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The third book in the Mercury Pack series brings us the story of enforcer, Zander and I was happily surprised to learn that his heroine, Gwen, is a human. It’s an interesting twist already, and when you add in shifter/human drama, family drama, sizzling hotness, a heartfelt romance and a nice amount of action, this is another great read from Suzanne Wright.
Like all of the heroines in this and the Phoenix Pack series, Gwen is strong, smart-mouthed and feisty. But she finds herself in a world of trouble when she protects a lone shifter from an attack by humans and jumps in to defend her, pushing both human and shifter law enforcement to investigate the issue and hand down punishment. It just so happens that the boys who attacked the shifter are from a very wealthy, influential family, and Gwen has been made a target for violence and persecution unless she drops her case.
Zander meets Gwen when he stays at the Inn run by her family. He is attracted to the gorgeous human but he doesn’t do relationships, and his wolf reacts strangely around her, retreating whenever she is near. But when he learns of the trouble she is in, he decides to stick around and offer his protection… allowing them more time to explore the sizzling chemistry between them.
I really liked the progression of things between Zander and Gwen. Of course they are wildly attracted to each other, which is always lots of fun, but the shifter/human dynamic brings a new set of issues for them to contend with, and I thought that was really well done. I loved that Gwen was strong enough to stand up to Zander, holding nothing back and being open with everything she feels, and of course Zander is the demanding, controlling wolf that I love about this series, which creates lots of fireworks… and sizzlingy steamy sexy time.
“I’m greedy – I want all of you. I want you with me every day and every night.”
There’s a nice emotional element to their relationship as well. Zander and Gwen have both been through a lot in their lives which leads to them holding back. Zander’s wolf is wary and doesn’t respond well when he gets close to women. And Gwen is all too aware that, as a shifter, Zander has a mate out there waiting for him and she has no intention of standing in the way of that. But despite the barriers, the emotion between them easily and naturally begins to deepen, forcing them to figure out what is important to them and just how far they are willing to go together.
To have someone made specifically for you—someone who would never betray you, never hurt you, and would always cherish you—would be something special.
Alongside the romance, there’s a great bunch of side characters – old and new – which add to the story, the side-storylines are really well fleshed out and blend in well with the overarching story, and the action is intense and exciting. And of course there’s a whole lot of snark and banter which is highly entertaining and had me chuckling while I read.
“Don’t interrupt me while I’m ignoring you—that’s just rude.”
“You’re good at ignoring people, aren’t you, Gwen?”
“Dude, I’m so good at it, I can make people doubt that they’re actually alive.”
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it as an audiobook, and as always Jill Redfield does a great job. I liked Zander and Gwen as a couple, I could feel their connection and wanted their happy ending, and I really liked the way their story played out. And I thought the way that all of the side stories combined was really well done, creating a great read with action, excitement, laughs and a gorgeous romance.
“Baby…I couldn’t give you up even if I wanted to.”
An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Mercury Pack
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