Title: Primal Law
Author: J. D. Tyler
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Alpha Pack (Book 1)
Publication Date: August 2, 2011
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 0451234340 (Penguin/Signet)
ISBN-13: 978-0451234346 (Penguin/Signet)
Reviewed by: Kiwi
Founded by a group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers tasked with eliminating the most dangerous predators in the world. But the gift of their abilities comes at a price…
After a massacre decimates half his team and leaves him crippled, Jaxon Law must relearn how to fight—and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when he rescues a beautiful woman who reawakens his primal instincts, Jax is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead.
On the run from her employer, brilliant lab assistant Kira Locke has evidence that leads the Alpha Pack on a hunt for someone targeting human civilians with Psy abilities. And as Jax and Kira circle both the killer and each other, Jax will have to decide if the deep connection he feels with Kira is worth breaking the ultimate shifter rule—because bonding with Kira means putting his abilities at risk, and they might be the only tools he has to keep his mate alive…
Quick & Dirty: Psychic Navy SEALS turned wolf shifters. Need I say more?
Opening Sentence: Jaxon Law crouched behind a Dumpster at the rear of the old brick building, wishing he’d worn gloves to protect his hands.
Jaxon is an ex-Navy SEAL who, along with some of his fellow teammates, was attacked during a mission in Afghanistan and turned into a shifter as a result. Turns out that becoming a shifter, besides letting him take the form of a wolf, also enhanced his previous psychic gifts. The man can bend time, physically going back a few minutes into the past, and can also read a person’s past by touching them. Jaxon now belongs to team of psychically gifted shifters called the Alpha Pack.
While on a weekend off in Vegas, Jaxon interrupts an assault on a woman, instinctually shifting into his wolf form to protect her. After the fight that ensues, he and his team must perform clean up duty, which this time also involves taking on a new house guest, Kira, the very woman he saved, who also happened to witness his dramatic change from human to wolf.
Kira is an assistant at a pharmaceutical lab in Vegas. When she begins to notice some unusual activity among some of the labs doctors, she feels a need to investigate. When she finds out that there has been some genetic testing outside the realm of the legitimate. She decides to steal some notes and some samples to have examined by her friends at another lab. And now Kira is a woman on the run, though not very good at it, since she is caught in the parking lot of the building that she has just stolen from. She does make it to her car, but in a huge stroke of bad luck, it dies during her getaway. When her assailants catch up with her, and she finds she is too weak to fight them, she does what any smart woman would do, she screams, and luckily is saved rescued by our very own Jaxon.
But, this rescue comes with a bit of fine print. Because she has just witnessed an act of supernatural power, she is being required to return to the compound with the team, and be debriefed by the team’s leader. But, what seems at first like a kidnapping turns out to be quite serendipitous, because these samples are from people right up the Alpha Pack’s alley, humans bearing genetic alterations giving them animal like characteristics.
Also, as an added benefit, there is this overwhelming attraction to her knight in silver fur, and his apparent attraction to her. Phew…this one is a hot one. All sweaty limbs and steamy goodness, fated love and destiny fulfilled.
Ok, so back to the action, not that there wasn’t any of that action. So, it turns out that Kira’s former employer is into some bad business, and is also involved in some past stuff that went on with Jaxon’s old teammate’s, and the betrayal by one of his former lovers, who makes yet another appearance at the tail end of the novel.
There is just so much going on in this story, it is impossible to cover it all in one sitting. An interesting premise, intriguing characters, an evil bad girl whose face you just want to punch in, and at the end, a hint of a conspiracy so heinous it will curl your toes. An exciting beginning to a series I have every intention of keeping up with.
Jax ran, his limp slowing him down. But the copter was lifting. Kira tried to get to Bowman, who sat on the other side of Beryl. Desperate, Jax shifted to human form and yelled over the noise. “Kira, jump!”
Turning, she saw her opportunity to escape slipping away. Making the decision to let them go, fight another day, she shifted to human form and braced herself in the doorway.
“Jump!” he yelled again. The copter was pulling away, a gap forming between it and the roof.
Kira tensed to make the leap—just as Beryl grabbed her from behind, holding her back. The gap between the building and the copter widened even more. There was no way Kira could make the jump now. Then Beryl raised a booted foot and kicked her hard, between the shoulder blades. Jax could only watch in horror as his mate lost her grip.
She was flung from the helicopter.
Eyes wide with terror, reaching for the lip on the edge of the building.
Her scream pierced the night. Shattered his heart.
The Alpha Pack Series:
1. Primal Law
1.5 Black Magic
3. Black Moon
FTC Advisory: Penguin/Signet provided me with a copy of Primal Law. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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