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Taylor’s a rock star whose career isn’t exactly on a high note at the moment. Because the record label wants her to “be good” and focus on her next album, they hire a bodyguard for her. The only problem? The bodyguard is the very guy she had a one-night stand with a few days before. Talk about awkward.
Colt served in the military for 12 years, and suffers from PTSD and survivor guilt over what happened while he was there. After leaving the Army, he now does security work. The company he was working for fired him after an incident and now he’s doing it freelance with a buddy. When he finds out that their next assignment is none other than the woman that left him in the middle of the night, he wonders what he can do to get another chance with her.
While Colt’s hired as a bodyguard just for general precaution originally, soon they realize that Taylor’s life is at risk – from two sources. Her dick of a father, the president of a biker gang, who pissed off the wrong group, as well as a psychotic fan that believes they’re meant to be together.
It’s clear from the very beginning who the bad guys are, and what their motives are. A few scenes throughout are told from each of their POVs (the psycho stalker and Taylor’s father), so the reader knows what’s coming. In that way, it’s a bit predictable. The stalker is completely batshit and the plans he has for Taylor are disgusting. The father just needed to grow a pair and take care of his own shit and leave Taylor alone for good.
I felt like the pacing was a bit off at times. There were quite a few suspense scenes against the bad guys and each time it seemed like in one paragraph they were fighting for their lives and the next paragraph the bad guys were suddenly wrapped up neatly and waiting for the cops. I suppose it all read as too rushed, and I had to go back to reread these scenes to try and figure out if things were truly taken care of or if it was an easy way to set up for a surprise attack coming (it was not).
The chemistry between Taylor and Colt was definitely there from the beginning and continued all through the book. I had no complaints for this.
Maybe it's almost TMI, but this quote (below) just works for me. So much. ;)
There were also a few fun pranks they pulled on one another in the first part of the book. First, Taylor set up a dating account on a furries site for Colt and he had random weird texts coming in. Then Colt took all of Taylor’s guitar picks, put them in a mold of Jell-o, and set up a glitter bomb on the fridge door. Taylor responded to this by hiring 3 male strippers to show up at Colt’s place while he had his buddies over for poker. Finally, Colt messed with Taylor’s cellphone settings and turned some of her commonly used words/phrases into hilarious autocorrects instead. See below for a few examples.
But the fun banter they had going in the beginning of the book didn’t really continue the rest of the way. I know this is a romantic suspense book, but I wish there had been even a hint of that fun sprinkled through some of the latter part of the story.
All in all, I liked Primal Instinct. It was hot, it had a few fun scenes, and it was a quick read for me. I’m kind of curious about Roman -- Colt's freelance buddy -- so if he gets a book, I’ll probably pick it up.
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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher.
*Note: The quotes used belong to Tara Wyatt; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.
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