite of the Phoenix Pack books. I prefer the Mercury Pack overall, but this is my favorite of the Phoenix books. Jill Redfield narrates the audio and I felt she did a good job overall, though the breathy voice she does during love scenes was a turnoff.

Frankie Newman was raised by her maternal grandparents after her mother and father were killed. She has no idea she was once part of a pack, because her grandparents kept the knowledge from her. Once she finds out, she has to decide if she wants a relationship with her father’s family. Trick Hardy has been not-so-patiently waiting for his mate to come along. He knows right away Frankie is the one. He’s determined to give her space to figure out what kind of relationship she wants to have with his pack, and to get used to the idea of mating with him. But he refuses to walk away.

I loved how determined Trick was to find his mate and how open to the bond he was. I also really liked how patient and understanding he was with Frankie. He didn’t push her to give more than she could. It was sweet. I also liked how little drama there was in their coming together. They took their time getting to know each other, but they both accepted that they were mates right away. It was refreshing from previous books, where one mate or another was resistant. Frankie had a tough go of it, feeling betrayed by the people who raised her, as well as dealing with meeting her father’s family. She had a good head on her shoulders and I liked how she dealt with everything.

As I said, this is my favorite of all the Phoenix Pack books. Trick’s patience and understanding, coupled with Frankie’s down-to-earth approach to her situation really worked for me.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

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Review: Echoes of Fire by Suzanne Wright

Posted January 8, 2019 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Echoes of Fire by Suzanne WrightReviewer: Holly
Echoes of Fire (Mercury Pack, #4) by Suzanne Wright
Narrator: Jill Redfield
Series: Mercury Pack #4
Also in this series: Carnal Secrets
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: December 11, 2018
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Source: Purchased, Audible Escape
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 348
Length: 11 hours and 5 minutes
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Series Rating: four-stars

They may not be made for each other, but animal instincts are impossible to ignore.

Madisyn Drake is a rare breed of cat shifter…a loner, unpredictably wild, and emotionally distant. A recent betrayal has left her ready to sharpen her claws on the next man she sees…until a prowling wolf with steel-gray eyes and a brooding dark edge challenges her distrust. No matter how fully he satisfies her touch-hunger, Madisyn’s not ready to open up again, even if it is oh so gratifying.

Bracken Slater has earned his reputation as an indomitable predator. Once broken by grief and guilt, Brack is feeling alive again, thanks to the heady scent of this independent feline. Convincing her that they’re meant for each other is going to take more than branding Madisyn’s beautiful neck. She’s not interested in joining an unfamiliar pack, much less answering to an alpha. But when threats from both their pasts take shape, their unexpected destiny may be the only thing that can save them.

Echoes of Fire is the fourth book in Suzanne Wright’s Mercury Pack series. It follows Bracken Slater as he finds and courts his mate, Madisyn Drake. Jill Redfield narrated and I really enjoyed her for the most part. She does the voices well and overall I like her voice. I did struggle with two things, however. 1) She spoke in a very forceful way as Bracken, which often made him come off as controlling instead of caring. 2) She did a kind of valley girl, breathy thing during the love scenes that drove me absolutely batshit crazy. Still, I listened to all the books in both the Mercury Pack and Phoenix Pack series’ and she narrates them all, so obviously those things didn’t completely ruin the stories for me.

Throughout the series Bracken was kind of lighthearted and sweet. When his family is murdered right in front of him, including his nephew whom he was holding at the time, it changed him. Now he’s broken and angry, with no outlet for his pain since he wreaked vengeance on those who stole his family from him. When he’s hit by a car and has a moment of openness, he feels the mating connection to Madisyn Drake. They’ve been circling each other for years, rubbing each other the wrong way and denying their mutual attraction. Madisyn is a lone feline shifter who has no desire to join a pack or be stuck mated to a man who doesn’t even like her. But Bracken knows he can’t let her go. She fills something inside him and he knows he’ll never become whole without her.

