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Author: Suzanne Wright
Series: The Phoenix Pack #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Published on: February 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Format: 428 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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When female wolf shifter Taryn Warner first encounters Trey Coleman, an alpha male wolf shifter with a dangerous reputation, she’s determined to resist his charms. After all, Trey—who was only fourteen when he defeated his own father in a duel, winning the right to be alpha of his pack—can’t have anything to offer the talented healer besides trouble, or so she thinks. Taryn finds herself drawn in by Trey’s forceful demeanor and arctic-blue eyes, and she eventually agrees to enter an uneasy alliance with him. If the two succeed in convincing their respective packs that they’ve chosen each other as mates, Trey will win valuable political allies, while Taryn will escape an odious arranged mating.
But there are a lot of potential pitfalls to this plan—including the very real possibility that the wolf shifters, overwhelmed by their growing attraction to each other, will be unable to maintain the clear heads needed to pull off the deception.
So there is hot, and then, there is HOT! I think this book fits the HOT description, with no reservations. A wolf pack full of super hot guys? Yes, that’s part of what makes this hot-but it’s the sexy scenes that pushes it into HOT territory.
Taryn Warren is a wolf shifter that can’t shift. She’s the daughter of the alpha and since she is latent, he treats her horribly, and considers her an embarrassment to him. He’s arranged a mating for her with Roscoe, an alpha that gets his kicks from hurting women. When Taryn gets kidnapped out of the blue by Trey, the Alpha of the Phoenix Pack, and is given a chance to get out of mating Roscoe, she pretty much jumps at it. The fact that she has to pretend that Trey is her true mate just made it much easier since she is totally attracted to him, and so is her wolf.
I enjoyed the characters of Taryn and Trey. Taryn is a healer for her pack, and has sarcasm oozing out of her pores. Trey has a wolf that is so close under his skin that when he gets upset he goes feral, and nobody can calm him-except Taryn. He is so dominate that when he was fourteen he challenged, and won against his father. He left his pack, and started a new pack with several members of the old pack. Taryn is also an alpha even though she can’t shift. The two alphas together were nothing short of explosive. The rest of the Phoenix pack were all well realized as well. Marcus, the sweet womanizer, Dominic and his corny pickup lines, Dante, the hot beta, Tao, the head enforcer, and the one with a crush on Taryn, all become like friends before it’s all over. And then there is Trey’s grandmother, Greta. Sweet granny? Not even close. She is the bane of Taryn’s life, and the main object of Taryn’s sharp tongued sarcasm, and that was one of the funniest parts of the book for me. Of course there is a villain, Trey’s uncle. He has his own evil agenda when it comes to the Phoenix Pack.
To me the characters and the romance were the best part of this read. However, the author has done a ton of world building concerning shifters in this world where humans know about them, and are prejudiced against them. Mating rules are explored and expanded to included both true mates and imprinting-and there is a difference. Pack politics and alliances are all part of this story as well. There’s lots of violence, and pretty much an equal amount of sex scenes. The chemistry between Trey and Taryn is off the charts, and people that don’t enjoy erotica may have a problem with this read. Normally I am not a big erotica fan, but decided that since the story and romance were so good, that I was just going to go with it. It’s very explicit, but well written.
I read this in order to get background, and to better understand book four, Dark Instincts, which I have also read. I enjoyed both of these so much that I am probably going to go back and read books two and three. My review of Dark Instincts will post soon.
Just a heads up, I just read a review on Amazon that completely confused me. Evidently there was a graphic orgy/almost rape scene that readers hated, and it has since been deleted from the book. So if you do read other reviews keep that in mind. I think it made for a lot more bad reviews for a book that would have been rated higher-my opinion.