• Spiral of Need

  • Mercury Pack, Book 1
  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (3,354 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ally Marshall isn't just a wolf shifter - she's a Seer. But a girl doesn't exactly need special powers to know that Derren Hudson despises her entire kind. Disdain practically rolls off the Beta of the Mercury Pack... disdain mixed with a healthy dose of desire. And no matter how much the ruggedly handsome male appeals to her, this is one call of the wild she's determined to ignore.

After one betrayal too many, Derren doesn't have much use for Seers - except for Ally. Forced into acting as her protector, he finds himself intensely and passionately drawn to the woman who incites his primal instinct to claim. And when enemies target the pack, Ally's gift may be just what the Mercury Pack needs. Can he put his distrust aside, or will he force himself to turn his back on the one woman who makes his inner beast howl?

©2015 Suzanne Wright (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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FULL OF ACTION, HEAT & GRRREAT CHARACTERS

After Zeke finds his true mate his long-time lover Seer Ally happily moves aside but her life becomes a living Hell because of the petty jealousies, vicious set-ups and pack manipulation caused by his mate. Ally is a strong female and can handle herself and all the trouble and she walks away from conflict every time but she's reaching her limit of bullshit and she knows it's time to leave.... but where to? Ally's very good and powerful friend Cain secretly hears about the trouble even though he is in prison and calls in a favor from someone who owes him one.... the broody, unsociable and yet loyal Beta from the Mercury pack.

Darren hates Seers and so too does most of the pack (for differing reasons) but he'd given his word and he can't go back on it even though he's tempted but as soon as he sees Ally his wolf sits up and takes notice. Oh, they both fight their attraction but the animal instinct wins over. They both think they can keep their relationship at just sex because misunderstandings are there from the start so they never suspect they will eventually become fierce, loving and protective true mates. But this is what happens..... especially when Ally's abilities as Seer saves lives, when her kickass no nonsense attitude is respected and when the sex brings them closer together.

With lots of different pack action as Ally settles in, there's murder and kidnapping attempts, bloodshed as fur fangs and claws come out and lots of suspicion as to who and why the drama is focused on the members of the Mercury pack. Also Zeke's bitchy mate isn't anywhere near finished with her deadly plans. As with SW's other Shifter books the sex scenes are great and the Hero is a dirty mouthed Alpha type who knows what he wants and loves and fiercely protects it when he gets it.... because nothing stands in his way (and don't you just love em).

Worth a credit? Dual POV's, addictive sexy and action-packed storyline and a great narrator who brought all the scenes and all the many characters to life which made a good book into an awesome listen. It would've been worth a credit but no need to spend one as I just buy books that are under $10 and save the credit for a more expensive (but maybe not as enjoyable) listen.

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Seriously over the top

Would you try another book from Suzanne Wright and/or Jill Redfield?

I don't think so. I've tried 3 times already.

What could Suzanne Wright have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The last 3 books I've heard are starting to sound exactly the same...the dialogue, action, sex... The characters behave & communicate the same no matter who it is, so really they all could have just been one person. Also, the dialogue between characters is super weak and only focuses on raunchy sex-and not that I'm opposed to a well written, descriptive scene-but Suzanne's scenes are just...well trashy.

I don't know what she could have done beside scrap the book and start over.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I don't really know if Jill did anything wrong as she just tried to work with what was given butt it did make me not want to hear her whining ever again.

Was Spiral of Need worth the listening time?

Absolutely not. Unfortunately, I was on a roadtrip and was stuck listening to this.

Any additional comments?

I don't recommend this book at all, unless you like a book with no point or substance.

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Drama is Such a Turn off!

This books is filled with 'skanks', bi***es, jealous spiteful women--ALL quotes from the book. This is how the women talk about other women. I love Suzanne Wright. This was just not very sexy. The drama between the women was more important than almost getting murdered. On top of that alpha's talking to other alphas rudely, the inability of wolves to understand each other, or even intuit lies makes no sense.

Worst line, "I'm an Alpha and you're a Beta. That means I am more." How do packs let other people walk onto their land and challenge pack members.

The sex was great and energetic and hot, and the price was great! Just not enough to counteract the lack of a good quality story.

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Good Story, but the sex was a bit overboard.

I liked this story, the characters and the story line and plot. However, the sex was bit much. The dominating during the sex was a bit much. I would have liked it more had the sex scenes been a bit less frequent.

I liked Ally, she was a strong character. Had some good sarcastic lines that made me LOL.
I liked Derren too, he was also a strong character.

The story line and plot was very good. I liked the crazy female alphas causing all the problems instead of it being males causing the problems. That was a nice change.

There was lots and lots of great dialogue (minus during the sex scenes) throughout the entire book. I love lots of dialogue.

There was nothing at all romantic about the sex scenes. I am no prude but really? calm it down Suzanne Wright. Not necessary to put such graphic, unromantic, crude talking sex scenes in a story. This book would have been 5 stars had the sex been a bit more romantic and less frequent.

As for the narration. I was pretty good. She did make the men sound like men. Most everyone had their own distinct voice and her reading voice was nice. She did read with emotion too. I would listen to her again. This was my first time listening to this narrator. Good job Jill Redfield.

