Sunday, August 11, 2013

Review: Feral Sins ( The Phoenix Pack #1 ) Suzanne Wright

Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright
Excerpt

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 who’s 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.

Genre

Urban Fantasy

Review

This is the absolute best shapeshifter's smut-com that I had the honor of reading along with a good plot that I give a damn. At times, the characters in this book seems to suffer from dissociative identity disorder, whereby they have both the mind of human and wolf. They often had inner battle within themselves and most of the time they act more animal than human.

We have a very sarcastic heroine, Taryn that make me laugh out loud and roll my eyes at the same time. Sometimes she can be over the top and gone too far with her sarcasm, but I blame it on her being a latent wolf. I assume she had no other way to release stress and manage her anger. No one can win a verbal war with her EVER.

"Why not put a condom over your head - if you're going to act like a complete dick"

"Attempting to give a fuck... Attempting harder to give a fuck... Sorry,there was an error. Fuck not given."


Then we have very serious and psychotic Trey Coleman, the Alpha of Phoenix Pack who strike up a deal with Taryn to achieve a win win situation for both of them. They agreed on a 3 months mating, for him to get alliance with her father's Pack, while she can get away from an arrange marriage with a sick bastard. Trey is mentally unstable and can easily provoke. No one will dare to even look at him straight in the eyes.

I enjoyed the romance between Taryn and Trey very much. Although it is mostly smut, but I got really connected with both their characters. In the forefront, Taryn is such a bitchy and dominant, but underneath she is insecure due to her being a latent wolf and no one seems to accept her including her father. Trey is emotionally distant and takes thing too seriously all the time, he was banished from his Pack by his father and had to build up his own Pack since young. Taryn brings a lot of fun into Trey's life and she is the only female wolf who isn't submissive and afraid of him.

We also have the rest of Phoenix Pack wolves who played a major role in the book. Dante, the Beta and the one with the most wisdom among all the crack head, Tao, the Head Enforcer who had a crush on Taryn, Selma, the bitch who wants mate with Trey, Greta, the grandmother that every daughter-in-law fear and the rest of the Pack. The one that I love most is Dominic, the pervy wolf with all the crude and sexual jokes. I look forward to all his scene because I know he's gonna make me laugh so hard that I might pee my pants.

"If your left leg is Thanksgiving, and your right leg is Christmas, can I visit you between the holidays?"

There is this infamous orgy scene that everyone talk about. I had been advised to skip that scene to avoid ruining my reading experience, but with Trey kept hinting at this since the beginning, my curiosity is seriously piqued. I just can't keep myself from reading it and find out what all the fuss is about. I assume he just going to fuck her in front of his Pack. Unfortunately when it finally take place at about 80% of the book, I'm floored. My jaw just dropped. Eewww... I can't believe Trey and Taryn did that! Is so out of character. Is like suddenly they got possess by sexual deviant. At the same time, I don't know what came over me, but I actually did enjoyed reading that scene. I just gonna assume that is not Trey and Taryn I'm reading about. Eewww....

Apart from all the great shapeshifter sex we had, the plot is engaging enough. While trying to build up their Pack's alliance, someone had been sending threatening message to Taryn. What they initially assume are some harmless prank turn deadly later on. I kept guessing who is the traitor since the beginning. The final battle between Trey and his uncle Darryl provided us with some surprises that we didn't see it coming, as compare to the usual they fight and hero just won. I'm looking forward to Book 2 of this series. 


Rating 4/5

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