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Primal (Nightshade #1.5)

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Four all-new stories of primitive desire- with a never-before- published novella of the Breeds.
#1 "New York Times" bestselling author Lora Leigh returns to her sensual world of the Breeds in an all-new novella that explores just how savage, and how far, a man is willing to go in the name of desire. Plus three other stories of irresistible passions from three masters of h
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ebook, 400 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Berkley Books (first published December 21st 2010)
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Melindeeloo
A diverse collection of authors and stories- mild and hot, naughty and nice

Primal instincts fuel many of the love connections in this collection which pulls together four stories that vary greatly in sensuality, as well as showcasing a pretty diverse group of authors. Most of the stories are related to the authors' series - Rowen's and Gray's standalone pretty well - Leigh's requires at least some familiarity with her Breeds, and Strong is a new to me author, so I am not sure about whether or no
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Kathryn
Primal is a collection of novellas from 4 paranormal romance authors, each taking place in the middle of an already published series. This means that the book is a horrible place to begin for any reader interested in the authors.

As a rule, I dislike anthologies. As many readers have pointed out, some anthologies can feel like a rip off, including essentil stories only available in the collection. Completist readers find this frustrating. Yet this collection, since it only includes 4 popular aut
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Mandi Schreiner
Bleeding Heart by Michelle Rowen

Please note: Bleeding Heart contains spoilers related to the first book in the series, Nightshade.

Bleeding Heart picks up a few days after Nightshade ends. Declan’s friend tells them of a Dr. Reynolds who has stated he could help get the poisonous Nightshade serum out of Jill’s veins. Jill was injected with Nightshade, a deadly poison to vampires. It gives her spells of being nauseous and the black, ink-like substance that runs through her veins has turned her hai
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Tamara
had to read Primal Kiss by Lora Leigh first. It was fab as she is always! Bleeding Heart, by Michelle Rowen is the continuation of another novel Nightshade, and while I read it as stand alone it is obvious it is part of a series and doesn't really work for me.The second story by Ava Gray was also part of a series, but was easy to pick up the story line on and made me want to read more of the series(the point of anthologies I guess) The third story I could barely get thru,(my daughter skipped it ...more
Alisa
Ok... I only read the Primal Kiss by Lora Leigh and all I have to say is that with all the little rumors flying around.. I was anxcious to see how this was going to be... and all I can say is WOW. WOW. WOW. Not only was the sex sexy..lol.. but what you find out about someone that for like 22 friggin books you thought was totally the evil nasty SOB you thought they were.. comes to find out not so much... CRAZY!!!!
Rossy
This novella was actually very good, even in size. I only wish Leigh would get a better editor or beta. There were so many repetitive parts, that someone like me who doesn't notice those things, got annoyed by it.
 ~V~
Only read the Breeds anthology for now. For me, it was just ok. I did like it better than some of the past Breed anthologies..some of the older ones i really didn't care for...although the series as a whole i LOVE! This particular story was centered around Creed, a lion breed enforcer. I think that i maybe didn't feel a very strong connection w/ this story because i didn't really know a whole lot about Creed..i remember him being mentioned in some of the past books, but i don't feel that i knew ...more
Kaleigha
Hm, another tricky anthology. I both love and hate them at the same time. I know they are a complete waste of time (unless written by Nalini Singh, who can pack a whole story into those few pages), but I can't resist when they feature a story from a series I follow. Such is the case with Primal. I avidly read all of the Breeds stories, so this was a must have...no matter what.

Well, I actually read two of the four stories, so that isn't bad. I haven't gotten into Michelle Rowen's Nightshade serie
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Kathy Davie
Lora Leigh’s Primal Kiss is part of her Breeds paranormal series. They’re not shapeshifters but men and women who were genetically created in a lab using the DNA of felines, wolves, coyotes, and marine life. They’ve broken out of those torturous, inhuman labs and they are finally finding life although the Breeds must still fight for their freedom from those who don’t believe they should exist…or, at least, not as humans with human rights.