I did get this as a free read with my KU subscription and audible for 1.99 so it was a great deal.

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Smart Steamy Story @ $7.34 A Bargain

Ally Marshal isn't just having a bad day. She's having a bad year. Ever since her last boyfriend found his true mate, Ally has been treated to the cold shoulder by the entire shifter pack. All because Zeke's mate is an insecure, jealous bitch. When Ally is accused of attempting to kill the woman she's ready to sprint, except, that would be running, and Ally doesn't run. Not anymore than she attacks from behind.

Derren can't believe what he just agreed to. Yes, Cain is an old friend, but...accepting a seer into the Mercury pack, even on a temporary basis, is sheer lunacy. Not only does he have issues. The whole pack has issues with Seers after one of them lied to their pack about her mating, attempting to keep the man for herself. But Derren owes the man, and he always pays his debts.

The chemistry is instant when Derren and Ally meet. She's used to her special ability making life difficult for her, but this pack...her skin itches and burns at the amount of barely suppressed anger and mistrust present. Except for the massive Beta, Derren. He's prickly and hot. Ally vows to stay in her own lodge until Cain comes to pick her up. The pack is leery of angering her adopted brother, and if they want to assume he's her mate, so much the better.

Ally is a strong female character. The heat that builds between her and Derren is unmistakable and the events that follow realistic inside the world Wright has given us. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next Mercury Pack tale.

Jill Redfield was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

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Awesome Shifter Story!

This was another great shifter story by Suzanne Wright. The Mercury pack is basically a spin off of the Phoenix Pack which was a really hot! I look forward to the next one in the series!

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✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

Another great book by this Author! I love this world she has built and was so happy to see so many characters from the Phoenix Pack make an appearance here! Ally is a seriously tough girl and Derren is super dominant and sexy! I love their banter and their relationship all around. Can't wait for the next book!

The narration was really good also!

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Narrator pulled off some cheesy lines!!

Although not my main genre of interest, I like a good romance book every now and then but this one didn't sit right with me. The story has a lot of good points but the empty sex scenes (and there are a lot of them) didn't say romance to me. It said would be rapist with willing victim, which didn't make sense considering the male lead's past. After the first few times, I got sick of listening to cringe-worthy lines and hit fast forward. "Oh, you know you like it."

And I wish the author would've used a better term of endearment other than 'baby'. Who knows, maybe I fast forwarded over the couple sharing real loving moments instead of ripped from a cheesy porn video dialogue. I've read a few books over the years that have made me blush or fan myself but the scenes here made me just want to zip my cardigan closed tight and hit fast forward.

Although generic in nature (every guy is hot, hot, hot), the scenes (when everyone has their clothes on) are the good kind of generic and made me smile, laugh, grow indignant and so forth so I felt for the characters, to a degree. If you either don't mind masochistic bed habits or don't mind skipping whole chapters, then you might enjoy this book...This is just not a series for me.

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Same ol' stuff

Same storyline as all of the phoenix pack series. Brooding male with a secret in his past, spunky female with a secret in her past. She has a thing for jerks who refuse orgasms as punishment. A few issues with other characters to even things out, and there you have it.
Amazing narrator in Jill Redfield no matter what the story she's reading.

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Sort of Phoenix pack, and still great!

If you are a fan of the Phoenix pack you will see many of the Phoenix pack in this book, and the same old good feelings apply!

Ally's current pack has turned against her, through no fault of her own. Sure, she was seeing the Betta of the pack but when he found his true mate she backed off...just wish the she devil of a mate had left it at that, but OH NO, she had to start the Ally is Jealous of me and Zeke campaign that played on and on until the whole pack thought she was pathetic. Being viewed as pathetic is not a great situation for a a Dominant Wolf to be in, her old psychopathic friend Cain discovered her problem and sent in an old Wolf Friend from Juvey that owed him a favor. The bad thing is he and his entire pack had been duped by a Seer and they don't particularly like them...oh well, open hostility from strangers is better than open hostility from people she use to call friends!

Great series, great characters, highly recommended!

I'd say great for credit/sale/buy...but at $7.34 just buy the book and save the credit.

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  • Saluki Selfie
  • 12-30-16

MERCURY BOOK 1

Would you listen to Spiral of Need again? Why?

THIS A GOOD STORY FROM BEGINNING TO END

What other book might you compare Spiral of Need to, and why?

AS THIS IS A SPIN OFF SERIES FROM THE PHOENIX PACK YES I WOULD READ ANY OF THE BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR

What about Jill Redfield’s performance did you like?

SHE MAKES THE CHARACTERS COMES TO LIFE

Any additional comments?

I HAVE ALL OF THE PHOENIX PACK BOOKS AND I HAVE THE FIRST TWO FROM THE MERCURY SERIES. AM LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE BOOKS

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  • Olive oil
  • 02-22-16

good book

very good easy listening.allowed my imagination to work and well written it is what it says on the tin

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  • Grandma Julie
  • 01-31-16

I really enjoyed this performance

I found the way the Characters blended together to make the story believable. I would definitely want to read other books by Suzanne Wright.

