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Primal Needs Mass Market Paperback – December 30, 2008
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"A burning new series." -- Booklist
About the Author
Susan Sizemore is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, contemporary, and futuristic romances, including Primal Instincts, Primal Needs, and Primal Desires. She lives in the Midwest.
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I've not read previous books by Sizemore and I'm not even sure if this is a series or not. Reading it, it felt like one. I wondered if Sizemore was repeating instances from previous novels or just giving flashbacks. It was hard to decide which. I do know that the story started off with a vampire, Sid, and a werewolf, Joe. Sid and Joe apparently had a relationship in the past when Sid screwed it up. Sizemore flips back and forth between the past and present day to explain this.
Then...halfway through the book she jumps to another story between the vampire Tony and the human woman Rose. Tony had to give up Rose because his mommie said so. Sizemore again flips back and forth between the past and the present day.
All this flipping and switching characters was very confusing. Sizemore does NOT have a talent in this area to smoothly transition between people, places, and time. It would have been a better story if she would have stuck with one set of characters and time.
I did not find this an enjoyable read, which may in part be due to the fact that I did not read the previous books in the series. I found the two page chapters broke up the story into disconnected pieces and the jumping between many time periods distracting...and really, are sixty one chapters in 300 pages really necessary? Some of the concepts in the book were interesting (such as vampires producing a "dawn" drug so that they could go out in daylight), but the writing skipped around too much and lacked details and just didn't hold my interest. None of the characters were sufficiently fleshed out so that the reader cares what happens to them, they don't really have personalities. I won't be reading the rest of the series and can't really recommend this novel as a satisfying read.
Joe has hated Sid for what he perceives as `mind rape' and once his memories are unlocked, freeing the details of their passionate encounters, he is even angrier at her betrayal. But when a mission for the Dark Angels, a special ops group of supernaturals dedicated to protecting their races from threat of discovery and annihilation, forces Joe and Sid into close contact, Joe is having a hard time maintaining his anger and an even harder time thinking at all because of the overwhelming desire he still feels for Sid.
But Sid and Joe's isn't the only romantic reunion in the book. Sid's sire Tony has finally decided to claim the woman, Rose, he has loved for 60 years - the human woman he was ordered to leave behind by the matriarch of his clan. But when Rose vanishes from the nursing home where she's spent the last few years awaiting death and there is no trace left that she was ever there, Tony calls in Sid to find his missing Rose and Joe is irked but follows Sid when she abandons the mission which is key to maintaining the safety of their races and heads off Los Angeles to find her father's missing mate.
I thoroughly enjoyed both couples' romances. I have been waiting so long for Joe and Sid to act on the amazing sensual tension between them in the previous books that it was great to finally see them unable to keep from coming together, even past the hurt, and anger and the fear for the price that their love may incur. I also liked the romance between Tony and Rose which was alternately very sweet - with much of their story told in flashbacks from when they met during the war- and then steamy -as they finally reunite with explosive passion and are granted a chance to make up for the years that were lost to them. Both stories matched well, each with a themes of forbidden romance and a bond so powerful that it can not be denied.
I've read all of the other books in the Prime series but I have to admit that other than Joe, Sid and Sid's brother Laurent -I love bad boys who go good - I recognized but didn't remember most of the returning characters. But the parts of the story that tie into the larger story arc of the series are quite thin here and Sizemore provides a pretty good refresher on her `Prime' world, so if you haven't read the previous books it won't be that difficult to come up to speed, the only thing you will be missing is the big pay off from seeing Sid and Joe finally come together after watching them sizzle in the past few books.
So thumbs up for me for Primal Needs, and I'm hoping that we see more of the Dark Angels and their leader Tobias in Sizemore's next book - hmmm Tobias and Flair, that might work.
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