Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Romance Book Review: Alicia Sparks' Primitive Series

Author: Alicia Sparks
Series Connection: Primitive Series
ISBN: 978-1495430541
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Beau Coup Publishing

Primitive Fix

This two book in one story begins the tiger shifter "Primitive" series. In the first two stories tiger shifter brothers Kenyon and Nik are introduced. The first story tells of Kenyon's desperate attempt to free his older brother and alpha of the clan, Nik from a tiger gage as a truckstop side show.

After being arrested for trying to release Nik, Kenyon's destined mate is called in to free Kenyon from jail. Sage, a wolf shifter, loves Kenyon, but she's afraid that he sees her only as an obligation and not someone he can love.

While the two search for a way to release Nik their attraction grows, but their are forces that want to break their bond forever.

The next story picks up where the first left off. Juliette escaped from her captors years ago, but she knows they are still out their somewhere just waiting for her to come out in the open. She hides away in a cabin in the woods. One day Juliette finds a man shot and in need of help. She takes him in and nurses him back to health.

Nik rushes to get away from his captors. Shot and ready to collapse he takes off into the swamp and to Juliette's property. Everything turns to black. When he next wakes he is in a soft bed and being nursed by a beautiful woman. He knows that Juliette has saved his life and when he realizes that Juliette is hiding from something he wants to return the favor and make sure she is safe forever. Both these lost souls really need each other, but are too worried what their secrets could do to the other.

I appreciate that the first two books could be found in one, however the books as individuals were short on details and backgrounds for both characters. It would have been better, but for the most part this was a pretty good start to an interesting series.

Meet two brothers, tiger shifters, and the women who bring out the beast in them. 

Part 1 - Kenyon 
Sage Villalobos has been destined to marry Kenyon Maddux since the day she was born. As the second-born in her wolf clan, she came into this world owing a debt to the family of shape-shifting tigers who rule the Louisiana swamps in the Atchafalaya Basin. Kenyon is the only man she’s ever wanted, the man who sets her blood on fire, but she’s tired of being indebted to his family for something she didn’t do. She wants him to choose her because he loves her, not because he owns her. When Kenyon’s brother, Nik, is taken prisoner, Kenyon turns to Sage for help. Using her unique skills, she knows she can help him free his brother, but there will be a price. If she agrees to do this, she wants Kenyon to release her from her debt. However, the only thing Kenyon wants to do is hold on to her and never let her go. 

Part 2 - Nik 
After months of captivity as part of a roadside attraction, Nik Maddux is finally able to escape. Injured and at death’s door, he makes his way through the swamp only to collapse near Juliette’s home. Juliette pulls the naked man into her cabin and begins nursing him back to health, marveling at the black stripes which cover his body and the feline features of his face. She knows he’s not quite human and realizes she may have found a kindred spirit, someone whose secrets are as deadly as her own. When Nik awakes, his attraction to Juliette is instant. While she heals his body, he wants to heal her soul. But danger is lurking in the swamp, and the longer they stay together, the more likely they are to lose everything. 

**Content Warning: May contain graphic content and sexual situations. Intended for 18+ Audience

Primitive Need

In the second book in the Primitive series, Primitive Need features Juliette's brother, Logan. Logan is a former soldier that was hurt in freak helicopter accident. In the accident he loses his arm and volunteers for experimental surgery that brings his arm back better than new. 

After leaving the military he takes on the job as a bodyguard for a young girl under the guise that her father has some powerful enemies, but really it is because her father is worried for her and a secret ability she has. 

Hadley can't control her ability to change the weather. She feels lost and is looking for someone to help her. She finds someone who tells her he understands exactly what she feels, however it is a trap and she is kidnapped. (This is part of Primitive Fix). 

Now the sheriff and no longer Hadley's bodyguard, Logan goes looking for her and is hurt in the process. When the two are released from the hospital her father hires Logan again to be her bodyguard. With the people who know about Hadley's ability after her, Logan will do anything to save her. Even work with creatures he thought were only in fairy tales. 

The second book in the Primitive series took a few twists and turns before it settled into a good book. The beginning was a little confusing as the author tried to push the story into the series of the first book. For instance in the first book the sheriff acts like he barely knows the missing girl and she is just a nuisance, however in the second story they have been flirting for years and actually had a passion filled night. 

Keep reading however the story gets better and shows promise for the rest of the series. I like Logan's character. As a human, he's pretty strong, but against the shifters of the world he's just an average human. It takes a lot to admit he needs the help of the Maddux clan to protect the woman he loves. That's sexy.

Continuing the Primitive series with book 2 

Ten years ago, Logan’s life changed when the Blackhawk helicopter he was flying went down over Afghanistan. The pain immediately hit him, intensifying and running down his arm, and when he woke up, he realized he’d become part of a military experiment complete with robotic arm and superhuman strength. After leaving the military, he returned to his hometown of Bon Teche, Louisiana to live a quiet life as the town’s sheriff, but the mayor has other plans for him. 

Mayor O’Connor’s only daughter, Hadley, is blessed with powers she can’t understand or control, and the old man fear for her life and his sanity. When he hires Logan to be her personal bodyguard, no one expects immediate sparks to fly between the two. Headstrong and spoiled, Hadley does not like being followed around by someone who watches her every move, and what she hates even more is the fact she can’t trust herself around Logan or the way he makes her feel. 

Logan knows he can’t live without her, but convincing Hadley of that is next to impossible. With danger swirling all around them, Logan makes his feelings known, but Hadley has a secret which could destroy them both. As her secrets are revealed, she and Logan become entangled with the Maddux clan, a group of shape shifting tigers who want Hadley for their own purposes. 

Deep in the Atchafalaya Basin, Logan is determined to protect Hadley and to satisfy her Primitive Need. 

*Content Warning: Intended for 18+ Audience, may contain explicit details or scenes 

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