Fierce Obsessions by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Phoenix Pack
Also in this series: Wicked Cravings, Dark Instincts, Feral Sins
Published by Montlake Romance on June 13, 2017
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When raven shifter Riley Porter was given sanctuary by the Phoenix Pack, she let them believe she had left her flock. Reluctant to divulge the secrets of her past, she was still embraced as family. Only Tao Lukas, the protective and passionate Head Enforcer of the pack, was resistant to the enigmatic shifter. Until Riley started to arouse in him something other than suspicion.
Tao doesn’t trust lone shifters, especially ones so guarded—and tempting. But the sexual tension between them is making them both come undone, and vulnerable to more than desire. All Tao wants is for Riley to stay with him and to trust him with the truth of her past.
As Riley’s mysteries come to light, so does a danger that threatens not only her life but the safety of the entire pack. For Tao, keeping Riley safe means keeping her close—forever—as his mate.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’m not even going to try and hide the fact that I’m a complete fan of Ms. Wright. Every time a new Phoenix/Mercury Pack book comes out I’m worried she won’t be able to give me another great story, and every single time I am proved wrong.
I have been waiting for Tao to finally get his chance at an HEA for a while now. Anxiously waiting. He’s been one of my favorites (who am I kidding, they are all my favorites) from the very beginning and I couldn’t be happier with what we got in Fierce Obsessions.
As usual with our shifter friends, we get a story full of hotness, sexy times, dirty, dirty mouths and lots of action. Tao was as alpha as I expected, could seriously handle himself in every imaginable situation but especially in the bedroom area (much to our eternal enjoyment). A self-appointed asshole, he made no apologies about who he was and what he wanted, and once he finally accepted his longing for Riley wasn’t going anywhere he went all out in pursuit.
Riley was definitely another kick ass heroine. She was fiercely loyal to the cute, tiny shifters she had all but adopted, as loving to them as she was honest, bordering on rude actually, to anyone else who annoyed her. I loved how she messed with Tao all the time and at the same time didn’t put up with any crap from him. Together, they were off the scale scorching hot and Tao’s alphaness, as well as his bossiness with a side of jerk, made him almost perfect.
I really liked how their relationship evolved, and how it all falls into place differently than in previous books. I did feel like the action was a bit less and I kept waiting for shit to hit the fan twice in every chapter, and when it didn’t I had a weird mixture of relief and disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of action, mass fights, and intrigue, it was only on a lesser scale, which made for a different pace for once. I keep falling more in love with every member of these packs, and I can’t wait to get to the next shifter’s story. I hope Ms. Wright keeps coming up with more and more wolves for us to fall in love with.
I read Fierce Obsessions practically in one sitting, so that should give you an idea of how engaging it is. I laughed, I awww’ed, and I had to fan myself more than once. I simply had a blast reading it and it’s definitely going in my favorite of the year book list.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4.5 “duck filled jeans” Stars
“Hear me when I say this: It doesn’t matter to me if you’re the other half of my soul or not. You’re in my soul. I don’t know how you got there, I really don’t, but you are.”
The minute I learned Fierce Obsessions was coming out I grinned like a lunatic and yelled “Gimme!”. The books in this series tend to follow a certain formula but what a formula it is. Ms. Wright’s heroes are always OTT alpha’s that can dirty talk like nobody’s business, her heroines are badass and snarky, and the chemistry is off the charts hot. Needless to say, I cannot get enough.
Fierce Obsessions starts with a bang, well, technically it starts with the after effects of a drunk-out-of-your-mind kind of bang. Riley wants to forget it ever happened but Tao has a different idea.
I read that quote (to the left) and immediately messaged Sparkles and Lily thrilled that I’d hit the dirty talking alphahole motherlode. I could wax poetic about how freaking awesome Tao is for days but I’ll just say he’s hot, sexy, awesome, sneaky, and absolutely perfect for Riley. He played her like a fiddle, in more ways than one.
I’ve wanted to know more about Riley since Makenna’s story. The fact she’s a raven is cool enough, but the mystery surrounding her and the way she was so protective over Savannah and Dexter intrigued me. Nothing about Riley disappointed and I was thrilled she was such a good match for Tao. Her story was heartbreaking and nothing like I thought it would be. When the action moved over to her old flock, things took on a whodunit type vibe with fingers pointing everywhere. I did enjoy meeting Riley’s uncles, but I gotta say, the rest of her flock were less than impressive.
Along with the mystery going on over at Raven’s flock, a mobster wants Taryn to perform an impossible task and gets offended when she doesn’t comply. Although interesting, as a side story it felt unneeded and I kept wanting to wave it away when it came up. When things heated up, I think it took away from the final resolution to the mystery and the ensuing battle.
My other little niggling annoyance was Greta. Her antics are becoming more annoying than anything else and just aren’t funny anymore. Since she regularly targets Savannah and Dexter, I’m finding I have less and less patience with her and also wonder why the men put up with it. Her excuse for targeting a child didn’t hold water for me at all.
Even with my two little issues, I loved this book and absolutely devoured it. Both Tao and Riley were everything I wanted them to be. Fierce Obsessions was fun, suspenseful and hotter than Hades. I’m hoping Dominic is next, but it very well could be Trick. Either way, I’ll be thrilled.
Spice’s Rating: 4.5 Hot, Hot, Hot Stars
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