Mar 22, 2011

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Review: Primal Pleasure by Sydney Somers (Pendragon Gargoyles #3)

Paranormal Romance
August 24 2010
135 pages
Samhain Publishing
Received from author

Yummy Man – Cian
Kick Ass Chick – Emma

From Goodreads
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.


Primal Pleasure is the third book in Sydney Somers’ ‘Pendragon Gargoyles’ series. In the first book, we learn that Cian has been cursed by a Sorceress and that he has remained in his stone form for a century because of it.  His brothers and sister are desperately trying to find the Sorceress who cursed him in order to have him set free.  In the second book, we find out that the Sorceress has been captured – or so they thought.  *da da dummm* Primal Pleasure is all about when and how Cian is finally set free.  But he’s not freed the way we assume he’ll be freed.  *da da dummm*

This is a paranormal romance series, so that means that each book focuses on the hero and how he finds his mate.  I mentioned this in my review of the first book, Primal Hunger, but it’s worth mentioning again.  I especially love it when the hero in a PNR book is a shifter or another paranormal type whose animal instincts take over when finding their mate.  The whole “Mine” aspect of it.  The whole “I’ll chase you but never doubt that I WILL catch you” aspect of it.  The whole “I need to mark you with my teeth so the whole world knows who you belong to” aspect of it.  It makes me all tingly just thinking about it.  Well, this book was like the first book when it came to the ‘animal leading to capture his mate’ part and I was happy about that.  I’m not sure why I like that so much.  Maybe it’s because I want Jason to bite me and leave his mark on my neck for all to see…including my mother.  And my father.  Okay…maybe not.

Cian, being that he was “asleep” for the past century, has a little catching up to do once he wakens.  It’s cute how we see him trying to adapt.  Some of the conversations he has with Emma made me giggle.  I also enjoyed reading Emma.  She is a sorceress who is lacking in the magic department.  I found her to be strong even though she feels weak.  And her friend and the whole twist with that!…didn’t see that one coming.  That was pretty cool.

The only thing that sort of bugged me while reading this was, as I understand why Emma wasn’t telling Cian that she’s not the one who actually cursed him, I don’t know why it took her so long to finally tell him.  Or for him to figure it out on his own for that matter.  It didn’t bother me enough that I was cursing the book and wanted to give up on it, I just found myself wondering a little more than I think I should have.

In any novella, I always wish there was a little more information into the background of the main characters and into what makes them tick.  I didn’t feel at a loss or anything while reading about Cian or Emma, I just wish there was a little more.  But what I read did keep me interested.  I liked reading about these two and I liked them together.

If you’re wondering if I enjoyed this one more or less than the other books in the series…well, I’ve enjoyed them all pretty much equally.  I find they are similarly well paced and well planned.  I enjoy the family that is the center of this series and I like the world that’s been built.

What I’m really looking forward to is book 4, Primal Temptation!  At the end of Primal Pleasure, there’s a twist involving Briana…and now I MUST know what’s going on with that!  But I have to wait, like the rest of the world, until Summer of 2011 to find out what’s up.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’So revenge is all that matters to you?’ She certainly hadn’t gotten that vibe when she’d touched his belongings and experienced his memories.
‘Not all that matters, no.’  He dragged his shirt over his head and tossed it behind him.
‘Whoa there, Chippendale.  Let’s keep this PG rated.’
Unfazed, he moved his hand to the fly of his jeans, drawing her attention down his toned abs – and how had she missed those on the roof?
‘Is there a problem?’
Hell yeah, there was a problem.  She just couldn’t remember exactly what it was.”
“Clearly spending a century as a rock left you a few pebbles short.”

Books in the Pendragon Gargoyles series –
Primal Hunger
Primal Attraction
Primal Pleasure
Primal Temptation (2011)
Primal Surrender (2011)

  1. I didn’t like this one as much as book 2 – but I still like her style of writing. Looking forward to more!

  2. I bought this one right after I finished book 2, but haven’t read it yet. Your review makes me want to fix that right now!

  3. Mandi – I remember reading your review and your saying that. This one does have a slightly different feel than the second book. 🙂

    Colette – Read it. It’s quick and a good continuation to the series.

  4. I really love your reviews on this series and I like that it’s a series of novellas instead of full length novels…the problem is I have so many books on my TBR list that it’s not even funny. But I do have the first book in this series on my TBR list and as soon as I get around to reading it I’ll be reading the rest of the season if I enjoy it as much as I do believe I will.

    I also enjoy the whole man finding his mate and wanting to make sure everyone knows she is his…it’s a nice aspect of some of the supernatural worlds. 🙂

  5. Really enjoying your reviews on this series! Really thinking about picking them up at some point this year lol!

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