I’ve finished Primal Bonds (obviously) and all I’m left with is a vague ‘meh’ feeling. It seems like I never fully engaged with the story. I never really cared about the main characters the way I wanted to and I felt that everything was a bit too pat to really enjoy.
We open the book right in the middle of the action. I usually enjoy this, but here I found it a little confusing. We were introduced to the heroine, Andrea, like we were supposed to know her already so I spent a couple minutes skimming through the previous book, Pride Mates, trying to find mention of her. I guess she’s completely new, but with how long it had been since I read the first book I thought I had just forgotten about her.
I found it odd to be dropped into the middle of a mate-claim. I know the reasons that were given for it, but I never understood the attraction between them. It was just there and we were supposed to run with it. The accelerated relationship was one of my problems in the last book, but at least I felt the connection there. Here they just seemed to spend a lot of time panting for each other with no real reason.
The distance I felt toward them made most of their relationship feel false. They spent a lot of time having sex or thinking about having sex and it almost seemed like a substitute for developing an actual relationship. I didn’t hate them, but I found the side characters more interesting.
Speaking of side characters, I’m glad we got more details about Glory and Dylan. I really liked them in the first book so it was nice to see more development there. I was very pleased with Glory for what she did, but I felt it all worked out a bit too quickly in the end. I hope that’s not the end of it and that we get to actually see them talk and work out some of their issues in the next book.
I really liked that the author strayed outside of the shifters and introduced us to the Fae. The world, Collars, and Shiftertown details were one of my favorite parts of the first book so it was nice to see it expanded here. I thought it was interesting to get to see a shifter’s perspective out in the human world and wish we could have seen a bit more of that. There were some things that set Andrea apart because of her Fae heritage and I hope we get more detail on that eventually. I’m curious to hear why it’s different for her. <–Yes, that was vague on purpose.
The book was a quick read, but I felt like a lot of issues were solved too easily. I never really felt an air of seriousness or worry about the resolution of the problem with the humans and that was echoed in the easy going, joking manner that everyone had. I didn’t want conflict for conflict’s sake, but it felt like issues were stopped short before they actually got meaty. That goes for Andrea’s interactions with a certain mystery guest that kept cropping up as well. It just all was a bit too easy for me.
“Bikinis,” he said. “I knew it.”
“We’re strangely fond of each other’s underwear.”
“I promise not to wear yours if you don’t wear mine.”
Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley
Published March 1st 2011 by Berkley Sensation
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