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.

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.