Primal Law by J. D. Tyler
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...
This book is the first in the Alpha Pack series and while I had some issues with it, there is enough good stuff here for me to continue reading the series. Part of the problem for me, was that I felt like maybe I had read this book before but I wasn't completely sure. It wasn't until halfway through that I was able to say for sure that I was in fact rereading. I didn't take it as a good sign that I had forgotten so much of the story...forgettable is not an adjective I use in conjunction with good books.
The book opens with Kira stealing some artifacts from the research company she works for...something is off with the head honchos that Kira works with and her gut is telling her to get the samples now and figure out what is wrong later. Only, it doesn't quite work that way as she is caught and chased by guards with guns. Just when they catch up with her, she is saved by Jaxon who is in town for some much needed down time. Down time that is immediately curtailed when his shift to a wolf is witnessed by Kira. Jaxon takes her back with him to Wyoming to the super-secret facility where he and his team (and some researchers and other paranormal beings) work and live.
Kira goes along pretty willingly and soon ends up with a job working in Block R--a place where paranormals are housed until they can be rehabilitated and reintroduced to the real world. On her first day she is able to connect with a fae that no one else has managed to talk to...convenient much? However, I did enjoy Sariel and hope that he gets more page time in upcoming books. She also works with a gremlin named Chup who was cute. Jax and Kira have a series of hot-and-cold encounters that weren't my favorite. At one point Jaxon, who has fought at least one close friend for getting too close to Kira, heads out for a booty call and only stops because he loses his erection. If he hadn't, I am not at all sure that he wouldn't have followed through with the lovin' and that left me feeling icky. While he and Kira might not have been committed, it was obvious that something was going on and his actions did not cast him in a flattering light.
The story then starts to head down coincidence city when the research lab Kira left is found to be dumping bodies in a small town close to Jax's facility. Seriously, of all the places that you dump bodies outside of Las Vegas the goons selected Cody, Wyoming? Really? And then, for some extra drama and angst it turns out that Kira is Jax's mate and if she doesn't accept his mating bite he will die. If she does, he will lose his shifting and other abilities for an unknown amount of time. Yikes. There was a lot going on, including a line on some shifter teammates who were presumed dead who might in fact still be alive and another teammate who is taken by the enemy and there are several story lines that were left wide open.
Despite all of that, I still want to continue reading this series as I do feel that there is promise in J. D. Tyler's writing. I want to see what happens with the missing teammates as well as see if Sariel eventually gets his own book.
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