Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne WrightLure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Mercury Pack #3
Published by Montlake Romance on November 21, 2017
Pages: 333 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Gwen Miller may be a human, but she has no problem taking a stand against her own kind. She’s going to testify against the teenage boy she saw viciously assault a lone shifter female—and no amount of pressure from the boy’s wealthy family will make her back down. But when the harassment turns violent, help comes in the form of a lean, toned wolf with winter-gray eyes.

As a guest at Gwen’s inn, shifter enforcer Zander Devlin can’t help but notice that the fierce and leggy brunette is in serious trouble. Since she’s putting herself at risk for one of his kind, keeping her safe is the least he can do. That’s not the only reason Zander wants her close. He desires her, even as the wolf inside him backs away from her. But his feral instincts are hard to keep down, and as they take shape, they’re harder for Gwen to resist. Then again, embracing them could be the only thing that could save her life.

When I say that I was equally shocked and surprised by how much I liked Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright, I am not kidding you. I really thought that Wright would continue on in her same formula of storytelling as she’s done with past stories in both the Phoenix Pack and Mercury Pack series, but that was not the case – well not entirely – with Lure of Oblivion.

Wright really took her time in giving ample page time to illustrating the background and present circumstances surrounding our main characters, Gwen and Zander, which I definitely appreciated. I’m not going to say that Lure of Oblivion had a complex storyline, nor was it completely action filled, but I will say that with the overall mixture between the romance, drama, and paranormal elements I was thoroughly entertained and engrossed in all that took place within this installment of the Mercury Pack series.

Gwen and Zander’s relationship really reminds me of how much I loved Harley and Derren’s relationship from an earlier story in this series. The strength of each character was something that grabbed my attention and made me pay focus on them as individuals before they became a ‘them.’ I usually have no issue with a story being romance led but it’s such a breath of fresh air when I can learn to love the individual characters instead of only recognizing their identity in their romantic relationship.

The main complaint I had about Wright’s latest release did find it’s way in Lure of Oblivion, but I’m both grateful and exasperated that she still chose to include it, even if it was in the last 5% of the story.  It may be nice to have a story where Wright either explains the significance of anal sex or just chooses to annex it altogether because this element is seriously starting to get old.

About Suzanne Wright

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.

Fierce Obsessions by Suzanne Wright

Fierce Obsessions by Suzanne WrightFierce Obsessions by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Phoenix Pack #6
Published by Montlake Romance on June 13, 2017
Pages: 306 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads
three-half-stars

When raven shifter Riley Porter was given sanctuary by the Phoenix Pack, she let them believe she had left her flock. Reluctant to divulge the secrets of her past, she was still embraced as family. Only Tao Lukas, the protective and passionate Head Enforcer of the pack, was resistant to the enigmatic shifter. Until Riley started to arouse in him something other than suspicion.

Tao doesn’t trust lone shifters, especially ones so guarded—and tempting. But the sexual tension between them is making them both come undone, and vulnerable to more than desire. All Tao wants is for Riley to stay with him and to trust him with the truth of her past.

As Riley’s mysteries come to light, so does a danger that threatens not only her life but the safety of the entire pack. For Tao, keeping Riley safe means keeping her close—forever—as his mate.

I’m really glad that Riley and Tao finally got their story in Fierce Obsession, but it sucks that the overall story fell completely through for me.

I can’t quite put my finger on it but Fierce Obsession felt like a reguritated version of the earlier stories in this particular seris; Greta forever hating, anal sex being a priority, and old pack/flocks causing issues.

Riley and Tao were very compatible and complemented each other immensely, but the drama surrounding their story, as well as the aftermath of their mating got boring quick.

I did enjoy the beginning of Fierce of Obsession and the parts where Savanah and Dexter were present, but sad to say I sort of checked out from the rest of the story.

About Suzanne Wright

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.

Here Be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne

I received this book for free from the SocialBookCo in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Here Be Sexist Vampires by SuzanneHere Be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright
on February 8, 2013
Pages: 266 pages
Source: SocialBookCo
three-stars

Sam Parker is a vampire with a gift so strong and substantial that she is invited to partake in a test for a place in the Grand High Master Vampire’s private army. She finds that not only has the army never included a woman, but it has never included a Sventé vampire; a breed that is regarded by the super strong Pagori breed and the hypnotically beautiful Keja breed to be too tame and human-like. Most refuse to take her seriously, especially a Pagori commander named Jared who she craves in spite of herself.

The Grand High Master, however, sees her potential and offers her the position of Jared’s co-commander to help train the newest squad in time for the impending attack on his home. Sam has to demonstrate to Jared and the squad of chauvinists why it is incredibly foolish to underestimate a willful, temperamental, borderline-homicidal Sventé female.

Warning: This novel contains an iron-willed female vampire with an energy whip, a sexist male vampire who is determined to have her, explicit vampy sex, and a romance story with real bite.

