I’m doing a review for Safari Heat. This time on a book called Instinct by J.A. Garland.


Lone wolf, Rory Archer, never failed a single mission. Now the hunted instead of the hunter, Rory unwinds a twisted trail leading back to Amber Arlington, a spirited Halfling tied to a world of Shadows. Bound to vows initially forged out of necessity, Rory and Amber’s relationship surges into more than either of them had bargained on. Scrambling to identify their attacker before joining the casualty list, Rory is forced to do the unthinkable, or watch Amber become a slave for his species.
In the battle against Shadows, demons and all variety of monsters come out to fight. Can one wolf learn to trust in time to save them all?



San Francisco, March 13, 0700 hours

Anxiety prickled Rory’s chest before fanning out to raise the hairs on the back of his neck. Dropping quickly, he pressed his torso and legs flat to the ground. Prone was never first pick, but a small silhouette was the best concealment the area offered.

Lifting his head, he scanned the beach. Early morning waves rolled onto the shore, a salty surf leaching down to darken the sand. He twisted, angling to look overhead. No birds, no surfers, no stray animals. Nothing. The absolute absence of activity confirmed his instincts.

Rory sprang to his feet in a protective half-crouch and turned, just in time to see a man come out of nowhere. Lowering his head and steeling his body, Rory head-butted his attacker square in the gut.

“Shit!” The man grunted, expelling an angry rush of air as he hit the sand.

Rory resisted the urge to leap back into the fray. He’d been in enough fights to know men with tunnel vision didn’t live to fight another day. Giving himself a buffer, he took a few steps back. “I’m not here for you.” This wasn’t the Otherkind Shadow whose dossier he’d spent the better part of the evening memorizing.

Who was this man and why was he tangling with him?

“Do yourself a favor and stay down,” Rory growled while looking around. Several distant figures headed their way from the north and the south. It was entirely possible they weren’t friends of the man who’d tried to jump him. They could be nothing more than the early morning runners they appeared. But other runners never made him feel this on edge. Just what in the hell was going on?

“You might not be here for me, Wolf, but we’re here for you.”


One thing I will say about the opening chapter, the fight was pretty accurate.  Being a Kung-Fu Instructor, one of the things that stands out most to me, is when the fights are inaccurately portrayed.

Opening with a fight definitely isn’t something I see often. That alone sets Instinct apart from all other books.

Without giving any specific spoilers {which I know a lot of people hate in reviews} I’ll say Mrs. Garland includes a variety of different creatures, which I found fascinating.

The writing is clean and easy to follow, the characters are engaging and come to life from the first page. The plot takes many unexpected twists.

Mrs. Garland’s writing builds suspense from chapter to chapter, keeping the reader fully submerged in the world she has carefully crafted.

Rory’s an agent, so deep undercover that when certain things come to light, he’s left to wonder who squealed on him. His predicament really makes the reader question what’s going on behind the scenes.

He calls in an old favor from Grace, a former training partner. One she can’t refuse, and the game is on.

Enter Amber, a feisty, woman whose was hurt in the past, and revels in her bitterness. So ensues an amusing game of cat and mouse.

Suffice it to say, I was unable to stop reading until I finished the novel, and thoroughly enjoyed the plot, and characters.

The epilogue makes it clear that Instinct is only the first of a planned series, one I look forward to reading. I will keep my eyes peeled for more works from this talented author.

Author Bio:

J.A. is a full time firefighter in the state of California, an addicted trail runner, a connoisseur of all things cheese puff, and an author for BURST Books. When she isn’t slogging through the obstacles at a mud run, you can find her hunched over her computer unleashing demons, vampires, and werewolves upon the world.

Release date: September 4th 2012

Publisher website: http://burstbooks.ca/

Buy Link: http://burstbooks.ca/product.php?id_product=74


About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

8 responses »

  1. Marc Davies says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  2. J.A. Garland says:

    Thanks, Marc! I’m thrilled with the review. Can’t wait until tomorrow when the book releases.

  3. January Bain says:

    Cannot wait to read it, J.A., it’s going to be a great, thrilling read. Best, January

  4. January Bain says:

    I’ve tweeted the link if anyone can retweet, great!

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