Friday, December 9, 2011
Book Review of Primal Calling by Jillian Burns
Author: Jillian Burns
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Type of book: Alaska, romance, blaze, 2011, adult
Year it was published: 2011
Television-program host Serena Sandstone already has her bags checked for her flight out of Anchorage when she sees the "White Wolf"—and his animal attraction is overpowering….
Serena attributes her intense interest in sexy, scruffy bush pilot Max Taggert to journalistic instincts about his shadowy past. Right. She's prepared to go pretty far to get his story— and he's prepared to let her. Before long, they're feeling the heat in the Land of the Midnight Sun, until Max's past triggers a fight for survival neither of them ever expected!
The characters stayed in character throughout the novel; and although Serena's problems are not as tragic as Max's, both characters struggle to overcome them; Max opening himself up, and Serena trying her best to be happy with the way her life is going, and trying to prove to Max that she's different than what he thinks. What I liked about Max's character is that for him actions speak louder than words and that's a unique way of trying to prove his love towards her. It's rare to see characters doing that. Serena ultimately learns about respecting privacy and that some wounds aren't easy to heal.
If you have a choice between love and hate, always choose love.
This is in third person narrative, from Serena's and Max's points of views. I kind of liked how the author teases the readers with what we think we'll hear about Max's past, but in the end we're told to wait until Serena asks him. The plot is both a mixture of sweetness and bitterness; that is while the first half seemed to be bitter, the last half is sweet, especially with Max trying very hard to please Serena in small ways.
Jillian Burns has always read romance, and spent her teens immersed in the worlds of Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennett. She lives in Texas with her husband of twenty years and their three active kids. Jillian likes to think her emotional nature-sometimes refered to as moodiness- has found the perfect outlet in writing stories filled with passion and romance. She believes romance novels have the power to change lives with their message of eternal love and hope.
I enjoyed reading this book a great deal. The characters are very vivid and in character throughout the book. What I liked was that it took a lot of time for Max to change and to like Serena; in fact both they both didn't fall in love at once. I liked the secondary characters as well, especially Max's Grandmother. I do wish that Mickey could've had a larger part in the novel but it's okay. Something else that's interesting is comparison of this book to her other, Night Maneuvers. Without spoiling anything, both of the male heroes had unstable childhoods and I was surprised to see her handle the situation a bit differently than in Night Maneuvers.It's good that Max is trying though.
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)