Dark Instincts Audiobook by Suzanne Wright (REVIEW)

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Review of: Dark Instincts Audiobook by Suzanne Wright

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On April 13, 2015
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Dark Instincts Audiobook

By: Suzanne Wright

Narrated by: Jill Redfield

Published by: Brilliance Audio 04/07/2015

Dark Instincts Audioobok


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Phoenix Pack Series # 4

11 hrs and 11 mins

Whispersync for Voice-ready

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Dark Instincts Audiobook Sample

Dark Instincts

4 Hearts
Melanie S.

This is a series that I’ve enjoyed on audio since I listened to book one a few years ago. I love the trash talking humor, the kickass heroines and the heroes who are very alpha. So far, we’ve seen heroes and heroines with damaged pasts. This one is no different.

Roni is Nick’s sister and part of the Mercury Pack. As the sister of the alpha, her brother is very protective. Add in her past, and that makes him even more protective of her. Roni’s mother is quite the bitch. She doesn’t like that Roni is an enforcer and a tomboy. Roni also has a very tragic past, that she has hidden from most people, even her closest friends.

Marcus is an enforcer for the Phoenix Pack. He is a huge flirt. He has a history of “lovin’ em and leavin’ em”. He has a thing for food. He is always hungry and he doesn’t like to share, even with his mate. It was funny to see him so protective of his food and Roni’s need to eat off his plate.

Dark Instincts starts off when Taryn, Shaya, Roni and some others were in a car wreck. The wreck was no accident. Jackals try to steal Taryn and Trey’s son. The Mercury and Phoenix packs join forces to investigate and retaliate against whoever attempted to steal the child of one alpha and put the unborn child of the other alpha at risk. It was some pretty sick things that shifters do to each other in this black market business.

One of the best parts of this book. Roni’s relationship with Greta, Trey’s grandmother. She is very protective of all the boys in the pack. She thinks no one is good enough for them. She continues to berate the the girls, even after they are mated. I mean, Taryn gave her a granddaughter and the are still at each other’s throats.

“If I wanted you to know, I’d had said it loudly.”

The old woman humphed. “It’s rude to whisper, but I wouldn’t expect anything different from you. No manners”

“Are we back to this again? As you can see, you complaints are very important to us at Still Not Giving a Fuck World”

Roni does win over Greta to the amazement of Taryn. Greta is still one of my favorite characters in this series.

I do enjoy this series. It is written in third person. One thing that does annoy me a little, is it seems like we jump back and forth between POVs a lot. This is common throughout series, so if you’ve read/listened to the other books, this will be nothing new to you. The story is hot. The world is very well built and the characters are wonderful. Dark Instincts is full of humor, which really lightens the dark investigations that the two packs are doing. I do love the crude humor, which was exactly what I was needing at the time.

Dark Instincts Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts
Grey earphones

I love the narration of this series. Jill Redfield always does a phenomenal job with the sarcasm that is present in the Phoenix Pack series. The passion both in the sex scenes and the non-sex scenes.

There are some pretty emotional scenes in this one and Redfield nails them. I’ve read some reviews where people have a hard time keeping track of who POV while reading, I think the narration really helps with this, because I didn’t have this issue.

Author Suzanne WrightSuzanne Wright lives in England with her husband, two children, and her bulldog. When she’s not spending time with her family, she’s writing, reading, or doing her version of housework – sweeping the house with a look.

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Narrator Jill Redfield

Narrator Jill Redfield broke into the Audiobook scene with big success with  Silvia Days’ Crossfire Series. Since then, she has also narrated other successful series like, Phoenix Pack.  Her level of expertise leads me to believe this a pseudonymous …I’ll keep searching! Until now I haven’t come across with a similar voice in all my romance listens. It could be that she narrates other genres besides romance.


I’d like to thank Brilliance Audio for providing me with a copy of this Audiobook in exchange for an honest review

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ML Simmons Reviewer

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Oooh I <3 weres! Checked out the little sample audiobook and the narrator sounds like one I'd enjoy. Yall are enablers, but I love it. Will have to check this one out 🙂

    • I do love this author and narrator combination. I’m glad to be an enabler. LOL 🙂

  2. Hmmmm sounds fun, but I have to agree the thrid person narratives that switch all the time would bother me a bit as well.

    • This series is a lot of fun. I really enjoy it. The narration does help the fact that we switch back and forth between everyone’s POV.

  3. I think I will enjoy granny a lot! I love protective family members, they make me awww

    • Ol’ Greta is a little mean when she is protective. She calls the alpha female a “hussy”. Taryn does hold her own with Greta. Their banter is very funny.

  4. I wonder who will be next. I’d like to see Towel (I’m pretty sure his name is spelled different. LOL) get a book. Oh and the perv that has the cheesy lines. I can’t think of his name at the moment.

    I live Jill Redfield. If I didn’t like her narration so much I would have missed out on this series.

    • Dominic. Yes, I would like to see his book. He would have to have a woman would could sling right back at him. I also agree that Jill Redfield really helps make the series. I started off on audio, but I can’t imagine that they are nearly as good when you read.

  5. Another series that I haven’t touched, but is on the wish list. The humor shines through and the characters are colorful the way you describe them. Looks like I need to get busy on these.

    • I think you would really enjoy this series Sophia. Too many series, too little time. 🙂

  6. Oh I really enjoyed the 3 first books and I wanted to ask for it on NG but I was so late with my books so in the end I couldn’t do that. In any case, it’s great to see it’s a good one! I want to read it now. I think I’ll wait for it to be in French now so I can ask for it lol (and like that it will match the ones I have). Great review!

    • I like to keep mine all in the same format, too. If I start something on audio, I will usually stick with it that way. I only have one language, but I would think I would want to stay with the original language if I could read in multiples. I hope you enjoy.

  7. I really liked this book a lot. I still need to read books 2 and 3. And you are right, Greta is probably one the best characters in this series-at least from a humor standpoint 🙂

    • I love Greta, but would probably hate her if I had to deal with her in real life. I think that might be the case with several characters. I find them fun on paper, but in real life, would find tiresome. There are other characters that I would love to spend real life time with. 🙂

  8. Thanks for the great review. I’m a huge fan of the genre!

    • I can never have too many shifters in my life, no matter the flavor. I do go back and forth between the big cats and the wolves. Lately, I’ve been enjoying bears. 🙂

    • I agree. I’ve had great books ruin by the wrong narrators (not always bad, but just not the right fit for the story) and I’ve had books that would’ve DNF if it weren’t for the narrator.

  9. I think point of view switches would be difficult to handle when listening to an audiobook. Glad you liked this one though!

    • For me, I thought it was easier. The narration helped me keep track of whose head I was in at the time. I don’t know if it would be as easy reading, I’ve only listened to this series. It’s a lot of fun.

  10. Ohhhh! I didn’t realize she had a new book out – I really like this series! Glad to see you liked this one.

    • This one just came out last week, I think?? So you aren’t too far behind. I know that happens to me all the time. I see a review and didn’t even know a book was coming out. There are just too many good authors to keep track of all their release schedules. 🙂

  11. Oh, this seems like my type of a read, adding it! Thanks for sharing!


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