Title: Primal Heat (Primes # 5)
Author: Susan Sizemore
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: 2006
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Copy from Friend
As Prime of his vampire Family, Mathias Bridger is sworn to protect his own kind at any cost -- but years of acting as a fierce guardian of his people have left him yearning for more out of life. His chance comes in the form of Phillipa Elliot, the beautiful police officer whose allure hasn't dimmed in the two years since they had a brief, torrid affair. And though she's involved with someone else now, Phillipa can't deny the feeling that Matt is her destiny.
When the Family comes under attack from fanatical vampire hunters, Matt uncovers treachery that shatters his world. So how can he possibly invite Phillipa into it? Fighting to protect his kin, he tries to push Phillipa away to the safety of her mortal life -- but he aches for her, and his will is no match for the flames of their all-consuming passion. . . . (Goodreads Synopsis)
This is standard fare for a PNR series: vampire and mortal love, werewolves and action. What I did like about this series was that, while this was the fifth book in a series, you could read it as a standalone piece. Perhaps there would have been more information on some of the vampire hierarchy in the earlier books, but previous events were never referred to, so you didn't feel like you were stepping into a story part way through.
I did think the lead characters' romance was a bit fast and unbelievable, but I did still like both characters. The prose was easy going with a nice touch of humour and all in all it was a fun, quick read. The storyline was engaging; although, the ending felt a little too sudden for my liking.
Not a major standout PNR story, but one that is still a pleasant read and will appeal to vampire fans who like the 'middle of the road' PNR books and are looking for something new to sink their teeth into. I wouldn't rush out to buy the rest of this series, but I would be happy to read the other books if I came across them.