Oct 10, 2014

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Review: Primal Instinct by Sydney Somers (Pendragon Gargoyles #0.5)

primalinstinct4 star

Paranormal Romance
August 3 2014
140 pages
Received from author

Yummy Man – Ryker McKinnon
Kick Ass Chick – Corrine Lawson

From Goodreads –
For months Corrine Lawson has walked a fine line between reality and madness. The only thing keeping her sane is her sexy and mysterious next-door-neighbor, Ryker. Yet the closer she gets to uncovering the truth about him, the harder it becomes to resist the man who exposes her to a dangerous world steeped in myth and legend. Surrendering to him and the sizzling connection that burns between them means succumbing to the madness within, and that’s not a fight she’s willing to lose.

Both man and wolf, Gargoyle Ryker McKinnon has spent nearly a century tormented by his past, hungering only for vengeance—until he finds Corrine, a spirited human and the key to his redemption. Determined to use Cori as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, nothing prepares Ryker for the staggering emotion her touch unleashes or the brutal need to claim her as his own.

When Cori is caught in the middle of a bitter feud and a centuries-old greed for Excalibur, will Ryker’s secrets destroy the woman he loves or finally awaken the fierceness inside her?


Primal Instinct is the prequel to the Pendragon Gargoyles series by Sydney Somers. I have read all the books in this series and reading this prequel was a treat. It allowed me to quickly visit with the brothers and sister who are pretty much the center of this series and even though they had not found their mates as of yet in this book, it was nice to just see them on the page. They are a great family unit. And the men are yummy, so bonus there 😉

I love the mythology that Sydney uses in this series. Arthur and Excalibur mixed with huntresses and gods and goddesses…really fun to read. You get a quick rundown of the world she created in this book. That’s good for those of us who have not read the books in this series in a while and it’s good for those of you who may be curious about this series. Where some prequels have too much going on where, unless you have actually read the next books in the series, you would feel lost this one was just right for long-time fans and newbies alike.

Primal Instinct follows Ryker and Corrine. Corrine feels she is going insane. Thing are happening to her, changes, that she can’t explain. She’s convinced there is something seriously wrong with her. I mean, who literally growls at people? She confides in/vents to her neighbor Ryker. The thing is, they talk across a fence on their apartment balcony. They have never actually seen each other. Well, that’s not true. Ryker has seen Corrine and he knows exactly what is going on with her, but she is not privy to this information.

Ryker is a wolf gargoyle. Thanks to a curse, until they find their mates, shifters are forced to turn to stone during the daytime hours. He knows that Corrine is turning into one like him. Well, sort of. The thing is, she has no idea. She doesn’t know what her father really is or anything about this ‘other’ world out there. I loved how they were connected without having seen each other. And Sydney did a great job writing that chemistry. It’s apparent straight from the get go.

I enjoyed reading both Ryker and Corrine. They were both strong characters who handled the different situations that were thrown at them well. Whether running from hired dragon shifters to learning about Corrine’s true heritage to dealing with the truth about her father and the truth of Ryker’s past, they were good alone and very good together.

Primal Instinct is a good read. It works well as an introduction to the world and the series for those who have yet to give it a try and as a tie in for those of us who have read the other four books in the collection. It also reminded me how much I enjoy the characters and the world created by the author. It really is quite unique, interesting and entertaining.

4 stars

Books in the Pendragon Gargoyles series –
Primal Instinct
Primal Hunger
Primal Attraction
Primal Pleasure
Primal Temptation


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