ARC Review: Primal Possession by Katie Reus

Posted August 28, 2012 by Carmel in Carmel, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Stomp VS Romp, Werewolves / 6 Comments

Primal Possession by Katie Reus
Title: Primal Possession
Series: Moon Shifter #2
Author: Katie Reus
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Format: eBook, 368 pages
Published: September 4th, 2012
ISBN #: 0451237781 / 9780451237781
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: from publisher
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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.

I was on the fence about this series after reading Alpha Instinct; although I enjoyed it, there were a few elements that would have grated on my nerves in the long-term. Primal Possession has all of the good and none of the bad of its predecessor, plus more action, romance and a kickass ending to boot. December and Liam’s relationship is authentic, there’s plenty of strong female protagonists in this alpha dominated world and there are enough side stories to ensure that you’re never bored.

December is a complex character and even though she’s human and therefore “weaker”, she doesn’t come across as such. She has spunk, guts and a big heart. Her back-story also fits well with the main plot. Liam is very introspective which I found to be an odd quality in a pack’s second-in-command but he’s also wild because of his wolf. I like that we get to experience the story from both of their perspectives. It helped to avoid any misunderstandings with regards to the female vs. male point of views.

The first few chapters of this book are a trial; I’m not going to lie. Reus tries to jog readers’ memories by summarizing key elements from Alpha Instinct. Unfortunately it comes across as a muddled mess and isn’t the ideal start to a story. Once you jump that hurdle though, it’s smooth sailing from there on in. Even though there are multiple side plots running parallel to the main one, they manage to remain distinct and guarantee that there’s never a dull moment in the Moon Shifter universe.

There’s a lot more going on in this book than just the main love story. Constant danger looms over the small town of Fontana in the form of the APL (Antiparanormal League). Kidnapping, murder and blackmail are only a few of the weapons in their arsenal. Jace and Kat are dealing with the fallout from their break-up but both still have feelings for each other which makes things complicated. And, there might be a new enforcer in town and their identity comes as quite a shock! You’ll never be bored, which means that this book is a real page turner!

I don’t give away many 5 paw ratings to Paranormal Romance books simply because yes, sex scenes are hot and all but can only keep me entertained for so long. I need the adrenaline rush too! Primal Possession has it in spades plus a strong plot and mushy love scenes. This book is not to be missed!

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Recommendation: If you enjoy overprotective alphas, happy endings and sizzle then this one’s for you!
Like this, like that: The How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf series by Molly Harper, The Changeling series by Dani Harper and the Werewolves in Love series by Kinsey Holley.

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6 responses to “ARC Review: Primal Possession by Katie Reus

  1. Nice review! I love when an author can keep side storylines going right along with the main plot and not loose the reader.

  2. Thanks Carmel! I got a chance to meet the author and to get her books at AAD (If I’m not mistaken, she lives right here in my town) This is great review, I’m will definitely find the time to read this one.
    Do I need to read book #1 first, or can I just go right to this one?
    Thanks again Carmel!