Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Phoenix Pack #1
Published by Suzanne Wright on March 3, 2012
Genres: Erotic, PNR, Romance
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If your inner wolf and your body react rather enthusiastically to a psychotic Alpha male who’s own wolf has a tendency to turn feral, it can’t be a good thing, can it? Entering into a bargain with him wouldn’t be good either. Unfortunately, Taryn Warner, a latent wolf shifter, doesn’t have many options open to her right now. Okay, she has no options. Basically it comes down to whether she’ll do what it takes to escape the arranged mating with the sick SOB that her father set up. As the answer in this case is yes, it looks as though she’ll have to agree to Trey Coleman’s deal…she’ll have to mate with him instead.
Having always disliked shifter politics, Trey Coleman hadn’t bothered trying to form alliances with other packs. Now that his uncle – a wolf with many alliances – means to take Trey’s territory and his pack, he has no option but to form some alliances of his own very quickly or he’ll be easily outnumbered in the upcoming battle. He figures that the easiest way to do that would be to mate with a female whose Alpha is powerful and influential. There’s only one problem with that – he would then be stuck with her, and the last thing Trey wants is a mate. When he hears of Taryn’s situation, he offers her a deal – if she falsely claims he’s her true mate and allows him to claim her, he’ll save her from her arranged mating and then let her leave after the battle with his uncle is over.
Sounds like a pretty straightforward deal...but soon Taryn and Trey realize they got more than they bargained for. Their mating instincts to protect and possess are weighing on them, they crave each other’s touch and company, and their inner wolves don’t like it whenever they’re apart. Add in that they’ll have to deal with this for an entire three months until the day of the battle finally arrives, and they’ve got themselves a recipe for disaster – or maybe for something quite the opposite.
Warning: This novel contains an extremely sarcastic Alpha female, a broody possessive Alpha male, bitter in-laws, voyeuristic enforcers, a whole lot of dirty talk, and steamy bedroom battles for dominance. Reader Advisory: This book also contains a graphic ménage scene - not for the faint-hearted.
Note: The cover showing on this review is not the cover for the edition I read. I just like this cover better.
Another Note: This review is for the 1st edition of this book. There are massive differences between the SPA edition (this review) and the edited TradPub edition.
Now on to the show!
In all honesty, I did not really enjoy this read. I’ve read a lot of PNR so I can say that this [Feral Sins] is a decent effort but it still left me a little cold. One of my biggest issues has been edited out, I’ve been told.
So. Feral Sins is the first book in The Phoenix Pack series. It stars two special snowflakes who get together to make a special blizzard. Even their names are special (they match): Trey (hero) and Taryn (heroine).
Trey is an incredibly strong but scary and psycho Alpha wolf. Taryn is a latent Alpha wolf and super healer who was treated terribly by her father because of her latent issues. Taryn’s father plans to force mate her to a sadistic Alpha wolf when she is kidnapped by Trey. They make a deal to mate each other in order to help each other out.
Feral Sins committed a sin to me: it was boring and entirely too long. Way too long. By the time I got to the end I was just done. There were repeated manufactured issues that just dragged everything out to the worst possible length. Then the author added on relationship issues for the H/h. Then to put 10 on the 20, the damn special snowflake ending was just… *eye roll* There are also quite a few misspellings and missing words but the text is decent and the writing is pretty clean.
But enough about that – let’s talk about the BIGGEST SIN this book committed: a massive orgy that was completely out of left field. I side-eyed the HELL out of that orgy…and I completely skipped it cause it surprised me and turned my stomach a bit. I normally am down with a bit of menage action but the sex in this situation did NOT make any sense. The entire time before Trey is all grunty and “mine” and possessive as shit and then suddenly it becomes ok to just bring 4-5 dudes into your bedroom and face-fuck your wife???! Oh HELL Nawl. I don’t CARE that the dudes – all of whom Taryn has to live with closely since they are pack enforcers – didn’t vaginally penetrate her. It was NOT true to any of the characters so… 1 star deduction right there.
The ending of the book is pure special snowflake/blizzard territory but at least all of the strings were tied up nicely.
If you are into PNR, this one is standard trope but its decent. Make sure to read the edited edition.