Force of Temptation by Suzanne Wright

December 13, 2016 Book Review 0 ★★★★

Force of Temptation by Suzanne Wrightfour-stars
Force of Temptation by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Mercury Pack #2
Also in this series: Spiral of Need (The Mercury Pack, #1)
Published by Montlake Romance on December 13, 2016
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 322
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Harley Vincent is resigned to life in the human world. Sure, being a margay shifter is half her nature, but life among humans gives her the freedom to roam and do as she pleases. That is, until anti-shifter extremists target her, putting her life in immediate danger.

When an old acquaintance and onetime fling, Jesse Dalton, shows up to offer the protection of his pack, Harley hesitates. She may have feelings for Jesse that go beyond their one-night stand, but life among shifters means giving over her independence to the needs of pack. Plus Mercury Pack has its own threat to face: a rich half-shifter is determined to claim their territory at any cost.

Jesse, who lost his true mate as a child, has wanted Harley since their night together, and he’s not letting her go again. They may not be destined for each other, but he knows she belongs to him and with his pack. Even if he can convince her to join him now, can he convince her to stay?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

By SpiceSince the three of us have such varied tastes in what we like to read, there are just a handful of authors we all consider as a must read. Suzanne Wright is one of them. She has the ability to write a book with lots of sweet for Sparkles, a little bit of the dark suspense for Lily, and the action and strong heroine’s that I need. Needless to say, when an ARC became available for Force of Temptation, all three of us had our hand up. An added bonus is the book discussion we get to have when a book like this drops in all of our laps. I can’t tell you how much I love discussing a book with my girls.

As can happen with three people who have different tastes there was a slight difference of opinion on just how good Force of Temptation was. Sparkles and I thought it was awesome and Lily enjoyed it, but not quite as much as we did. Let’s talk about the good stuff first.

What We All Loved:

  • The Romance Between Jesse and Harley: This one was different than Ms. Wright’s other books. Jesse’s true mate died when they were children, and it really was his true mate. Don’t be worried though. This was handled so well that there was never any doubt that he did not consider Harley as his consolation prize. She was not second best, she was just his. We all loved how this was handled, and really liked that this was not another book about true mates not recognizing they were true mates. Here it was a straight up romance, no bullshit, no back and forth. Just a man pursuing his woman and convincing her to take a chance on him. It was alpha-hotness heaven.
  • Jessie: He was one heck of a welcome surprise. He was one hot, dirty talking, over protective, alpha who had all of us paying attention. Yum! Sparkles comment was straight and to the point: “Jesse was the shit!”. He knew what he wanted and he went after it. No pussyfooting around (pussyfooting…Ha!), no wondering if she’s his one, he didn’t care that they weren’t true mates, she was his and her true mate could go get bent.
  • Harley: Not only was she a half shifter, her early life was no cup of tea and she eventually ended up living with a human aunt. It takes a strong personality to deal with that. She epitomized a cat in human form with the attitude to match. It took a special person to catch her interest, and if you weren’t one of the special few who did, you weren’t even a blip on her radar. If you were one of the lucky ones she came to care about, she was just as fierce and loyal as they came.
  • Time Spent With The Pack: It’s always fun to have a series favorite characters that you get to spend time with in each installment. Ms. Wright’s characters are rich and fully fleshed out, and not just the main couples from each book, but the side characters too. For FoT, we really enjoyed Cassidy and actually wanted more page time with the young seer. She captured our hearts and wouldn’t let go.
  • The Extra Interesting Occasional Visitors: We’ve been introduced to so many interesting characters in not only The Mercury Pack but the Phoenix Pack too, Sparkles now wants me to make a character list like I have with Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chick’s. We all want Cain to get his own book. The ones who really grabbed our interest were Harley’s little cousins who went hunting for the extremists who targeted her. I felt like I’d hit the badass female cat motherlode. Sparkles said they were like a spicy sauce you just wanted more or.

Although Sparkles and I do agree that there were issues with the book, we were so enamored with the romance between Jesse and Harley, we basically just ignored it. Our Queen of Dark Suspense wasn’t as forgiving.

What We Had Problems With:

  • Kim: Everything to do with her was just dumb. We are pretty much over these books having the token mean bimbo who will do anything to get the guy. We all agreed we wished she’d got her ass kicked more often which would have at least made things more amusing. Really, if they can’t be interesting, at least make them funny.
  • The Slow Down: Unlike in previous books, we felt the danger and suspense were very underplayed through most of the book. You knew it was there, but it was very “offscreen” up until about the 80 or 85% mark. This is why the fact we didn’t get to go along with Harley’s cousins on their “hunt” was such a let down. Hector turned out to be one batshit crazy opponent and the last battle was quite the adrenaline rush.
  • The Repetitiveness: Some things are starting to feel “been there done that”. Kim was one example. Another is Kathy, at times she feels like she could be a stand in for Trey’s Grandmother.

In the end, Sparkles and I both gave it 4.5 Stars. We adored the book, couldn’t put it down and look forward to rereads. The slow down didn’t phase us as we basked in all that was Jessie and Harley. As for Lily, she needed more suspense and action even though she enjoyed it and loved the main characters and gave it 3.5 stars.

Rating: 4 Alpha-Hotness Heaven Stars

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