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Review and Giveaway: Primal Law

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Primal Law
Author: J. D. Tyler  
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Signet
Alpha Pack series #1
ISBN: #978-0451234346
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

      Founded by a group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers tasked with eliminating the most dangerous predators in the world. But the gift of their abilities comes at a price…
      After a massacre decimates half his team and leaves him crippled, Jaxon Law must relearn how to fight—and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when he rescues a beautiful woman who reawakens his primal instincts, Jax is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead.
      On the run from her employer, brilliant lab assistant Kira Locke has evidence that leads the Alpha Pack on a hunt for someone targeting human civilians with Psy abilities. And as Jax and Kira circle both the killer and each other, Jax will have to decide if the deep connection he feels with Kira is worth breaking the ultimate shifter rule—because bonding with Kira means putting his abilities at risk, and they might be the only tools he has to keep his mate alive… 

What G & U are talking about:

      Primal Law is the debut novel in the Alpha Pack series by J.D. Tyler.  Gikany and Una had much discussion over this book and hope you enjoy our following review.
      Una enjoyed Primal Law.  She considers it up there with her other guilty pleasures (Lora Leigh’s Breeds series and J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood).  For her, this is what she considers romantic-fluff fun.  It’s urban fantasy with a ribbon of romance running through it.  Oh, and don’t forget… lots of smexy moments, hot smexy moments are not missing in this story.  However, Gikany is right…there are a few issues…but for Una, they didn’t detract from her overall enjoyment of the novel (in fact, it was difficult for her to put down).
      This is the first book in a series and like most, due to world-building and introducing all the main players, the overall story arc suffers.  Gikany wishes the author started the story with the team being changed in Afghanistan versus starting with the team’s betrayal which occurs years later (six months prior to where the main storyline begins).  Una wonders if maybe the author is holding this back to use as a flashback for a subsequent novel.  However it would have helped the world-building to have included it in Primal Law.  It also has moments that are just too “easy”.  To hire someone you have known for five minutes is a little far-fetched…regardless of your pre-cognitive abilities.  Not to mention, you can cure depression with a five minute conversation and a hug.  Again, this is why Una classifies it as fluff.  There are unrealistic moments that have a tendency to be major plot points.
      Una was at first reluctant to read this since it felt a bit similar (from the book blurb) to the Breeds series but it is in fact different.  The mythology and characteristics of the shifters is vastly different and Primal Law has a very different feel to it.  Gikany isn’t a fan of Breeds (but is hooked on BDB).  We do agree that it doesn’t quite qualify as erotica, though it tries, but it is more explicit than just romance.  As an urban fantasy it doesn’t measure up with our favorite series, however, it was enjoyable.  Gikany had more trouble with the jarring (unrealistic) moments disrupting her enjoyment of the novel.  Una had an easier time flowing over those.
      Gikany will most likely read the next novel because Una is interested.  Also, you can’t (usually) judge a series by the first novel so we tend to read the second book just in case.  We (at least Una) look forward to reading the next book in the new Alpha Pack series, Savage Awakening due out April 2012.  If you are interested in a fun, fluffy new urban fantasy series, give Primal Law a chance.

Their Rating:

Liked it a lot – recommend (B+)
 
 
GIVEAWAY: We are giving away one (1) copy of Primal Law by J. D. Tyler starting today.  All you need to do is leave a comment at the end of this post to enter. You do not need to be a GFC Blog Follower, but it is appreciated. Contest is open to United States mailing addresses only. Contest runs until Friday August 12, 2011 at 9:00 PM EDT. If your email is not part of your profile, please leave it so I may contact the winner.  One entry per person. One (1) winner will be selected from eligible entries using random.org. I am not responsible for items lost in the mail.

12 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Primal Law”

  1. I have this one on my wish list. 🙂 I’ve seen a new trend lately in books with military personnel that have supernatural abilities. I’m looking forward to reading Primal Law.

    Michelle
    kweenmg@yahoo.com

  2. Kelly M. says:

    This one sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win.

    skoverstreet(at)aol(dot)com

  3. Christi Snow says:

    This sounds really interesting! I like the 2 different viewpoints on the review. snowchris_01(at)yahoo(dot)com
    smiles…

  4. jfort357 says:

    This sounds like a HOT paranormal read!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!! 🙂

    jfort357(at)bellsouth(dot)net

  5. I noticed this book on another sight yesterday & thought I NEED to read this. I’m still thinking this. Please count me in!
    vanessa(at)thejeepdiva(dot)com

  6. My friend just read this and she says it is amazing.. I want to read it 🙂 would love to win it so I didn’t have to buy it..LOL

    mrsworldwidewebbATcoxDOTnet

    aka Kathy

  7. Una says:

    I know of one ARC that wrote a scathing review which I read. I disagree with that review, but there is always a difference in taste and I think that is what it really came down to. I really enjoyed this and hope you guys do too. Good luck!

  8. tetewa says:

    My kind of read, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

  9. CrystalGB says:

    Sounds good. Count me please.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

  10. Barbara E. says:

    Primal Law sounds like a great book. The more I hear about it, the more interested I am in reading it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  11. This book looks really good. Thanks for the great review.

    Danielle @Ramblings From This Chick
    iqb99(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  12. ~Danni says:

    Heard good things about this book, and I’ve been wanting to try it.

    And if it is at least similar to the Breeds series, then we know it is good! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Danni
    dannigv616AThotmailDOTcom

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