Review: Primal Design by Danica Avet

Primal Design by Danica Avet
Series: Cajun Heat (# 2)
Release Date: September 19, 2012
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc
Pages: 139
Source:  Publisher

Fashion designer and bear shifter Kitty Chambers thought fifteen years was enough time to get over her first love, Monk Badeaux, but when she sees the sexy cougar again, her mating instincts return and it’s all she can do to keep her paws off him. Despite her wariness, Monk unearths a part of her sexuality she’d never known existed, using it ruthlessly to win her back. Monk is hazardous to her well-being and her heart, but Kitty isn’t sure she stands a chance against all this heat.

If you love something, set it free. Monk Badeaux did that and suffered the consequences. When Kitty comes home, he falls head over heels in love with the independent, no-panty-wearing woman his childhood sweetheart has become. And she hates him. Luck is on his side when he discovers his mate has a streak of exhibitionism he’s more than happy to exploit if it’ll bring them closer. Alleys, school gyms, cars…no location is sacred when a cougar is out to win his mate.


Review:  After getting a quick glimpse into the history between Monk and Kitty in Book 1 of the Cajun Heat series, I couldn’t wait to read Primal Design and watch the fireworks display. The author definitely did not disappoint. It was great finding out firsthand exactly what happened to cause all the friction between these two. When they finally came together again, the scenes were so hot I thought my tablet was going to spontaneously combust. That scene in the alley especially, oh my! I don’t know about Kitty and Monk but I needed a cold shower after that.

In addition to the steamy love scenes, I enjoyed revisiting our friends from Book 1 which also included witnessing Daisy and Ram’s wedding. While I feel an individual could have easily read this story as a stand-alone, there were a few references to scenes in Book 1 that I feel without having read it, the reader may not have fully understood what was being referred too.

While I understood that had Monk not driven Kitty away back when they were younger due to the “secret” his father shared with him that fateful night, she would have never gone on to become the successful designer that she turned out to be, I could not help but be a bit heartbroken and sad when the ending played out. While we get our happily ever after, I felt a bit bittersweet too. All those wasted years.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed this second book in the Cajun Heat series and look forward to seeing what the author has planned next.