Early Review: Savage Urges by Suzanne Wright

Savage UrgesSavage Urges by Suzanne Wright
Book #5 in The Phoenix Pack

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
ARC provided by Montlake Romance and Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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…

Angie’s Review – 4.5 Stars – A

I have to be honest, after the train wrecks that were books three and four in this series, I decided it was time for me to step away. As I’m a glutton for punishment, that didn’t quite pan out, and it seems in this case, my gluttony has served me well. I haven’t loved a Phoenix Pack book this much since Feral Sins. Savage Urges was on the same playing field as the first two books – much more unique and interesting than three and four.

This story reminded me a lot of Feral Sins. Like Trey, Ryan was very much a wildcard when he shifted, and in human form, the strong silent type. Ryan didn’t need for much; he was aware of what was going on around him, and when he realized Makenna was his mate, he was going to have her. But he wasn’t high-handed about it. Even though it frustrated him to be away from his mate, Ryan understood Makenna’s hesitation and fought his wolf’s natural instinct to claim her. He wanted her to recognize they were mates first. Makenna was a wonderful heroine. She was an advocate for the underdog (or wolf…or snake…or bear,) and while her life might not have been brimming with happiness, she’d made her own family and found a tenuous contentment. She was feisty, but not to the point of being annoying. I felt like she was a ‘watered down’ version of the others, and that worked out well for me, as I felt Taryn, Jaime, and Shaya were a bit over the top at times. This book was just as sexy as its predecessors, so if that’s a part of the series you’ve enjoyed (I know I do,) you’re in luck. I think the funniest part of this book was Makenna translating Ryan’s grunts for everyone around them. It seems she was an advocate for everyone! The romance in this one was very sweet; I love it when a hero doesn’t think in romantic terms, but he ends up being romantic anyway, almost as if on accident simply by trying to please his heroine. And I will say that while all of these books are dark to some degree, this one is the darkest so far. There were also some surprising additions to the pack in this one, and I think it’s going to be a game changer for this series; I’m excited to see what it’s going to mean for our favorite shifters!

I had just a couple of issues with this book. First, you guessed it, Greta. (Insert eye roll here.) I don’t think I have ever said this about a character, and I hope I never do again, but it’s time to kill the old bat off. At this point, the only thing she’s adding to the series is redundancy. There are only so many times old jokes are going to be funny, and her harassing the females of this series is just getting old. She either needs to relocate to another pack or six feet under. I’m really not picky. My other issue is that I feel like I was missing something. Not something huge, but definitely some back story on characters that were the H and h of Spiral of Need. I think the reason I found it so frustrating was that at this point, I’ve chosen not the read the Mercury Pack spin-off. I didn’t like Nick and Shaya at all, and I don’t want to read about their pack. Not with the amount of page time secondary characters get in this series. I just can’t subject myself to anymore of them than I already see in the Phoenix Pack books.

If, like me, you’ve been on the fence about continuing with this series after the last few books, I’d urge you to give at least this one a go before you decide to abandon it all together. I feel like with Savage Urges, this series is finally back on track. I cannot wait for the next book!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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

Thank you to MONTLAKE ROMANCE and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Comments 7

  • I’m glad to hear this! I too didn’t like books 3 and 4 and couldn’t even finish them. Nick and Shaya made me mental! I do have to say though that I loved Spiral of Need, the first book in The Mercury Pack series. I’ve even reread it several times. Thankfully, Nick and Shaya don’t get too much page time and they aren’t annoying like they were in their own book. I think you’re missing out if you don’t read it.

    • I’d be interested to hear what you think of this one. Ryan was different from the other males in the series because he had patience with his mate. I liked that about him.

      Since you say there’s not much Nick and Shaya in Spiral of Need (and the audio is on sale at Audible,) I’ll give it a go. Thanks for the heads up. Nick and Shaya were way too much to take for me. The constant ‘oh, I’ll never leave her/oh, I can’t condemn her to a life with me’ got old really fast!

      • yea i guess theres not to much Ally and Derren H-h from Spiral of need in this book and how they met and came to be is hardly mentioned, but i think its cause theres not alot Mercury pack charecters here even Nick and Shaya and Roni and Marcus dont take a lot of paige time here. Spiral of need is good,though theres again a lot of secondery charecters and villains mentioned from other books in the siries

        • I think visitors from previous books is typical for her. I just wish she’d find a better balance with it. I am going to try Spiral of Need, though. I purchased the audio, and I do love Jill Redfield as a narrator.