Despite having been besotted with Dante Garcea since she was a child, wolf shifter Jaime Farrow figures that it’s time to move past the crush. If he wanted her, he wouldn’t have ignored her flirtatious behavior, right? Hiding her intense attraction to him isn’t easy – especially now that they're part of the same pack again – but with bigger issues to worry about and with the submissive wolf act to maintain, Jaime is resolute on moving forward. Now if only the workaholic control-freak would let her…
As the pack Beta, Dante doesn't have the space or time in his life for a relationship. As such, he ignores his intense hunger for the willful – and sometimes crazy – Jaime. Yet when her flirtations abruptly end, Dante finds that he doesn’t like losing her attention. He finds something else too – Jaime's hiding something. Determined to uncover her secret, he sets out to break through her defenses, even though being around her intensifies his cravings for her. What he finds is a problem that Jaime is convinced not even a powerful Beta can solve.
After three days of nothing more than polite smiles and having Jaime expertly avoid his company and questions, Dante was at a point where he wanted nothing more than to strap Jaime to a chair and torture her secret out of her. He could liken his experiences with Jaime to the act of holding a fish—it was smaller and weaker and therefore should be easy to grab and restrain, but it had a way of slipping out of his grip and going on its merry way.
Whereas in the beginning his motive to uncover her secret had been concern, the whole thing was now more of an obsession. It hadn’t been long before his frustrations had overridden his males-shouldn’t-intimidate-females ethic. And what had she done in response when he demanded that she tell him? Patted him on the head and sang, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” The female was killing him.
Her attempts to avoid him were helped along by how demanding his job was. Still, each afternoon over the past three days he’d turned up at the dog sanctuary to take her to lunch. Each time she had avoided him. The first day he had arrived to find out that she had left early and gone to lunch with Pretty Boy. The second day she had eaten an hour before and was working the afternoon to cover someone else’s shift. Today she had arranged to go for lunch with her female coworkers for one of their birthdays. What could he say to that? It was only later that he wondered whether it truly had been anyone’s birthday. Taking into account Jaime’s sly streak, probably not.
His patience was wearing thin. Too damn thin. Making it worse, he had to watch Dominic flirt like crazy with her all the time. He knew they were just playing and that nothing would come of it, but it pissed off his battered ego just the same. Marcus had picked up on how annoying Dante found it, and his response had been to begin flirting with Jaime, too. And Marcus was good at flirting. He could make even the mated females blush. Jaime was unfortunately no exception. Although she didn’t give Marcus any encouragement, she didn’t discourage him either. Dante’s ego was having a real bad time with it—not to mention his wolf, who had serious issues with both Dominic and Marcus right now.
Increasing Dante’s agitation, she was still driving that tin can of a car every day. Each morning he had instructed her not to take it, she had given him a “whatever you say” look, and then she’d gone and done what the hell she wanted to anyway. In short, there was simply no controlling her. As a person who was used to being obeyed and having his orders respected, Dante didn’t know how to deal with this female.
Likewise, he didn’t know how to deal with the raw cravings he was experiencing or the unfamiliar twinges of possessiveness and jealousy. Furthermore, he was beginning to find her intriguing on a nonsexual level. Dante didn’t do nonsexual levels. He was pissed with both himself and her about the whole thing. So when he saw her unlocking the tin can later that evening, something in him snapped. “Didn’t I tell you not to drive that thing?”
Surprised, Jaime jumped, and slowly turned to face the pain in the ass stalking toward her. She sighed tiredly. “There’s nothing wrong with it.”
“I told you, it’s not safe,” he insisted, coming close. “It’ll be better if someone takes you wherever you’re going and picks you up afterward. In fact, I’ll do it myself.” He gestured to the SUV beside her car. “Come on. Where are you going?”
“It’s really not necessary.”
“Where are you going?”
Shit, that voice. It pulled at her, demanded compliance. As usual, Jaime’s body immediately responded to the dominance that coated it—her pulse went into overdrive and her clit decided hey, what the hell, I will, too. Her need for him beat at her insides, at every defense she had against his raw masculinity. “I’m meeting up with Shawn.” She almost jumped again at his growl. “Dante, you really do need to get over your problem with him.”
