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Carnal Secrets

The Phoenix Pack, Book 3
Written by: Suzanne Wright
Narrated by: Jill Redfield
Series: Phoenix Pack, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
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Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her wolf pack, but the petite redhead refuses to let an Alpha male interfere in her life. Furious and humiliated after her mate refused to claim her, she runs off to hide among the humans. Why wait around for an Alpha male to love her when he’d obviously prefer to ignore her?

Nick Axton can barely control his urges for Shaya, but the Alpha can never claim her — not if he truly cares for her. His degenerative brain condition will eventually destroy him, and he’s afraid of turning his mate into his caretaker. Yet when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t let her go. He pursues her, vowing to finally claim his rightful mate. And despite Shaya’s spirited and passionate resistance, Nick’s fiery determination just might be the ultimate aphrodisiac.

©2014 Suzanne Wright (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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i had fears and was gladly surprised

After reading some reviews i was worried it wouldnt be as good as the other some said slow... i thought it was refreshing different and it brough a nice change to the first 2 book. Obviously at this point we all guess the books are all about the matting of unmatted wolf of the Phoenix Pack, there will be some similarities... speacially that theres only so many ways a writer can go around writting about different type of wolf shifters, but it's nice to see thag each book seem like it will bring a different vibes without loosing is connection to the rest.

I recommend, have a good read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2014-03-05

Frustrating First Half, but Stick with It

I absolutely loved the first book in this series. I liked the second book a lot. This book didn't quite reach the level of the previous two books, and for me, that problem had more to do with the main female character than anything else.

Shaya is a half shifter, and she has been hurt before. Now her true mate has rejected her. Her wolf is a submissive. She believes that her true mate has rejected her solely because her submissive wolf couldn't handle the role of alpha female to his pack and would be in danger from dominant female wolves who would challenge her position. With the help of her pack, she moves to another town in an attempt to hide away from him.

Nick, the true mate in question, decides that her moving away is unacceptable to him, so he tracks her down and basically camps out on her doorstep. He has his reasons for having rejected her, and they are good ones, but he doesn't want to tell her what they are. He decides he'll just woo her and eventually wear her down.

For her part, Shaya is angry, and she shows her anger by behaving like a jilted teenager. In the first half of the book, I became seriously frustrated with her petulant, childish, manipulative behaviour. Yes, she has her reasons. And Nick, to some degree, deserves a bit of a set down, at least from Shaya's point of view given the information she has about the situation. However, some of the things she does are just, well, childish.

This cat and mouse game goes on....and on....and on... for the first half of the book. Take heart though, because it does get better. There are seriously mean human extremists in the town where Shaya has moved to, and a mysterious pack, and everyone seems to be wondering why Nick, an alpha, is in town. Then Nick's mom and sister show up, as well as the healer from Nick's old pack who has obvious designs on Nick. As the situation comes to a head, the couple confesses their secrets, the relationship drama dies down and the action picks up. At this point, the book gets much, much better.

In hindsight, the book wasn't a waste of my time, but the first half was almost painful to get through. However, the second half made it worth the effort. It still had much of the humour that made the first two books in this series so much fun, but that was tamped down a bit by all the emotional angst in the first part of the book.

The narrator did a very good job. I can't fault her performance in any way.

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  • Falon
  • 2014-02-14

It was more couples therapy then action...

I liked this book the least out of the series, it's like paging Dr.Phil lets get all of our feeling out in the open. The book is about 90% the couple's incompatible issues and the last 10% and the end of the book is actually some action and danger. Even when Shaya was in immediate danger she goes off into like a 5 page internal monologue about her own trust issues, it really wasn't a good time to go off in a self-reflection moment. I was just kinda bummed and disappointed, I hope the next one is a lot better then this one.

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  • Cdarnell
  • 2016-10-04

Same old same old

As I like the overall series, the stories seem very monotonous. It feels like the same story just with different characters.

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  • Mrs
  • 2014-02-13

As good as I had hoped

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you enjoyed the first two audio books in this series you will like this book as well. Of course book 1 is my favorite, but I think I like this one more than book 2.

(Unlike other reviewers I won't spoil the plot with a long winded review.)

Who was your favorite character and why?

What does Jill Redfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

There were times that Nick's voice reminded my of Trey, but when they were in the same scene you could definitely tell the difference. Props to the narrator on her many voices!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh and found myself smiling a lot as I listened to the story.

