FORCE OF TEMPTATION (The Mercury Pack #2)
Published: December 13th 2016 by Montlake Romance
Harley Vincent is resigned to life in the human world. Sure, being a margay shifter is half her nature, but life among humans gives her the freedom to roam and do as she pleases. That is, until anti-shifter extremists target her, putting her life in immediate danger.
When an old acquaintance and onetime fling, Jesse Dalton, shows up to offer the protection of his pack, Harley hesitates. She may have feelings for Jesse that go beyond their one-night stand, but life among shifters means giving over her independence to the needs of pack. Plus Mercury Pack has its own threat to face: a rich half-shifter is determined to claim their territory at any cost.
Jesse, who lost his true mate as a child, has wanted Harley since their night together, and he’s not letting her go again. They may not be destined for each other, but he knows she belongs to him and with his pack. Even if he can convince her to join him now, can he convince her to stay?
“Come with me.”
Force of Temptation is the perfect book for anyone who is a fan of Suzanne Wright. It has humor, strong female characters, pushy Alpha males, and a little bit of danger thrown in. And it is exactly like every other book Wright wrote before.
I have to say, it is pretty easy to get hooked by Wright’s writing. She knows how to use banter in her favor, and once again the dialogues are one of my favorite parts about her books. Harley and Jesse, the main characters, are funny with a little edge to their humor, and they are a pretty entertaining pair. But again, just like every other couple in Wright’s books.
And like every other dominant male, Jesse is pushy and controlling. I had a hard time liking him because of that, and I have to say I pretty much maintained my opinion of him as the story progressed. Harley herself also reminds me of a lot of the other female leads, although I liked her better than Jesse — from her cat to how she doesn’t back down from things.
One thing I love about this book is the non-traditional approach Wright takes to the whole ‘mates’ thing. We get to see two shifters fall in love and get together despite having — or having lost — true mates. It is really nice having that perspective, and seeing that love can exist and grow between two people if they make a choice to be together.
I do have to say, though… I don’t think Wright explored this concept as much as she could have. There is a lot of conflict that can come from a story like that, but nothing is really touched on — aside from Jesse’s history, having lost his true mate. So this book is also a little disappointing in that regard.
Overall, Force of Temptation is enjoyable, but a little tiring when you know how things will turn out. I definitely recommend it for PNR fans, and whoever enjoys shifter romances with dominant male leads and a heroine who takes no shit from anyone.