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  • s manning
  • 03-18-17

Great book

loved this story will be looking for more of her books to read. The content was very adult so some people may not like it. It was a brill werewole story. can't wait to read more.

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  • Farnham_red
  • 07-25-16

pretty much as expected same as Phoenix pack

Would you listen to Spiral of Need again? Why?

Probably not though I enjoyed listening to this It's too similar to other books in the series I wouldn't have a problem to listen again if it was all I had available

If you’ve listened to books by Suzanne Wright before, how does this one compare?

Yes and its a variation on the same formula as in the previous books. It probably works as a stand alone book but is probably better read in sequence ie after the Phoenix pack book 4.

If you haven't read them - Read Feral Sins first, its a better book! It also introduces some of the characters. Most of the rest arrive in books 2 to 4.

The story is very predicable - brooding male and feisty female thrown together against their will, both have issues to work through. There is the usual combination of dangerous situations and bedroom action sticking to the same formula as the other books.
Its fairly obvious what is going to happen before even the first chapter is done with characters clearly defined as good or bad - its really just an enjoyable romp.

Bedroom scenes better listened to with headphones or the car windows closed to avoid embarrassment !

Have you listened to any of Jill Redfield’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Jill Redfield does her usual good job, but some of the characters do sound the same as the others. She really brings the books to life though. I am sure they are better with Jill's narration than just reading the printed version

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  • Jo
  • 10-27-15

Predictable and same as all others

I'm sad that I didn't enjoy this book. I was expecting great things as I'm a big fan of this author. I guessed the book ending pretty early on and it was pretty boring from then. Sex scenes always better than usual authors but again they could be pretty much lifted out of each book in the series.
I feel this was a waste of money to be honest :(

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  • ainekel
  • 08-29-22

Mercury Pack

Great stories which link well with the Phoenix Pack books. Love how I have been able to just start this series after the previous books.

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  • Samantha
  • 07-24-22

5*

Prejudice against her kind wasn't enough to deny their explosive chemistry. The resulting explosive story is well worth a read!

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  • Antoinette hill
  • 05-01-22

amazing

really well written and read very well. helped to get in to the book quickly

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  • NS Khan
  • 06-06-21

First time

This was my first time listening to a fantasy/romance book.. I loved it.. Suzanne Wright wrote it amazingly well.. And Jill Redfield puts life into the characters.. After listening to her narrate Silvia Day’s crossfire series I really wanted to listen to her narrate again and that’s how I found this series.. Now going to listen to the next book in the series..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-19

Overused Jill Redfield

This is the 9th book of this author I have listened to and all have been performed by Jill Redfield. Jill does a good job and I enjoy listening to her, however it makes the stories all feel the same.
It has made it fell like the author has written the same book and just changed the names.

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  • Jamoz23
  • 08-22-19

Great Narration.

Great Narration.
Read through KU whilst also flicking and listening to the audible version too. What a great idea to Read and Listen. Very handy using my headphones when doing stuff around the house. I don’t lose the flow of the story.
Will be buying all the audible books over time.
I have to say the narrator for this book was one of the best with an enjoyable narration. Lots of inflections and I could tell most of the characters apart.
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3.5 stars. Ally's attitude was brilliant.
I didn’t realise I had read this author before until writing this review.
Have only read book one of the Phoenix pack yet so not up on who everyone is but I still enjoyed this.
Pleasant read that whiled away an evening at home.
Ally was smart, kickass and likeable. Her attitude was just so feisty. I just wish she had been given more vindication and apology from her old pack. I felt she was not given the grovelling apology she deserved.
Derren was okay once he got his head on straight.
The idiocy with the female Beta from the old pack was fun and loved how it played out, though I did feel sorry for Zeke. Hopefully he may get a good mate one day.
Did like the fact there was no mucking around, punishment was dealt with swiftly.
I am going to read the rest of the Phoenix Pack then come back to this series.

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  • Narny
  • 01-01-19

Mercury Pack

Really enjoyed this story. It keeps you engrossed although the book. The narrator is not bad.

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  • karen grave
  • 12-18-17

Suzanne you've done it again.

its great to see that not only dominant females are heroines but adversaries as well. Would love to see Kanes mate and their story come to life under your fingertips.
you make me want to write again. ..thankyou

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  • Candice McNab
  • 10-16-17

Great book loved it from start to finish

great book from start to finish. had me laughing out loud at scenes and smokin hot at others.

my only problem is occasionally the audio seems to skip some words.

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  • Imee-B
  • 08-06-17

****Wow****

omg this is my first Suzanne Wright's book and yes i know i should have started on the Phoenix pack and i will asap.
This book is utterly fantastic that i am speechless woah, incredible and the sizzling sex scence made my toes curl (sighs). Jill Redfield you are the reason why i bought this book and i am not disappointed, you are magnificent, you took me with you, i felt all the characters emotions through you. thank you xx

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  • jaydenchris
  • 01-07-17

swearing

Story was okay, but the use of excessive swearing was a bit much to put up with.

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