Thursday, February 2, 2017

Force of Temptation by Suzanne Wright

Harley Vincent is resigned to life in the human world. Sure, being a margay shifter is half her nature, but life among humans gives her the freedom to roam and do as she pleases. That is, until anti-shifter extremists target her, putting her life in immediate danger.

When an old acquaintance and onetime fling, Jesse Dalton, shows up to offer the protection of his pack, Harley hesitates. She may have feelings for Jesse that go beyond their one-night stand, but life among shifters means giving over her independence to the needs of pack. Plus Mercury Pack has its own threat to face: a rich half-shifter is determined to claim their territory at any cost.

Jesse, who lost his true mate as a child, has wanted Harley since their night together, and he’s not letting her go again. They may not be destined for each other, but he knows she belongs to him and with his pack. Even if he can convince her to join him now, can he convince her to stay?

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This is the second book of the series and I admit I was a little lost at first, but that's only because it’s been a while since I read book one and the Phoenix Pack series.

Most of the shifter books deal with romance between either feline or canine species, with the rare book tackling a romance between species. This book handles that situation with great finesse.

We have Harley, who was raised in a very nontraditional pack. Not only that, she's a half-margay/half-human shifter. And has been terrorized by various packs and prides in the past. After her father went to prison and her mother imploded, Harley eventually ended up living with her human aunt, Tess. She doesn't trust anyone, except herself, as time has proven over and over again that trusting people only leads to more hurt.

Jesse is an enforcer with the Mercury Pack. He's been watching over Harley for the last three years and only from afar. His family was one of the ones that blamed her for his sister's downward spiral into drugs and alcohol. His entire pack blamed her and did their best to make her life miserable. It would have been worse if she had indeed been a member of his pack, and being in the nontraditional pride she was born into didn't offer anything in way of protection. When she sent to stay with her aunt, Jesse was relieved.

Now, Harley is in danger from The Extremists, believing that by killing her they would strike at the heart of the movement. The young seer in his pack had told Jesse of the danger and he decided it was time to bring his mate home.

The other thing this book did very well was tell the story of how two people who are true mates can be mated. Jesse's true mate had died during childhood and Harley had yet to find hers. Jesse firmly believed that Harley was his mate and would do everything in his power to help her see him as her mate.

The sub-plot in the book about the half-shifter who is trying to buy the pack's territory allows the other members of the pack to be showcased and also helps to forge the mating bond between Harley and Jesse.

I've read most of Suzanne Wright's books from her Phoenix Pack series and the previous book from the Mercury Pack series, which meant I leapt at the chance to read Force of Temptation. Personally, I think that the Mercury Pack series is a little easier to follow if you're somewhat familiar with Wright's Phoenix Pack series because those character frequently cross over into the Mercury Pack books and it's a spin-off from that series, but not completely necessary. Totally worth a read if you haven't read any of the Phoenix Pack books before though!

This book focuses on one of the wolf shifters who is an enforcer, Jesse, from the Mercury Pack and a half human/margay shifter, Harley, that Jesse knew from his childhood. Harley had been living in the human world when anti-shifter extremists decide to target her. With Harley in danger, Jesse finally decides he's waited long enough for her. He shows up to offer the protection of his pack and hopefully convince her to stay for good.

Normally, I have no trouble diving right into Wright's shifter romances, but for some reason this one didn't hold my attention quite as well. However, that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it and I'll definitely be looking for more from this author in the future! Also, I thought it was really interesting to read about a margay shifter and wolf shifter because I've never even heard of a margay. Plus, it's not too often you get a shifter romance between a wolf and feline shifter.

I liked it, but I just didn't love it as much as I hoped I would. Force of Temptation gets a 3.5 stars rating from me.

Also Available in The Mercury Pack Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Spiral of Need post.

Author Suzanne Wright, a native of England, can’t remember a time when she wasn’t creating characters and telling their tales. Even as a child, she loved writing poems, plays, and stories. As an adult, Wright has published Here Be Sexist Vampires, The Bite That Binds, From Rags, and the first two books in the Phoenix Pack series, Feral Sins and Wicked Cravings. Wright, who lives in Liverpool with her husband and two children, freely admits she hates housecleaning and can’t cook, but she always shares chocolate.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Force of Temptation (The Mercury Pack #2) by Suzanne Wright to read and review.

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