Savage Urges: Phoenix Pack, Book 5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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....
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 44 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 03, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #23,420 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Ryan realises that Makenna is his mate early on in the book and while she continues to need convincing, it was refreshing to read a book where the true mating is brought up early. Ryan maintained the character traits he was known for in the other books - brooding, silent and tough as nails. Makenna was a likeable female lead. She had the author's typical trademark characteristics for the heroine, i.e. feisty, sassy and strong. She was also quirky, asking random questions - this smacked of females in previous novels in this series. However Makenna was a bit vulnerable due to the lone shifter lifestyle, again making for a nice change. The plot focuses on the shelter and the threat from the other pack as its alpha wants to attain the home in order to have access to the young boys on the premises. Yes, you read that correctly.
If you've read other books in the Phoenix series, there will be nothing groundbreaking here as once again, a similar formula is followed. Alpha male meets confident, spirited female and they will do anything to keep her in their lives. The pack members continue to feature and play their roles established in prior books. They were not overly accepting of Makenna as a lone wolf and while this was frustrating, it was resolved. This book had the main characters exchanging nicknames, similarly to previous books in this series. Unfortunately, Greta continues to make an appearance even though her character has well and truly been done to death. There was no angst with an ex in this book which made a great change of scenery from Suzanne Wright, although there was, unfortunately, a jealous female.
I didn't realise, but the Mercury Pack offshoot starts just before this book, so if you're pedantic about reading order, you might want to start there first as one of the newer characters crosses over into this book briefly. It wasn't a big deal but as a fan of the series, I noticed and will now go back to the first book of the other pack. If you haven't read any of the other books, they all do fine as a stand alone but are greatly enhanced by reading the other stories first as there are recurring characters and themes.
Overall, it was entertaining and well-paced and you know what you're getting when you buy this author. Personally, I loved Ryan and he made this book. I'll continue to read this series.
McKenna is a caring, loyal, quirky, bangle wearing, bohemian and superstitious woman and lone wolf, with a sharp mind and mouth, and has multi colored hair 'of long, beach-layered waves—a mix of gold, copper, dark red, and a hint of plum purple, making him think of autumn leaves'. McKenna translates his grunts for people so he doesn't have to articulate himself. They're too cute together.
Now stepping off my soapbox- this is another suspense filled plot, liberally sprinkled with fun and snarky dialog. McKenna comes out with weird comments at tense moments like- "“So . . . do you think stairs are supposed to go up or down?” Or "Does it bother anyone else that the Easter Bunny carries eggs?” She's a true caring and loyal woman who's devoted her life to protecting and rehoming the loners that come to the shelter.
I also loved that Ryan knew right away that McKenna was his true mate, and never wavered in that thought, or tried to change her. You'll love this book.
I really enjoyed Ryan and McKenna's story. It was very mild compared to the other Phoenix Pack books. I'm glad I continued to read the series. If you havent started the series yet, start with book 1 and read to book 2 or 3 before you make your mind up. Book 4 was great, book 5 (this one) was great.
Cons to Suzannes writting
She uses a lot of the same things (words, styles, etc..) in every book so far. She is however getting better. Stick with her for a couple books before you make your mind up.
But even so, I enjoy her books and the characters. Cant wait to start on Taos story!
Read in order, the books build on each other.
Ryan is the broody and quiet enforcer for the Phoenix Pack. He’s strong and dominant and not one to talk or joke around much. Makenna is a loner wolf who volunteers at a shelter that saves and houses different breeds of shifters. She’s confident and loyal to those she cares about.
Ryan realizes the minute he sets eyes on Makenna that she’s different. He feels a connection to her and his wolf feels the same. The more time they spend together, the more he is convinced that she’s his true mate. Makenna didn’t believe they were mates so Ryan had his work cut out for him. Throw in the problems with Remy wanting the shelter and the chaos he creates and there was a lot going on.
I enjoyed meeting the new characters as well as visiting with ones from the previous books. I’m over Greta and wish one of these heroines would tell her off in a way she’d stop with all the smack criticism. It was only cute in the first book and has been annoying since.
Tao’s book is next with Riley who we met in this story. I’m excited to see how their story evolves.
Top reviews from other countries
What’s to love about this story? Everything, as always. I tend to appreciate the little things when I’m reading, so for me, I really loved the way that Makenna was able to understand Ryan’s grunts. I also loved how the bond developed differently for this pair. Every couple has their issues, but Makenna and Ryan’s kind of sweet, in a weird sort of way. I love the way the pack always support one another and in this particular story, they even try to hold an intervention on Ryan. I’ll let you read to find out the who, what and why of it. Makenna is your typical, dominant female in some ways. She’s also loyal, confident, self-sufficient and caring. The more we learn about her, the more we see why her work at the shelter is so important to her. Ryan, like most of the Phoenix enforcers has a sad past. The story of why he is, the way he is, however is a little more involved than just a crappy childhood. The only up side of his past, is that it might just help him bond with Zac.
