Feb 1, 2011

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Review: Primal Attraction by Sydney Somers (Pendragon Gargoyles #2)

Paranormal Romance
January 12 2010
116 pages
Samhain Publishing

Received from author

Yummy Man – Cale
Kick Ass Chick – Sorcha

From Goodreads
“A lethal huntress, Sorcha lives to track and eliminate rogue immortals—until her latest assignment turns out to be a sexy, gargoyle shape-shifter. From the start she’s shaken by the lust his touch awakens inside her. Not only that, but the cat is convinced she’s his mate, and for the first time, she’s unable to kill her target.

Still mourning the loss of his mate, Cale is stunned to find Sorcha alive. Yet the woman he aches to possess doesn’t recognize him and is after the only thing that will save his brother—a mystical weapon that will lead to Excalibur.

Determined to protect his family and reclaim his mate, Cale ruthlessly takes advantage of Sorcha’s one weakness—her desire for him. Desire that could unlock their past…or cause him to lose her all over again.”


Primal Attraction is the second book in Sydney Somers ‘Pendragon Gargoyles’ series.  A series filled with shaprshifters, fairies, dragons, wraiths, huntresses, goddesses and so much more.  I for one am really enjoying it.

In book one, Primal Hunger, we quickly met Cale.  But then, he vanished.  *queue spooky music* And by the end of the book…we still don’t know what happened to him.  Well, Primal Attraction is all about where he was, who he was with and why.

Cale was once mated to Sorcha.  Eighty years ago, she died right before his eyes.  A gruesome death that still haunts him.  (There was a beheading involved.  Yeah…not pretty.) All the while, Cale’s brother Cian has been cursed and is permanently set in his stone form.  But a mystical dagger can help him.  Cale has the dagger, but isn’t the only one who desires it.  A huntress is sent after him to recover it.  Now you see, huntresses are dangerous women and when you come face to face with one, you rarely leave alive.  Cale should fear this huntress who faces him now – he normally would – but he doesn’t.  Why?  Because the huntress is Sorcha.  Yeah, WTF right?!

As a huntress, Sorcha’s memory must be cleansed every 100 years.  She has so recollection of Cale or of their mating.  But that is not going to get in his way.  He is determined to help her remember what they meant to each other and how strong their bond was.  Socha may not remember Cale, but her body seems to have committed him to memory.  There are some pretty steamy scenes in this book, let me tell you!  Fun and steamy scenes.

I liked how Cale and Sorcha’s relationship was handled in this book.  It could very easily have been cheesy with the whole “I don’t remember you but you remember me” scenario.  Sydney brought much emotion and passion to this book.  The characters were great to read.  Their chemistry is wonderful and how their HEA was written was actually not predictable!  Just when you think you’ve figured out their path you are left scratching your head.

I like the Pendragon World very much.  It’s modern and credible but with a touch of whimsy.  And I like how the immortal characters can go from their world to ours.  I also find the supporting characters to be delightful.  I especially liked Sorcha’s best friend Nessa.  She’s fun and giggle worthy.

I plan to continue on with this series.  The stories are entertaining, the world strong and the characters fun to read.  There’s a lot a good stuff in these novellas.  Primal Pleasure is the next book and it’s available now.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“Smoothing his hands over his face, Cale pushed his wet hair back.  ‘That was a cheap shot.’
She shrugged.  ‘I warned you.’
‘Come here and say that.’
‘Not a chance.’  She’d sooner be hogtied, dipped in honey and left to face a starving grizzly bear than dip so much as a toe in the lagoon with Cale within reach.  And naked no less.
Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

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

  1. The premise sounds really interesting. I’m not a huge fan of novellas though… I always think they’re too short. Do these end right when you’re getting into it, or are they “just right”?

  2. Fabulous review Julie! I am so happy to see that it wasn’t a predictable book to guess. And hot, fun lovin’ scenes are always appreciated! 🙂 This series is on my TBR list.

  3. Lol, I just like the name of the series, oh how little it takes to pull me in.

  4. Jessica – This one didn’t have the rushed feeling the first one did. But even then, it was good. These are good, well developed novellas.

    Deanna – It’s nice to find some good novellas to read once in a while. They spice things up for you and are quick reads. 🙂

    blodeuedd – LOL. I know right. We readers are such suckers. But this one is good.

  5. I liked this one as well. Very enjoyable series.

  6. Great review! This looks like a cool series =D

  7. Sophia – You were right when you said these books were good. 🙂

    Larissa – It has a nice twist to it. It’s good. 🙂

  8. I really liked this book..this is when I discovered the wonderful characters Sydney Somers writes 🙂

  9. I’m in the minority, but I liked the first one in the series better-I haven’t read the third one yet, but have it in my pile.

  10. Mandi – I do like her characters. They are yum!

    Colette – I did like the first one a little better than this one too. But ultimately they both received 4 stars from me.

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