Author: Suzanne Wright
Title: Feral Sins - The Phoenix Pack
Genre(s): Erotica; Fantasy; Paranormal; Romance; Shapeshifters
Sexual tension overload with minimal character development
Holy freakin' cannoli. I felt like I needed to go to a confessional (even though I don't practice Catholicism) after finishing this novel with its highly sexualized plot, vulgar language, and lack of character development. Suzanne packs Feral Sins: The Phoenix Pack full to the brim with sexual tension leaving it so dense it was hard to see any other aspects of the story come through. I am all for a hot and steamy read, but I feel this book takes "erotica" to a whole new level leaving readers teetering at the climax, but feeling unfulfilled by the lack of depth and emotional intelligence.
With the overarching plot line involving a hate to love dynamic between the main characters, it felt like too easy of a transition to have Taryn and Trey despise one another in the beginning, only to have them inseparable (literally) in the end. The transition between their dislike for one another to their infatuation seemed a bit hard pressed and only seemed to occur because of their sexual tension. I understand that love stories like this happen in our every day reality, maybe not to the extreme outlined in Feral Sins: The Phoenix Pack, but it can happen. What I had a hard time clinging to was their development as a couple because it is written as though the sex between Taryn and Trey was just that good that it evoked an incredibly strong bond, which ultimately led to them falling in love. There was very minimal explanation about how they adore one another's personalities or anything to do with the very essence of what it means to love a person (not their genitals). I acknowledge this is a very saucy review, but I have higher expectations for the erotica genre because if we are all being honest I think that sexual fiend (no matter how tiny) within us really enjoys a naughty read. But I like my naughty with a healthy side of relationship growth.
Now...I think it's time for me to move on to the aspects of the novel I did enjoy. Suzanne has a keen eye for fantasy as it was clear throughout the book how shape shifters are different from mortals. There was a clear distinction between how a pack functions as it's own micro-society compared to the outside world. Suzanne also wrote from the perspective of the individual, as well as their wolf, which was a format I have not seen before. Additionally, the supporting characters were even more likable than Taryn and Trey! Several of them added a good dose of humor that made me laugh out loud. Overall, Feral Sins: The Phoenix Pack is a quartz in the rough. If you're down for a hyper-sexual couple that quickly shift gears from hating one another to finding it impossible to stop fornicating then this book is for you! If you need a bit more depth and strive to read books that do not blur the plot with sexual tension, then you might want to take a pass on this one.
If your inner wolf and your body react rather enthusiastically to a psychotic Alpha male who’s own wolf has a tendency to turn feral, it can’t be a good thing, can it? Entering into a bargain with him wouldn’t be good either. Unfortunately, Taryn Warner, a latent wolf shifter, doesn’t have many options open to her right now. Okay, she has no options. Basically it comes down to whether she’ll do what it takes to escape the arranged mating with the sick SOB that her father set up. As the answer in this case is yes, it looks as though she’ll have to agree to Trey Coleman’s deal… she’ll have to mate with him instead.
Having always disliked shifter politics, Trey Coleman hadn’t bothered trying to form alliances with other packs. Now that his uncle – a wolf with many alliances – means to take Trey’s territory and his pack, he has no option but to form some alliances of his own very quickly or he’ll be easily outnumbered in the upcoming battle. He figures that the easiest way to do that would be to mate with a female whose Alpha is powerful and influential. There’s only one problem with that – he would then be stuck with her, and the last thing Trey wants is a mate. When he hears of Taryn’s situation, he offers her a deal – if she falsely claims he’s her true mate and allows him to claim her, he’ll save her from her arranged mating and then let her leave after the battle with his uncle is over.
Sounds like a pretty straightforward deal...but soon Taryn and Trey realize they got more than they bargained for. Their mating instincts to protect and possess are weighing on them, they crave each other’s touch and company, and their inner wolves don’t like it whenever they’re apart. Add in that they’ll have to deal with this for an entire three months until the day of the battle finally arrives, and they’ve got themselves a recipe for disaster – or maybe for something quite the opposite.
Warning: This novel contains an extremely sarcastic Alpha female, a broody possessive Alpha male, bitter in-laws, voyeuristic enforcers, a whole lot of dirty talk, and steamy bedroom battles for dominance. Reader Advisory: This book also contains a graphic ménage scene - not for the faint-hearted.
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