Madisyn Drake is a rare breed of cat shifter…a loner, unpredictably wild, and emotionally distant. A recent betrayal has left her ready to sharpen her claws on the next man she sees…until a prowling wolf with steel-gray eyes and a brooding dark edge challenges her distrust. No matter how fully he satisfies her touch-hunger, Madisyn’s not ready to open up again, even if it is oh so gratifying.
Bracken Slater has earned his reputation as an indomitable predator. Once broken by grief and guilt, he is feeling alive again, thanks to the heady scent of this independent feline. Madisyn isn’t interested in joining an unfamiliar pack, so convincing her that they’re meant for each other is going to take more than branding her beautiful neck. But when threats from both their pasts take shape, their unexpected destiny may be the only thing that can save them.
Point of view:
While the series is very formulaic, I think Wright had significant unique elements to this book that helped set it apart from previous books. Madisyn’s background as a lone shifter, her unique breed, and the fact that she already has a friendship & interaction with the Mercury & Phoenix Packs. Bracken, on the other hand, is recovering from devastating events that have completely changed his personality and outlook. Their path to mating follows a different trajectory than most.
I also really liked the secondary action/mystery/suspense elements in this one. Additionally, we’re introduced to the Olympus Pride and several of its members. They’ll feature more prominently in Dominic’s book, Untamed Delights.
Note: Olympus Pride will get its own series, starting with When He’s Dark, but chronologically you’ll want to read/listen to the rest of the Phoenix & Mercury Pack books first.
Jill Redfield is still AMAZING. This is a HUGE cast of characters, male and female, young and old – and even though the packs are expanding and merging, she still manages to give them all unique voices and characteristics. You know exactly who is talking at any given time.
The Phoenix Pack books are intertwined with Wright’s Mercury Pack series.
Chronological reading/listening order:
- Lure of OblivionFeral 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 move at your pace, but you have to let me in. You have to get used to not being alone anymore. – Echoes of Fire by @suz_wright #Audiobook narrated by Jill Redfield #PhoenixPack #Mercury Pack #ShiftersTweet
I’ll want everything from you. Actually, that’s a lie. I’ll demand it. – Echoes of Fire by @suz_wright #Audiobook narrated by Jill Redfield #PhoenixPack #Mercury Pack #ShiftersTweet
Your soul is the other half of mine, just as mine is the other half of yours. It’s as simple and as complicated as that. – Echoes of Fire by @suz_wright #Audiobook narrated by Jill Redfield #PhoenixPack #Mercury Pack #ShiftersTweet