I really loved how Madisyn was described like Grumpy Cat. She was an angry little cat, but unexpectedly so. She looked so sweet and adorable no one expected her to turn feral and whoop the shit out of everyone. She was the perfect match for Bracken in every way.

My heart broke for Bracken and his struggle to find his footing after his family was murdered. The fact that he was holding his baby nephew when a bullet passed through him and killed his nephew just made it all the worse. His fire and intensity were well contained until then. Now he has a reputation for being ruthless. I liked how well Madisyn balanced him out and how determined he was to put her first, even though he had so many dark parts inside himself.

I don’t really care for the suspense plots in Wright’s novels. The villains are always easy to spot and I often end up scratching my head over some of the decisions the pack makes in their pursuit of them. But the romance and friendships more than make up for any frustrations I feel.

While I enjoyed the entire series, Echoes of fire is hands down my favorite. Bracken and Madisyn made a wonderful couple. His intensity and anger were tempered so well by her inner strength I couldn’t help but love them.

4.5 out of 5

The Mercury Pack


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Guest Review: Dark Instincts by Suzanne Wright

Posted April 2, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Dark Instincts by Suzanne WrightTracy’s review of Dark Instincts (The Phoenix Pack #4) by Suzanne Wright

It happens whenever wolf shifter Roni Axton is near Marcus Fuller: a crackle of sexual awareness that’s intoxicating…and deeply annoying. Marcus is a pack enforcer who oozes power, but Roni is lethal in her own right—nothing like the flirty females who flock around him. Even still, his possessive gaze makes one thing clear. Marcus has singled her out for seduction, and he wants to make her sit up and beg.

No matter how aloof and unfazed Roni acts, Marcus can tell she wants him. When a brutal attack by a jackal pack forces them to work together, it’s the perfect opportunity for Marcus to chip away at her defenses—until he falls into his own trap, completely unprepared for the intensity of their connection. Roni is the only one who’s ever seen past his shifter charm and discovered the man hiding beneath it. And for Marcus, claiming Roni once will mean needing her forever.

Roni Axton is a warrior. She is hard and tough, definitely not girly and frilly. She gets bored in social situations and would rather suck on a lollipop than converse with just about anyone. She knows this about herself so she’s confused when Marcus Fuller starts paying attention to her. She’s not like any of the girls he’s dated before and he’s “dated” A LOT of women. She doesn’t tell him but she secretly likes his attention because she is definitely hot for his body. He plays in most if not all of her sexual fantasies.

Marcus is tired of the women who don’t want him for anything but sex. He’s tired of clingy women and he’s hot for Roni. No, she’s not like the women he’s dated in the past but she’s definitely a challenge. Slowly but surely he quietly works his way into her life and they decide to stay together – even though they aren’t mates. In fact they go so far as to tell each other that if the others mate did show up they’d have to quietly get rid of them. Lol

While the romance between Marcus and Roni is going on both of their packs are working to discover A) who tried to kidnap the son of the Phoenix packs alpha pair and B) who is running a horrible website called snm.com that displays videos of hideous violence. They figure out that a jackal pack is behind it all but finding out where they’re located is not easy. The two packs will stop at nothing until the creators of the website are gone for good and the site taken down.

Dark Instincts is the fourth book in the Phoenix Pack series and it was another great story. I really love the dynamics in the pack – in this book both packs: Phoenix and Mercury – and love reading about them.

In this story Roni is, imho, hilarious. She’s definitely not had an easy life and has been coddled by her brother and mother since an attempted rape 12 years earlier. It has also put a fair amount of guilt on her as well as her brother had to go to juvie for killing the men who tried to rape her. She loves being a warrior but she’s highly intelligent and gets bored easily. She spends a lot of time in her wolf form to try and get away from the coddling of her family. Marcus comes along and doesn’t put up with her crap and I loved it. He knew what she needed and how to handle her – or in some cases not handle her – and he did it well. Marcus was not a stupid man and was open to doing things a different way in order to get what he wanted – Roni. The romance was incredibly sweet and I loved that once they got together there wasn’t a whole lot of angst between the two of them.

