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