Spiral of Need (The Mercury Pack, #1) by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Mercury Pack #1
Also in this series: Force of Temptation
Published by Montlake Romance on September 29th 2015
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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?
Coming September 29, 2015...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
A fan of Suzanne Wright’s Phoenix Pack series, I was excited to get an ARC for the first book in her new Mercury Pack series. I couldn’t wait to see what direction she was going to take it. I was surprised that it ended up feeling like a continuation of the Phoenix Pack series rather than a new pack with a new story. In fact, I think this would have worked better as part of the Phoenix Pack. Since the storylines are so entwined, I wouldn’t recommend reading Spiral of Need until you read the entire Phoenix Pack series.
There was action galore with enemies coming from different directions. An old annoyance pops up as a true enemy that causes some serious mayhem. Add in Ally’s issues with her former pack and they couldn’t throw a stick without hitting someone bent on destroying them.
I liked Ally. She was dealing with some extremely tough circumstances and when many would have lost their minds, she kept her head, even protecting her old pack when they certainly didn’t deserve her loyalty. She was extremely standoffish, for good reason, but I think this made it so I didn’t connect with her as well as I wanted to. I had this same issue with Derren. There was a lot to like, but he kept himself so closed off, the connection just wasn’t there.
It was interesting getting glimpses into the newly formed Mercury Pack, but it didn’t seem as “gelled” as the Phoenix Pack. Part of this was because of Ally’s need to not be around them so glimpses of the pack together were truly all we got of everyday pack life. Loving the Phoenix Pack, it was nice having them be such a big part of the book, but I have to wonder if that took away from getting to know the Mercury Pack and connecting with them.
Who I did connect with was Cain, Ally’s adopted brother. I want to know more about him and his uncles. The broody, dangerous and scary Cain was right up my alley. Even Trey was worried about offending him. I want a series based on Cain.
I had high expectations of this book, maybe too high. I did really, really like it, but I didn’t completely love it. I will definitely continue on in the series, not only because I’m invested in all these wonderful characters, but I really hope to see more of that alpha bad boy Cain. Yum.
Spice’s Rating: 4 A little Disappointed But Overall Satisfied Stars
Let me start this by saying that I’ll read anything by Ms. Wright at this point. I love her completely irrational, possessive, crazy hot Alphas: be it werewolf, vampire, demon or mere mortal; her quirky, smart, badass heroines; and the steamy sex between them.
That said, I was a bit underwhelmed by Spiral of Need. As it is supposed to be a new series I jumped into it with no re-reading although I knew this was connected to the Phoenix Pack series… and that was my first mistake, it took me some time to accurately place who was who and where they were supposed to be (I read a lot so sometimes keeping straight with all those ongoing series is a bit of a problem). So in reality this feels much more a new installment on the Phoenix Pack series than a separate new one.
Derren and Ally were hot together, as these werewolves are wont to be, they have lots of scorching sex in various settings and surfaces. At first they fight their bond, until they give in and they realize the truth.
They complete and complement each other. There are some bad things going on, action and torture, and the bad guys are not so easy to find as usual.
So what I mean is, it’s a good werewolf book. Crazy hot. Action packed. But it wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be. We get to see pretty much all of the Phoenix Pack members and visit with them. I had fun reading it, it just won’t make it to the top of the list as Feral Sins.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 crazy-possessive-alpha-wolf Stars
What a start…the first sentence declaring drama and suspense. An accusation of murder with circumstantial evidence pointing to Ally, and her hope of justice is not looking promising. Resolved to remain steadfast and defend her innocence, Ally refuses to back down and shoulders the alienation associated with her stance.
Reading the Phoenix Pack Series first will enhance your read of Spiral of Need, as there are quite a few familiar characters interwoven into this first book of the Mercury Pack series. The Phoenix Pack are an intense bunch, some I like more than others and that had a mixed impact on this story for me.
Ally is a Seer and a loner. For reasons outlined in the story, it is common for each pack to only have one Seer. Where’s the harm in having more than one person to forewarn the pack of what’s ahead? It points to discrimination and fear of the minority and an issue dear to the hearts of the Mercury Pack’s Alpha. Discrimination and fear was not the only challenges Ally had to endure, a tragedy early on in her life took her family away from her. The legacy of that tragedy is a loyal friend Cain.
When Derren gets word from Cain that he needs a favour, Derren owes Cain and knows refusing him is not an option. He heads out to oversee the well-being of Ally. Derren’s previous encounter with a Seer was bad and now knowing that he has to endure another is not a task he is looking forward to. Derren feels obliged to keep Ally safe in a manner Cain expects.
No keener than Derren, Ally is determined to remain independent, she’s been doing fine so far. She is constantly finding herself aware of the need to earn trust and respect. Self doubt and misread signals have the fated couple moving in circles for what seemed like a long time. Isolated for different reasons, Ally uses all of her self control to not flinch and react as others expect her to.
A lot of barriers and misunderstandings stand between Ally and a good life for her and the pack offering her sanctuary. I have high hopes for this series and am keen to read on with the hope of more of Cain and The Movement.
What I enjoyed:
- The suspense
- The serene descriptions of the accommodation she was provided with eventually
- A wolf deals with facts and doesn’t let emotion rule their choice
- Shaya and Nick
What I struggled with:
- The childish pranks, they annoyed me in the Phoenix Pack and did so again this time
- Dominic’s cheesy lines…
Lily’s Rating: 3.5 Stars
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