Savage Urges (The Phoenix Pack, #5) by Suzanne Wright

Savage Urges: Phoenix Pack, Book 5 - -Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged-, Suzanne  Wright, Jill  Redfield

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


The Phoenix Pack is a series that I’ve loved since listening to the first book, Feral Sins, years ago. I love the humor and snark that fill the pages. The women tend to be very snarky and take no crap, even if they are not the most alpha of the pack. The men do tend to be a little over dominate, which is a little irritating to me, but overall, I still enjoy them. Then there is Greta, the pack alpha’s grandmother who hates all the females. She thinks they are all “hussies” and not good enough for “her boys”. The stories tend to be fun.


In this story, we have Makenna Wray, a lone wolf who works at shelter for other lone shifters. She helps to find new packs for these loners. She tries to find homes with some family tie. In the case of Zac, a fourteen year old boy who ran away from an abusive pack, she finds Ryan from the Phoenix Pack.


Ryan is not known for his communication skills. He is quite the brooder who speaks more in grunts than actual words. Ryan and Makenna work together to make Zac comfortable and want to join the Phoenix Pack, though Zac is very concerned that his old pack is still looking for him. He doesn’t want to bring trouble to his newfound relatives.


There is also an issue with another alpha who wants to take control of the land that the shelter sits on. He is not a good man with horrible reasons for wanting access to the shelter. He has a creepy mother who isn’t helping matters. Threats to the residents and the people who run the shelter make up a large part of the story too.


While I was not a huge fan of the romance between Makenna and Ryan, I just thought that they made mountains out of mole hills between the two of them. I did love the story about Zac and the shelter. I loved learning more about the loners. We also got to see other shifters besides just wolves (I believe it is the first time we’ve seen anything besides wolves in this series). I liked action going on with the other alpha (though he was a horrible man). I loved watching the Phoenix Pack fight him.


This was a good addition to the Phoenix Pack series. It is still full of humor, even as this story tackled darker stories than what we’ve seen in the past. There wasn’t as much of the silly dirty jokes from Dominc. I really missed them. I’m getting a little sick of Greta. At some point, she has to give it up. She hates on girls before she even meets them. All in all, I did enjoy the series. It is full of humor, action, lots of sex (this is one of my more sex filled PNR series). A fun series. I do recommend it.

“Everything ok here?”
Ryan grunted urging her with a hand on her lower back.
“He thinks you should mind your own business,” Makenna told the Beta,translating the grunt.
Dominic cocked his head. “You understand his grunts?”
She lifted her chin. “I thought it was crystal clear.”
Dominic turned to Ryan. “Marry her.”
Ryan grunted again before heading for the door.
“What did he say?” Dominic asked her.
“Fuck off,” she translated.

“Trey cocked one brow at her. “Do I not get a say in this?”
She patted his arm. “Of course you do. Just note that if your opinion is different from mine, it will be disregarded.”


I’ve been listening to this series from the beginning. I love Jill Redfield’s narration of this series. I think she doesn’t a great job. Everything from the male voices, to the children to cranky ol’ Greta. I can’t imagine reading this series, as opposed to listening to it. I feel that Redfield’s narration really adds to the story for me.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.