Primal Elements by Christine d’Abo

Primal Elements
Christine d’Abo
Ellora’s Cave (2008)
ISBN 9781419918254
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (9/08)


There aren’t a whole lot of social things to do when you live in a space colony on Mars.  To combat this problem, Jenna Marie Robins, Professor of Environmental Issues at the University of Mars, is given the gift of a membership in Perfect Match for her 30th birthday.  This is a dating service on Mars.  To Jenna’s surprise, her match turns out to be Ben Hawthorne, the richest man on Mars.  He is also very sexy and handsome.  Jenna knew him years ago and had decided at that time that he was an arrogant jerk.  They were involved with a business deal that went badly.

Jenna still sees Ben as arrogant, however, she finds herself unable to resist the chemistry between the two of them.  Ben tries to show her that he is not quite as bad as she thinks he is, but it will take a lot of work to really change her mind.  Meanwhile, they allow the attraction between themselves to culminate into some very hot, erotic scenes.

Their romance is disturbed when Jenna’s team discovers an ancient alien artifact.  This artifact seems to increase her attraction to Ben.  Things become dangerous for them when they discover that a piece of it is missing.  Jenna also learns that not everybody on her team is trustworthy.  When it is believed that the artifact could destroy the colony, Jenna and Ben have to work together to stop it from happening.  Meanwhile, not only their attraction is increasing, so are their feelings.

“Primal Elements” combines the best elements of science fiction, romance and erotica.  d’Abo obviously has a very creative imagination which she puts to good use in this book.  I really enjoyed getting caught up in the chemistry between the hero and heroine. I also loved the plot.  This story has a very unique surprise in it, and I think that readers will love discovering the secret of the artifact.  “Primal Elements” is definitely a book that can’t be put down.

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