Any additional comments?

Is it weird that I finished the book today and want to listen to the story all over again?

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  • Teresa
  • 2014-02-12

Beavis never looked so hot.

I loved the first two books in this series and I really liked this one but not quite as well as the first two. I was irritated with both Nick and Shaya because of their lack of communication and they were driving me insane with their stupidity. Of course there has to be some complication to make a book. But other than that the book was great, and I can't wait to see who will be in the next book. Phoenix Pack series will be an instant download for me and now the long wait for the next book commences. This series should be read in order so start with Feral Sins.

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  • Candateshia Pafford
  • 2014-02-16

Better than book 2, not better than book 1

I really liked this one... Although...book 1 was hands down the best of the series so far...

This was way way better than book 2... I felt so sorry for Nick... and I am so glad Shyia didn't take a whole book to get over the fact that Nick didn't claim her... I am glad she left him, he totally deserved it, but she didn't take 3yrs to get over it... She eventually understood why Nick did what he did... It was a great addition to the Phoenix Pack Series...

I so want Dominic to have a book... I hope his true mate is Nick's sister..

Narration was great... I always enjoy listening to Jill Redfield...

Good Credit or Sale..

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  • Stacey Jacobson
  • 2019-04-20

If you like cheating heroines...

I rarely write reviews, and I never write them while still listening to/reading the books, but I just cannot believe that the heroine is as big of a b*tch as she is. I actually really liked Shaya in Spiral of Need, but I can’t believe this is the same character.

This book should come with a warning about it including cheating and punishing someone out of spite. They both know they’re true mates but while he’s trying to prove he’s trustworthy, SHE PURPOSELY GOES OUT WITH ANOTHER GUY. And he still treats her with respect after! He’s a great guy and she treats him like sh*t. And then the next morning she had the nerve to be suspicious of him!

I kinda wish I’d never bought this book because it has totally ruined my perception of a character I really liked in another book.

Otherwise, the narrator is great, like always.

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  • Cam
  • 2014-04-04

Not a gripper for me

I find it difficult to truly express how I feel about this book. It was not bad but it was not a page-turner for me either. A very very soft mixture of BDSM and vanilla sex combined with two very possessive characters was the beginning of a good story that quickly turned flat. Issues were solved and dealt with too easily and as much as I had hoped this book was going to keep me on the edge of my seat, it didn’t.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 2014-03-24

PARANORMAL PERFECTION

A handsome, charismatic, sexy and demanding Alpha were-shifter gives up everything for the chance to right wrongs and finally claim his true mate. Loved it all, the plot, the narrator, the characters, the pack drama, the villains, the twists, the surprises and the very romantic character development that the H/H both take before they can learn to trust each other again.

It was so well-written with snappy dialogue and hot sex scenes that, when I finally got to the end, I was tempted to listen to it all over again.

Worth a credit? Oh boy YES it would have been but for under $10 (what a bargain) I saved my credit for a more costly, but maybe not as enjoyable, book.

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  • Nancy Barry
  • 2019-07-05

Disappointed

Jill Redfield has become my favorite female narrator. Her earlier works such as this one is disappointing compared to her later works in this series. When she can sound like she's really crying, angry, or hear the smile on someone's lips, she's amazing. She did it best in Jesse's and Derren's story. Yes I listened to them out of order.
This story is very disappointing. I really can't believe Suzanne Wright made Shaya out to be such a bitch in this one. Obiously she needed to be weary of Nick, but to do the shit she did was downright just as nasty as the jealous females in all the stories. I really wanted to feel her pain and turmoil, but all I felt was anger towards her. This was one mating I actually didn't want to happen, but obviously I knew it would. I wish Suzanne Wright would revise the first half of this book, because that's how long Shaya was menstrual cramp to us all.
I have to say, the secondary characters made the story. You can't help but look forward to Derren's story, which is one of my favorites in the series.
I also want to say that I absolutely refuse to read/listen to Feral Sins due to the reviews. I can't imagine a dominate wolf like Trey allowing the voyeurism, sharing, orgy, bukhaki bullshit that happened. If I read it, it would have impacted how I felt toward the rest of the pack in their stories. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy erotic novels, but it doesn't fit with the thought processes of a dominate possessive wolf.
That said, I do not recommend Carnal Secrets unless you enjoy disliking the heroine.

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