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Review: Primal Possession by Katie Reus

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Primal Possession
Author: Katie Reus 
Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012
Publisher: Signet
Moon Shifter #2
ISBN: #978-0451237781
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (362 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

      To protect her, he will unleash the beast within… 
      As his pack’s second-in-command, lupine shifter Liam Armstrong gives orders and takes what he wants—until he meets red-headed, blue-eyed December McIntyre. Liam knows the human beauty is his intended mate the moment he sees her, but December is far too strong-willed to accept his protection.
      December, whose brother is the town sheriff, has every reason to mistrust shifters after one killed her youngest sibling. But the forceful and handsome Liam has gotten under her skin in a way she hadn’t thought possible, and the desire she feels for him is almost too much to bear.
      When a radical hate group targets all humans known to sympathize with paranormal beings, December is attacked in her bookstore. Reluctantly, she turns to the only one who can help her: Liam. And he is going to take her to places within herself she never knew existed.

What G & U are talking about:

      Primal Possession is the second release in the Moon Shifter series by Katie Reus. Gikany and Una had a few issues with the previous book, and we are happy to say that some of those issues were absent in this book.  There are a few pet peeves in the novel but overall we enjoyed it and thought it was good.
      In Alpha Instinct we were introduced to December and Liam.  Ever since their meeting, Gikany and Una have been eager to read this book.  We enjoyed their interactions and the obstacles that they would eventually need to overcome and we could not wait to see it play out.  In Primal Possession we see it play out and although it doesn’t go exactly as we thought, it was still enjoyable. Their interactions were heartfelt and intriguing.  Their passion and desire for each other was palpable. We would be doing a disservice if we did not mention that Liam and December’s romance just steams off the pages (Una had to wear contacts so her glasses didn’t fog up).
      However, we felt there are a few moments where December seemed a bit weak, always listening and doing as her brother or Liam directed.  Though she would rankle, she still would go along with them.  However at the end of the novel she seemed to have gained some strength in her backbone.  There is a scene…it’s a total spoiler so we won’t tell you it, but it was just brilliant! With December’s past overshadowing her and Liam’s protective instincts going “stupid”, it was satisfying to see them work it out.
      The pace of the Primal Possession was simple and flowed nicely.  It’s not overly complex; the clues are there to figure most of the plot out.  However, it is the interactions and the mythology of the world that keeps us fascinated.  The introduction of the Fae was thoroughly intriguing. We were surprised at how powerful they are and we are eager to see what type of role they will play.  Also, with the mention of vampires, we are anxious to see them play a part in this series as well.  Gikany and Una enjoy how in the Moon Shifter series that the world isn’t just unwrapped and handed to us. We are slowly immersed as if on a need-to-know basis. It helps to give the paranormal an air of mystery which we enjoy.
      Thankfully there were not too many point-of-views (POVs) in this novel.  It was very easy to follow and those POVs we had were integral to the plot and character development.  We loved how we are given the foundation and introduction in Primal Possession for the couple in the next book, Mating Instinct.  If you are interested there is a teaser chapter at the end.  One element that is mentioned and seems to be an ingrained issue is the reoccurrence of men leaving to “protect” their woman or for their own good. Your mate is in danger and you leave so she will be safe, just seems so idiotic (which, Erin, a female shifter so eloquently points out).  We cannot wait to see Erin’s story, by the way.
      Even with the few pet peeves, we liked Primal Possession better than Alpha Instinct.  Gikany and Una enjoyed Liam and December’s story and look forward to reading about Jayce and Kat’s story in Mating Instinct.  Considering what transpired in Primal Possession we may receive third degree burns from just holding the book!  As preparing for this review, we found that there is a 1.5 novella in the Moon Shifter series.  Needless to say, we are going to pick it up and check it out.  However, we didn’t notice anything while reading Primal Possession that hinted at us missing something.  So feel free to jump in with Alpha Instinct if you enjoy paranormal romance, and especially hot shifters.

Their Rating:

Liked it – recommend (B+)
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Purchase Info:
Primal Possession: Moon Shifter #2
Reviews in the Series:
Alpha Instinct (Book 1) 
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08952103323793072580 A Buckeye Girl Reads

    I do love a good shapeshifter series. I’m going to have to check this one out.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11003577248851216902 Una

    It is a pretty good series. However, I am REALLY looking forward to the next book. The tension and obstacles between Jayce and Kat…I just can’t wait!!!

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