Saturday, April 13, 2013

ARC Review: Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright

Wicked Cravings
Author: Suzanne Wright
Publication: Montlake Romance; Unabridged edition (April 16, 2013)

Description: For years, wolf shifter Jaime Farrow has harbored a not-so-secret crush on gorgeous Dante Garcea. But the time has come for Jaime to face facts: despite her best efforts, Dante just isn’t interested. And that’s probably for the best. The last thing Jaime needs is for anyone—particularly Dante—to find out about her little “problem.” The one that haunts her past and threatens to destroy her and everyone she loves…

As the pack Beta, workaholic Dante Garcea doesn’t have time for distractions—especially the kind promised by Jaime Farrow. It’s all he can do to keep her at arm’s length and his desire at bay. Yet when her flirtations abruptly end, Dante becomes suspicious. She’s hiding something, something big, and unless he can convince her to trust him, their entire pack could be in danger. He knows hot-headed Jaime will resist him…but Dante never takes no for an answer.

This book contains explicit content and is recommended for mature readers.

My Thoughts: WICKED CRAVINGS was an entertaining paranormal romance that was decidedly erotic. It follows FERAL SINS and focuses on a different pair of characters. This time Beta Dante Garcea has to deal with Jaime Farrow. 

Jaime and her brother have recently joined the pack and Jaime is keeping a big secret. She isn't the submissive wolf that she is pretending to be. She is actually dominant but her wolf has been traumatized by events Jaime witnessed when she was younger. Jaime is keeping her wolf in a mental cage because it is likely to attack any other wolves it she lets it free. She is afraid that, if her wolf gets control, she won't be able to regain control and will turn rogue. Rogue wolves are killed.

One thing she isn't keeping secret is her attraction to pack Beta Dante Garcea. Dante has been ignoring her because he had a really bad break-up earlier and also doesn't have relationships with fellow pack members. Dante is also a world-class workaholic.

But when a wolf from another pack says that Dante is her mate and has rejected her, problems start for both Dante and Jaime. Glory involves her pack's Alpha and her brothers in forcing her claim. The Alpha knows that Glory is a liar but her brothers want revenge for her imagined slight. They decide to attack Jaime after Glory confronts her about staying away from Dante and Jaime beats her up.

An added complication in the person of the woman who threw Dante over for his brother just adds to the mix. Laurie is determined to get Dante back despite the fact that he has now formed a relationship with Jaime.

I had some question about the whole werewolf mythology in this book that I think were probably answered in the first book. I didn't quite understand how they found their true mates or how they imprinted on each other. I'll have to read FERAL SINS to see if my questions are answered.

I also had a little bit of trouble with the explicit nature of the sexual relationships in the story. The sex was graphic and borderline kinky. It just stayed on the right side of the line between consensual and non-consensual. Dante was very dominant and wasn't going to take no for an answer. Jaime, being dominant herself, wasn't a pushover though. I liked that they both had issues to overcome before they could form a relationship. And I liked that once they did, they still had to be conscious of their issues and work at them.

Fans of darker, grittier paranormal romances will enjoy this story. 

Favorite Quote:
Although he had always been aware that he was without the other half of his soul, he hadn't truly understood what that meant until he mated with Jaime and felt their bond begin to form. He hadn't known there were so many hollow spaces inside him until she came and filled them, hadn't realized just how incomplete he was until her soul fused with his. 
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