Suzanne’s books are full of quirky characters with strong personalities. I love it. And if you’re considering reading book five in the series, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about and love them too. I have to say, she’s still got it; the Phoenix Pack series is still going strong.
Dominic cocked his head. “You understand his grunts?”
“You got ‘Mind your own business’… from that one sound?”
She lifted her chin. “I thought it was crystal clear.”
Dominic turned to Ryan. “Marry her.”
Suggested Audience: Adult readers of Paranormal Romance
Perspective: Third person, with a focus on Makenna and Ryan
Sexual content: Frequent and explicit
Violence: Frequent and severe
Cautionary element(s): Sexual abuse/ paedophilia (NOT described in any detail)
Makenna works at a gas station but her main focus in life is her work with a shelter for lone shifters. She grew up in the shelter after her mum died and she is fiercely loyal to Dawn, the owner of the shelter who took her in. As well as helping with the general running of the shelter, Makenna’s main role is to rehome as many of the shifters that come through the doors as possible. To that end, when she returns home one night to find a drunk and unconscious lone teenager wolf collapse on her doorstep, she persuades him to go to the shelter with her. A couple of months in, the most they know about Zac is that his parents are dead and he ran away from his pack for reasons he won’t share. Armed with only his name, Makenna researches his family tree in an attempt to find a suitable guardian for him. Her research leads her to Ryan, Zac’s cousin, whose pack is local to the shelter. As head enforcer, it’s easy to find out information about him but she decides to follow him one day to look for an opportunity to talk to him. On learning about Zac, Ryan agrees to take him immediately but Makenna refuses, saying that Zac needs time to get to know him. They decide to take it one day at a time with Makenna acting as chaperone in order for Zac to feel safe.
Ryan, for his part, is a man of few words in any and EVERY situation he finds himself in. He is blunt, impatient, communicates with everyone via grunts and is totally confused by the eccentricity of Makenna who he also believes is completely and utterly insane. He also knows that she’s his mate! As Zac gets to know Ryan and his pack mates, Ryan becomes more and more irritated by Makenna’s refusal to acknowledge him as her mate. She’s of the view that lone wolves don’t mate and that somehow as a lone wolf, she’s not good enough for Ryan. It doesn’t stop her going out of her way to totally enrage him with her sassy attitude and perplexing behaviour. Although Makenna is determined to keep Ryan at a distance, her plans are shot when Remy, a local Alpha who wants to incorporate the shelter and the land it sits on into his territory. He is determined to have the shelter for reasons only known to him and is prepared to use whatever means are necessary in order to achieve his aims. His campaign starts with occasional visits and offers of protection but ultimately his actions become more intimidating. Because everyone but Makenna knows she’s Ryan’s mate and by extension is a member of the Phoenix Pack, they in turn place the shelter under their protection much to the anger of Remy. Things hot up when the anti-shifter extremists turn up at her home address and attempt to kill her. After sorting out that little problem, she is evicted from her apartment and sacked from her job at the gas station when the extremists turn up there as well. This leaves her with no choice but to live with the Phoenix pack full time. Albeit on a temporary basis… as least Makenna thinks it’s temporary. Ryan, on the other hand, has other ideas…..
As is usual for the Phoenix Pack, they don’t do problems by halves. Not only do they have to contend with Remy and his underhand tactics which results in a mediation meeting with The Council, Ryan finds himself vowing vengeance against Zac’s old pack, Makenna learns of her forgotten past and we also learn why Remy is so determined to have the shelter. All the characters from previous Phoenix Pack and Mercury Pack books play a role in this book and we get to meet new characters like Madisyn – Makenna’s best friend, shifter and fellow shelter worker, Riley who is a resident at the shelter, Colton who is another worker at the shelter and some of the child residents of the shelter. Greta is her usual warm, welcoming and compassionate self, she takes an instant dislike to Makenna as can be expected and she decides that as Zac is Ryan’s cousin, he is also ‘one of my boys’…
It’s an absolute joy to read about how Makenna drags Ryan out of his self-imposed isolation although there’s not a chance in hell he is ever going to become the joker of the pack. I have no idea who the next book is going to be about but I hope it’s going to be between Tao or Dominic. I can’t imagine who could possibly handle Dominic so that would be very interesting reading. My only complaint is having to wait while the author writes the next book....