Harley Vincent is resigned to life in the human world. Sure, being a margay shifter is half her nature, but life among humans gives her the freedom to roam and do as she pleases. That is, until anti-shifter extremists target her, putting her life in immediate danger.
When an old acquaintance and onetime fling, Jesse Dalton, shows up to offer the protection of his pack, Harley hesitates. She may have feelings for Jesse that go beyond their one-night stand, but life among shifters means giving over her independence to the needs of pack. Plus Mercury Pack has its own threat to face: a rich half-shifter is determined to claim their territory at any cost.
Jesse, who lost his true mate as a child, has wanted Harley since their night together, and he’s not letting her go again. They may not be destined for each other, but he knows she belongs to him and with his pack. Even if he can convince her to join him now, can he convince her to stay?
Point of view:
This is the second book in the Mercury Pack series, but this series is intertwined with Wright’s Phoenix Pack series. (see chart below) I wouldn’t start here – reading/listening to books 1-4 of the Phoenix Pack will give you background on the huge number of characters as well as how they fit together. Starting with Feral Sins. Both series are incredibly formulaic (I think she might just copy/paste the anal conversation for each book), yet somehow it works for me as I’ve purchased them all in audio and have listened multiple times. They’re funny, emotional, sweet, s-e-x-y as heck, irreverent, and sometimes downright corny.
I’m not sure if it’s because this was much heavier on the relationship and less emphasis on the action or if I just didn’t connect with Harley or Jesse as much as I did other characters in the series – this is my least favorite of the Mercury/Phoenix books. That said, it’s still an enjoyable listen. Though more for being intrigued by lesser known or newly introduced secondary characters. Jesse and Harley aren’t fated mates (and no, they don’t discover later that they actually are) which is a unique twist on the somewhat repetitive romantic story arc of previous books. I also liked that Harley is a cat shifter, bringing another added dimension and set of abilities to Wright’s shifter world.
I also didn’t connect as well with Jill Redfield’s narration in this one as with past books. She does a great job giving every character their own voice and then keeping that consistent through both series – so it could just be that her voices/pitch/style for Jesse & Harley aren’t ones I prefer. As far as technique – she’s a fantastic performer and not liking a particular voice in this instance isn’t meant to be critical of her skill.
The Phoenix Pack books are intertwined with Wright’s Mercury Pack series.
Chronological reading/listening order:
- Feral Sins (Phoenix #1)
- Wicked Cravings (Phoenix #2)
- Carnal Secrets (Phoenix #3, this book establishes the Mercury Pack and it’s series)
- Dark Instincts (Phoenix #4)
- Spiral of Need (Mercury #1)
- Savage Urges (Phoenix #5)
- Force of Temptation (Mercury #2)
- Fierce Obsessions (Phoenix #6)
- Lure of Oblivion (Mercury #3)
- Wild Hunger (Phoenix #7)
- Echoes of Fire (Mercury #4)
- Untamed Delights (Phoenix #8)
- Shards of Frost (Mercury #5)
About the Author:
From Suzanne Wright’s website: I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing something, whether it was stories, poems, or even songs – though I can’t carry a tune. I only have one rule when I’m writing a book which is that it has to have a happy ending. Other than that, pretty much anything goes. I write stories that I would enjoy reading and then I just hope that others will enjoy them too.
I was born and raised in England where I live with my husband (a person who doesn’t judge me for hearing voices in my head – how often do you come across people like that?), and my two demanding children.
You can connect with Suzanne Wright here:
My Favorite Quotes
I’ll tell you how it’s going to work; I’ll claim you, you’ll claim me, you’ll come to trust the pack, you’ll settle here, we’ll imprint, and we can be fucking happy. – Force of Temptation by @suz_wright #Audiobook narrated by Jill Redfield #PhoenixPack #Mercury Pack #ShiftersTweet
Home isn’t always a place, sweetheart. Home is something that anchors you, comforts you, and is a safe haven for you. – Force of Temptation by @suz_wright #Audiobook narrated by Jill Redfield #PhoenixPack #Mercury Pack #ShiftersTweet
You’re not my other half. You’re my center. – Force of Temptation by @suz_wright #Audiobook narrated by Jill Redfield #PhoenixPack #Mercury Pack #ShiftersTweet