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.

Where Darkness Lies by Bella Jewel

Where Darkness Lies by Bella JewelWhere Darkness Lies by Bella Jewel
Series: Criminals of the Ocean #1
Published by Montlake Romance on December 16, 2014
Pages: 256 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
five-stars

Anger and pain brought them together, but their passion might just set them free.
Dimitri wants only one thing: revenge. His stepfather, Hendrix, has caused him nothing but pain and heartache. At last Dimitri can take something—someone—important to Hendrix and make him pay: Jess.
Jess is feisty and strong headed. Her past haunts her and connects her to the dangerously dark Dimitri in an unexpected way. Dimitri keeps his secrets locked deep inside, and Jess is drawn to this broken man like no one before.

With little to cling to besides their haunting pasts, both could have been doomed to lives spent raging against the darkness that holds them prisoner. Instead, it seems that as their pain draws them closer together, it is their desire that will set them free.

Why the heck did I wait so long to finish Where Darkness Lies?! Reading and loving this story has made me feel safe to read anything and everything that Bella Jewel writes. I loved Where Darkness Lies! Bella Jewel’s Criminals of the Ocean series came at the perfect time for me, I had been wanting to read a good pirate story, whether it was historical or modern day I wanted to read it.

When I began reading I dragged my feet because I didn’t want to go from reading about Hendrick’s dominant/jerk character type to Dimitri’s (what I perceived) whinny/’I need revenge’ character type. Luckily when I got over that perception I decided that I would just read and take him as he came. I then consumed this book.

Jess/Blair was an amazing female character. I loved everything about her. She was amazingly written and relatable. The way she was around Dimitri was sometimes tongue in cheek funny and at other times so heart heartbreakingly transparent that my heart absolutely melted.

Never would I have seen this story taking the dips and curves that it did. Unpredictability is the key and Bella Jewel accomplished it and more. The journey of Dimitri and Jess was so real and detailed that I felt like I lived in every scene with them, as if I was a fly on the wall, having the ability to do that is an amazing gift.

While I love Hendrix and Indi, and will always love them as characters, Dimitri and Jessie have cemented a place in my heart because their struggle was real and they beat the odds stacked sky high against them.

I have my fingers crossed that there will be a book 3, but truthfully I don’t know who the story would be about, but I trust in Bella Jewel’s imagination.

About Bella Jewel

Bella is a fun loving australian and a multiple USA Today bestseller. She spends her days in sunny north QLD with her husband and two adorable daughters. She’s been writing since she was fifteen, and after her success with her debut novel, Hell’s Knights, she has been head down, bum up creating new stories. She is the author of the MC Sinners series, Number Thirteen, Enslaved by the Ocean, Where Darkness Lies, Life After Taylah, Angel’s in Leather, The Jokers’ Wrath series and ‘Til Death.

Spiral of Need 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.

Spiral of Need by Suzanne WrightSpiral of Need by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Mercury Pack #1
Published by Montlake Romance on September 29, 2015
Pages: 322 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
five-stars

Ally Marshall isn’t just a wolf shifter — she’s a Seer. But a girl doesn’t exactly need special powers to know that Derren Hudson despises her entire kind. Disdain practically rolls off the Beta of the Mercury Pack . . . disdain mixed with a healthy dose of desire. And no matter how much the ruggedly handsome male appeals to her, this is one call of the wild she’s determined to ignore. After one betrayal too many, Derren doesn’t have much use for Seers — except for Ally. Forced into acting as her protector, he finds himself intensely and passionately drawn to the woman who incites his primal instinct to claim. And when enemies target the pack, Ally’s gift may be just what the Mercury Pack needs. Can he put his distrust aside, or will he force himself to turn his back on the one woman who makes his inner beast howl?

From beginning to end of Spiral of Need I was hooked!

I had thought that Taryn was my favorite heroine out of those that Suzanne Wright has written before, but I think she’s been knocked down to second place, or tied with, Ally here in Spiral of Need.

From the conflicts that Ally faced (which were a lot), to her familial relations with the sociopathic Cain, and his diabolical uncles I was captivated. The opening paragraph is what let me know that I would not be putting down this book until I was finished.

Derren, the pack’s beta, initially comes off as a complex character with his history being surrounded in mystery. Questions that immediately surfaced were, how did he end up in juvie with Cain and Nick, and what made him so guarded and stoic? As soon as Ally comes into his life with her take-no-crap personality and empathic abilities, she picks up on a lot of the things that would’ve continued allowing his character to remain in the shadows, which in turn helped me (the reader) understand him in light of all that he’s gone through and continued to go through throughout the story.

I have to be honest, in Carnal Secrets, I couldn’t stand Shaya, those feelings changed as I began reading Spiral of Need. This introduction to the Mercury Pack series did a really great job of including all past characters and showing their better parts. Each heroine is so unique, that seeing how they interacted with the newest mate in their close knit group, made me proud to see that kind of camaraderie amongst dominant women. With the negative feelings I had towards Shaya from her book, Carnal Secrets, it tickled me pink when I ended up loving her character here in Spiral of Need. I loved that she took up for Ally when she needed the support of the Alpha pair, as well as the hand of friendship she extended to her right off the bat with no added strings and stipulations.

A small part of me hoped that Ally and Cain would end up true mates (I have a thing for twisted alpha males) but I am glad that Ally and Derren were destined to be together. They completed each other in ways that I know Cain would’ve been capable of seeing as he’s a sociopath with violent tendencies.

I also have a thing for jealous ex-girlfriends and/or current girlfriends with insecurities towards the ex-girlfriend, this book delivered that in spades! Maybe I’m not reading enough books that feature this, but it needs to be said that Rachelle takes the cake for being the most vengeful current girlfriend that’s insecure of her man’s ex. She played the game as if she knew the rules or created the game herself. Her one mistake turned out to be that she underestimated her opponent. She tried everything, and I do mean everything, to make Ally fold, but, laughingly, she kept forgetting who she was messing with.

Spiral of Need, was truly a great read, I can’t wait for the rest of the books for this series, I hope Cain’s book is next (fingers crossed). I highly recommend this read for both paranormal romance readers and Suzanne Wright fans. Even though there are references to books from the Phoenix Pack series this book can be read as a standalone, just make sure as soon as you’re finished to purchase or borrow, and read the Phoenix Pack 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.