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Ryan and Makenna's story
Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2019
This was one of my favourite installments of the Phoenix Pack books up to date. I loved Ryan in the other books and his story didn't disappoint me here, either. Makenna is a lone shifter who volunteers at a shelter that cares for and rehomes other lone shifters. As her role is to potentially rehome those in her care, she extensively researches the family of the loners to ensure the new pack they go to is suitable and safe. One evening she finds a young wolf shifter in her doorway. She takes him to the shelter and her background check shows Ryan might be a suitable candidate for rehoming Zac. While investigating him, he confronts her and is immediately attracted to her. He is enthusiastic about taking his cousin Zac into his pack and as he becomes more involved in Zac and Makenna's life, he learns that the shelter is under threat from another local pack who wants the land the shelter is on.
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.