Title: Primal Law
Author: J.D. Tyler
Release Date: August 2nd, 2011
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Meet the Alpha Pack, a top-secret military team of wolf-shifters fighting the most dangerous predators in the world, human and nonhuman. After a massacre leaves Jaxon Law crippled, he must relearn how to fight-and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when Jax rescues a beautiful woman who awakens his primal instincts, he is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead. Soon he must decide if the deep connection he feels with Kira is worth defying the ultimate shifter law…
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: Primal Law is the first book in a new paranormal adult romance series focusing on shifters. I am such a sucker for shifters, so when I saw this book I was eager to dive right in. We open with Jaxon fighting to save his life after being betrayed by the women he gave his heart to. He comes out of a trap she set for him and his teammates with an injury to his leg and a huge amount of guilt, especially since not all of his team made it out alive. He vows to keep his heart guarded from now on, specifically when it comes to women. We fast forward to six months later with Kira taking samples from a lab she works at because she suspects her bosses are up to no good. While she is on the run she ends up cornered and fears for her life, until a man, who shifts into a wolf, comes charging in to rescue her. Her rescuer, Jax, has an instant connection to Kira and tells her she is now coming back to his team’s complex since she has seen what he really is. She is in shock over everything that just happened so she agrees to go with him.
When we get to the complex and meet the other members of Jax’s team is when things start to get a little interesting. The prologue of this book and the beginning were setting it up to be something very intriguing, but once I got further in my mind started to wander. There were a couple of things that bothered me about the book and the problems started when Kira makes it to the complex and starts to wander on her own. She stumbles across a section where there are paranormal creatures being held because they are considered too dangerous to be given their freedom. Kira feels an immediate pull to them and wants to help rehabilitate them. She meets one in particular, a fae prince, that she talks to and on her first try gets him to talk back to her, agree to remain docile, and convinces the man in charge of the complex to release the fae prince and live in his own quarters. This prince has been there for a long time and has never spoken a word to anyone ever and recently tried to kill himself. I just found it hard to believe that Kira could get through to him so quickly. I wanted her to visit with him more than just once before a huge breakthrough was made.
I think that is my overall issue with this novel. I wanted J.D. to scratch the surface more with the characters emotions and backgrounds. The foundation for the story is there. I loved the new take on the shifters and enjoyed getting to know a new cast, but the characters were just a little too flat. They had no depth and as a result I did not connect with them as much as I would have liked too. J.D. had so many wonderful ideas, but she did not follow through with them fully and as a result the story was very one dimensional.
As for the two main characters, Jax and Kira, I did not come to feel anything for the two of them. I liked them at the beginning and thought their relationship started off well, but as it progressed it felt more clinical than emotional. They made life altering decisions with their heads and not with their hearts. For example, once a male finds his mate if they do not complete the bond he gets very sick and weak, so Kira has a large decision on her hands. Be with Jax and complete the bond or he will ultimately die. Not sure how I feel about that little piece of mythology, but my point is when they make the decision it is very logical and businesslike, I did not feel the emotional side of this choice at all. To me bonding with someone forever should be a very heartfelt decision and Kate seems to go through the pros and cons of the decision with a very businesslike demeanor.
The overall vibe I got from this book was almost Disney like. Everything that went wrong came to a resolution so easily and I wanted there to be more struggle and hardship involved. In a world where all the creatures we fear that go bump in the night actually exist I expect darkness and for the characters to be put through grueling trials. I don’t expect them to keep their language almost squeaky clean and have almost not tension whatsoever. Everything was resolved too easily and it left the world lacking in emotional and suspense.
I know it seems like I am really getting down on this book, but overall I did like the story. I am intrigued enough with the plot to try the next book and see how it goes. J.D. has included all the elements that I love in paranormal romance, they just did not all come together as well as I would have liked. I am hoping when we get to the next book we will learn more about the characters and the series will pick up more steam.