Wild Hunger by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Phoenix Pack #7
Also in this series: Wicked Cravings, Dark Instincts, Feral Sins
Published by Montlake Romance on May 29, 2018
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When half–wolf shifter Frankie Newman receives an e-mail from a family member she didn’t know existed, a secret is revealed: as a child, Frankie witnessed her father killing her mother…and then himself. Frankie was torn from her pack by her mother’s human relatives, and the trauma was erased from her memory. Realizing that she’s been lied to her entire life, she’s never felt more alone. Until she catches the scent of an old friend—warmly familiar and intoxicating.
Trick Hardy, enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, can sense the rush of mutual attraction when he sees Frankie again. He knows immediately that she’s his true mate. But he also knows that, given her fragile state, he needs to tread with care—no matter how fierce his surging desires.
As aroused as Frankie is by Trick’s darkly dominant air and simmering desire, her priority right now is her past—not her future, no matter how tempting. But as more secrets emerge and Frankie’s life is threatened, Trick must do everything he can to keep her close and safe. After all, it’s their destiny.
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.
Well, this is going to be fun. It’s my turn to summarise (aka weed out the spoilers and string our chatting into a post) the Edgy Wild Hunger Buddy Read (BR). Only we were so busy reading in our happy zone, we had what turned out to be one of our quietest BRs ever. The general consensus was Wild Hunger was a solid Suzanne Wright Shifter Romance. It took us all to a comfortable reading zone where we didn’t want to be interrupted. We were so caught up with the lure of a kick-ass dirty talking alpha, as well as being busy trying to solve the mystery before it was revealed, we didn’t have time to comment.
Surprisingly, Greta appears as a gentle and caring woman! Greta divides us, I find her totally irritating while Sparkles and Spice find her amusing (Spice here…Ummm no. It was amusing in the first few books. Then it got old and I just wanted to jack slap her). In this book, it was a big relief to me that whatever happy juice they had put her on was working a treat! Or maybe she is just mellowing. All I know is that I like this version of Greta. Now back to the main story…
Frankie’s parents died a tragic death when she was a young child and she was quickly taken in by her human family in an attempt to shield her from the Pack her father belonged to. They didn’t go about it nicely and during the BR we had a lot to say about her family’s actions:
Spice: 10% So she was raised by uptight asshats. I can get their anger and grief, but keeping her away from her own kind, forcing her to resort to google to learn about shifters and how to deal with her wolf—that’s just horrible and shortsighted on their part and heartbreakingly sad for her.
Sparkles: Yep. And you’ll hate them more in a wee bit
Through it all though, Frankie is loyal to the human side of her family and is adamant she doesn’t want to disappoint them. The disadvantage they put her in by denying her vital information about being part shifter marred her ability to feel and identify her mate when he came into her life.
Trick has no problem at all spotting his mate. From the moment he set eyes on Frankie he knew she was his. The patience and understanding he demonstrated won us all over. It was so refreshing to see a strong pack member give his mate to be all the space and time needed to accept and embrace the inevitable.
Spice: 24%. He’s a dirty talker and in a hell of a sexy way. And although he’s an alpha I love how he eases her in to things before going in for the kill.
Sparkles: Yes, I totally dug Trick
Spice: 25%. I have to applaud Trick for his patience. As hard as it is to not speak up and claim her, he’s doing what’s best for his mate.
Sparkles: I totally agree!
When the flicker of romance becomes apparent, the element of doubt lingers strongly in the air. Contending with Trick’s past as well as Frankie’s family being determined to have her married off to anyone other than a shifter played havoc with an already complicated start to their relationship.
Once it does take off though, their chemistry and passion was undeniable. This raised the debate about why they have to make such a big deal about claiming their partner in every possible way. Arghhh…for me it’s like the steak knives in a late night advertorial: But wait, yes there’s more. And then I believe Ms. Wright threw in an unintentional pun:
“Oh, baby, I don’t think you’re delusional. I just think you’re full of shit.” He slid a hand down her back to cup one globe. “I will have this ass. I will fuck it and claim it and come deep inside it. And you know what? You’ll love every moment of it.” He narrowed his eyes. “You can wipe that indulgent smile right off your face.”
Lily: Thinking the analogy full of shit was not the best turn of phrase to use here. Dying a thousand deaths here…And if I was her, I would definitely not be loving every moment as he so eloquently suggested.
