Early Review: Primal Possession by Katie Reus

, by Kt Clapsadl

Primal Possession by Katie Reus
Moon Shifters #2

To protect her, he will unleash the beast within...

As his pack’s second-in-command, lupine shifter Liam Armstrong gives orders and takes what he wants—until he meets red-headed, blue-eyed December McIntyre. Liam knows the human beauty is his intended mate the moment he sees her, but December is far too strong-willed to accept his protection.

December, whose brother is the town sheriff, has every reason to mistrust shifters after one killed her youngest sibling. But the forceful and handsome Liam has gotten under her skin in a way she hadn’t thought possible, and the desire she feels for him is almost too much to bear.

When a radical hate group targets all humans known to sympathize with paranormal beings, December is attacked in her bookstore. Reluctantly, she turns to the only one who can help her: Liam. And he is going to take her to places within herself she never knew existed.

As the second in command for his pack, wolf shifter Liam Armstrong isn't used to hearing the word no unless it comes directly from his Alpha. So when he meets December McIntyre, a human, and realizes she is his mate he sets outs to claim her. Much to his surprise she proves extremely resistant to his advances, and making her his won't be a walk in the park. Meanwhile, danger heats up as she becomes the latest target of an anti-paranormal group set on eradicating the world of shifters, forcing her to turn to Liam for protection, even as she shields her heart.

I really loved the dynamic between Liam and December, especially as it changed. From the start, Liam is rather relentless in his pursuit of her being rather strong and almost overbearing at times. Luckily, he did seem to know just when to take a step back to keep him from going overboard, but he sure did stretch the limit to the max. December, on the other hand fights him tooth and nail, thwarting his every pursuit even as it pains her to do so. She's carrying around a lot of damage and guilt over her younger brothers death at the hands of a shifter. So, it is no wonder she fights against her attraction to Liam so hard. However, there was a point in the book where the tide started to change, and I really loved seeing the role reversal as December became much more secure in her desires, even as Liam became much less sure of himself. It was just fun to see her chase him for a change, even if he was being a knucklehead.

Just like the first installment, Primal Possession centers around the main couple, but also provides a good bit of set up for the next. Not only that, but the original couple from the first book also plays an important role, really tying these books together. This style makes the transition between books feel more like a continuation rather than an ending and has pushed this series high on my favorites list in the genre. A lot of my pet peeves in paranormal romances stem from the limited focus each book has. Even though I am a huge romance fan, I like to see characters develop over several books rather than jamming everything into one, resulting in never seeing them again except for cameo/small roles. I realize the books in this genre are generally written that way so they can be read out of order or as a standalone, but I very much prefer the closely knit pattern this series is following. 

Between the incredible cast of characters, the swoon worthy romance, and the incredibly high stakes, Primal Possession was a fantastic read from start to finish. Add that to the close knit nature of the books, and this series really stands a step above the rest. In fact, the next one is already on my most anticipated list for next year. So if you like your romance hot with plenty of build up and a plot that sucks you right in, Primal Possession simply is a must read!

(Received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley)

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