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When He’s Dark (Olympus Pride #1) by Suzanne Wright @TantorAudio #2021AudiobookChallenge @suz_wright

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Hello, my lovelies. Today, I want to share my thoughts about When He’s Dark by Suzanne Wright read by Samantha Cook. The first audiobook in her new paranormal romance series, Olympus Pride. My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Audio, for the free audiobook in exchange for my candid review.

What’s When He’s Dark about?

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When He’s Dark (Olympus Pride #1) by Suzanne Wright @TantorAudio #2021AudiobookChallenge @suz_wrightMy Rating:
Title: When He’s Dark by Suzanne Wright
Series: Olympus Pride #1
Published by Tantor Audio on 21 July, 2020
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult Paranormal Romance, Fiction, Paranormal, Shifters, Thriller
Narrator: Samantha Cook
Length: 12 hours 51 minutes
No. of Pages: 278

Cat shifter Bree Dwyer doesn't fear much. Ironically, what she fears most is the person who was put on the Earth just for her. Your true mate wasn't supposed to be cruel and twisted; wasn't supposed to be someone who’d never love or want to claim you. The rumors that her true mate is dead bring her only relief. Bree's intent on moving forward with her life and building a future with someone else. Sadly, the male she wants most is one she can never have—a hot-as-sin wolverine shifter who happens to be her boss … and the cousin of her predestined mate.

Aleksandr “Alex” Devereaux detests being bullshitted, but he’s been lying to himself for years—pretending he thinks of Bree as extended family; that he doesn't want her so bad he aches with it; that he can't feel himself weakening against her pull. The night they spend together changes everything. He's done fighting himself on what he wants. Someone isn't happy about that. Possibly the same 'someone' who's playing mind games with Bree, trying to scare her. They're succeeding, because too many leads point to the possibility that the culprit could be the one person that she's determined to believe is dead.


Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository*

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Listened To: 5th – 11th July 2021


What did I think about When He’s Dark?

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A Thrilling Start To This New Series.

Suzanne Wright has become one of my favourite authors since meeting her at RARE19 in London.

I love Suzanne’s writing style, the pace she set for her stories and the gripping plot lines. The characters she creates are complex souls that exhibited all the traits that I crave. Sometimes the villains aren’t as evil as they seem. 😉 The multi-species world that she has created for this and other series feels fresh and new, while still being totally credible.

Samantha Cook is a new-to-me narrator

I enjoyed the pace at which Samantha read this story and the variation that she brought to the different scenes. Samantha’s performance encapsulated Bree, whose personality shone through in the dialogue and the narrative. Her male voices were also distinctive enough that I didn’t get confused as to who was talking. Samantha transported me into the story and brought the characters to life.

While we’re talking about the characters…

Bree exhibited many of the personality traits that I want protagonists to have. She’s intelligent, resilient, resourceful, self-reliant and she definitely has plenty of gumption. I really enjoyed the way she handled the situations she was thrown into during this story. Alex is an all-or-nothing kind of guy. He frustrated the hell out of me at times during this story. However, Suzanne loves catching me off-guard and I was soon cheering him on.

When He’s Dark made me feel so many emotions!

I did growl like a wild woman at times in frustration and anger. Shedding a tear or two when things got too awful or damn romantic for words. However, the banter and humour throughout this story meant that I often had a soppy smile on my face or was chuckling out loud. 😉

Content Warning:

This book has sexual scenes, violence, colourful vocabulary and expletives throughout the story. Therefore, I’d only recommend it to adults who are not offended by content of this sort.

When He’s Dark was a bloody good audiobook. I’d recommend it to adults who love stories about kickass heroines and the alphas who earn their love. Especially paranormal romance fans who love gritty storylines and psychological thrillers.

Keep reading to find out more about Suzanne Wright. But first, here’s the information about the Olympus Pride series.

Olympus Pride series by Suzanne Wright

If you’ve read the Phoenix Pack or The Mercury Pack Series, you may be familiar with the Olympus Pride. They featured briefly in Echoes of Fire (Madisyn and Bracken’s story) and then again in Untamed Delights (Mila and Dominic’s story). Mila has a twin brother, Alex, from the Olympus Pride. WHEN HE’S DARK is Alex’s story, and I had an absolute ball writing it.

In terms of the timeline, it takes place sometime after the eight-years-later epilogues in Untamed Delights and Shards of Frost. The Phoenix and Mercury characters will feature in the new series–sometimes they’ll have brief cameos, other times they’ll be significant to the storyline somehow.

Books in the Series

  • When He’s Dark (The Olympus Pride #1) (2020)
  • When He’s An Alpha (The Olympus Pride #2) (2021)
  • When He’s Sinful (The Olympus Pride #3) (expected 2022)

Buy any of these in audio, print or ebook from the usual places, including:

Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository*


And now, as promised, here’s Suzanne’s bio.

About Suzanne Wright

Author - Suzanne Wright

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing something, whether it was stories, poems, or even songs – though I can’t carry a tune. I only have one rule when I’m writing a book which is that it has to have a happy ending. Other than that, pretty much anything goes. I write stories that I would enjoy reading and then I just hope that others will enjoy them too.

I was born and raised in England where I live with my husband (a person who doesn’t judge me for hearing voices in my head – how often do you come across people like that?), and my two demanding children.

As this is a review for an audiobook, it’s only right that I share the narrator’s information too.

About Samantha Cook

Narrator - Samantha Cook

Samantha Cook is a child of two lands: England and America. Her English-born father was a classically trained actor and her mother an American ballet dancer. Samantha embraced the nomadic lifestyle of her parents' world tours, and when she isn't at home in Los Angeles narrating, Samantha is sipping espresso in cafés in the most exotic and seductive cities in the world, from Paris to Rio to Sydney and beyond.

Samantha has narrated romance and erotica audiobooks for several major audio publishers, including Blackstone, Harlequin, Audible, Podium and Insatiable.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts about When He’s Dark. Have you got any of Suzanne’s titles in your library? What about audiobooks read by Samantha Cook? Drop me a comment below so we can chat all things bookish!

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Suzanne Wright is on my Favourite Authors’ Page because of this series. Before you go, check out all the other amazing authors I’ve listed. Is YOUR favourite among them?

Bye for now,

Flora x

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About Me

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(4) Comments

  1. WendyW says:

    Isn’t it great when you find a new series that you just love! I’m so glad you enjoyed this. It looks exciting!

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Wendy. You’re right, finding a new series to immerse in is the best!

  2. I adore Suzanne Wrights books! She is one author I always hit the pre-order button for! Loved the review, we have similar tastes so I can see me finding lots of new books through you 🙂 I’ll use links when possible

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks, Alice. Always happy to add to TBR piles!

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