Series: the Phoenix Pack,
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on February 19, 2013
Length: 13 hours and 38 minutes
This review is a mixture of reading and listening to the story Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright. Get on your snarky side because the heroine doles it out left and right, no matter who you are. While the hero was alpha through and through and walks a fine of dominating his alpha female.
The story begins when Taryn wakes up from being drugged and in the middle of the Phoenix Pack. The spunky latent alpha wolf starts spouting her diatribe right off the bat. Oh, and Taryn is a healer. It seems Taryn is betrothed to a loathsome alpha of another pack, her father willing to sell her for an alliance. Trey is being challenged by his uncle’s pack. He never has needed an alliance, but with the threat of losing his pack, he is willing to temporarily bind himself to Taryn for an alliance and get her away from a man who just wants to make her is sex slave.
Taryn hates her father, and has lost the young man who she thought was her mate. She cannot imprint on Trey or she will lose her independence that she seeks. Trey also thinks he has lost his one true mate. But he also has the feral element on his side that is drawing him away from Taryn. When it with a rage, he goes feral and no one should approach him. Well, Taryn does and is able to call him back. So did they really meet their true mates?
Throw in that Trey’s uncle is an ass, or very weak alpha. Trey was banished from his pack at a young age after fighting his father. Well, his father is dead and the uncle now is the pack alpha. Being week and wanting to flex his muscle, he petitions to have Trey’s pack absorbed back in the original pack with Trey losing his alpha position. Needless to say Trey isn’t going to let that happen.
These two instantly fall in bed, even if Taryn pretty much fights him the entire time. Trey has to show his dominance over her own alphaness. But she is latent and can’t change into wolf. Needless to say that doesn’t diminish her alphaness and how it comes across to the pack.
While this isn’t a BDSM books, it is a D/s or a D/D book. Dominance against Dominance that in the ends comes out as Dominance to a slightly less dominant. Trey does tie her up once, he does fuck her ass, he does get a blow job and not get his cock bitten off.
At times they both try to avoid each other to prevent getting hurt when the time comes to part, but at the same time they feel very possessive of each other and the pack senses this.
I read the edited version…or I think I did. There is mention in the synopsis of a menage where Trey lets the pack have sex with Taryn. The version I read…nope, nada! Trey is too jealous and possessive to let them even hardly look upon her with desire in their eyes.
There are a lot of unmated males in the pack and they develop some feelings for Taryn in various degrees. They all rally around her when she heals and becomes exhausted. They protect her when they think Trey is being an ass.
Then there is the traitor of the group. Also a female who thinks Trey is hers. A grandmother who baits Taryn left and right. Along with two mated couples who balance it all out in the end.
The audio vs. written words…
The narrator Jill Redfield does an great job of narrating the characters. I found myself getting lost as they switched from one character to the other as it is all mixed within the text together. Listening to the inflections in her voice became critical. Reading it was easier to see the switches between the characters. I think I preferred reading this one, but Jill Redfield’s voice is clear and true through the entire book.
I felt an affinity with Taryn for being latent, but never giving up her alpha side. I expected her to be more caring since she was a healer, but I never really felt that. Now with a father like hers, you understand she has to protect her emotions. But….her snarky side at times irritated me and got in the way of the story.
Trey has a hard youth with a father who berates him constantly. He is quick to react and goes feral quite easily. I just didn’t get him as well or feel he understood that he wanted hot, raw sex with Taryn, but when things get going, he pulls back to make it easier on him when the times comes to part. He does protect his pack at all costs, but he wants to dominate. It is inherent in who he is to dominate and he pushes that into the bedroom as well.
While I liked this couple, the one liners from Taryn got old fast, and the indecision of the couple just drew me to wonder if they were meant for each other.
Will I continue the series…probably because I loved the unmated males in the pack and want to see them fall one by one!
How much snark is too much snark in a books?
Is fated mates a big draw to paranormal romance for you?
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