She was probably right, but Dante couldn’t. The thought of her with the human had anger ripping through him. Images of Pretty Boy kissing her, touching her, being inside her, were flicking around his head and threatening his legendary self-control— control which had been tested by this female too many times over the past few days.
Making it worse, his wolf was clawing at him, raging at the idea of her and Pretty Boy together. As far as his wolf was concerned, no one else had a right to touch her. Feeling the extent of his wolf’s possessiveness only infuriated Dante more. When it came to Jaime Farrow, he was no more in control of his wolf than he was of her. Currently his fingers were tingling with the need to touch her. He wanted to take that mouth, to plunder it with his tongue just as he wanted to plunder her body with his cock.
Shaking off those thoughts as best he could, Dante scrubbed a hand down his face and switched his focus back to their conversation. “You need to break it off with him.”
She sighed. “This is getting real old and real boring.”
“You can do better than a human anyway.”
“For God’s sake, will you just let it go!”
“You can’t tell me he satisfies you, Jaime. A human can’t give you what you need.”
“He satisfies me just fine. Not that it’s any of your business!” Suddenly everything seemed deadly quiet.
Again, those words did something to him and his wolf. Dante stepped closer and arched a brow. “What was that?” His tone dared her to repeat it.
She should have felt claustrophobic having his big build towering over her, but it strangely sent her horniness level rocketing, which made her even more pissed off. “It’s. None. Of. Your. Business.”
That was when Dante lost all control.
I LOVED Feral Sins so much that I couldn't wait for Dante in Wicked Cravings. Oh...Dante...I just absolutely loved him. Dante and Jamie were perfect together and so much fun to read. Suzanne definitely did not disappoint in delivering another fantastic book. I cannot wait for more!!
Wicked Cravings follows up a couple of months after the end of Feral Sins with Trey and Taryn waiting for the arrival of their baby and how everyone is dealing with the new changes to the pack. This is Dante's story and it is a great one. Dante is a workaholic Beta who is so not interested in finding his true mate because he thinks he will be made to choose between her and his duties to the pack. He is convinced that he can't have both. Jamie and her brother are new additions to the pack but they are both from Dante and Trey's old pack. She has been chasing after Dante since they were kids and up until he left the pack. Jamie doesn't want to find her true mate either but for totally different reasons~that she is determined to keep hidden. She gives up on Dante ever loving her the way she wants after hearing him say that she is not his type. And that is when the fun begins because once she starts ignoring him, he about loses his mind. I think one of the best parts is when Jamie offers to help Dante with his job and making him see that maybe he can have it all.
Wicked Cravings was filled with all the things that I have come to love about Suzanne's writing. Romance, laughter, love, tears, excitement, heartache and incredibly HOT HOT HOT sex!! Her characters pulled me in right from the start and dared me not to fall in love with them!! They were such a fun lovable mix that made the story so entertaining to read. One of my absolute favorites is Dominic~I just love all of his cheesy perverted one liners and I am so looking forward to his book and finding out who his mate is. I was so happy that the rest of my favorites also returned and it was great to get more Trey and Taryn and their new addition. So sweet!! Nick and Shaya broke my heart and I am hoping Suzanne has good things for them in the future. It will be interesting to read if they can work through their differences~well really it is just Nick who has to stop being an asshat!! lol :)
Dante and Jamie were such a great couple. I just loved how Dante was with her. Especially when he finally stopped fighting his feelings for Jamie and worked for their relationship. I loved that he made mistakes but admitted to them and apologized and tried to learn from those mistakes and be a better man for her. *sigh* I also loved how Jamie was able to get Dante to relax more. Their training scenes were so much fun to read and I have to say that I loved Dante's possessiveness and protectiveness with Jamie and that Jamie didn't let him roll over her but stood up to him and fought for what she wanted. These two had some sizzling sex scenes but I loved how they were able to have fun and laugh with each other all while still being smoking hot!! They are definitely a sweet and spicy mix!! I so wanted them to get their HEA.
Just a great story that is definitely in my keeper pile to be reread. Cannot wait for more. 5 out of 5 rating!!
***ARC provided by Suzanne Wright~Thank you so much!!! :)
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