Savage Urges by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Phoenix Pack #5
Also in this series: Wicked Cravings, Dark Instincts, Feral Sins
Published by Montlake Romance on May 3rd 2016
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She’s a lone wolf with a cause.
As a volunteer at a shelter for lone shifters—the same one that rescued her—Makenna Wray has dedicated her life to finding homes for its residents. And when she discovers that a teen in her care is related to Ryan Conner, the broody, handsome-as-sin enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, she’s eager to help connect the two. She just wasn’t prepared to feel a connection of her own.
Lone wolves are loners for a reason—and most of them bad. Or so Ryan assumes until he meets the mysterious Makenna. Quirky and sensual, she seems to enjoy riling him, especially when she refuses to discuss her past. Although there is no mating bond, he’s sure she’s the one. All he has to do is be patient and wait. But when another pack’s sinister Alpha comes sniffing around, threatening Makenna and her shelter, this enforcer is ready to let his wolf off the leash…
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
The Phoenix Pack is one of my must read series. It’s full of strong women, alpha males, humor, and loads of action, both the smexy kind and the violent variety.
Ryan has alway fascinated me. Broody, quiet, always a strong presence but preferring to stay in the background, he pushes all my buttons. He thinks he’s emotionally stunted, unable to have any kind of relationship, but not realizing that his steadfast loyalty and care towards his pack shows he is anything but.
Makenna is like Ryan in a lot of ways. Street tough, driven, fiercely protective of her charges at the shelter, she was perfect for Ryan. A tragic past causes her to have barriers up, meaning that although she spends her life helping loner shifters find homes in new packs, she chooses to stay a lone wolf never allowing herself to have that. I adored everything about Makenna, especially the fact the no matter how tough she was, she accepted help from Ryan instead of being stupidly stubborn.
Ryan and Makenna meet because she is trying to find a new pack for Ryan’s young orphaned runaway cousin. From the first look, their chemistry is intense. Makenna’s emotional shields leave her in doubt as to what Ryan is to her. Once they get down to business, the sex was freaking hot. Ryan is definitely dominant in the bedroom, and Makenna is definitely not submissive making for some major fireworks of the good kind.
A whacked out nut job has his sights set on taking over the shelter for a sick reason. Makenna is bound and determined to stop him. Ryan and the Phoenix Pack were behind her no matter what she had thrown at her. Council politics, extremists, crazy mothers, there was all sorts of action that kept me turning the pages.
What I Loved:
- Ryan and Makenna’s chemistry.
- Zac. He was an amazing kid.
- The Phoenix Packs willingness to open their arms to the shelter kids, no matter what species shifter they were
- The pack like family that the shelter people had, even if they didn’t realize it.
What I Struggled With:
- Another story about problems with the mating bond. Just once I’d like a Phoenix Pack story that the mating works from the start and the problems are external.
Spice’s Rating: 5 Stars
Out of all the books released so far in this series, Savage Urges has come the closest to all I loved about the first book in this series, Feral Sins. What I enjoy in this series is that although the stories are based on shifters, it deals with dilemmas faced in everyday life. Apart from their strength as shifters, their approach when dealing with the troubles would be similar even if they didn’t have super abilities.
Makenna has found her niche in helping relocate loner shifters off the streets by aiding them in becoming independent or helping to connect them with extended family or a new pack. Understanding why a loner would choose the life they do and know first-hand the risks they take in doing so, Makenna is able to make a significant difference at the lone shifters shelter. When her latest case lands at her door, Makenna does all she can to win his trust in order to get him to a place that’s safe.
Ryan is an enforcer and being socially challenged, he mostly keeps to himself. He catches Makenna out when she least expects it and then it is her that takes him by surprise with his unexpected reactions to her. Struggling with his ability to interact with others, Ryan, with Makenna’s acceptance and help, finds ways to overcome his lack of social skills in a sensitive and caring way. What it didn’t infer was a lack of manliness, it was simply who he was and it was obvious he was close to his pack, even if simple interactions were a challenge. He reminded me of a Doc Martin character, distant yet lovable!
There’s down time woven into the drama and it takes Makenna a lot to drop her guard and embrace it. Seeing someone who wouldn’t encounter so much socialising, it was lovely to see all the effort Ryan and his pack went to welcome the loners.
It wouldn’t be a Feral Sins book if there wasn’t drama associated with a mating. Makenna is not so sure her wolf has got her facts straight. There’s undeniable attraction but she’s not convinced it is anything other than lust. While they are trying to work it all out there’s plenty to keep them occupied fending off trouble and keeping the loners safe.
What I struggled with:
- Dominic and his corny jokes!
- The abuse raised
What I loved:
- Makenna’s sassiness, especially with Greta
- Discrimination is non-existent when people get to spend time with each other as equals
- Shayla’s role making a difference
- Generousity of others
- Catching up with characters from past books
- Open air cinemas
Lily’s Rating: 4.5 Stars
I loved, loved, LOVED Savage Urges. I usually tremendously enjoy all the Phoenix (and Mercury) Pack stories but this one was especially awesome.
Ryan is the epitome of an alpha male: silent, closed off and completely devoted to his work. After an emotionally difficult childhood, he is completely out of tune with his feelings and relies solely on facts to function. Well, facts and his instincts.
Makenna was a completely kick-ass heroine, if only just for this line:
“I never did understand those book and movie heroines who insist on facing danger alone. There’s being capable of protecting yourself, and there’s being plain stupid. In a one-to-one fight, I wouldn’t need you to step in. But against a group of extremists, I could do with a little help.”
She is caring, devoted to helping loners such as herself, candid and a wee bit loopy… in a funny, superstitious and totally bloodthirsty way: Totally my kind of gal.
I loved how the Phoenix Pack as a whole took in Ryan’s nephew with absolute ease, and how quickly they realized just how wrong they were about loners in general and Makenna in particular. This led them to help out and get in the middle of, the troubles that the shelter where Makenna worked was having.
As usual with Ms. Wright’s wolves, there was no shortage of any kind of action: verbal sparring (sexy and otherwise), all out body combat, and crazy, rough, dirty sex… Savage Urges has it all in spades.
I do wish that for once we got to see a couple whose bond just takes place and it doesn’t take them a gazillion years to get their proverbial heads out of their proverbial butts in order for it to fully form.
Still, this was a highly entertaining, fantastically paced addition to this fabulous shifter series and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of these crazy wolves. A delusional alpha, a girl with no past, a runaway teen, extremist being extremely coo-coo, lots of intrigues and a perfect amount of rough hanky-panky makes Savage Urges one of my favorites in this series.
Sparkles Rating: 4.5 “loved the grunt thing” Stars
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