Title: Savage Awakening
Author: J.D. Tyler
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
After one of their own is captured, the Alpha Pack must save him. With them is Psy Dreamwalker Rowan Chase. Her priority is her brother’s rescue. What she doesn’t bargain for is a scorching affair with a rugged wolf shifter. When his life is endangered, Rowan must ask herself what she’s willing to sacrifice in the name of love.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: When I read the first book in this series, Primal Law (review here) I enjoyed it but I was not wowed by the story. My overall issue with the book was the characters. They did not have any depth and I did not connect with them. In this book, I did not have an issue with that aspect of the story at all. Since we have already met almost all the characters that make an appearance in Savage Awakening we already know a little bit about them and therefore it was easier to make a connection.
We pick up in Savage Awakening pretty much where we let off in Primal Law. The Alpha Pack is back in the compound, but are trying to figure out where Aric has been taken so they can rescue him as soon as possible. They know that he is probably having a hard time in captivity, but they cannot imagine all the torture he is going through. When they finally find him he is contemplating ending his life because he is so much pain and fears he will never be found. He does perk up though when he catches Rowan’s scent. She intrigues him and he is eager to heal and learn more about her.
Rowan is interested in Aric as well, but her reason for finding these men was to discover what happened to her brother, Micah, not be distracted by an alluring wolf shifter. I really liked Rowan’s character, she is a cop for the LAPD and knew how to take care of herself. She did not whine or try and fight her feelings for Aric once they got closer to one another. She stood up to him and forced him to be honest with himself and her, especially when he did not want to be. In Primal Law, I did not connect with Jax or Kira at all, but I loved watching Aric and Rowan’s story unfold. They were a great match and complemented each other very well.
As for the action, I was happy to see a lot going on and not have everything wrap up as neatly as it did in book one. There are quite a few unresolved issues with the Alpha pack, especially when it comes to Kalen. That guy is in a world of trouble and I cannot wait to read his book when it releases later this year to see how his situation works out. However, I did not realize that there was a short novella with him released and some events in that story were mentioned in Savage Awakening so I was confused for a little while. I wished that we got a better summary from those events because it did frustrate me to not know what was going on. After a while I got the gist of what happened, but a better summary would have been helpful. I will be reading the novella now so I understand what happened between Kalen and Mac.
The only other issue I had with this book was the sometimes cheesy dialogue. One example was after they were intimate Aric turned to her and said
“Thank you, sweetheart. You were amazing.”
I don’t think I have ever heard someone thank someone else before or after they slept together. It just took me completely out of the moment and seemed out of character for Aric to say. Maybe this is just me picking, but this is just one example I am citing. There were a couple other moments where I laughed at some of the verbal exchange when I know it was not supposed to be funny. These men are supposed to be alpha and very rugged; some things that came out of Aric’s mouth in the book just did not match his character in my opinion. I know that they are supposed to melt for their mate, but I wanted his words to match up with what we knew about him more than they did.
Overall, I did enjoy this book more that the first one. Most of the issues I had with Primal Law were not present in Savage Awakening and I was happy to see that. I did still have a couple of moments where I was taken out of the book and was frustrated when that happened. I am however, very intrigued by Kalen’s story and will be eager to read Black Moon when it releases. I would still recommend this book to any fans of paranormal romance because it is an intriguing story. I think the books are getting better as they go and hope that the upward swing will continue with Black Moon.