Title: Savage Awakening
Author: J. D. Tyler
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Alpha Pack (Book 2)
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 0451236440 (Penguin/Signet)
ISBN-13: 978-0451236449 (Penguin/Signet)
Reviewed by: Kiwi
A group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers combating the greatest dangers in the world. But sometime those dangers are more intimate than they bargained for…
After a mission goes wrong, Aric Savage is taken prisoner. Half-dead and despairing, he makes a stunning discovery: his Pack mate Micah Chase, who was reported dead, is a fellow captive. When the Alpha team goes into full-rescue mode, accompanying them is an absolute stunner with sable hair–and a spine of solid steel.
LAPD officer and Psy Dreamwalker Rowan Chase has one priority: her brother Micah’s recovery. Still, she can’t help but be drawn to Aric, the ruggedly handsome wolf shifter who pleasures her as no man ever has–however fleeting their affair is destined to be. But when Aric’s life is endangered, Rowan must ask herself what she’s willing to sacrifice in the name of love, for the man fated to be her Bondmate.
Quick & Dirty: Need I repeat myself. Hot. Navy. SEAL. Shifters.
Opening Sentence: Aric Savage gripped the chains as the silver-barbed lash tore into his back with unmerciful precision.
This second book in the series starts off right where the other one left off. Aric Savage–former Navy SEAL, wolf shifter and firestarter–has been captured by the enemy after being “sacrificed” to save Kira. (For that whole thing, see the ending of the last story.) We begin, as you can see by the opening sentence, while Aric is being tortured, and by none other than that rank whore from the first book, Beryl. Who, by-the-by, also has a past relationship with Aric, just not a romantic one. And let me tell you what havoc that particular tidbit causes when it becomes known later in the book. (Actually, I’ll let you find out for yourselves.)
Aric makes a startling discovery while being locked in a cage, awaiting rescue. His teammate Micah, who they were told was dead, is holed up in the next cell, apparently having already suffered through his own torment.
Rowan Chase is an officer with the LAPD. While on administrative leave for a shooting, a legit one I might add, her friend in the FBI discovers the black ops group her dead brother Micah belonged to and where they are located. So, she packs her bags in her car and heads out to hopefully find out more about her brother’s circumstances, because she does not believe her brother died six months ago. You see, she and her brother have the ability to walk in one another’s dreams and she still feels a connection with her brother as if he is still alive. So off she goes.
When she tries to enter the compound, she is greeted by a pack of wolves that shift into men right in front of her very eyes. Now, being a cop in a place like LA has exposed her to some strange stuff, but nothing like these guys, EVER. So, after Rowan is filled in on what is going on with this place, these men and her brother, she sneaks on board when they leave on their mission to rescue Aric and possibly Micah thus allowing her to be present when they rescue both missing Pack members.
Upon their return, Micah remains unconscious and has to begin detoxing from the drugs he was given during all those months in captivity. Aric also has some wounds and other things he needs to heal, but he can now only concentrate on one thing. Rowan, the beautiful woman he first laid eyes on in Motel Hell, as he calls it. As for Rowan, she worries incessantly for her brother, but also cannot help thinking about Aric, the man in the other infirmary room.
When Aric soon starts showing the symptoms of bonding with his mate–these poor guys’ symptoms seem something like the worst type of mono I’ve ever seen—he is shocked. He has never been the settle down type, and his guilt for his part in everything that happened to his fellow teammates over the past six months keeps him from claiming her. He in unworthy of a mate, he feels, and it would not do to keep Rowan from the job she apparently loves back in LA. So he lets her go, after they both declare they had some fun but, you know, this is just sex. Why must romance characters be so pigheadedly stubborn! When Aric’s “mono” becomes a death sentence, the pack says a collective “screw this” and brings Rowan back to him to save the day and her foolish man.
Oh, and somewhere in there is the actual action, which happens as the Pack are taking down the bad guy, and (place favorite insult here) Beryl. Good riddance to bad rubbish, and all that jazz. But, lo and behold, there is an even badder character on the horizon who must be stopped, and the series continues. So, needless to say, I liked this one, just like I did the first.
Sprinting inside, he searched for the witch. The one he longed to see burn for her crimes. He spotted the white-haired man who must be Chappell running for the back of the cabin, and Rowan shouted.
“I’ll get him!” She took off, weapon in hand.
“Be careful!” He scanned the room; it appeared to be empty. Until she spoke.
“Did you miss me so much you had to come back for more?”
Right in front of him, Beryl appeared out of thin air. She hadn’t changes. Long hair flowed around a face that should have been beautiful, if not for the ever-present coldness in her eyes and the cruel twist to her mouth.
“I’m here to toast your skanky ass,” he snarled, taking a step forward.
She laughed huskily. “Good luck with that.”
Aric released his fire again, throwing out a hand. But Beryl was just as fast, uttering a word in Latin and raising a palm toward him. His flames were deflected with a roar as crimson light drove them back, the power of the clash tossing him backward. He landed hard, the hit jarring his spine, and lost his hold on the flames.
The red light enveloped him, entering his body like a million volts of electricity. He screamed, couldn’t help himself, the pain was so great. Writhed on the floor like a cockroach that had been sprayed, waiting to die and helpless to do a f*cking thing about it.
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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