Thursday, January 1, 2015

JD Tyler - Primal Law

Founded by a group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers tasked with eliminating the most dangerous predators in the world. But the gift of their abilities comes at a price…
After a massacre decimates half his team and leaves him crippled, Jaxon Law must relearn how to fight—and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when he rescues a beautiful woman who reawakens his primal instincts, Jax is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead.
On the run from her employer, brilliant lab assistant Kira Locke has evidence that leads the Alpha Pack on a hunt for someone targeting human civilians with Psy abilities. And as Jax and Kira circle both the killer and each other, Jax will have to decide if the deep connection he feels with Kira is worth breaking the ultimate shifter rule—because bonding with Kira means putting his abilities at risk, and they might be the only tools he has to keep his mate alive…

Comment: One more small comment for another of the last books of 2014.
This book has been in the pile for a long time, but it's always better late than sorry and finally I picked this one up.

This is a paranormal story featuring a group of soldiers who were bitten by wolves during a mission and they are now shapeshifters. This the first of a series called Alpha Pack and the main protagonist is Jaxon, someone who saw friends die because he trusted the wrong woman and never let it go, despite his friend's support.
Kira Locke is a lab assistant who suspects something's wrong and steals something her bosses are secretly working on. She has the help of Alpha Pack when she is attacked in Las Vegas and they take he to their compound. In there, Kira faces a new reality, finds friends and starts falling in love for Jaxon and vice versa. But in a world with more paranormal beings that she dreamed of, are the military missions the worst danger the team faces?

This story isn't very original in terms of paranormal ideas. Still, it has the potential to be a good series just like we see with so many other authors out there. However, I think the author tried all the clichés possible and sometimes less is more. I also think the pace wasn't well done, because some things happen too fast, others don't seem to be explained enough, there's importance given to many details and the romance was the biggest loser in my opinion.
Kira and Jaxon have a connection but I didn't think the author used the best tools to enhance their relationship. I was glad they found happiness but the process wasn't romantic or interesting.
Another thing that caught my eye for the not so good reasons was how the guys have powers, unique and personal to each one of them, and they can do things with that. I didn't like what Jaxon did at the end with his, or better, what I didn't really like was how the author used devices to increase angst and drama where it wasn't needed. 
Once again, some things are better savored with less drama than more and it felt fake and melodramatic to make the end like that.

I wasn't very impressed with the story but I have hopes for some f the next protagonists. I'll read the next one during this year and see how it goes, if I want to keep up with the series.
Grade: 5/10

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