Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Blog Tour-Review, Excerpt and Giveaway: Primal Hunger by Valerie Twombly



Primal Hunger
Guardians #3
Release Date:  January 14, 2015
Paranormal Romance
252 pages

Cursed since the day of his creation, Seth has struggled with his identity.  While his sanity balances on a razor’s edge, it is only a matter of time before he succumbs to the evil inside him. When realization strikes that the fiery Kaitlyn belongs to him, he must not only battle his past but fight his desire to claim her or chance killing them both.
Handed a dagger as a child, Kaitlyn O’Hara has slaughtered demons her entire life. It should come as no surprise that she is also destined to save a crazy vampire. When fate reveals her true identity, she must search her heart for the courage to move forward.
Katie holds the key to help save humanity. With Seth’s dark side edging closer, he prays he can keep it together long enough to protect her through the challenges she must face. However, he could prove to be her biggest threat.
He fights his desire to claim her. She battles to save him. Together they wage war to protect humanity. Who will survive?

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Excerpt 

The cell door opened, and a woman walked through. Seth picked up his head to study her and recognition hit.

Katie.

The redhead turned to look behind her. “Lock the door, and don’t come back until later.” The gate slammed shut, and they were left staring at each other.

“Are you here to feed me?” he snarled. The need to have her gone pulsed through his veins. He would show her his darkest side if need be, though he hated like hell for this to be the way she would remember him.

She tipped her head, and blue eyes flashed at him. “I’m here to save your sorry ass.” Her gaze narrowed, and she thrust her hands on her hips. “If you think you can fool me into leaving you, you’ve got another thing coming, mister.” She stepped closer. “How dare you! I need you to help me so I can set events in motion. If you want to drop out of the picture, you do it after you’ve meet your obligations.”

“You’re as crazy as I am.”

She raised her chin. “You bet your f*cking ass I am. We make the perfect pair. Now, are you gonna play by my rules?”

He let a slow smile curl upward, and his fangs dropped. “You should fear me, because once I get my hands on you, I will relish pinning you down while I take every last drop of your blood. Your body will be left here on the concrete floor to grow cold while I gain strength.” He laughed. “Do you really wish to unleash my thirst on the world?”

The voices started chanting. Kill her. Kill her. One rose above the others and demanded silence then whispered, Lure her in. You can finally have what you desire.

Yes, yes, he could, and for once, he had to agree. His hunger twisted his gut into a burning knot. He licked his lips. “Very well. Come closer, and I’ll let you save my sorry ass.”

She took a hesitant step, and her fear slammed into him, causing saliva to fill his mouth. He remained still. He’d allow her to come to him then he would pounce. He’d have to be quick because he was sure this was all a trick, but maybe, he could use her to bargain his way out.

Their gazes never left each other, and before he knew it, she was within reach. He grabbed her arm, swung her around and jerked her to his chest. His c*ck stiffened when her tight ass brushed against him. He pushed her hair aside and exposed the silky flesh of her neck. He wanted to sink in his fangs, but instead he kissed the soft skin. She moaned, which caused him to harden further.

He suckled, taking care to bring the smaller vein closer to the surface, all while the dark one screamed in his head to hurt her. Seth managed to hang onto the small, thin scrap of sanity he had left and fight back. When he could stand it no longer, he pressed his fangs against her skin and let them slide into her vein. Sweet strawberries coated his tongue then the back of his throat. His gut rumbled as the nectar reached it, and his c*ck throbbed.

He’d never tasted anything so intoxicating in his entire existence. Even the voices sighed in relief at finally being fed. He wrapped his arms around her waist and held her firm to him. His mind hardly registered the moans that escaped her as her body experienced orgasm.

Her blood continued to flow, bringing strength to his weakened muscles. She struggled against his hold, but he pinned her in place, not wanting to give up her taste. It was better than the addicts he’d drunk from and much more preferable to the blade he’d substituted in its place.

Realization smacked him as her heartbeat weakened and images of Vivian lying dead on the ground assaulted his memories, yet he still drank. Then something zinged through him, and his body tingled. He lost his grip, and Katie shoved herself away. She turned to face him, blue eyes glaring. Blood still trickled down her neck from the twin punctures, and he wiped his hand across his mouth. Then dawning hit.

He’d tried to kill his mate.

My Review

I was looking forward to reading Seth's story, and I sure was not disappointed!  With the curse slowly driving him to insanity, you know there had to be a good story behind how he became the way he is...and how he could be saved.

Kaitlyn is a very strong and smart female lead, and a good match to Seth's equally strong, cunning and stubborn nature.  The two of them together don't quite click all the way for me, I think due to just how overly strong both their characters are.  But thankfully for me that didn't really take away from the overall story.  

Now that we're into the third book of the series, most of the secondary characters we've been reading about for a while, so they are all becoming even more well developed.  And as we learn more and more about all of them, it makes you want to know all of their own stories even more (honestly, this series has the potential to go on for quite a while-a big plus for us readers!).

The story itself flows very well, and really does draw you in-I read this almost straight through.  Lots of drama, lots of action, plus I really like in this series that not only are we getting the story from the male and female leads' POV, but also from other characters.  This helps not only to add depth to the individual stories, but also to the overall series.  And you're also going to get plenty of hot and steamy here-especially since there's a lot of sexual tension built between Seth and Kaitlyn since he is resisting so strongly against them coming together as he tries to stave off the madness that is slowly taking him over.

My overall rating for Primal Hunger...4 solid stars!

About the Author
As a child, Valerie would often get into trouble for peeking at her mother’s favorite TV show, Dark Shadows. She can still hear her mother saying. “It will give you nightmares.” She was right of course, but that did not stop Valerie from watching. As an adult, her love of the fanged creatures never waned. She would watch any vampire movie she could find.

Being a true romantic, Valerie was thrilled when she discovered the genre of paranormal romance. Her first read was one of Lara Adrian’s, Midnight Breed Series and from there she was hooked.

Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL. Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers.

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Book Trailers:

Eternal Flame, Guardians #1

Fatal Desire, Guardians #2

Primal Hunger, Guardians #3

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