Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be sharing with you today my review of an amazing new release from Tara Wyatt! and to make things even more exciting, Tara has stopped by today with a little Q&A! Read on for all of the details about the book, my review, and then get to know Tara!
About PRIMAL INSTINCT:
The first time he lays eyes on Taylor Ross in a bar, Colt Priestley does something few men would dare to do. He approaches the world-famous singer, shamelessly flirts with her, and gives her a night in his bed that neither of them will soon forget.
When Taylor’s record label hires a bodyguard to keep tabs on the out-of-control rocker, she’s less than thrilled to find it’s her off-the-charts one-night stand who shows up for the job. She’s terrified of letting herself fall for the damaged ex-Army Ranger, and she’s determined to push him away. Yet every moment they’re together simmers with tension. As the danger from an obsessed stalker mounts, Taylor and Colt are tempted to cross that line again-baring their hearts and souls as well as their bodies-and there’s no telling how hot this song will get.
Miss Riki’s Review:
Ladies and gentlemen, I have found a new favorite author! Seriously, when I first read the blurb for PRIMAL INSTINCT, I was pretty excited. Bodyguard romances are sort of my jam, and I was eager to find one to sweep me away. Well, let me tell you- this book did all of that and more! I loved every high-energy page!
I loved Taylor Ross as the heroine. She’s spunky and sassy and is kind of a reformed bad girl, which totally worked in her favor. I loved seeing her inner struggle as she tries to make sense of her past and reconcile her actions with the myriad of stresses influencing her decisions. She’s every bit the star, but she comes form some pretty rough roots, and isn’t quite ready to place all of her heart in the trust of another man.
However, all bets are off when she has a one night stand with Colt Priestley.
Oh, Colt. How I adore thee! you guys, Colt is a MAN. Like, a dirty talking, completely in control alpha man. From the very opening scenes we meet him in, you know that this guy has it going on. But, he’s also damaged by a very rough past. When he finally finds a reprieve form the nightmares that plague him in the arms of Taylor, he knows she’s the only woman for him.
But it’s not easy. There’s a seriously creepy stalker situation going on (like- REALLY CREEPY. OMG- I’m still thinking about Ronnie. He’s seriously nightmare-inducing.), and Taylor’s father is a dangerous man set on undoing her. Colt has a checkered past and is plagued by nightmares. all signs point to trouble for this dynamic couple, and every scene is a powerhouse of action and momentum barreling to a crazy exciting finish.
I seriously stayed up WELL PAST MY BEDTIME so that I could devour this book in one sitting. It’s so good. And after I finished, I quickly placed my order for her first book, NECESSARY RISK. Like I said, we are in new favorite author territory here. Loved it!
Q&A with Tara Wyatt:
Describe yourself in five words.
Hard working, creative yet organized, daydreamer (That’s 6. It’s the creative in me. Sorry.)
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
While I’m pretty girly (I love makeup, clothes, wine, yoga, and, you know, I write romance) I’m also a big sports fan! I especially love MMA (mixed martial arts) and baseball.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received in your writing career?
“Stay in your lane.” While it’s tempting to compare yourself to others, no good will come of it. You’ll only stress yourself out and make yourself miserable. Everyone has their own path, so put your head down and focus on what you’re writing.
What do you listen to while you write? Or do you prefer silence?
I almost always listen to music when I write, and I actually make soundtracks for each of my projects. If you’d like to check out the Primal Instinct soundtrack, you can see a track listing here: http://bit.ly/1Nyqyob
What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve looked up in the name of research – or what do you think the government has maybe flagged you for?
Ha! Writing romantic suspense definitely gives you an interesting search history. I joke with my husband and my girlfriends that if anything ever happens to me, PLEASE DELETE MY SEARCH HISTORY! I’ve researched different types of guns and knives, counter surveillance techniques, how a pipe bomb works, prison time for various crimes, famous biker gangs, how to break into a house, and different types of gunshot wounds, just to give you a few examples. Combine it with the sexy stuff (um…like my Tumblr feed), it’s a pretty odd looking search history.
My plan, if anyone shows up at my door, is to just give them a copy of the book and tell them that it’ll explain everything. That’ll work, right?
What was your favorite part of writing PRIMAL INSTINCT?
I love classic rock, and it plays a role in the book (and on the soundtrack), so it was fun having scenes come to life inspired by some of my favorite songs. For example, the opening scene, where Taylor and Colt meet in the bar, was partly inspired by “Heartache Tonight” by the Eagles.
And, as a whole, I just love Taylor and Colt, both separately and as a couple. They have such a fun, sexy dynamic, and were a lot of fun to write.
Which actor/actress would you like to see your main characters from PRIMAL INSTINCT?
I cast all of my books, but I never found a perfect match for Taylor. She’s kind of a hybrid. She looks a bit like Lindsey Ellingson (the model), but with the voice and personality of Lzzy Hale (lead singer of Halestorm). As for Colt, that one’s easy. Jensen Ackles. J
What is an unknown fact or fun trivia about PRIMAL INSTINCT?
The original title was Rock Me, but that didn’t really fit with Necessary Risk, so we found something better.
What inspired you to write a bodyguard romance?
I think the idea of falling for your protector/the person you’re protecting is so sexy. The attraction is heightened by the danger around them, and what woman wouldn’t want a ripped, hot, alpha guy keeping her safe? Bodyguards are HOT! The protectiveness, the strength, the ability to think quickly in dangerous situations…so, so hot.
What are you working on now?
I’m just finishing up the third book in the Bodyguard series, Chain Reaction, which will be available early next year. I also have three novellas coming out later this year. Nailed will be in the Dirty Work anthology, and comes out in August, and I have two holiday novellas featuring twin brother heroes (you’re welcome) called Like Fresh Fallen Snow, and When Snowflakes Fall, coming out in October. For more info on those, you can visit my webpage. 🙂
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