Series: The Mercury Pack #1
Published by Montlake Romance
Publication Date: September 29th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
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?
First of all, for anyone who has not read the Phoenix Pack series, I highly recommend starting there before reading this book. It’s the only way to make sense of some of the characters and occurrences mentioned here.
Ally Marshall has been isolated and is on the verge of being banished from her pack due to the machinations of a manipulative and devious female, so when an opportunity arises for her to temporarily move to the Mercury pack, she’s glad to do so even though she knows that the move comes with its own set of issues.
Derren Hudson is the beta of the Mercury Pack, quite aloof, distant and distrustful of most people but very loyal and dedicated to those dear to his heart. He’s also very honorable, so that when a friend calls in a debt he has no choice but to honor his word and provide Ally with shelter within his pack, even though he despises her ability as a seer. But Ally is unexpected, his attraction to her is definitely unwanted and the fact that she may be with someone else is not enough to stop him from going after her.
SPIRAL OF NEED is very similar to the books in the Phoenix Pack series and Ally’s sassy and feisty attitude and mouthy comebacks remind me very much of Trayn from Feral Sins, but she’s still different enough to be her own person. She’s loyal, compassionate and very strong, especially to have withstood the stress from her former pack without cracking, but she’s also very vulnerable and this comes from losing her family very young, not really fitting in anywhere since then and her deep longing to belong. The downside to her experiences is that she has built a wall around herself and only a determined alpha wolf like Derren can bring them down, a pleasurable and fun experience for both of them.
I loved Derren and Ally together. She brought much-needed lightness to his broody and serious nature and was his champion in every way that counted. They had both been displaced from their families and packs and even though they were part of a pack now, they brought completeness to each other in a way that the pack did not.
I have to say that I’m always excited to pick up a new book in this series because no-one else writes shifters like Ms. Wright does. The appeal lies in the dominant male characters who will go to great lengths to get their females; the sassy and feisty females who give the alpha males a run for their money and the sense of family and connections forged within the packs. Throw in some great dialogue, fun and sometimes hilarious moments and top it off with steamy sex and you have a winner on your hands.