Primal Instincts: Volume 2 – book review

Primal Instincts: Volume 2
by Nicole Edwards
Release Date:  February 17, 2023
Publisher: Nicole Edwards Limited
Volume 2 of the Primal Instincts story
(this is being released as a serial)
Number of Pages: 240
Erotic Romance
Ages 16 and up
CW: sexual harassment
I am only one week into my new job at Primal Instincts, LLC, when I realize super sleuth is not something I will be adding to my resume anytime soon.

Although I’m still on my mission to uncover the truth about the secret kink club I suspect exists and is somehow tied to my employer, I find myself with more pressing things to deal with than solving that mystery. Between balancing the work assignment I’ve been given and the change in my current dating status, the only time I have left is spent dealing with a dominating, manipulative, not to mention sexy, man who has me in his crosshairs.

Unfortunately, the aforementioned dominating man starts the dominoes falling when his manipulation puts me in a vulnerable position.

It’s crazy what can happen in a week.

This volume of the Primal Instincts story allows the reader to get to know Garrison a bit better. Although he is introduced and plays a part in Volume 1, he wasn’t as prominent as Creed and Hawk in that book. Journey gets to spend a lot of time with Garrison in this story and they have just as much of a connection as she has with the other two men.

A quick reminder that the author is releasing this story as a serial every 2 weeks or so with each installment coming in at more than 200 pages. So while there is no resolution at the end of each book, and I’m sure there will be some cliffhangers in there along the way, there isn’t a long wait to find out what happens next each time. Anyway…

I’m enjoying the fact that these three men whom Journey is getting involved with not only have distinct personalities, but the connection they have with Journey is different for each. That’s not always easy to pull off, but I feel the author is doing an incredible job so far.

While Garrison is prominent in this book, Journey’s best friend is virtually MIA. This bothered me a bit with some of the things Journey is going through in this leg of her journey, yet there is a brief explanation that rings true. I just would have liked to get to know her better and for Journey to have had an ear to bend about her confusion with the three men and their antics.

Journey’s work life has not gotten any easier. The creepy guy has gotten creepier, and the jealous co-workers haven’t exactly been warm and inviting. But much is happening on that front, which is part of why I wish Journey had someone to talk to.

Although this is only the second volume in this serial, I’m fully invested. This is touted as a harem story and so far, while there has been some spice, the story hasn’t delved too deeply into the BDSM aspect of the lives of the men or the multiple-partner scenario that is sure to be coming. That just makes me anticipate the future books even more.

4 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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