Friday, May 31, 2013

Wicked Cravings (The Phoenix Pack #2) Review

Despite having been besotted with Dante Garcea since she was a child, wolf shifter Jaime Farrow figures that it’s time to move past the crush. If he wanted her, he wouldn't have ignored her flirtatious behavior, right? Hiding her intense attraction to him isn't easy – especially now that they're part of the same pack again – but with bigger issues to worry about and with the submissive wolf act to maintain, Jaime is resolute on moving forward. Now if only the workaholic control-freak would let her…

As the pack Beta, Dante doesn't have the space or time in his life for a relationship. As such, he ignores his intense hunger for the willful – and sometimes crazy – Jaime. Yet when her flirtations abruptly end, Dante finds that he doesn't like losing her attention. He finds something else too – Jaime's hiding something. Determined to uncover her secret, he sets out to break through her defenses, even though being around her intensifies his cravings for her. What he finds is a problem that Jaime is convinced not even a powerful Beta can solve.

I have been trying to read this book since it came out and one thing or another has stepped in they way, silly real life and all.  But finally I had the opportunity to get to it, and like with most anything Suzanne Wright writes, I fell in love!  I think she might be one of my secret author crushes!  =)

Jaime and Dante are the perfect compliment to each other in that Jaime's feisty attitude is well met with Dante's calmness.  In fact it is said repeatedly that they are well matched and you can actually see it.  It isn't forced, it's harmony.  Of course this is why we all read romance stories, to find that perfect relationship.

Keeping in tradition of Suzanne Wright's character style, the women are still aggressive and vulgar and the men are still dominant and sexy as hell.  Jaime & Dante's story is interesting because of Jaime.  Dante is your typical male wolf who likes to have his own way and is stubborn as hell.  But Jaime's character is the focus in this story because of the trauma her wolf has suffered.

Jaime watched and had to fight when her parents were murdered, and we see how she has to suppress her wolf's desire to come out.  Her wolf form is aggressive to the point of deadly and she can't be trusted around her pack members.  At least not yet.  Jaime's control slips with her wolf when other females try to move in on Dante, and as we all know, that just won't fly in a wolf pack.

Dante is patient and works with Jaime to heal her wolf and slowly she learns through training how to control her emotions.  Jaime is a good student and even with all the teachings still struggles to keep control of her wolf.  Of course she loses control and all hell breaks loose.

In the end we see Dante and Jaime figure it out together (with the help of a tiny angel wolf).  Her wolf finally sees Dante and the pack as allies and not enemies.  It is actually really beautiful given the whole story I wanted her wolf to heal and be normal.  I actually would have been heartbroken if Jamie couldn't go into her wolf form anymore.

As with everything Suzanne Wright gives us, I loved this story.  It's beautiful and fun to read.  The characters are amazing and I am really hoping the next book has to do with Nick and Shaya.  That story is fascinating and heartbreaking.

I give it 4.5 lipsticks!


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