Thursday, April 5, 2012

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Savage Awakening

J.D Tyler is an award-winning, multi-published author who writes for New American Library under three pseudonyms. Whether this is due to an overdose of ambition or a multiple personality affliction, she’ll never tell.
J.D. writes dark, sexy paranormal romance and has a huge thing for shifters, vampires, the Fae, and just about everything else that goes bump and grind in the night. She can’t get enough of those dangerous supernatural heroes, and the fun of creating her own was just too much temptation to resist… so she didn’t. J.D. doesn’t do self-denial.
When she isn’t writing, J.D.’s idea of a good time certainly isn’t cleaning house (sniff), bungee jumping (not in this lifetime, or the next), or camping (her idea of “roughing it” is a slow bellboy). She enjoys reading, being pampered like the diva she is, and spending time with her awesome family. She lives in Texas with her husband and two teenagers.
Savage Awakening, Book 2 of the Alpha Pack series
Author:  J.D Tyler
Synopsis:  A group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers combating the greatest dangers in the world. But sometime those dangers are more intimate than they bargained for…

After a mission goes wrong, Aric Savage is taken prisoner. Half-dead and despairing, he makes a stunning discovery: his Pack mate Micah Chase, who was reported dead, is a fellow captive. When the Alpha team goes into full-rescue mode, accompanying them is an absolute stunner with sable hair—and a spine of solid steel.

LAPD officer and Psy Dreamwalker Rowan Chase has one priority: her brother Micah’s recovery. Still, she can’t help but be drawn to Aric, the ruggedly handsome wolf shifter who pleasures her as no man ever has—however fleeting their affair is destined to be. But when Aric’s life is endangered, Rowan must ask herself what she’s willing to sacrifice in the name of love, for the man fated to be her Bondmate.

Our Review [by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha - Michelle L Olson]: 
I thoroughly enjoyed Primal Law and was incredibly excited for the release of Savage Awakening.  The day it arrived on my Kindle I settled in for the ride…
Save Awakening picks up where Primal Law left off, with Aric Savage kidnapped and held hostage by Orson Chappell and the NewLife mad scientists along with another missing team member, Micah Chase, who disappeared and was originally presumed dead six months earlier.
Micah’s sister Rowan, an officer with the LAPD, continues to search for her brother believing in her heart that if he were dead, she’d know.  When she gets a tip about a hidden facility in the Shoshone that may lead to news of her brother she heads out for answers.  What she encounters is more than she ever bargained for, however. 
Thrown into a whole new world full of things she only thought were nightmares, but knowing that seeing is believing, Rowan joins the Alpha Pack to find and rescue not only her brother but their missing Pack brother, Aric. 
When a lead finally pans out and they rescue Aric and Micah, the true adventures begin…
Aric is damaged in Savage Awakening.  Not only physically, but mentally as well -  torn between hating Jaxon for his part in his ultimate kidnapping and torture and his own actions prior to that which led to the Event and the traumatic experiences beforehand.  The snarky red wolf that we came to know and love in Primal Law is back, though he’s continually finding himself hiding behind his snark as a coping mechanism, and when yet another twist is thrown into his mix in the form of a mate he never thought he’d meet, he almost takes the easy way out.  Arik has a huge heart and high insecurities and they get him into major trouble.  He makes poor decisions thinking that it’s the best for everyone, when in reality; it’s not good for anyone. 
Rowan is Aric’s perfect counterpart.  She’s tough and witty like he is, but she also has a huge heart and puts everyone before herself; even when it puts her own hide in danger.
Aric and Rowan’s story is somewhat predictable, following very closely the exact path that Jax took with Kira in Primal Law, but it’s still very enjoyable and the rest of the story in Savage Awakening is gripping.
 Kalen’s story unfolds further, as it’s revealed who the ‘Big Bad’ is that is after him.  We learn more about the mysterious Hammer, a secret is revealed about A.J, and Nick is yet again tortured by his prescient visions and his inability to interfere with fate. 
Sariel plays a large part in Savage Awakening as well and while I already loved him in Primal Law, I adore him now and cannot wait to find out more about him and have him get more and more involved with the Alpha Pack and their mates. 
LITERAL ADDICTION gives this book 4 Skulls and would recommend it to everyone who loved Primal Law and Black Magic, as well as Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Magick and Shifter lovers far and wide. 
Savage Awakening isn’t as fast paced, action packed and chock-full of ‘stuff’ as Primal Law was, but it’s a captivating and enjoyable read and a nice addition to the series.
Bring on Kalen’s book J.D!  After the ending of Savage Awakening and the events that took place in Black Magic, I CANNOT wait to find out how you deal with all of the drama.  I am beyond excited!  :)

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