REVIEW: Dark Instincts by Suzanne Wright (The Phoenix Pack #4)


Dark Instincts (The Phoenix Pack #4)
Author: Suzanne Wright
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Contemporary
Release Date:  April 7th, 2015
Published By: Montlake Romance


It happens whenever wolf shifter Roni Axton is near Marcus Fuller: a crackle of sexual awareness that’s intoxicating…and deeply annoying. Marcus is a pack enforcer who oozes power, but Roni is lethal in her own right—nothing like the flirty females who flock around him. Even still, his possessive gaze makes one thing clear. Marcus has singled her out for seduction, and he wants to make her sit up and beg.

No matter how aloof and unfazed Roni acts, Marcus can tell she wants him. When a brutal attack by a jackal pack forces them to work together, it’s the perfect opportunity for Marcus to chip away at her defenses—until he falls into his own trap, completely unprepared for the intensity of their connection. Roni is the only one who’s ever seen past his shifter charm and discovered the man hiding beneath it. And for Marcus, claiming Roni once will mean needing her forever.


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Dark Instincts is the fourth book in Suzanne Wright’s, The Phoenix Pack series. It can be read as a standalone and it is a full length novel with a HEA. You will find no cliff hangers here, although you might get curious about what happens with the other members of the pack. Dark Instincts is told from an alternating third person point-of-view between the two main characters.

Having read all of the books in this series, I was pretty geared up for this one. Plus it’s Marcus’s story, not to mention Roni’s too! If you’ve read the rest of the series, you know these characters already. If not, you’ll get to know them! As always wiht a Suzanne Wright book, the writing is extremely good. You’re enveloped in a world and a story and you feel like you really get to know the characters, the co-stars and for that matter, the pack. What sort of threw me about this book in particular is that for me, it felt slow. It had everything there that Ms. Wrights books usually do, the hilarious banter (No, really. Greta rocks my world.), the connections, the chemistry between the main characters, the intriguing plot line but something was missing for me this time around.I can’t exactly put my finger on it either.

Marcus has always been one of my favorite characters, I think I latched onto him from the beginning. Then Roni came onto the scene in the third book and she was interesting from the get go. These two are actually from different packs, so you have an intermingling pack factor here that gets put into play also. Both of these two are pack enforcers, so if you can imagine, both are stubborn and loyal.

I was going to try to sum up the chemistry that you see between the pair, but I’ll quote the book instead. It states it far more aptly then I will ever be able to.

“Every time they were in close proximity to each other, the air crackled with sexual energy.” – Dark Instincts by Suzanne Wright

Dark Instincts is well worth the read, and if you’ve read the rest of the books, I would definitely say go for it. You might find it a big slow like I did, but there is also so much in it that will make up for the slowness. I completely enjoyed seeing how these two turned out. If you like Paranormal/Shifter romances, give this one a go!



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