Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Phoenix Pack #1
Also in this series: Wicked Cravings, Dark Instincts, Carnal Secrets
Published by Suzanne Wright on March 3rd 2012
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If your inner wolf and your body react rather enthusiastically to a psychotic Alpha male who’s own wolf has a tendency to turn feral, it can’t be a good thing, can it? Entering into a bargain with him wouldn’t be good either. Unfortunately, Taryn Warner, a latent wolf shifter, doesn’t have many options open to her right now. Okay, she has no options. Basically it comes down to whether she’ll do what it takes to escape the arranged mating with the sick SOB that her father set up. As the answer in this case is yes, it looks as though she’ll have to agree to Trey Coleman’s deal…she’ll have to mate with him instead.
Having always disliked shifter politics, Trey Coleman hadn’t bothered trying to form alliances with other packs. Now that his uncle – a wolf with many alliances – means to take Trey’s territory and his pack, he has no option but to form some alliances of his own very quickly or he’ll be easily outnumbered in the upcoming battle. He figures that the easiest way to do that would be to mate with a female whose Alpha is powerful and influential. There’s only one problem with that – he would then be stuck with her, and the last thing Trey wants is a mate. When he hears of Taryn’s situation, he offers her a deal – if she falsely claims he’s her true mate and allows him to claim her, he’ll save her from her arranged mating and then let her leave after the battle with his uncle is over.
Sounds like a pretty straightforward deal...but soon Taryn and Trey realize they got more than they bargained for. Their mating instincts to protect and possess are weighing on them, they crave each other’s touch and company, and their inner wolves don’t like it whenever they’re apart. Add in that they’ll have to deal with this for an entire three months until the day of the battle finally arrives, and they’ve got themselves a recipe for disaster – or maybe for something quite the opposite.
Warning: This novel contains an extremely sarcastic Alpha female, a broody possessive Alpha male, bitter in-laws, voyeuristic enforcers, a whole lot of dirty talk, and steamy bedroom battles for dominance. Reader Advisory: This book also contains a graphic ménage scene - not for the faint-hearted.
I started a re-read of Feral Sins, a favorite of mine, and realized that we didn’t have a review on EDGY for it. My first thought was “How the heck did that happen?” since we all love this series. The book that started it all, it is definitely the one we all adore the most in the series. Further investigation revealed that every one of us read it pre-EDGy. To right this wrong, let me tell you about all the awesomeness that is Feral Sins.
At its core, Feral Sins is about the growth of the relationship between Taryn and Trey. Both come from unbelievably screwed up families with heartbreaking pasts that left them with huge demons. Resigned to leading lives where they basically get by without love, neither were open to the idea of getting in a relationship, in fact, they were vehemently opposed.
They both are in tough spots and a temporary mating between them could solve their issues. From the very beginning, Trey is over-confident in himself and completely underestimates Taryn. Neither are prepared for the pull that a mating they plan to break will have on them and especially the effect it has on their wolves.
Taryn is the ultimate heroine. An alpha, despite her latent wolf status, she is one badass woman who refuses to let anyone dominate her. She is smart, resourceful, and unbelievably funny. Trey, known to be somewhat psycho due to his tendency to go feral when cornered, is just as badass as Taryn, just without the sense of humor, although he is quite amusing….just not on purpose.
This book has some angst and some heartbreak but the underlying humor cuts through all this. The Phoenix Pack has several members that will worm their way into your heart with their loyalty, honor, and quirkiness. I even developed a certain fondness for Trey’s Grandmother, who is mean as a snake, but her sniping sessions with Taryn were absolutely hilarious.
Unfortunately for the Phoenix Pack, there are a few snakes in the grass who are completely against Taryn and one or more are willing to turn traitor. Add in Taryn’s psychotic stalker, her jackass of a father, and Trey’s problems with his former pack and there is no shortage of action to keep things lively, well…livelier since at no time was I ever bored with this book.
I’ve lost count how many times I’ve read this, and it never gets old.
What I loved:
- Taryn’s constant quips.
- Trey’s grovel.
- The Pack dynamics.
What I Disliked:
- Trey and Taryn’s cluelessness about their mating got a little old, but I easily got past this.
- Taryn’s father – I wanted blood for his treatment of her.
Spice’s Rating: 5 I Wish I Could Throw Out One-Liners Like Taryn Stars
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