by Sydney Somers
Available: August 24, 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Emma is used to getting dragged into her twin sister’s magical messes, but this time her predicament is more than a minor annoyance. She’s chained to a cat shifter that her sister encased in a curse of stone. Worse, the unfortunate gargoyle’s waking up. And her sister’s not there to take the heat.
After a century suspended in stone, Cian would do anything to get his hands on the sorceress who put him there. Strangely, his dreams of revenge turn into an animal hunger to put his hands all over her—in every delightfully wicked way imaginable.
Never as talented as her sister, Emma doesn’t trust her own magic. But for now she must let Cian believe she’s the culprit in order to strike a bargain: to permanently lift the curse in exchange for his tracking skills to find her missing sister. The longer she is near him, though, the closer she comes to surrendering much more than her body to the brutal warrior.
As their attraction catches fire, Emma dreads what could happen when he learns the truth. If he will sacrifice her to break the spell…or fight for a love that goes beyond animal instinct.
Reviewed by: Sophia (FV)
Emma is a sorceress and the “good twin” who is always suffering the fallout of her twin’s escapades. This time she finds herself chained to a gargoyle that her sister cursed to remain in stone a century ago. But now, something magical is happening and the curse seems to be broken…for now. The gargoyle is sure to want revenge on Emma, whom he believes cursed him, but he finds himself inexplicably attracted to her.
Cian, the gargoyle that has been in stone form for the past century believes that his attraction to Emma is a result of an enchantment spell that she has cast on him in order to save her own skin. But his cat believes she is actually his mate. When Emma escapes from Cian before he can figure out how to deal with her, he vows to track her down one way or another. But once he catches up with her he finds her on the hunt for her sister and in a whole heap of trouble herself. Emma strikes up a bargain with Cian to find her sister, one that could potentially break her heart since she is falling for the sexy shifter.
Primal Pleasure starts out strong and as always with a Somers book, very, very sexy. Cian has been in stone form for a hundred years but now that the curse is lifted his lust for Emma overrides his desire for revenge. He is instantly protective over the sexy sorceress even though he assumes his attraction is the result of an enchantment spell. But his attraction to her rides him so hard, he doesn’t fight it much. He wants Emma and even though she knows she’s flirting with some serious danger, Emma is extremely attracted to Cian as well.
Somewhere in the middle of the book the story begins to sag a little. Not to the point where I was bored, not at all, but I felt that the hunt for the sister was drawn out a little and the lack of the presence of the villain until very late in the book caused the pace to slow a little too much. All of the main action and big revelations happen fairly late in the story so the only real danger for the protagonists seemed to come from each other.
Cian and Emma make a great couple and their chemistry is so very sexy. I liked that even though both had reason to avoid falling for the other they didn’t waste a huge amount of time resisting each other. The loving relationship does not come easy for them since they have some things to overcome but I liked that they both found each other so appealing even when they shouldn’t.
I’ve read all three books in Sydney Somers’ Pendragon Gargoyle series and while I enjoyed Primal Pleasure very much, it was not my favorite in the series. However, I can certainly say it is still a recommended read. Sydney Somers writes love stories with a sexy edge that keeps me coming back for more. Certain revelations near the end of Primal Pleasure leave me eagerly anticipating a second chances romance.
Growling low and sexy, he dropped his head until his lips skimmed her cheek. “If you get any more aroused, I will take you right here without a second thought. I need to be inside you that much.”
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