Reviewed by: Jo
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Having loved the first book in this series, I was more than a little eager to jump straight into the next installment. Primal Possession focuses on Liam, Connor’s brother and second-in-command for the Cordana-Armstrong Pack. He was one of my favorite characters in Alpha Instinct, and his growing attraction to the reluctant December was a main subplot.
Here they take center stage with Liam in full blown “mine” mood, determined to protect December and have admit her attraction to him.
While this attraction is very strong, December’s traumatic past concerning shifters make it difficult for her to see a future. Not only does her brother threaten to disown her if she starts a relationship with Liam, she has an independent streak a mile wide that doesn’t take well to a possessive wolf who’s used to people doing what he says. The action of this book really acts as the catalyst from the romance to start simmering.
Like in Alpha Instinct there is another romantic sub plot, this time featuring Jayce (the enforcer) and Kat. Interestingly, their romantic past and subsequent break up act as an almost cautionary tale to Liam and December, throwing issues into the mix that lead to some very bad decisions. I love how even though there is a main pairing in these books, the subplots are just as exciting, giving great backstory for future books.
The romance is hot and heavy with cosmic attractions and loaded consequences, but it isn’t the total sum of the story. Once again there are multiple points of view, including some of the APL (Anti-Paranormal League). I love the use of these POV. It amps up the tension, showing just what is waiting ‘round the corner for the main characters. It actually reminded me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and its Lessers.
In Primal Possession the APL have stepped up their game when it comes to the crusade against the pack and all humans who associate with supernaturals. Their actions turn more brutal and desperate as the book goes on, with more than one character suffering greatly their hands.
I really liked the pack dynamics and the open world Katie Rues has created, and in this book it expands. Not only with the complication that come with a human/shifter pairing but also we are also introduced to the Fae. Other races have been hinted at and I can’t wait to learn about them in later books. My only issue with this book (and it’s difficult to fully explain without straying into spoiler territory) is that some of the major character developments in this book happened very quickly. I would have loved to have more detail and a chance for the full ramifications to sink in. Saying that, they are great plot developments and I’m excited to see their future effects on several characters.
These books have a brilliant balance of steamy romance and intriguing plots filled with action. This series has me very excited and I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book Mating Instinct, out in March.
Sexual content: Graphic scenes, references to rape