Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her wolf pack, but the petite redhead refuses to let an Alpha male interfere in her life. Furious and humiliated after her mate refused to claim her, she runs off to hide among the humans. Why wait around for an Alpha male to love her when he’d obviously prefer to ignore her?
Nick Axton can barely control his urges for Shaya, but the Alpha can never claim her — not if he truly cares for her. His degenerative brain condition will eventually destroy him, and he’s afraid of turning his mate into his caretaker. Yet when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t let her go. He pursues her, vowing to finally claim his rightful mate. And despite Shaya’s spirited and passionate resistance, Nick’s fiery determination just might be the ultimate aphrodisiac.
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I find it difficult to truly express how I feel about this book. It was not bad but it was not a page-turner for me either. A very very soft mixture of BDSM and vanilla sex combined with two very possessive characters was the beginning of a good story that quickly turned flat. Issues were solved and dealt with too easily and as much as I had hoped this book was going to keep me on the edge of my seat, it didn’t.
I absolutely loved the first book in this series. I liked the second book a lot. This book didn't quite reach the level of the previous two books, and for me, that problem had more to do with the main female character than anything else.
Shaya is a half shifter, and she has been hurt before. Now her true mate has rejected her. Her wolf is a submissive. She believes that her true mate has rejected her solely because her submissive wolf couldn't handle the role of alpha female to his pack and would be in danger from dominant female wolves who would challenge her position. With the help of her pack, she moves to another town in an attempt to hide away from him.
Nick, the true mate in question, decides that her moving away is unacceptable to him, so he tracks her down and basically camps out on her doorstep. He has his reasons for having rejected her, and they are good ones, but he doesn't want to tell her what they are. He decides he'll just woo her and eventually wear her down.
For her part, Shaya is angry, and she shows her anger by behaving like a jilted teenager. In the first half of the book, I became seriously frustrated with her petulant, childish, manipulative behaviour. Yes, she has her reasons. And Nick, to some degree, deserves a bit of a set down, at least from Shaya's point of view given the information she has about the situation. However, some of the things she does are just, well, childish.
This cat and mouse game goes on....and on....and on... for the first half of the book. Take heart though, because it does get better. There are seriously mean human extremists in the town where Shaya has moved to, and a mysterious pack, and everyone seems to be wondering why Nick, an alpha, is in town. Then Nick's mom and sister show up, as well as the healer from Nick's old pack who has obvious designs on Nick. As the situation comes to a head, the couple confesses their secrets, the relationship drama dies down and the action picks up. At this point, the book gets much, much better.
In hindsight, the book wasn't a waste of my time, but the first half was almost painful to get through. However, the second half made it worth the effort. It still had much of the humour that made the first two books in this series so much fun, but that was tamped down a bit by all the emotional angst in the first part of the book.
The narrator did a very good job. I can't fault her performance in any way.
This book is hot and fun! The story is really good and keeps you on the edge, consistently wanting to know what happens next.
The complexity of the developing relationship between the two main characters, There was a lot of depth there and the twists and turns in the relationship kept it interesting.
I have and just as good. Great for audiobook.. really brings the book 'to life'.
***Spoiler alert***: When Shai confronts Nick as he is trying to leave again, tricks him, and begins to claim him... so emotional and very intense.
Great audiobook if you love paranormal romance. Very fun, keeps you on your toes!
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
I would recommend this audiobook because it has intrigue, action, romance and humor!
My favorite character was the self appointed body guard because he was fired so many times.
I try to look at the positive of all the books that I have listend to.
Positive: I absolutely love the reader! Jill Redfield is Amazing... Amazing... Amazing!!! She brings the book to life. Suzanne is a very good auther, I love her imagination. When you think that the Phoenix Pack series is predicatable, Suzanne finds a way to suprise you. I enjoy the suspense, fantasy, the character build up, the climax of the stories, and lets not forget the sex. Carnal secrets has a fair amount of sex and attraction. I love that the sex does not over power the story.
Con: The main females in each story seem to have many similarities, they are mostly dominant to a certain point and the sex scenes seem to be very much the same from book to book in the Phoenix Pack.
Over all, If you listened to "Wicked Cravings" you have to listen to Carnal Secrets!!!!
