ARC Review: A Love Untamed (Feral Warriors #7) by Pamela Palmer
With their Radiant kidnapped and their leader, her mate, nearly debilitated by emotional turmoil, the Ferals undertake a journey of trials more deadly and difficult than they have ever faced before. Who knew the newest Fox shifter would be drawn to the coldest, most deadly Ilina warrior ever born? Becoming Fox’s mate is definitely not on Melisande’s must-do list, but when fate separates them from the team and they have only each other to depend on in the heart of a sinister mage trap, they hold the key to the future of the Ferals… and each other. Can Fox save Melisande from her past before Kara and Lyon lose their chance for a future? A Love Untamed is a GraveTells Recommended Read!
- Title: A Love Untamed
- Series: Feral Warriors book #7
- Author: Pamela Palmer
- Prominent Characters: Kieran/Fox, Melisande
- Recommended Reader Age: 16+
- Genre(s): Paranormal romance
- Sexual Content Level: moderate, some instances of sexual assault flashbacks
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Things are pretty grim at Feral house, and all is not well with the warriors. Their Radiant is gone, kidnapped, and their leader is a hot mess. They need to get Kara back soon, not just for the radiance they all need to survive, but for Lyon’s sanity and mental stability. If she dies, he will most certainly follow.
The prickly, rage-ridden Melisande has been a mystery since we first met her in Zee and Julianne’s story. Her history is a traumatic one, and A Love Untamed brings it all back into brutally unforgiving focus for the Ilina who has had to harden her heart and spirit to survive so much. Mel is literally an ancient, so I loved learning “firsthand” about the times before The Sacrifice and all that came just after. The burden of such a long memory and existence must be fierce, but nothing haunts Melisande more than her personal trauma and the need to maintain her shield and the cold heart that lets her keep on keepin’ on… to serve her queen and make amends with her sisters.
I loved getting to see Zee and Julianne again! Theirs was the very first Ferals story I read, Hearts Untamed, a short in an anthology called Bitten By Cupid, and where I first met my shifter crush, Jag. Zee and Kieran/Fox have been friends for many years, and their bond is tight. Our new Fox is a charmer, all sweet, sexy, and Irish. His speech and vocabulary are well crafted, and it’s easy to imagine his deep, smooth voice lilting in the brogue that has made many a female heart flutter.
“Things are not as they seem” has been a theme throughout the Feral Warriors books, but it’s practically the anthem of A Love Untamed. Mage traps, untrusted new Ferals, and brutally drastic measures define this new turn in the series. The Feral Warriors are definitely off the rails! Secrets about the warriors you thought you knew and revelations about some who’ve lost their way fill in storyline gaps that fans of the series will relish. Melisande and Fox are lovely together, and getting to learn more about some of the unmated characters was exciting. It looks like the next book may take a break from the usual mage-focused plot; this is the first book in a long time that tied up the main storyline without leaving me gasping at an unexpected ending. Cliffhanger? But of course! The good news is you probably won’t be pulling out your hair from the suspense with this one!
As much as I’ve enjoyed the recent mage storylines, I’m glad the next book looks to be focused on some relatively new characters outside the immediate grasp of Inir and his daemon minions. While Fox and Mel are both compelling characters and I really enjoyed their interaction, their intimate scenes didn’t have the same “oomph” some of the others have had for me. I think that might be partly due to Fox being less “alpha” than the other males (he’s a charmer, a sweetheart, and a gentleman) and partly due to the emotional restrictions Mel’s past has cursed her with. Jag, the resident bad boy of Feral House, was also tamer than usual, and I missed his signature abundance of snarky banter. I loved the threads weaving history between Jag, Olivia, Fox, Melisande, Arianna, Kougar, Zeeland, and Julianna; I think this is the first time a couple has had more than one connection to the Ferals on both sides, and it made for great character-building.
“How you doing, Foxylocks? Why don’t you walk on two feet for a while, take a break?”
“I’m fine, Jagabelle, but thanks for the concern.”
“Yeah, well I wasn’t really asking, Fox-man. Maintaining the shift can be taxing for a new Feral, and the last thing we need is for you to do a face plant from exhaustion just as we cross a traveling party of Mage.”
“That would be poor strategy, wouldn’t it?”
The golden heart of Fox…
Sometimes the psyche built defenses for a reason. Sometimes they were the only things that kept people whole.
If he could undo whatever it was between Melisande and him, and give her back her ice and fire . . . make her quit hurting . . . he’d do it.
But what was done was done. He just had to find a way to traverse this minefield without hurting her more.
As they walked in silence, she reached for his hand. Without looking at him, she pulled it to her mouth and placed a tender kiss upon his knuckles.
His heart clenched and he tipped his head back, filled with an incredible sweetness. His arm ached to go around her and pull her close, but he would not risk spoiling the moment for anything. Instead, he squeezed her hand, caressing the silken back with his thumb.
How had this small slip of a woman come to mean so much?
If you liked…
If you haven’t read the rest of the Feral Warriors series, you shouldn’t start with A Love Untamed. Not only will you spoil the endings and content of the other books, but you’ll be fairly confused by all the names and terminology. I do like how this one starts, landing us smack in the middle of Fox’s back story and filling in a few of the gaps regarding the new shifter’s personality and history. Desire Untamed is the first book in the series, featuring Feral Warrior leader Lyon and his mate Kara, the Radiant, both of whom are featured in A Love Untamed.
If you’re already a fan of the Feral Warriors series and are looking for more sexy, alpha bad boys to drool over, try Rosallie Lario’s Demons of Infernum, four half-demon brothers who will definitely leave you appreciating the view. Check out our review of the first book, Blood of the Demon, here.
If you like heavy doses of satire and pop culture liberally mixed with your paranormal romance, Sandra Hill’s Deadly Angels series is a fun read. Some people love the Viking Angels and some people… well, not so much… but they are definitely smokin’ hot and make a memorable impression! See our review of the first book, Kiss of Pride, here.
This 7th installment in the Feral Warriors series is a memorable gauntlet of past sins and their devastating consequences, studded with gentle humor and acceptance, and culminating in a powerful bond and the redemption of one of the most unlikely heroines of the series. While it wasn’t my favorite read of them all, it is definitely a solid contribution to an already outstandingly addicting series. A Love Untamed is a GraveTells Recommended Read!
Rating: A Love Untamed