I’ve really enjoyed this series so far and I’m hoping that Wright keeps writing about this great group of shifters.

Rating: 4 out of 5


This title is available from Montlake Romance. You can buy it here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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What I Read Last Week

Posted February 17, 2014 by Tracy in Features | 0 Comments

It was so nice waking up this morning with no alarm and then instead of freaking out because it didn’t go off and I’m late, I luxuriate in bed and don’t worry about going anywhere today if I don’t feel like it.  Fuck yeah. lol  I love my days off. Oh and Happy President’s Day. 🙂

I promised that I’d share the video of my girls ringing from the 9th.  If you’re interested it’s posted on the church’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lr7kkAO-6c&feature=share&list=UUf4h0tL1rSelSGFf4qGMIbw.  My youngest is the one on the end – far left, and my oldest is the bleach blond that’s 5 people from the left end.

Not much happening around here so I’ll just get on to what I read last week:

I started off the week with After the Rain by Daisy Harris.  This is the story of Henri who’s used to living the high life with his ex-boyfriends and Logan who is from Texas and proud of it.  Logan knows he’s gay but has never even kissed a man.  Logan and Henri share a tent on a camping trip and things steam up.  Good story of two very different men finding each other.  You can read my review here.  3.5 out of 5

Next I read Redeemed by Sandy James.  This is book 3 in the Safe Havens series and it was a good one.  Sara heads to White Pines, Montana to see her brother, Ty, after she finally gets herself out of the brothel she was forced to work in.  Caleb is at the train station expecting his mail order bride to arrive.  There’s a bit of confusion, to say the least, and next thing you know the two are married.  When Caleb finds out the truth he’s not a happy camper – to say the least.  This was another great story and I’m so happy I read it.  You can read my review here.  4 out of 5

Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay Sands is book 20 in the Argeneau series – can you believe it?  This one was pretty different from the others as it was darker.  It was really good and we learned a lot about a particular character from a previous book.  My review will post tomorrow. 4 out of 5

I can’t believe I forgot to add For His Eyes Only by Liz Fielding!  The story was about a real estate agent who puts an add for a house in the paper and it’s sabotaged.  The add says horrible things about the house.  She gets fired but is determined to save her career.  She goes to the own of the house – who she lusts after madly and offers to sell the house for free.  The two hit it off but he’s a broody artist with secrets and she’s got secrets of his own. Good story and I really enjoyed it.  4 out of 5 (read for Book Binge) 

When the Duke was Wicked by Lorraine Heath is the first book in a new series.  Grace is the daughter of a duke but a woman who needs to marry for love. She’s certain that this is the only way she can marry.  She’s stymied though as to when she can tell that a man truly loves her.  She seeks assistance from her old friend the Duke of Lovingdon and even though he doesn’t want to he finds himself giving her advice about men.  This one was really great and I’ll be posting my full review either this week or next.  4/4.25 out of 5

Last for the week was Carnal Secrets by Suzanne Wright.  This was a much anticipated read for me as I loved her first two books in the Phoenix Pack series.  This book has Shaya who has finally run and her pack has hidden her away from her mate, Nick.  Nick knows that Shaya is his mate but hasn’t claimed her for months.  Nick has his reasons but he never shared those with Shaya.  Now he’s off to find his mate and finally claim her – hoping she’ll have him.  This was not quite as good as the first two books in series but still really good.  I loved seeing the softer side of Nick and the tougher side of Shaya.  While this was a great read it was a little slower than books 1 & 2.  I’m not sure where the term Carnal came for the title because I thought it had less sex in it than the previous books.  I could be wrong. 🙂  4 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Shh…Mine (This. Is. Not. Over) by Shannon Dianne

Happy Reading!

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