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
If you've read the first two books, you know the two MCs in Carnal Secrets. Nick, the Alpha of the Ryland Pack, and Shaya are true mates. And once again, if you've read Feral Sins and Wicked Cravings you know that Nick never claimed Shaya. It’s very painful, mentally and physically, for a wolf not to claim his mate and it’s equally painful for a wolf to be rejected and unclaimed by his/her mate. Shaya being hurt and furious at Nick leaves the Phoenix Pack to go live in another town where she’ll make herself pass for a normal human, being half-sifter herself, it’s easy for her since the shifters cannot easily sense her. Thing is, Nick is having none of that. When he learns that his mate left and is hiding from him, he goes after her. And he is decided to finally claim her completely. But this will not be an easy thing to do, Shaya is hiding in a town full of anti-sifter extremists and Nick personally knows the leader of the group…things will get personal and deadly…and even if you don’t take that into account, Shaya does not want Nick, she will do everything in her power to make him leave her alone. But really, he is a very powerful Alpha male, what do you think she can do....
Oh.My.God, Nick Axton ladies and gentlemen! I think he’s my favorite…I mean, he is perfect. I was pissed at him in the first two books for what he did to Shaya but once I got to know him completely, to understand all the reasons why he didn't claim her, well I couldn't help it, I FELL IN LOVE! Yes, there are several reasons why Nick didn't claim Shaya and everything he did or didn't do in this case was for her sake. Nick is passionate and loyal and fun and awkward and MINE (oops, sorry Shaya…)! I loved how weird he was with others, Nick doesn't like to be touched (except by Shay, obviously) and it was just hilarious to see him deal with Jaime and his mother and the other members of the Phoenix Pack. Nick is a loner, he became Alpha of the Ryland Pack by obligation and he thinks he doesn't have friends. Shay is everything to him, he needs her more than anything in the world and his feelings are very intense. I absolutely loved his intensity, Nick is also brave and so freaking sweet with Shaya. Even if he had good reasons to stay away, he still feels guilty about not claiming her right away and hurting her and so he is even more determined to get her back and be patient with her. Another thing that I absolutely loved, his patience and his understanding. He wanted Shaya to want him/accept him back because she really wanted to and not out of pity so he didn't tell her about his brain condition or about his other reason.
Once again Suzanne has captivated me with this Hot and emotional story. I just Loved It, and with Jill Redfield narrating - it was PERFECT !! :)
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Once again, Suzanne Wright has left my tail wagging and my heart racing with this third installment of the addicting and thrilling Phoenix Pack series! Carnal Secrets brings us Nick and Shaya's story, and fans of the series will know right from the start that this was going to be full of angst thanks to their situation. I was so angry with Nick when he was putting Shaya through the pain of not claiming her as his mate in Wicked Cravings, and I couldn't wait to get the story behind his choice and see just how much he was suffering along with her. She left her pack behind, shattered and feeling lost to the world, in an attempt to escape from the constant pain of seeing Nick act like she meant nothing. But little did she know, her leaving was exactly the kick in the tail the Alpha needed to make his wolf more than ready to stake his claim!!
One of the things I love most about the world and characters Suzanne Wright has created for this series is how she gives the wolves their own minds and own personalities through the thoughts of the shifters. The human vs. animal instinct that they deal with constantly makes them such dynamic and exciting characters, and I LOVED Nick's wolf just as much as I loved him! They were both at odds with Nick not claiming Shaya, but when he finally went after her...daaaayam, Nick was just as animalistic and commanding (maybe even more so) than Trey and Dante had been with their mates!! And submissive Shaya was right there with him, putting her mark on her man and proving that she was no one's bitch but his! And of course we get more of our favorite pack mates from the Phoenix Pack this time around too, and they were just as much fun and excitement as ever! They are fiercely protective of their own, and the shifters faced a threat to the safety of all of their kind this time around. When it came time to stand up for what was theirs, these wolves were once again a force to be reckoned with!
Shaya and Nick's bumpy road to happiness gives paranormal romance fans everything they love and then some. I had no doubt that when I finished this read I was going to yet again be left itching to get my hands on the next installment (I never claimed to be a patient reader!), and that is absolutely the case! I hated to leave the thrilling world of the Phoenix Pack and their fellow shifters, and I can't wait to see who's story we get next. If you haven't started this series yet, my only response is WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!!
Jill Redfield as always was fantastic with the delivery of the story. At $7.34 the book is a bargain.
Yes. The voices really make the experience better.
The love between fated mates.
She is a wonderful narrator.
They were all good.
This is a wonderful addition to the Phoenix pack series.
I am addicted to audiobooks. It makes my 1 hour (each way) commute go by without me becoming an agressive driver. lol
You don't have to read the previous books to understand this one. It only helps to explain the other characters that play a small part in the story. Suzanne Wright does a wonderful job of developing the story and the characters. I absolutely love Jill Redfield. She has one of the best reading voices. You can tell the characters from each other when she tells the story and you don't feel that she is reading the story. The story does a great job of grabbing your attention and keeping it. I can't wait to begin the next story. Love this series. It is not too big and not too small. I will move on to the "Mercury Pack" when I finish "The Phoenix Pack".
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