The ass end of the story didn’t help my eyeball rolling moment but then again, I was bracing myself for it
Gee…I wish you two didn’t have to sleep when I want to chat…stomps off to find another book to read
Spice: It’s a SW and with this series a shifter claiming his mates ass is a huge deal so I just go with it and go on. I do kind of wonder if this is what started the whole saving your ass for your husband/life partner thing we keep seeing more of. Hers is the first I ever encountered of that and now it’s everywhere..
Sparkles: I suspect it’s because as shifters they’re not expected to be celibate as they’re highly sexual beings but still they want something to be only for their mates/own. This does make a bit of sense really. It just bugs me that it is left to the epilogue in all but the first book
Although this one was not the butt cherry popping as she says they’ve already done it a few times already.
Spice: I guess I hadn’t put together that in the other books it’s in the epilogue.
Thank goodness Spice and Sparkle set me straight about shifter obsessions with butts! Ok, enough talking about ends, let’s get back to the story and more importantly the budding mystery that captivated us all. It sucked us in big time. We were all trying to figure out who was responsible for the past and present crimes and whether it was more than one person. In the end, we thought the plot twists were OK but they didn’t blow us away considering the level of effort we were exerting in trying to solve them. There was one aspect in particular we felt was overused. While it tied in well with the ending it could have still panned out the same with or without it, supporting our belief it didn’t need to be woven in. Yes, I’m being vague, but we want to see if others even notice this enough to comment.
Wild Hunger was another good shifter romance from Suzanne Wright. The romance was spot on and the story took us to the chilled zone. I’m going to leave you with our final comments which summed up the reason Suzanne Wright is an Edgy favorite:
Spice: I’m rereading Feral Sins right now. I know I should be reading something new but I need a comfort read. Plus, I love her style of writing.
Sparkles: I’ve read Feral Sins a gazillion times. I love it, and I love SWs writing.
Lily: Wild Hunger was the perfect comfort read for me
Spice: Me too.
Rating: 4 Stars (Lily 3.75; Spice 4 and Sparkles 4.5)
Spice’s Review: View Spoiler »
Any day I get my hot little hands on a Suzanne Wright ARC is a good day, and when I get to buddy read with my girls…well that powers it up to a supercalifragilistic day! SW always comes through for me with hot alphas, quirky badass little heroines, and lots and lots of action. The icing on this expialidocious cake is that her super sexy heroes are dirty talkers to their bones and can back it up. Her books are my paranormal nirvana and Wild Hunger did not disappoint.
A wolf raised among humans, Frankie had no idea about her shifter heritage. Truly, I wanted to reach into the pages and absolutely strangle her grandparents and uncle for the disservice they did to her by cutting her off from the shifter world after the death of her parents. When her past catches up with her despite her grandparent’s best efforts, it’s Trick that helps her navigate her new reality, supporting her through the whole ordeal.
I loved that even though Frankie was raised by her super rich grandparents who had huge sticks up their rear-ends, she never put on airs. She was just…Frankie. Quirky doesn’t begin to cover it, especially when you factor in her weird, creepy sculptures. Considering her horrible, tragic past and then how she was brought up, her morals and integrity were testaments to her strength.
I’m going to take you. Possess you. Fuck you so hard you’ll never want anyone else. And when we’re done, I’ll do it again.
As for Trick…he was perfectly freaking swoon-worthy, especially when it came to the sexy times. OMG, he could dirty talk and he could play his woman like a fine-tuned instrument making the most beautiful music of all. Yes, please. I loved how patient he was with Frankie, giving her everything she needed, never crowding her, leading her into his world with love, care, and tenderness. Well, as tender and patient as an alpha wolf can be.
You’re not only enough for me. You’re everything.”
I spent a lot of time talking with Lily and Sparkles as we tried to work out the mystery, which was extremely entertaining. But…the ending was both too easy and too much at the same time. There were too many coincidences and pieces that fell into place just right which made it feel a tad…off.
I love this author, this series, and this book and I will be waiting for whatever project Ms. Wright blesses us with next with open arms and an empty schedule so I can devour it in one sitting.
Rating: 4 “Do It Again” Stars « Hide Spoiler
Sparkles’ Review: View Spoiler »
Hot D-A-M-N! I did not expect Trick to blow me away this way, but he totally did.
By now it’s no secret that I love Suzanne Wright stories. I think I’m only missing a couple of books and that’s only because… exchange rates are kicking my ass, but I will figure it out.
