BOOK REVIEW: Carnal Secrets (The Phoenix Pack #3) by Suzanne Wright

A pack Alpha and his estranged, true mate wrestle with painful secrets, ruthless enemies, and their own irresistible attraction, in the sexy third book of the Phoenix Pack series.
Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong.
Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would ultimately leave her with a burden rather than a mate. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he’d never seen before.
Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac.
Published February 11th 2014 by Montlake Romance
Well it should come as to no surprise to anyone, but I LOVE THIS SERIES! I hounded the publisher for an ARC as soon as I thought I could, without making me seem like a crazy person. (Which was about two weeks ago, I know, I have serious self control- right?)
I was a little hesitant at first when I found out it was going to be about Nick and Shaya, because Nick isn’t in the Phoenix pack and Shaya was a new member (albeit Taryn’s childhood friend), so we didn’t really know these two characters as well as some of the enforcers in the Phoenix Pack. I thought we wouldn’t be seeing a lot of the old gang that I’ve come to love.
Well thankfully I was wrong about that!
The first half or so of the book Nick is trying to win Shaya back and they’re in Arizona (where she fled to, to hide from Nick after he rejected her). I felt like there wasn’t much going on in the first half. No action, no sexy times, just a lot of dialogue, plot set-up and some SERIOUS sexual tension (okay, okay, maybe that is a lot! But I need ACTION!) However, once it got some action and sexy times it got good. And when I say good I mean staying-up-until-7am-to-finish good. Let me just say that Nick can dirty talk to me anytime, anywhere. *fans self*
To those who haven’t figured it out yet, Suzanne Wright is the queen of banter! She writes strong leading characters that never back down from a good verbal sparring session. It doesn’t matter if they are dominant or submissive wolves, she was a way of writing them with such strength that you forget the way they’re “supposed” to behave. You end up rooting for them, laughing with them and feeling their pain.
All in all I really liked this story, it was a great addition to the series and I’ll be (im)patiently waiting for book 4! I hope it’s Marcus! Or Dominic! Or Tao! Or.. Oh heck, I don’t care which one it is I just want it now! Definitely worth reading if you liked the first two books in this series, or if you’re a fan of Suzanne’s other series (which is awesome because VAMPIRES!)
4.5 stars
Was provided an ARC from the publisher (thank you Montlake Romance!) in exchange for an honest review.

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