Book Review: Primal Instinct

review-cover-primal instinctTitle: Primal Instinct [Prowlers 1]

Author: Ally Parker

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Rating: 3 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Freedom has been a pleasure denied to Mackenzie for the last five years. Forced to do the bidding of a crazed man to keep both her sister and her self alive, she is sent on a mission to infiltrate a group of people. Payment; their release. The only problem, no one mentioned they weren’t human. Or, that she would be drawn to a certain sexy, addictive male.

Which will she decide, her heart? Or her freedom?

In a world filled with despair, Jaxx’s only chance to save his humanity is tethered to a woman he hasn’t met. Finding her in an underground facility with his kidnapped protégé, was the last place he thought to find his savior. In a web of corruption, he will have to find the truth and convince his mate, she is his.

Before it’s too late.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

Primal Instinct by Ally Parker was a hard book for me to quantify. On the one hand, the writing was solid, the main characters were easy to like, and I could tell a lot of thought had gone into the world-building. Overall, I liked the story and how it panned out.

That isn’t to say that it didn’t have it’s problems though. The beginning of the book was a bit muddled to me. A lot was going on with a lot of characters that I wasn’t yet familiar with, and even the main character seemed confused about who was what – vampire or shifter. It was a bit hard to follow, and that really slowed the pace of the first half of the book for me as I sorted it all out.

Some of the characters also lacked a sense of depth for me – mostly because there were so many. It was hard to remember who was who and eventually I gave up trying. I honestly thought this book wasn’t the first in the series – it felt like I was reading book two of a series… but it was, indeed, book one. It was odd and didn’t feel like it was stand-alone.

In the end, I liked the book. Will I continue with the series? Probably not, but it wasn’t a bad book. If you like paranormal romances, I’d encourage you to give it a try.