Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Number of pages: 432
Word Count: 99,582
Cover Artist: Angela Bauer
Mica Thomas is Sean O'Cahan's worst nightmare. Part angel, all Primani, he's a ruthless protector with unusual talents. Jaded by the weakness of humans, he takes a hands-off approach to his charges. His job's to protect her. That's all. But Mica's got other ideas. He's strong, but she's stronger. Will his one moment of weakness destroy them both?
Mica doesn’t believe in quaint notions of fate and destiny. She’s a live-in-the-moment kind of girl until she’s attacked and left for dead. When Sean and his friends appear out of thin air to rescue her, Mica knows there’s more to them than they’re saying. Secrets and lies pile up but she can’t walk away from him.
As the clock ticks, Mica is drawn deeper into the Primani world until there’s no way out.
Tick-tock. Time is running out. What happens when it does?
By Laurie Olerich
Review by Scott
3 of 5 Stars
Laurie Olerich’s Primani, first in a series of plucky, angel, action adventure novels is a fun, hopeful yarn. Mica Thomas is an above average girl in a world of hurt. Primani opens as she is assaulted by a small town psychopath. She’s nearly finished off in the novel’s first quarter, which sees her through the early stages of recovery from rape and assault. And who better to help her recover in the world than Sean O’ Cahan, a handsome, hunky, ripped, Irish young man who has arrived from out of town as Mica gets her feet underneath her? Sean and his buddies are not what they seem, and in the early stages where Mica and her friends lust over their finely sculpted bodies and pine for sexual release, Sean and his friends remain distant from the girls who lust after them. They offer distraction, safety, and mystery to Mica who only wishes for life to move forward. To forget about the recent violent past. The tension is palpable, and as Mica’s fate rushes towards a second encounter with her assailant, Sean and his buddies reveal they are more than human.
Sean’s buddies, Dec, the protective one, and Killian, the strongest, and most aggressive, do not approve of Sean’s affection towards Mica, as the three carry themselves like trained special ops about upstate New York. And, as the narrative unfolds, are trained ops, just not of the human variety, they are Primani, soldiers of the first legion, and through a physical and romantic connection between Sean and Mica, Mica learns the truth, and sees the world through the eyes of the soldiers, quite literally, as she gains psychic powers.
Olerich’s gift is expressing the sensuality of the characters, as Mica’s body drives her character through much of the novel. She’s young, she’s got a rockin’ body, and she means to use it, whether it means hiking with her dog through the forest, or feeling it react to Sean’s warm naked body; Primani is a feast for the senses, and Olerich homes in on the sensations Mica and Sean feast upon as they grow closer and closer.
The boys are stationed in Mica’s neighborhood as part of a larger military plan in the age long war against demons, and Mica is drawn deeper and deeper as she and Sean grow closer and closer. Primani is a sweet novel, the heart and life of a young woman at stake, and though Mica faces mortal danger she’s got guardian angels to show up and help her, hunky ones at that, and her relationship with Sean smolders; Olerich keeps the reader hot, but doesn’t let it boil over, after all Sean has more important matters to tend to than his hot and bothered earthly girlfriend.
The Primani and Mica head to New York, where she is inducted into a deeper world of angels and their associates. Demons run rampant in the city, and the boys gear up for a fight with Dagin, a demon whose history with the Primani goes way back. And as Mica’s new psychic abilities round into form, her powers grow, as does her importance to the growing circle of Primani guardians and warriors she hangs with; her new family.
Olerich amps up the action in the city, and brings the action to a satisfying conclusion as the team, as it were, heads back to the mountains to foil the demon advancement. Olerich doesn’t dwell much on the nuances of demon plans, or how exactly, the angels hope to deal with the threat, she instead focuses on the relationships between Mica and her new family. The emotional setting is Mica’s heart and mind, and as she grows into her new role with the Primani, the relationships grow deeper, and more intimate. If you like your butt-kicking action with heart and levity, the Primani series will deliver.
This book was provided free of charge as part of the tour for an honest review.
It was about time to go out. Ricki and Dani were coming over to get me in a little while. I was finishing my hair and looking at my face critically. Was my nose crooked? I peered closer at my reflection. Mm, maybe it was okay. All traces of bruises were gone. The heart shape of my face was back and my lips were full from good genes instead of blood clots. I looked at my eyes for changes. Wide and tilted up at the outside, they shone dark blue in the mirror. They still had a shuttered look to them. I wasn’t quite healed. I forced a happy smile that would reach my eyes. Ugh! That’s worse. I look like a crazy person. Better to keep the smile small. I would just hope no one paid much attention to my eyes.
A movement caught my eye in the mirror. I spun around but the room was empty. Carefully, I snatched up my hairspray and crept around the corner. If someone was in here, they would get a rude surprise. I was armed this time! But I didn’t hear anything and I didn’t really sense anyone else. I must have imagined the dark-haired boy in the hall. At least it didn’t look like Scott Flynn. Maybe I needed a dog.
The party was huge. We were out in the country at Dani’s friend Angel’s house. Her parents had gone skiing and left the house to her. We were glad to keep her company…all 100 of her best friends. I hadn’t been to a party since my going away party last summer. After my mom’s funeral, I stayed with my sister until I finished school. It was horrible but my friends helped a lot. They kept me busy on the weekends and then threw a huge drunken bash for me before I left in June. It was the party to end all parties. I came very close to losing my virginity that night but was saved the trouble by the police after the neighbors complained. Marc was devastated.
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About the Author:
Laurie Olerich is the author of the new Primani series. Part urban fantasy, part romance, part paranormal...Three things she can’t live without! Laurie spent most of her life in the Northeastern United States and in Western Europe. She now lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her son and Dalmatian duo, Domino and Rambo. Desperate to escape the heat, she lives vicariously through Mica and her Primani by setting their adventures in the mountain coolness of New England and the rainy days of London. Before throwing caution to the wind and diving into a writing career, Laurie dedicated 20 years to her country by serving in the United States Air Force. Much of her time was spent around men with guns and cool toys...this explains her obsession with both.