Feral Sins introduces us to Trey Coleman, Alpha of the newly formed Phoenix Pack, and his chosen fake-mate Taryn Warner. Taryn is a latent (non-shiftiFeral Sins introduces us to Trey Coleman, Alpha of the newly formed Phoenix Pack, and his chosen fake-mate Taryn Warner. Taryn is a latent (non-shifting) Alpha female and the healer of a pack lead by her father. After a forced marking by a jerk, Taryn is approached by Trey and an offer is made. Would she mate with him? This would stop the jerk from mating with Taryn and possibly give him the alliances needed to halt his uncle's challenge and attempt at merging Trey's old pack (his Uncle's current pack) and his new one. Seeing it as a win-win scenario, Taryn accepts his offer.
"Love is giving someone the power to completely destroy you, and hoping that they won't."
What follows is a very well told story of how two people who believe they've each missed out on their once-in-a-lifetime love realize things don't always go as planned. Taryn's way of coping with the hate her latency attracts tends to be either a punch to the nose or a snarky remark, sometimes both. She might not be able to shift, but she's not weak or submissive; she's a strong Alpha female. In fact, she's much stronger than anyone believes.
I loved getting to know these two and all of the members of Trey's pack. I look forward to continuing on with the series and eventually starting Wright's spin-off, Spiral of Need (Mercury Pack #1). I also enjoyed the included snippet of Here Be Sexist Vampires, so I plan to check that series out as well....more
For me, the concept of the world and characters in Black in White was better than the execution of the story itself. I'm obviously sittin' in the minoFor me, the concept of the world and characters in Black in White was better than the execution of the story itself. I'm obviously sittin' in the minority though, as shown by the majority of 4-5 star reviews. This is the first book I've read by J.C. Andrijeski and a few of her writing quirks quickly became pet peeves for me¹. Additionally, I found it a bit hard to swallow the idea that Miri, someone who's "gifted with an uncanny sense about people" with a "peculiar insight", was unable to recognize the bad guy (view spoiler)[ who happened to be her fiancé whom she'd been dating for over a year (hide spoiler)].
I liked most of the characters, the idea of dimensional travel, the push/pull romantic aspects between the two main characters, but the writing ... ah, the writing ... sadly, I'm not a fan. So, I don't think I'll be jumping to buy the next installments. This one, however, was an Amazon freebie earlier this month and continues to be free on Kindle Unlimited, for those interested in checking it out.
Concept: ✮✮✮☆☆ Writing: ✮✮☆☆☆ Full Rating: ✮✮½
¹My Pet Peeves (view spoiler)[ (1) [Loc 473 of 3824/13%] For instance, she repeated certain phrases, such as "I found myself", which was used three times to start four paragraphs in a row.
(2) [Loc 508 of 3824/14%] She also appears to be a big fan of ellipsis (...), which by definition is "the omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from contextual clues." I am too, but I'm not writing a book.
Ellipses are used throughout. For example, "Perhaps you'll accept a raincheck on that particular discussion, doc?" he said. "... After I've finished my business here?" I'm not saying it's an incorrect way to write dialogue because I have no idea either way. But, I am saying it bugged me ... a lot.
(3) [Loc 1609 of 3824/42%] The final issue I had was similar to the first - repetition. This time, instead of repeating the same phrase, she'd rephrase the same sentence in the same paragraph. I stared at the symbol for a few seconds more, maybe just to burn it into my memory. [...] I stared at the spirals long enough to memorize every particular, including the direction of each whorl. Yeah, I got it, you stared and stared some more. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more