PRIMAL HEAT is an anthology, or a collection of stories by Sherri L. King, Lorie O'Clare, Jaci Burton and Lora Leigh. They are tied together by fantasy themes and preternatural or supernatural characters. They are also mostly one-dimensional, though they vary in the level of heat they inspire. I know I don't usually like anthologies. Usually, one or a couple authors has to compensate for the other authors' weaker stories. More authors than usual stepped up to the plate, I suppose. However, in my opinion, Burton did it the best with RUNNING MATE.
#1. Moon Lust by Sherri L. King.
Brianna goes to Russia, fulfilling a promise to her dear Uncle Alexei. All you will learn about Russia, if you've never been is that the Ural Mountains are "breathtaking," "cold" and "humbling." Likewise, King fails to expound on Brianna and the male lead, Ivan Davidovich Basileus (who gets to third base before Brianna even knows his name); King fails to elucidate the details of their relationship beyond the bedroom. The execution of their love story is as fake as Ivan's name: sex, sex and more sex. No talking aside from repetitive statements from Ivan about the moon, but (though we never actually hear any conversations or humorous anecdotes or sharing of secrets) apparently they "enjoyed an easy and fast friendship," easy sex and even easier love. Crazy. Ivan learned most of what he knew about Brianna when she was passed out rambling in her sleep...including what he knew about her private parts! MOON LUST didn't even attempt to pretend there was a plot beyond the bedroom action (which was OKAY; the scenes, not the story, in FETISH were better) and there wasn't any character development. This is a bit of fluff to read, if you've got a few minutes on your hands and nothing else to do.
Okay Porn: No stars.
#2. Lunewolf: Pack Law by Lorie O'Clare
Like lots of...people, Sophie Rousseau is part of a culture in which...marriages are arranged. Unlike most, Sophie is obliged to make a life-long connection with not one other...person, but three.
Unlike MOON LUST, the `love scenes' in LUNEWOLF were very spicy and are definitely good for getting the juices flowing. O'Clare proves it's true that down-n-dirty stories are okay, even absent a plot, if you don't try to pretend that it's more than erotic porn.
Sexy: One star.
#3. Devlin Dynasty: Running Mate by Jaci Burton
Senator Jason Devlin appears to be the most eligible bachelor in Washington-that is, a handsome, thirty-something Senator who happens to be single. Who cares about his politics, right? Well, Kelsey Harper cares. She wants to know who the charming Senator really is underneath the polish. As a reporter for her father's paper, The Washington Oracle, Kelsey's after a one-on-one interview with Devlin. Well, Kelsey finds the answers to her questions in more ways than one.
Only Burton really attempted to craft a short STORY. Though everything is moving quickly (there are only 58 pages in which to get it all done), Burton attempts to throw in some of the typical markers of romance. Here, there is at least a clear framework-potential. Here, there is a framework for a book that could be both exciting and suspenseful.
Oh, and the `love scenes' were positively steamy. I guess I should use those special code words: not for the faint of heart.
Good: Two Stars
#4. Wolfe's Hope by Lora Leigh
I hoped for more after reading a Breeds book. Wolfe's Hope is another book about genetically altered individuals who can mark their one true mate. In this case, the story concerns Wolfe and his one true mate, Hope.
I can say about Leigh that if you've read her before, then you know not to expect much as far as plot or character development. It's just a matter of how hot (see TEMPTING THE BEAST) or...odd (see SARAH'S SEDUCTION or MARLY'S CHOICE) the story is going to be, in my opinion.
As usual, sizzling and shallow: One star
All in all, pretty okay.