PRIMITIVE FIX – Meet two brothers, tiger shifters, and the women who bring out the beast in them.
Part 1 - Kenyon
Sage Villalobos has been destined to marry Kenyon Maddux since the day she was born. As the second-born in her wolf clan, she came into this world owing a debt to the family of shape-shifting tigers who rule the Louisiana swamps in the Atchafalaya Basin. Kenyon is the only man she’s ever wanted, the man who sets her blood on fire, but she’s tired of being indebted to his family for something she didn’t do. She wants him to choose her because he loves her, not because he owns her. When Kenyon’s brother, Nik, is taken prisoner, Kenyon turns to Sage for help. Using her unique skills, she knows she can help him free his brother, but there will be a price. If she agrees to do this, she wants Kenyon to release her from her debt. However, the only thing Kenyon wants to do is hold on to her and never let her go.
Part 2 - Nik
After months of captivity as part of a roadside attraction, Nik Maddux is finally able to escape. Injured and at death’s door, he makes his way through the swamp only to collapse near Juliette’s home. Juliette pulls the naked man into her cabin and begins nursing him back to health, marveling at the black stripes which cover his body and the feline features of his face. She knows he’s not quite human and realizes she may have found a kindred spirit, someone whose secrets are as deadly as her own. When Nik awakes, his attraction to Juliette is instant. While she heals his body, he wants to heal her soul. But danger is lurking in the swamp, and the longer they stay together, the more likely they are to lose everything.
Her story begins with Part 1 – Kenyon. Kenyon is the second born and has already been mated to Sage, a wolf shifter. Although the couple can generate enough heat to start a fire, Sage is fighting the mating. She wants the mating to Kenyon to be because he loves her, not because of a promise or destiny.
Nik’s story, in Part 2 – picks up with Nik trying to recover from injuries sustained during captivity. Being unable to shift for a long period of time, has Nik trying to recapture his humanity as well. When he awakens, he finds that he has been taken in and doctored back to health by Juliette, a beautifully reclusive woman with deadly secrets of her own.
Paranormal shape shifters can be tricky. The reader has to be wooed and convinced that shifting is a separate world inside our own. Sometimes too much or too little detail on the why takes away from the story. Alicia Sparks is able to enchant the audience with her writing and creates a believable world. This is a fantastic start to her new Primitive series. My only complaint would be that it was too short – I wanted more – but it was definitely a 5-star read!