Mini Review: Carnal Secrets (The Phoenix Pack Series, #3) by: Suzanne Wright

Carnal Secrets
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Title: Carnal Secrets (The Phoenix Pack Series #3)
Author: Suzanne Wright
Rating: 5 Teacups / 5 Handcuffs


Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong.

Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would ultimately leave her with a burden rather than a mate. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he’d never seen before.

Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac. (via

Our Thoughts:

  • Can we just say, Nick is our favorite shifter ever! No other male shifter is the history of intellectual porn can compare. Sorry to our former Shifter book boyfriends. You were our first and will never be forgot, but we’ve moved on.

  • This novel is our favorite of the Phoenix Pack series. We find we usually enjoy the first novel in a series the most, this was a surprise. One of our favorite aspects of the book is the change of venue. While we get to see all our favorite characters from the previous two novels, this one mainly takes places outside the Phoenix Pack territory.

  • In a departure from the previous two novels, this book deals more with shifter human relations. A new villain is introduced who is bent on the destruction of the shifters. It’s not whom you think it is.

  • The mythology Wright creates regarding the dual personalities between the humans and the wolves, which reside inside of them is easily understandable. The human’s wolf is talked about as a separate being with their our thoughts and feelings, but both need each other to exist.

  • Wright does an excellent job of explaining the role and importance of submissive wolves in the wolf pack. Both submissives and dominates need each other, they create balance within the pack. Submissives are not weak, but the calming influence among the hot headed dominates.

  • Shaya is an awesome wolf, who can totally kickass. She makes Nick work very, very hard for his forgiveness. She’s not a bitch in her initial rejection of him, and you understand her reasons behind her hesitation to open herself up to him. It wasn’t pretty words she needed to trust him, but his actions.

  • Nick Axton is awesome! We do not think a better, more thoughtful man has very been created. Damn, the man pays attention. He understands what Shaya needs to forgive and trust him is not words but actions. We don’t want to give much away, but the lengths he will go to reassure his mate of his trustworthiness is amazing. The sacrifices he makes, puts all other men to shame.

  • Also, Nick sends the best text messages ever.

  • Again, not to give much away but, their claiming is one of for the IP history books. Never before have a we read such an awesome claiming.

  • If Kitty can’t have Nick, she wants his unmated brother Eli!

Happy Reading!

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