I was somewhat disappointed with Here Be Sexist Vampires. The reviews I had read on this story were very mixed, but as a long time reader of Suzanne Wright there have been books that I’ve loved and then there were some that I felt were ‘meh,’ so in going into this story it was a toss up of the two. The two factors that kept me from putting Here Be Sexist Vampires down for good was its heroine and its story. These two elements held and kept my attention and allowed me to not focus on how much of a irritant the hero was, they actually gave me hope that he would start to grow on me (that didn’t happen).

Suzanne Wright doesn’t place us in a state of suspense by allowing us to like any particular characters until we’ve gotten the full picture of who they are. Right off the bat Wright lets it be known that Jared is a egotistical manic that thinks the sun rises and falls at his whim, and that the other males that dominate the vampire race, and the sub-species within it, are just as narrow minded. It took me until I got about halfway through Here Be Sexist Vampires to realize that Sam’s character wasn’t only there to bring comic relief and realism to the story, but she was both the protagonist and the antagonist.

Sam had her own battles to fight, the main one being the ego of every male she encountered from the moment she was turned, but throughout Here Be Sexist Vampires she was the metaphorical iron that was used sharpened the dull iron of every male she encountered. Every male within The Hollow thought their poop didn’t stink until someone who wasn’t going to continually tell them that their poop smelled like roses came along and shook up their tidy world and broadened their horizons.

Once I stopped hoping and dreaming that there was more to Jared’s character, and that his brand of self-centeredness was just a facade to his station as heir to the Grand High Master, I was able to treat him as an errant child that continually wants to put things in their mouths or touch things that they’re not supposed to; irritating but manageable. I even hoped that Sam would bypass Jared and go to his brother Evan, I even kept returning to the back of the book for its synopsis so that I could double, triple, and quadruple check to make sure that Jared was the one she would end up with (lol).

Further, it was the big conflict that each character in Here Be Sexist Vampires ended up facing that was a little on the boring side. I was more interested in the preparation for the battle than the actual battle. Learning about the different abilities of each supporting and main character was very fascinating to read about, but when the battle actually took place – even though Wright made it seem as if it was a challenge – it seemed redundant to even have it since the villain they were up against was a little pissant, whiny cry baby that enjoyed collecting vampires with special abilities that he conveniently forgot to train his army (legion).

Despite the many comedic moments I can’t say that I laughed through Here Be Sexist Vampires, I did, though, find myself cringing a lot because of the stomach turning ego of some of the characters in this story.

The possibility of continuing this series is really up in the air at this point, I’ll have to do more research, but my hope is that Here Be Sexist Vampires just had a case of the first book jitters.

About Suzanne Wright

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.

From Rags by Suzanne Wright

From Rags by Suzanne WrightFrom Rags by Suzanne Wright
on March 4, 2012
Pages: 280
Source: Purchased
three-stars

There has only been three people in Jaxxon Carter's life who truly mattered to her. Her mum, who committed suicide. Her sister, who she hasn’t seen since her teens. And Connor McKenzie, who disappeared from her life the same day he left their foster home. The hardest part of that was that he never completely left her life because she was forever seeing him on T.V. or in magazines as a Formula One Driver. But Jaxxon refuses to live a ‘woe is me’ life, even in spite of living alone in her one-roomed flat and being expected to survive on a ridiculously low income. Then one night she is offered a modelling job and before she knows it she has been catapulted to the peak of success, gaining fame, fortune and security. Oh and a stalker.

Connor McKenzie is busy trying to shake off his crazy ex-girlfriend – another woman who thought she could get around his no marriage rule – when he sees Jaxxon on the cover of a magazine. Remembering how close they had once been, he’s shocked when she doesn’t respond to his attempts to contact her and then acts indifferently to him when they meet. But Connor can’t let it go. The only reason he had kept his hands off her ten years ago was that she had been younger than him. Now that they’re adults, he isn’t prepared to allow anything – not even Jaxxon – to stop him from having her.

Warning: This novel contains a bitchy female who curses like a sailor, a persistent alpha male who doesn’t understand the word ‘no’, and explicit hot sex in some very public places.

I loved Suzanne Wright’s paranormal romance series so when From Rags went on sale a year or so ago I scooped it up. Even though I read a lot of contemporary stories they aren’t really my thing, so I was a little apprehensive about jumping into From Rags because I didn’t know how this story was going to pan out. Color me shocked that I actually ended up liking From Rags, not loving it, but being highly entertained.

As soon as I began reading From Rags I knew that Jaxxon was going to be the character that would drive this story home for me, and I was right. She was ballsy, off the wall hilarious, and so refreshing that there wasn’t much resistance in liking her character. As I was reading From Rags I kept expecting her to flake out on me and either get a big head or allow her pride to damage a good thing, but the core of her character that was exhibited at the very beginning of From Rags remained steadfast to the very end. That type of consistency might sometimes become irritating because it shows that the character is not willing to adapt, but then there are those stories that having a little consistency from characters is a must.

Connor, while he was swoon worthy and just the right amount of alpha maleness, was blind as a bat when it came to having his priorities straight. It was shocking to me how Jaxxon and him could have such the heart warming and heartbreaking background where he was so protective of her, especially after puberty hit for Jax, that he couldn’t see the feelings he had for her were more than lust. I loved the fact that he owned up to his whorish ways and was very upfront about it all, but it still didn’t sit well with me how he would proclaim that Jax meant so much to him but when he left the foster home he not once went to visit her – I didn’t buy the excuse that the author gave for us either because when he became successful he could’ve always sent for her, he had the money to do so. If it wasn’t for the fact that Jaxxon wasn’t going to allow him to have the same piss poor excuses he was used to telling himself I probably wouldn’t have given two craps for his character.

