Review: Primal Hunger by Sydney Somers

Posted December 29, 2010 by Carmel in / 4 Comments

Title: Primal Hunger (Pendragon Gargoyles #1)
Author: Sydney Somers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: 2009
Pages: 108 (novella)
My Copy: Author

From Goodreads:
When the sun goes down, passion is unleashed.

Kennedy Beaumont loves her bartending job, even if her spirited nature sometimes gets her in trouble. Like threatening to hose down one of Pendragon’s co-owners. When it comes to Tristan, she could use a good hosing down herself—maybe it’ll help her stop casting him as the star of her wickedest dreams. Since he goes out of his way to avoid her, it ought to be easy to put him out of her head—until he reluctantly offers her a ride home.

Gargoyle shape-shifter Tristan Callaghan hasn’t had time for anything other than recovering the mystical dagger that was used to permanently lock his brother in a prison of stone. The cat inside him should have stopped craving Kennedy’s touch long ago, but now that she’s sitting next to him in his car, his very human need for her is sharper than ever.

The distraction is costly. In a split second, Kennedy finds herself thrust into a dangerous, millennia-old hunt for Excalibur. A hunt that marks her for death—and leaves Tristan with a painful choice—sacrifice his family, his quest…or the one woman meant to be his.

Warning: There’s nothing tame about this alpha male hell-bent on claiming his mate. Featuring bone-melting explicit sex, graphic language, violence and a little harmless bite…or two.

Primal Hunger may be a novella but it packs quite the punch! Sydney Somers manages to build a rather complex world that readers only get a tiny glimpse of. On top of that, I got to meet shifters, gargoyles, fae and wraiths. A massive amount of content is jammed in to only one hundred pages yet I somehow wasn’t overwhelmed or lost. If anything, I feel a little sad that it all had to end so soon.

I immediately liked Kennedy. We’re first introduced to her at work, bartending. She’s having a stand-off with one of her patrons armed with a beer tap hose. Kennedy is radiating a playful, don’t-mess-with-me vibe. My kind of heroine! Tristan, her sexy, feral boss is the second lead character. The tension between the two is obvious and gives us a glimpse of what’s to come.

One of the funniest parts of this novella for me was Kennedy fleeing enemies while driving on top of Tristan’s unconscious body. At this point in the tale, these two are still in a platonic boss / employee relationship. Which made the situation all the more hilarious, not to mention awkward for poor Kennedy! Things can only heat up from here!

In the midst of all the action, Tristan and Kennedy still find lots of time to get in on. I feel like a good chunk of this book was r-rated. The sex was drool worthy and each encounter managed to be hotter than the one that came before. If you’re looking for a short read that’ll get your rocks off, Primal Hunger is for you!

Sydney Somers’ first installment in her Pendragon Gargoyles series is amazing! The large variety of supernaturals paired with an imaginative story make this novella a good read but throw in the steamy goodness and it becomes stunning! The only problem I have with Primal Hunger is that it’s a novella instead of a full-length book! Now I just have to figure out how to get my hands on book 2: Primal Attraction.

My favorite quote:

“It’s sarcasm or rock quietly in the corner.”

– page 20

My Rating:

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4 responses to “Review: Primal Hunger by Sydney Somers

  1. Hey Carmel, This one sounds good, thank you for posting. I feel like I am drowning in YA books! I am new to YA so there are so many good ones and I do like them, but I need a break I think. You made this one sound interesting so I will have to add it to my TBR for sure!

  2. Wow, sounds like a great book and definitely one that I want to check out. Thanks for the great review! I’ll be looking for this on my next book buying binge 🙂

  3. @Shannon@BooksDevours – Glad to help! If you want to take a short break from YA this is the way to go!

    @Carissa – It is impressive! Enjoy.

    @Miranda – I’m predicting a book buying binge of my own in 2011!