Title: Spiral of Need
Author: Suzanne Wright
Series: Mercury Pack #1
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Ally Marshall isn’t just a wolf shifter — she’s a Seer.
But a girl doesn’t exactly need special powers to know that Derren Hudson despises her entire kind. Disdain practically rolls off the Beta of the Mercury Pack . . . disdain mixed with a healthy dose of desire. And no matter how much the ruggedly handsome male appeals to her, this is one call of the wild she’s determined to ignore.
After one betrayal too many, Derren doesn’t have much use for Seers — except for Ally.
Forced into acting as her protector, he finds himself intensely and passionately drawn to the woman who incites his primal instinct to claim. And when enemies target the pack, Ally’s gift may be just what the Mercury Pack needs.
Can he put his distrust aside, or will he force himself to turn his back on the one woman who makes his inner beast howl?
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Suzanne Wright book, and I’ve totally forgotten how entertaining her stories and her characters are. Spiral of Need is the first book from her Mercury Pack series, which spin off of her Phoenix Pack series. And based on what I’ve read from this book, I’d say this series is off to a good start.
Ally Marshall isn’t just a shifter, she’s a seer too. After being driven off out of her old pack by a jealous mate, Ally had no choice but to accept shelter from Derren Hudson, beta shifter of the Mercury Pack, even though Derren and most of the Mercury shifters hate seers like her. Derren for his part can’t say no because he owes a favor to one of the members of Ally’s foster family. Despite Derren’s prejudice against seers, he was taken aback by his attraction to Ally and vice versa. More so with the fact that Ally isn’t quite the monster they thought she is. She’s loyal, capable, and she doesn’t abuse her gifts unlike most seers he knew.
Ally for her part, just wants to belong. Because of the prejudice of other shifters against seers like her, she’s learned to isolate herself from the pact. But the longer she stayed with the Mercury pack, the more she wants to stay and belong. Of course, she’s also very attracted to Derren and no amount of self-preservation could temper their blazing attraction to each other.
Derren and Ally’s chemistry was one of the reasons I enjoyed this book a lot. Despite Derren’s prejudice, he can’t seems to stop himself from craving Ally. Seeing their feelings grow and the way they tried to fight against it was fun to read. The conflict as a whole, between the Mercury Pack and the person behind the attacks on the pack wasn’t very strong but it was developed enough that it held my attention. Although, the reveal was a bit anti-climactic for me. The secondary conflict with Ally’s old pack was better developed. I personally enjoyed the “trial by combat” between Ally and a former pack mate.
Overall, a very enjoyable and fun read. I read it straight through. The humor wasn’t as prominent as Feral Sins but I didn’t mind because the steam factor more than made up for the lack of humor. If you’re looking for something light and fun, I’d recommend this book.