Saturday, November 25, 2017

ARC Review: Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright

Lure of Oblivion
Author: Suzanne Wright
Series: Mercury Pack (Book 3)
Publication: Montlake Romance (November 21, 2017)

Description: Gwen Miller may be a human, but she has no problem taking a stand against her own kind. She’s going to testify against the teenage boy she saw viciously assault a lone shifter female—and no amount of pressure from the boy’s wealthy family will make her back down. But when the harassment turns violent, help comes in the form of a lean, toned wolf with winter-gray eyes.

As a guest at Gwen’s inn, shifter enforcer Zander Devlin can’t help but notice that the fierce and leggy brunette is in serious trouble. Since she’s putting herself at risk for one of his kind, keeping her safe is the least he can do. That’s not the only reason Zander wants her close. He desires her, even as the wolf inside him backs away from her. But his feral instincts are hard to keep down, and as they take shape, they’re harder for Gwen to resist. Then again, embracing them could be the only thing that could save her life.

My Thoughts: This urban fantasy/paranormal romance pits Gwen Miller against a wealthy family whose son assaulted a shifter. Gwen's human but she isn't going to let harassment keep her from doing the right thing. She suffers escalating bouts of harassment from Brandt Moore and his father Ezra. It doesn't help that the Moore's have the local law under their thumb.

When Zander Devlin comes to the B&B Gwen's family runs, he is fascinated by her. He has come to attend the reading of his uncle's will which disinherits his twin brother in his favor. Zander has never gotten along with his twin who was favored by his parents and who has always wanted everything Zander had. This favoritism has made Zander emotionally withdrawn because the people who should have treated him fairly did not.

When Zander learns about Gwen's problems, he volunteers to help her. The problems remind him of problems his sister had. Humans and shifters quite often don't get along well. In fact, there are human extremists who are determined to put down shifters. The Moores are not openly members of the extremists but are certainly in favor of their actions.

The romance between Zander and Gwen is complicated both because he is a shifter and she is human and the fact they they both come from abusive backgrounds which make them emotionally guarded. Any sort of romance is also complicated by Zander's brother who is determined to get what he thinks is rightfully his from Zander and the Moores who want Gwen to back down on her accusations against their son before it comes time for him to go before the Shifter Council.

The sex scenes - and there were lots of them - were quite spicy. The action scenes were graphic. The story was fast-paced. Fans of paranormal romances will enjoy this one.

Favorite Quote:
"I'm not folding, Moore," she snapped. "I'm not doing this for, because of, or out of fear of you. You're really not as special as you seem to thin you are, so tone down the narcissism a little bit. I'm repaying a debt that I owe to someone else. But that arrogant tone of yours is pissing me off enough to reconsider just how important that debt is."
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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