Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright

The Phoenix Pack

Source: Purchased

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.

“Love is giving someone the power to completely destroy you, and hoping that they won’t”

I’m pretty picky when it comes to Paranormal Romance, preferring Urban Fantasy, but I have to say this one surprised me with how good it was.

The small pack dynamic worked well and the characters blended to fit. Taryn is sarcastic and fun, and Trey is…just awesome. I even dug his aged relative who Taryn enjoyed arguing with. The angle with her father and his disapproval of her was interesting too – pack dynamics can be annoying in some books with the politics involved, but once we got over the forced marriage with one particular cruel alpha, it wasn’t annoying in this book.

There’s some intense steamy moments that seriously work, but after a while it gets way overdone and starts taking over the story too much – a sad curse many PNR have. I think some of that could have been trimmed later to make the story work better, but the plot for a shifter paranormal romance novel rocked --- they come into a contractual mating because of an oncoming battle, but find out that they had misconceptions about a few things.

Sounds simple enough, but throw in that both of their former true mates are dead, and it gets even more interesting. Not something I’ve seen done before.

Apparently there was a version that had a ménage of some sort, but that’s not the version I read so I can’t comment on that. Looking at comments about it – apparently I seriously missed out!

Well written and sassy, highly recommend this one if you like paranormal romance.

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“Wouldn’t you like to slip into something more comfortable though? Perhaps a coma?”

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