Carnal Secrets by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Phoenix Pack #3
Also in this series: Wicked Cravings, Dark Instincts, Feral Sins
Published by Montlake Romance on February 11th 2014
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A pack Alpha and his estranged, true mate wrestle with painful secrets, ruthless enemies, and their own irresistible attraction, in the sexy third book of the Phoenix Pack series.
Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong.
Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would ultimately leave her with a burden rather than a mate. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he’d never seen before.
Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac.
It’s no secret (pun intended, LOL), that I am a huge Suzanne Wright fan which means I am a huge fan of the Phoenix Pack series. I’ve wanted Nick’s story, but I kind of didn’t want it since he has been doing Shaya wrong. Refusing to acknowledge your mate is a huge no-no to me, and I like Shaya so Nick definitely had some forgiveness to grovel for before I even read the first page.
We know there are some reasons behind not wanting to mate with Shaya, but nothing that made me forgive him for what he was doing by refusing to have her yet making sure no one else did either. As his much more compelling reasons for his reluctance are revealed, we finally understand why he has forsaken his mate. I felt a little softening toward him, but still completely got Shaya’s play of leaving.
When he finally gets his head out of his hind end and tracks her down things get interesting. I was happy that Shaya did not immediately forgive and forget. The girl has some backbone and she used it. Then I realized that Nick wasn’t the only one who was withholding information. Shaya had a secret too, and her secret pissed me right the eff off. Why, because if she had been forthcoming on the front end and found a way to communicate with Nick, some of this FUBAR mess could have been avoided. She then took her refusal to forgive to new levels which got old…..fast. In fact, I think 30% of this book could have been cut if Shaya had gotten her head out of her ass in a timelier manner.
Once everyone’s heads were where they needed to be the pace picked up and it went from a good book to a great book with loads of action. The shifter-haters along with the possible government legislation against shifters ended up being a plot line that I found fascinating. I loved seeing old friends and found myself laughing at all the banter (as usual with an SW book). Although not my favorite Phoenix Pack book, it’s still a good one and well worth reading.
Spice’s Rating: 4 Even When They Annoy Me I Love These Books Stars
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