Review: Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright
When female wolf shifter Taryn Warner first encounters Trey Coleman, an alpha male wolf shifter with a dangerous reputation, she’s determined to resist his charms. After all, Trey—who was only fourteen when he defeated his own father in a duel, winning the right to be alpha of his pack—can’t have anything to offer the talented healer besides trouble, or so she thinks. Taryn finds herself drawn in by Trey’s forceful demeanor and arctic-blue eyes, and she eventually agrees to enter an uneasy alliance with him. If the two succeed in convincing their respective packs that they’ve chosen each other as mates, Trey will win valuable political allies, while Taryn will escape an odious arranged mating.
But there are a lot of potential pitfalls to this plan—including the very real possibility that the wolf shifters, overwhelmed by their growing attraction to each other, will be unable to maintain the clear heads needed to pull off the deception.
So I didn’t hate this story, because I obviously finished it but I didn’t love it. I am in the mood for some shifter romance and I landed on this book. The plot line was complex and full of a few surprises that I didn’t see coming. But I really wanted to see a connection between Taryn and Trey develop beyond sex and that unfortunately never happened. I didn’t get to experience any character growth and while there is a shotty attempt to incorporate this at the end, it failed for me.
The book is extremely sex heavy, and don’t see that as a complaint because I do love a steamy story but there were a few scenes that raised the red flag and really put me off. Around 50% there is a scene where Trey says that Taryn will take it whether she wants it or not…and I am pretty sure if she doesn’t want sex that is rape. No actually I am positive that no consent means rape. And this happened a few more times and then near the end he is telling her that it’s okay if she doesn’t want to. So you see, there is a lot of hypocrisy going on but the consent lines have got to go.
I really enjoyed the secondary characters and the shifter world seamlessly blending with the human world. I also like that the entire story wasn’t the world revolving around the romance. However, some red flagged sex scenes have me questioning as the whether or not I will read the next book.