The Breeds are still desperately searching for a cure for
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Mspink
Primal Kiss (Breeds series) - by Lora Leigh. I will never stop reading this series. I'm committed. But I have to admit that I don't enjoy them as much as before. And that really bothers me. Because I'm a huge fan and always will be. Probably the first 10 books or so were the most powerful for me. They seem a bit predictable to me now. I admire LL's ability to describe things and her attention to so much technical detail also speaks very well of her writing talent. But the plot lines have been a ...more
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
BLEEDING HEART
RATING:**
SENSUALITY:**
PLOT:**

This one was just okay for me. Although I was intrigued enough to purchase the 1st book based on these characters.


SKIN & BONE
RATING:***
SENSUALITY:**/HALF
PLOT:***

I really liked the characters in this one. The pacing for the setting and what makes these two tick were done superbly. I will definitely be checking out "Skin Heat"


ANGEL CLAIMED
RATING:**/HALF
SENSUALITY: **
PLOT:*

This was my least favorite out of the four. This one just was not all that inter
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Maya
Bleeding Heart by Michelle Rowen: 4/5 Even though it is part of a series I got enough of the back story to enjoy it very much.

Skin and Bones by Ava Gray: 3.75/5 Another one that is part of a series but is very much stand alone too. You don't get confused about who is what and why. I just couldn't get into the characters very much. The story though was really good.

Angel-Claimed by Jory Strong: 2.25/5 I'm not sure if this was part of a series or not but I found myself skimming and skipping a lot t
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Cindyg
Okay, truth be told, I purchased this anthology for Lora Leigh's contribution and I must say I wasn't disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed Creed and Kita's story. It had my heart racing and my pulsing speeding. HAWT just doesn't cover it. Fabulous read!
I highly recommend it.
MelissaB
Only read Primal Kiss by LL - 3.5 stars, she still isn't quite back on her game yet but it wasn't a bad story (just could have been better)
Bookaholics
Primal- Anthology
Paranormal Romance – Feb. 1st 2011
4 stars

This anthology is a mix of action pack to ultra sexy stories. It features a short urban fantasy which is part of Michelle Rowen’s new Nightshade series. It also includes a new Breed story by Lora Leigh and has a story that is part of Eva Gray’s Skin. And finally, the anthology also has a novella by Jory Strong featuring vampires and angels. Each author has their own voice which makes this anthology an uneven if good mix.

Bleeding Heart by
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Tina
Bleeding Heart by Michelle Rowen
Skin and Bone by Ava Gray
Angel Claimed by Jory Strong
Primal Kiss by Lora Leigh

Ok since this is an anthology I will give all my info about each story then give an over all anthology score.

Bleeding Heart:
Sensuality:2 out of 5
Rating: 3 out of 5

I have never read anything by this author. Aparently this took place after this first book in her series. I am not sure if it was a romance, paranormal, or urban fantasy but this story was more an urban fantasy. It focused on t
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ValerieC
(Kindle Edition)

I have had this sitting on my Kindle for quite a while, and I am not sure why I haven't read it before now, but I am glad I finally did.

I am only interested in the Lora Leigh Breeds series story 'Primal Kiss', so that's all this review is about. (I didn't read any of the others).

I really don't like it when an author puts part of such a large series into an anthology, forcing the reader to buy content they don't want in addition to the one story they do want. With a few more pages
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Shelley Hoerauf
This was a book that I would highly recommend. It contains four stories, #1 "Bleeding Heart " by Michelle Rowen, #2 "Skin &Bone " by Ava Gray, #3 "Angel-Claimed" by Jory Strong, and #4""Primal Kiss" by Lora Leigh. I had never read from any of these authors prior to this book, I came out of this book wanting more of most of these novellas. #1"Bleeding Heart" was an excellent story I thoroughly enjoyed, I would rate it a 5 stars. It's #1.5 for the Nightshade series and it made me want to go bu ...more
Habrewer
Primal by Lora Leigh, Michelle Rowen, Jory Strong & Ava Gray
*This book is part of my private library, not a review copy*

I picked up Primal because it contained a new breed story by Lora Leigh. I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed the other three stories in this book, especially after reading Running with the Pack.

Primal Kiss picks up right where Styx’s Storm left off. Some of my favorite breeds make an appearance giving you glimpses on what is going on in the breed world. We learn a litt
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Amanda
The only novella worth reading was the Lora Leigh story. The first novella, by Michelle Rowan, could not standalone without the previous book, Nightshade. It begins only days after Nightshade leaves off apparently, and since I did not read the previous book, I could not connect to the characters or the story at all.

The Ava Gray novella was a standalone, although part of her Skin series (I think). Although it was easy to follow, it just did not hold my interest at all. I did not end up finishing
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Michelle
Great collection of short stories by some of my favorite authors. Some, like Lora Leigh and Ava Gray, I wish were full-length stories. This was my first in the Nightshade series by Michelle Rowen. I've loved her Dead End Dating series so now I know I'll love her newer stuff and I should go pick that up ASAP. This was my first story by Jory Strong and without a bit more background to her world, it was a little hard to get in to. But it intrigued me so much that it makes me want to try the first i ...more
Darcy
This review is based on the stories from Lora Leigh, Ava Gray, and Jory Strong. I enjoyed them all, they all were based in series that they already write.

Leigh's story was a quick little tale within the Breeds. It was a fast tale of finding a mate and betrayal. I really liked the couple and wish that they would have had a full length book.

Gray's story was with a character I don't remember well, but it didn't matter. I really liked Silas, loved the interaction with Juneau and hope we see more of
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♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
I gave this book a 5 star for lora leighs story alone. It answer questions, and ends a partial bit of a side story. I love the breeds. These books are pretty erotic, but if you can get past that, you will love the breeds themselves!! I read it for this story alone, so I am not lowering my rating for the other stories I did not like even half as much. The eroticism is not my draw, but it fits perfect. If it wasn't the breeds, I would discount it as a cheesy romance. Gotta love the over-the-top al ...more
Ann  Lorz
I loved the leigh book. Who doesn't love her stories. Not a fan of first person so didn't read the Rowen. Gray's story was not bad. This was the second story of her's I've read. It wasn't that I didn't like it, I just did love it. The Strong story you can tell was from a series. When I started it I thought...I've missed something. Instead of using this story to get non-readers to read her series, she left you feeling lost.
Melanie
I only read Nightshade 1.5 which is why its getting 4 stars, A nice short story about Jill and Declan as they continue to try and find a cure for the nightshade running through jill's body with disasterous results. A couple of really sweet moments between the two aswell :)
Stephanie
solid writing here, enjoyed the Leigh story and I think I'm going to pick up the Rowen book based on the strength of her story. this is why I like anthologies.
MsMaybelle
I only read Lora Leigh's story - Primal Kiss.
An excellent next step in the breed storyline
Carolyn F.
Anthology. Better than average anthology. I read 3 of the 4 short stories so the story I missed will not affect by rating. 3.67 stars which I will round up to 4.

Bleeding Heart by Michelle Rowan. This was a really good story. I liked how Declan wanted to feel something for Jill and sometimes little peeks would come through. I'm planning on reading the next book in this series instead of starting at the beginning since I have the gist of the story. ****

Skin and Bones by Ava Gray. Really good short
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Jessica
For me, the stand-out stories were by Gray and Strong, but they're both better if you've read previous books in their respective series.

Bleeding Heart by Michelle Rowen
Strong but vulnerable characters, interesting storyline, but the writing style didn't really work for me. I think it has something to do with the pacing of the dialogue, but I'm not sure. This is a normal reaction for me to Rowen's writing, though, so it might just be a taste/personal preference sort of thing.

Skin & Bone by Av
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