Audiobook Review: Spiral of Need by Suzanne Wright

spiral-of-needSpiral of Need by Suzanne Wright
Book #1 in The Mercury Pack

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: September 29th, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads: Ally Marshall isn’t just a wolf shifter — she’s a Seer.

But a girl doesn’t exactly need special powers to know that Derren Hudson despises her entire kind. Disdain practically rolls off the Beta of the Mercury Pack . . . disdain mixed with a healthy dose of desire. And no matter how much the ruggedly handsome male appeals to her, this is one call of the wild she’s determined to ignore.

After one betrayal too many, Derren doesn’t have much use for Seers — except for Ally.

Forced into acting as her protector, he finds himself intensely and passionately drawn to the woman who incites his primal instinct to claim.

And when enemies target the pack, Ally’s gift may be just what the Mercury Pack needs.

Can he put his distrust aside, or will he force himself to turn his back on the one woman who makes his inner beast howl?

Angie’s Review – 2 Stars – C-

Maybe it’s semantics, but I feel like The Mercury Pack should be called a ‘companion’ to the The Phoenix Pack series as opposed to a spin-off. Spin-off, to me, indicates that while there may be similarities, there’ll be something new and fresh. I didn’t get that here at all. This was mostly a mash-up of The Phoenix Pack scenes, and it used to be that all the females in these series were interchangeable, but it’s gotten to the point where the characters act so much alike, they’re all interchangeable.

As for Spiral of Need, the premise of this one was promising. I liked the opening scene with the interrogation of Ally, and the way the Mercury Pack (almost inadvertently) came to her rescue and brought her in the fold. Ally and Derren were hot together, as all Suzanne Wright couples are. The woman knows how to write steam. But again, the scenes felt recycled from previous books the author has written. Especially the male preoccupation with anal sex, but even more, the dialogue that I’ve heard word for word surrounding the lust for it. And last, but not least, Greta. I had hoped to get a break from her character since this was a new series; sadly, there was no reprieve. Also, there was so much page time dedicated to everyone but the main characters that they felt like side characters in their own story. So many members from the Phoenix Pack were here, and not only did we get a run down on who they were near the beginning of the story, but we got that same run down when they appeared. I was never a fan of Nick and Shaya, so I think I should have let this one pass. But I just couldn’t resist it.

I listened to the audio of Spiral of Need, and while the story may not have been a win, Jill Redfield’s narration was spectacular. She always brings a story to life, and I swear her voice was made for sex scenes.

If you’ve read the Phoenix Pack books and were hoping for something new, you may want to give this one a pass. But if you don’t mind the formulaic writing of that series, I think you’ll like this one.

Rating: 2 Stars

Phoenix Pack Series Reading Order:
1. Feral Sins
2. Wicked Cravings
3. Carnal Secrets
4. Dark Instincts
5. Savage Urges

Mercury Pack Series Reading Order:
1. Spiral of Need
2. Force of Temptation (Expected Publication: December 13th, 2016)

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