So, let me first say, I’ve been curious about how Trick’s story was going to go after we met him in Feral Sins. While his sexuality was not an issue in Marcus’ story, it becomes a bit of one here, and it’s a topic we discussed with the girls while buddy reading Wild Hunger.
In typical alpha wolf fashion, Trick was possessive, protective, OTT everything and I absolutely loved him. What I especially loved about him was the way he went at claiming his mate. He was all about her and her needs, and he managed to be gentle enough to let her acclimate to her new reality… well, as much as a Suzanne Wright alpha wolf boy can.
“I wasn’t asking to fuck you, baby,” he said soft and low. “ I am going to fuck you. This body is mine. I can have it and mark it and use it whenever and however I want.”
Frankie was freaking awesome. With a totally creepy sculpting talent, she had grown into her wolf in spite of her past. She was tough, resilient, had enough sass to keep Trick on his toes and was just all around badass—my favorite kind of heroine. I liked how her circumstances were different from others in this series, but she maintained the quirky, funny slightly sarcastic and rude attitude I love about Ms. Wright’s heroines.
“You little bitch.”
“I like to think of myself as more of a hemorrhoid. I mean, look how gifted I am at irritating assholes -you’re practically steaming.” She sheathed her claws, releasing him.
He cradled his hand. “Are you out of your freaking mind?”
“Depends what day it is.”
The suspense and mystery surrounding Frankie’s past, as well as the threat surrounding the pack was spot on, and it had us constantly putting our money on one or another possible culprit. And while we all agreed the resolution was a bit too convenient, well, honestly? I don’t give a damn. I loved Wild Hunger and it had everything I needed: action, scorching hot sex, witty banter, crazy shenanigans, and even a couple of new cracks at Greta who keeps earning them. I love to spend time with the pack and I always know that a story by Ms. Wright will do it for me, no exceptions. I didn’t even mind the butt sex epilogue this time around, which was totally freaking hot… Trick was really good at the sex.
I do have one VERY BIG concern now and that is… with Dom being the only unmated enforcer of the Phoenix Pack… this means Ms. Wright will just come up with a couple of new pack members, right? RIGHT??
Rating: 4.5 “Loved this, butt sex epilogue and all” stars « Hide Spoiler
Lily’s Review: View Spoiler »
I love the feeling of being swept up in a story. Suzanne Wright has a knack of giving me just the right balance of suspense, angst, humour and romance. What sets her books apart from so many others is her ability to make a shifter world take on human dynamics in a realistic and fun way. The worlds she has created mesh together into a familiar rich community of shifters.
In Wild Hunger, Frankie finds herself meeting the side of her family she has long been denied. A family she had no idea existed. The more she becomes acquainted with the Phoenix pack, she feels more and more at home. When Trick recognises the mating pull from her, it gives him an inner peace that helps him muster the patience Frankie needs to adjust to the idea.
Frankie’s life has been clearly mapped out for her by her mother’s family. From the moment they took her in after her parent’s deaths, her future was manipulated to ensure a life that excluded her wolf. Of course, the creative drive she poured into her artwork was a constant reminder that she couldn’t be tamed. Her creativity maintained her sanity and provided her with a level of independence. Trick values and adores Frankie, seeing her art as an extension of his mate to be.
The laid back flow of the relationship made this the perfect comfort read. I was able to read a few chapters at a time, returning to the story as my time allowed. The mysteries provided a challenge we were all determined to solve during the buddy read and I believe looking back over our transcript it was Sparkles who called it first. The revelation and the way the drama unfolded left me with the belief the culprit’s motivations were not as well plotted as the romance was. I still had fun and I am pleased to say the eye rolling moments were minimal.
I’ve hashed out my thoughts on the claiming the mate in every possible way in our buddy read. I get it, but it doesn’t mean I am not slowly getting bored by it all. There were other tangents the story dealt with which initially were done well but then by the end of the book I thought they had been overused. Not a lot of substances to the mystery at the end of the day but the romance was spot on. The ass end of the story didn’t help my eyeball rolling moment but then again, I was bracing myself for it It was a 4 star read right up until the cabin scene and then the pace slowed down more than I wanted it to.
If you’re a Suzanne Wright fan, you are going to love reading Wild Hunger. It will take you to your happy chilled place and discover another perfect comfort read.
3.75 Stars « Hide Spoiler
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