When He’s Ruthless by Suzanne Wright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The pallas cat and the bush dog!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 😕🙂😖😘
The heroine: Blair Kendrick – she met her mate, Luke Devereaux, when she was twelve years old. They both knew right away that they were mates, and she knew right then and there that there would never be anyone else for her. Her mother fought against the match since Blair and her family are bush dog shifters and Luke is a cat shifter. Her mom knew that meant Blair would one day leave the pack and she did everything she could to make sure that didn’t happen.
The Hero: Luke Devereaux – he is a pallas cat shifter and is part of the Olympus Pride, he is an alpha male but the beta of the pack. He met his mate Blair when she was twelve and he was an adult. He loved her in a platonic way but knew she was his fated mate and told his parents he would claim her when she turned nineteen.
The Story: When Blair was still eighteen, she was being stalked, she told Luke what was going on after someone was murdered and dropped on her doorstep. Luke came and took control of the situation, taking Blair back to join the Olympus pride early to keep her safe. Blair was young but she was more than ready to live with Luke as mates. I liked that she really knew what she wanted and went after it from the start.
This book was told in dual points of view via solo narration. The narration was done by Samantha Cook who did a great job. She has a strong, clear voice and does different voices for different people and uses a different voice for the thoughts than for the speaking voices, so it was easy to tell the difference. I usually don’t even bother to pick up audiobooks unless there is dual or duet narration, but I just love this series so much. It didn’t bother me too much that it was solo narration.
One thing I love about this series (as well as the Phoenix and Mercury Pack series) is that there is always some sort of war or big fight against another group. In this case it was against shifter poachers who catch and kill shifters for their fur, heads, claws and teeth. The side story about the stalker added to the mystery and suspense of the book.
These books are super steamy and all have terrific supporting characters as well. I love that there are so many different types of shifter in each of the packs. I know these have a specific formula, but it is a good one and I just don’t get tired of it. I didn’t like the age difference and the virgin heroine so much, because Suzanne usually has such worldly wise female characters, but even though Blair was a virgin and sheltered within her pack, she wasn’t naïve.
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