zondag 24 oktober 2010

Susan Sizemore – Primal Instincts

The tenth book in the Primes series, published in 2010.

Primal Instincts

Tobias Strahan leads the elite vampire squad known as the Dark Angels, protecting the city's paranormal denizens. It's the perfect job for an übermacho Prime . . . until clan heiress Flare Reynard stirs an obsession in him that refuses to fade. Flare's mother - desperate for a grandchild - has made Tobias an intriguing proposition, and it's soon clear to Tobias that Flare is nothing like the spoiled princess he'd assumed her to be. She's smart as hell, wickedly funny, and loyal, and Tobias knows deep within that she is his bondmate - the bondmate every Prime searches for.

Flare has every intention of providing her clan with children - but on her own terms. That means a donor and a clinic, not a wild tumble with the most potent Prime of them all. Flare knows it's a mistake to get close to a warrior like Tobias, since their searing connection puts her heart, his loved ones, their entire world at risk. But logic is no match for fierce, instinctive desire. . .

It took me a while to get into the story, as it continues were the previous book left off, and it has been a while since I read that one.

Tobias has convinced al the Matri’s from the Vampire Clans to flee Los Angeles to their safe houses. Their enemies are intent on outing them to the public, using terrorist methods. Francesca Reynard, also known as Flare for her fiery temper, is refusing to go with her mother back to Idaho. She wants to stay in Los Angeles to get pregnant in the vampire clinic. Her mother is not happy with that idea, but as it is the only means to get a grandchild, she complies. But then she senses the attraction between Francesca and Tobias, and seizes the opportunity. She blackmails Tobias to get Francesca pregnant, the natural way for vampires, or else she will destroy the Dark Angels. And Anjelica is powerful enough for that.

But the attraction between Francesca and Tobias cannot be fought, they are bonding, even though neither of them wants it. Tobias has a war to fight, an army to lead, he cannot use the distraction Francesca is in his life. And Francesca just wants to be free to lead her own life, she despises the arrogant Vampire Primes. And now she is falling for the über-prime? No way! But instincts and nature take over, and they get to know each other in the progress, coming to terms with it. In the mean time, the war continues, and Tobias has to agree to use Francesca when necessary. He leads a very mixed team, not only with vampires, but also were-animals, mortals, witches, fae, you name it. Most vampires don’t know much about the other immortal races, and Francesca realises she has to learn to cope with all of them too, as she and Tobias just can’t stay away from each other.

I really liked the story, just couldn’t concentrate very much on it. I would have liked Francesca to fight a little more, to show some backbone, but the bonding just took over her free will concerning Tobias. But I liked both her and Tobias a lot, and it was fun to read about the other warriors again, and Tobias’ mortal stepdaughter Saffron. I’d like to read more about her some day.

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