Shaya found her mate at her best friend, Taryn's, mating ceremony and she waits all night for him to claim her. She is devastated when he leaves the celebration without even saying a word. She know that being a submissive wolf is a problem for him since he is an Alpha but he could have at least talked to her about it but instead he makes her life miserable. He doesn't want her but makes it clear no one else can have her. Hurt and tired from the constant rejection she leaves her pack with a plan that keep Nick from finding her even though she is sure he won't even try.
Nick can't believe Shaya ran from him and although her pack won't tell him her where she is, he will find her and when he does she will never run again. That is once he convinces her he is in it for the forever and not just to make her life miserable.
I have to say the out of the whole series I think that Shaya is my favorite character because she maybe a submissive but she has the heart and courage of an Alpha. As for Nick, I know his heart was in the right place and the he really wants his mate but he should never have put her through all that emotional torture to begin with so he deserved the baseball bat to the head. The character that you love to hate in Carnal Secrets is Amber and boy will you hate the two faced bitch from hell, who should have her healer's license revoked.
The bedroom scenes were not I steamy or detailed as I expected them to be with Nick being an Alpha male but there was definitely some 'rockin' don't come a nockin' moments they just didn't leave me wanting a cold shower.
I really loved Carnal Secrets story line and sub plots, it made for a very busy as well as entertaining read so I really think this particular book in the series is officially my absolute favorite for the series. I also think it deserves the five star rating it will get.
“I’m not pissed at you—although I’ve visualized you sliding down a barbed-wire banister a couple of times.”--Shaya
“Claim me? Now there’s a fucking joke. I’d rather French kiss a goddamn barracuda than mate with you!”--Shaya
I look forward to reading Dark Instincts, the 4th book in the series..
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A pack Alpha and his estranged, true mate wrestle with painful secrets, ruthless enemies, and their own irresistible attraction, in the sexy third book of the Phoenix Pack series.
Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong.
Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would ultimately leave her with a burden rather than a mate. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he’d never seen before.
Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac.