My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/reviews/RRs/Jan09RR/primalelements.CD.html
After claiming there isn’t a man on Mars that was for her, for her thirtieth birthday present Jenna Robins is shanghaied by her best friends and taken to the dating service Perfect Match. Deciding to grin and bear it, Jenna is shocked to find the program claims her “perfect match” is Ben Hawthorn. Ben is gorgeous and rich, to be sure, but he also happens to be the one man Jenna loathes since he pulled the funding for her research project seven years ago. But a deal’s a deal, and Jenna promised her friends she’d go on one date with whomever the program set her up with. What Jenna doesn’t expect is the searing attraction between her and Ben. The man she detested is still the arrogant CEO she knew before, but something’s different about him. As desire pulls Ben and Jenna into a night of passion, the two start to learn that perhaps their match wasn’t a fluke.
Then an alien artifact is discovered on a site Jenna is working on. The lovers are drawn into a web of mystery and danger as they try to determine the secrets of the artifact while battling an enemy from Ben’s past. In the midst of it all, Ben and Jenna must come to terms with their growing relationship. Can the two overcome past hurts enough for their out-of-control attraction to lead to love?
I’ll be honest, futuristic stories rarely interest me. Yet, the premise of Primal Elements caught my eye and I had to give it a try. I’m so glad I did, because I absolutely loved it! Primal Elements is sexy, gripping, and wholly delightful.
Ben and Jenna are a classic case of seemingly opposite people attracting, only to find out they’re not very different at all. What’s engaging about this story is that the energy between Ben and Jenna just comes off the page. Jenna is prejudiced against Ben because of his actions years ago and Ben is too prideful to correct her misconceptions about him. Nevertheless, the two are so physically drawn to one another that their desire overcomes their reservations and the resulting passion leads to their romantic realizations.
Besides my enjoyment watching the sparks fly, what endears Primal Elements to me is the likeability of the characters. It’s a pleasure watching them come together because I am rooting for them to overcome the obstacles, internal and external, in their path.
I Joyfully Recommend Primal Elements. It’s a sparkling, fast-paced tale brimming with action, sensuality, and romance. I simply could not put it down and am not-so-secretly hoping Christine d’Abo writes a story for Ben’s charming best friend, Matt. Ms. d’Abo overcame my reluctance towards reading a futuristic romance and I will definitely be looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.