Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright
Series: Mercury Pack #3
Also in this series: Echoes of Fire
Published by Montlake Romance on November 21, 2017
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Gwen Miller may be a human, but she has no problem taking a stand against her own kind. She’s going to testify against the teenage boy she saw viciously assault a lone shifter female—and no amount of pressure from the boy’s wealthy family will make her back down. But when the harassment turns violent, help comes in the form of a lean, toned wolf with winter-gray eyes.
As a guest at Gwen’s inn, shifter enforcer Zander Devlin can’t help but notice that the fierce and leggy brunette is in serious trouble. Since she’s putting herself at risk for one of his kind, keeping her safe is the least he can do. That’s not the only reason Zander wants her close. He desires her, even as the wolf inside him backs away from her. But his feral instincts are hard to keep down, and as they take shape, they’re harder for Gwen to resist. Then again, embracing them could be the only thing that could save her life.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
There was a lot to like about Lure of Oblivion: it’s different locale, Gwen being human, Zander being so sexy and Kathy and her ridiculous pettiness being absent for most of it. Plus I freaking loved the main plot— A human willing to put it all on the line to right a wrong done to a shifter and a lone shifter at that. Add in it’s a part of my favorite series, and I was jumping up and down with glee.
One of the reasons I love Suzanne Wright’s books so much is because of her strong heroines and Gwen did not disappoint. She was loyal to her foster family, smart, badass, and had a sense of right and wrong that she would not deviate from. She saw a lone shifter female get assaulted by humans, and no matter how bad the pressure was for her to change her story, she stuck to her guns and was determined to see the perpetrators brought to justice.
Zander had all the tasty bits of a hero that I eat up with a spoon. He was an alpha male to his bones, smart, and determined to see Gwen safe through what was shaping up to be a dangerous situation.
Gwen and Zander were instantly attracted to each other, but they didn’t act on it immediately. That didn’t last long as the smoking hot chemistry between them was just too strong to ignore. Zander, per the usual with SW’s heroes, could dirty talk like a champ but the whole “baby” thing was a bit overdone.
Now, I’ll say again, this was a darn good book but I didn’t love it as much as I usually love books in this series. It ended up being a gush-worthy book that for some strange reason, I wasn’t gushing over.
It took me a bit to put my finger on the reasons why I liked vs. loved it. The first was the side plot of Zander’s twin. He was too batshit crazy so it came off as unbelievable to me. The second thing was that the usual over the top snark and laughs that I adore about the series was missing. There were some funny parts, but it wasn’t front and center as usual and I needed that.
I finished the book with a smile on my face, knowing that prior to the next one coming out, I’ll happily reread all the books, including this one in both this series and the companion series, Phoenix Pack. These two series put me squarely in my paranormal happy place.
Rating: 4 Ooh Baby Stars.
Lure of Oblivion won me over, coming close to me awarding it all five stars. Every time I read a Suzanne Wright book, I can’t but help compare it to Feral Sins. This sets a high bar being it was the first shifter story that blew me away.
So what has me gushing about this book? Well for a start a certain irritating old lady by the name of Greta was notably absent and when she did make a cameo appearance, it was quick and she held back on doling out her usual her venom. The other reason was the banter between some of the characters was more mature, as in the schoolyard pranks were kept to a minimum.
Gwen is a shifter sympathiser for want of a better term and after witnessing the attack of a lone shifter by local lads, she not only makes a statement to the police but also supports the victim, befriending her in the process. Her actions bring unwanted attention from all directions, including the Mercury Pack as well as the anti-shifter local community.
Zander is taken with Gwen but it takes him a while to admit to the obvious connection building between them. He takes a special interest in ensuring Gwen’s safety, providing the perfect avenue for his wolf to get to know her. Once Zander and Gwen give in to their mutual attraction, his wolf slowly comes around.
Lure of Oblivion was a great mix of action, suspense, pack time and some downright hot and steamy romance. As always, familiar characters are present, providing an update on where they are at now. I did long for more fleshing out during the tribunal but the ending more than made up for any details I craved.
Lily’s Rating: 4 Stars
I’m just as astounded as always by Ms. Wright’s capacity of giving us alpha males and kickass heroines without ever getting a cookie cutter feel to them.
In Lure of Oblivion, the most novel aspect is Gwen being human. I absolutely loved this one being a human-shifter match. Gwen’s had a difficult early childhood but this didn’t prevent her from standing up to bullies and what is right. She’s going all out to bring an anti-shifter bully to justice, even if she has to withstand violent bullying herself to do it.
While one might think that because she’s not a shifter Gwen can’t take care of herself, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. She was kickass and tough, full of spank and sass only in a bit more subdued way than the previous heroines in these pack series. With smarts, a steel backbone and an incredibly caring nature (to those who deserved it) Gwen came to be one of my favorite leading ladies of the year.
Zander is in town for an unrelated business and staying in Gwen’s haunted B&B. Once he and Bracken find out Gwen is being harassed for standing up for a shifter against the town’s most influential family, they decide to stick around and offer their protection.
I also find it amazing how Ms. Wright manages to give us super alpha, bossy males even when they are not actually the alpha-est of their packs. Zander is an enforcer for the Mercury pack, he’s also the epitome of an aloof and broody male making him extra yummy once he starts to pursue Gwen.
I loved that we had a new setting for their story, outside of the pack territory which meant a lot less catty older pack members being annoying. I also enjoyed the new aspect we witnessed of shifter politics and how they dealt with human assholes. Overall, there’s less action than other books in these series, but I can’t say it really bothered me. There’s plenty of fights and suspense, and Gwen and Zander’s chemistry was hot enough to overcome any issues for me. I really loved how their relationship unfolded and I hope we get to see more shifters falling for female humans in the future.
I do have one tinsy little complaint and it is about the last-10-minutes-of-every-book-ending-with-butt-claiming-sex thing, which I feel is getting kinda old. I wouldn’t mind getting more babies/claiming ceremonies epilogues/endings.
Lure of Oblivion is a fantastic addition to the awesomeness that are the Mercury and Phoenix packs series and I can’t wait to get to the next member that’ll get a mate.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4.5 “It’s the first time I don’t get the title” Stars
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