Connor’s crazy ex-bang mate, his ex-one night stands, and Jaxxon’s weird allure to all the weirdos she encounters really made From Rags something of a treat to read about. I’m usually not much of a lover of extra drama in my contemporary romances, but something about the drama in From Rags made up for the irritating song and dance that Connor and Jaxxon went through throughout this story. The side characters also did their job of keeping my attention as well.

There were times when I loved the story of From Rags and then there would be times when I would dislike it so much (usually when Connor and Jaxxon were being hardheaded) that I would flirt with thoughts of putting it down indefinitely, so I had a love/hate relationship with this story. Now that I’ve finished From Rags I’m glad I stuck with it because it really ended on the greatest high note that I could’ve ever imagined. I think this is the only contemporary romance by Suzanne Wright but I feel a little bit more comfortable with reading anything by this author now. What’s left is accomplishing the task of moving through her other paranormal romance series.

About Suzanne Wright

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.

Savage Urges by Suzanne Wright

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Savage Urges by Suzanne WrightSavage Urges by Suzanne Wright
on May 3, 2016
Source: Publisher
four-stars

She’s a lone wolf with a cause.
As a volunteer at a shelter for lone shifters—the same one that rescued her—Makenna Wray has dedicated her life to finding homes for its residents. And when she discovers that a teen in her care is related to Ryan Conner, the broody, handsome-as-sin enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, she’s eager to help connect the two. She just wasn’t prepared to feel a connection of her own.
Lone wolves are loners for a reason—and most of them bad. Or so Ryan assumes until he meets the mysterious Makenna. Quirky and sensual, she seems to enjoy riling him, especially when she refuses to discuss her past. Although there is no mating bond, he’s sure she’s the one. All he has to do is be patient and wait. But when another pack’s sinister Alpha comes sniffing around, threatening Makenna and her shelter, this enforcer is ready to let his wolf off the leash…

Savage Urges, the fifth installment of Suzanne Wright’s Phoenix Pack series, we’re given the story of the ever stoic Ryan, one of Trey’s (alpha) top enforcers and one of Greta’s “boys,” we’re also introduced to another aspect of this paranormal world, the loners. With the loners forever being stereotyped as an enemy and as mercenaries it makes the possibility of any type of relationship with shifters that have pack/pride/coven backing nonexistent. For Savage Urges that world came with Makenna Wray, the half-feral/half-insane loner werewolf who initiates first contact with Ryan and the Phoenix Pack shaking their world upside down.

To be completely honest, I didn’t think there were going to be anymore books for this series, but I must have gotten a case of amnesia and forgot that there are other enforcers and pack mates that need to have their story told. I also thought that with her last book that she would focus now on the Mercury Pack. I need to stay hip on these things, I know, and that’s why I’m glad I’m a NetGalley addict and saw Savage Urges up for review when I did, you can never go wrong with a Suzanne Wright read.

While Ryan is an Iceman 99% of the time, for that one percent he’s crazily obsessed with everything having a logical explanation behind it. So it’s when Makenna comes along, introducing him to his orphaned cousin, and having no shame in boldly living her life by the decree of superstitions and good luck charms, that she gets under his skin something fierce. Although Makenna got on his nerves 50% of the time throughout Savage Urges, Ryan couldn’t help but be oddly drawn to her, and from this weird attraction a laugh-out-loud, tongue-in-cheek, hilarious read is then produced.

The villains in Savage Urges seemed to multiply as the chapters continued on, one in particular – the main nuisance – made me sick to my stomach, but the others were like gnats at a barbecue. Basically, there was never a dull moment to be found in Savage Urges.

Even though I have all these great things to say about Savage Urges I find myself with two complaints that slowed the story down as it was coming to a close.

Makenna’s reluctance to accept the possibility that something on her end was blocking the mating bond which left Ryan having to prove that they are in fact mates irked me to no end. At first I understood her reluctance to jump into a relationship with Ryan, seeing as her background wasn’t full of trustworthy people, but when all evidence pointed to Ryan not sprouting out this mate business for the sake of it and it actually being a real possibility Makenna was so against it. Entertaining the actuality of it happening between them seemed ludicrous to her.

Something else that disappointed me was how weak Ryan and Makenna proved to be when the going got tough. Everything leading up to the climax of Savage Urges left me to believe that Ryan and Makenna could definitely hold their own and were alpha’s in their own right, well my expectations were far off that mark when Makenna couldn’t even win a fight one-on-one with someone who was trying to kill someone she loved, and Ryan couldn’t fight and win against a pissant who came off more like a bully than a true alpha. I was disappointed.

With all that being said I can’t wait to see whose story will be next – I’m secretly hoping it’s Dominc’s, Trick’s, or Tao’s.

About Suzanne Wright

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.