Savage Urges by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Phoenix Pack #5
Published by Montlake Romance
Published on: May 3, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
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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…
Five books into the Phoenix Pack series, Savage Urges is actually only the third of the series that I have read. And really unless you want to know all the back story of the rest of the pack, it worked well as a standalone, at least I thought so.
This time the story revolves around Phoenix pack enforcer, Ryan, and Makenna, a loner shifter wolf. Makenna finds homes for lone shifters and works for a shelter for loners. Ryan is cousin to homeless shifter, Zac. Zac is only fourteen and living at the shelter, after running away from his abusive pack. When Makenna finds out that Zac has a relative that can take him in, she meets with Ryan for the first time. The two work together to make Zac comfortable with the Phoenix pack in order to make him part of the pack. The attraction between the two is pretty much immediate. Ryan thinks she is his true mate, but Makenna feels nothing but the attraction.
So okay attraction. I still haven’t figured out what Makenna was attracted to. Maybe in the beginning with the whole bad boy thing, but after the two start sleeping together, I didn’t get it. But then I don’t get the whole pain with sex thing. When the main male character holds his woman down by the neck during sex, to the point of loss of breath at least once, well then said character isn’t going to be a favorite for me.
As with all of these books, there’s plenty of action and shifters getting hurt or killed. There’s an alpha that wants to take over the shelter because there are children in the shelter. And no he doesn’t have good reasons for this. The Phoenix pack takes over trying to protect the shelter. I did like the parts when they started treating the shelter as if it was part of their pack. Decorating the place and donating goods-that type of thing. That was pretty heartwarming.
Getting to see the pack members that were featured in the other books was also a plus for me. It’s fun to see what’s up with all of them. Greta, Trey’s grandmother was still around and bad mouthing any women that comes anywhere near the unmated men in the pack. Her favorite past time is to berate Taryn, Trey’s mate. Since Trey is the alpha of the pack that’s not a good thing. On Taryn’s part, she finds it amusing to bait Greta at every turn and this was the comic relief of this read, just as it was in the previous books.
This book wasn’t a complete loss for me because of the sex scenes-although there are a lot of them. I did enjoy Makenna’s and Zac’s characters. Ryan was more of an enigma, a man who rarely talked until he met Makenna. I liked that she changes him in that respect, but no he wasn’t a favorite of this series for me. Both main characters do have horrible back stories and that was sad, but still no excuse for the way Ryan treats her when they are alone. I know that there are lots of people that will enjoy this book and just because it wasn’t my favorite, doesn’t mean that others won’t love it.
I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.