I am pleased that I finished yet another galley. Rush of Darkness, the next in the Primal Instinct series by Rhyannon Byrd is a good one. I updated the series page, and the review is below. Enjoy!
Review: I had, overall, been enjoying this series. And I am happy to say that this book is one of the higher points in the series. While there have been installments that I enjoyed much less then others, here I was relieved when I finished this one. Because, I admit, I was worried at first.
We have here the story of Raine, the psychic half-vampire we met in the last book, and Seth McConnell, the human ex-Collective soldier. They both have their issues with themselves and each other. That’s nothing unique in this genre. However, somewhat unique was how well the prior installment set the foundation for the development of this particular relationship and how well it took advantage of that set-up. The pair was one I found myself routing for, much more then, say Hope and Riley. There was action, some great steamy scenes, and definite progression in the overall story-arc of the series.
It was also great to see how involved some of the other characters were. Often in this genre we get lots of great books about couples, but as we progress in the series we only get peripheral action from the other characters. I know it’s hard, since these books really are about the “couple de jour” but when you leave the rest of the cast behind sometimes the books feel like a little bit of a waste. Here, that is not the case. I loved who we saw and how much we saw of them.
I was worried, having just finished the prior 2 installments (and diving right in, no time in between) that some of the descriptions were going to just continue to repeat (for example, the author used “vein-ridden” or “vein-riddled” over and over and over in the last two books) and they were loosing their appeal they were so over-used. But, happily, the author found some new ways to phrase things. She found new ways to get us steam. And, the internal struggle that each half of the couple always has in these books didn’t feel as frustrating as it has in other books of this genre. The emotional struggles the characters felt, felt much more real and made it much more enjoyable.
My biggest complaint is that there is sort of a throw away chapter or two here (including the epilogue, which I would have just saved for the prologue of the next book). They are clearly meant to set up the next installment, but they felt like a waste and really didn’t add much. And one of them was maybe a page long – so it really felt unnecessary.
There’s still mystery given that the overall arc of the series started to change direction a few books ago but it didn’t feel strained and feels like a natural progression. We get some closure, but more struggles too so that I know there will be more books to come without having to trump up some last minute excuse that feels rushed and like it came out of nowhere.
I was hooked on this one and had a very hard time putting it down. I felt as if my nook was calling me begging me to pick it back up just to finish this when ever I couldn’t be reading.
I look forward to the next one!