They are called Feral Warriors—an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release . . .
Though the Mage witch Skye has a gentle heart, demonic forces have enslaved her, forcing her to kidnap Paenther, a powerful and dangerous Feral Warrior. Even chained and naked, Paenther is a cunning prisoner who seduces her, body and soul, turning captive into captor.
Paenther's pride demands revenge against the enchantress who emerged from the deep woods like a sensual vision and enthralled him, even as she makes his body burn with passion. Despite his fury over her treachery, Skye's gentle beauty calls to his soul, calming the wild chaos within him, and stealing his heart. But when evil threatens, Paenther and Skye's only chance at survival is to trust in one another . . . and the power of love.
When New York Times bestselling author Pamela Palmer's initial career goal of captaining starships didn't pan out, she turned to engineering, satisfying her desire for adventure with books and daydreams, until finally succumbing to the need to create worlds of her own. Pamela lives and writes in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.read more
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What happened last time...
Paenther and Foxx are out following yet another lead on Vhper's whereabouts. Their search leads them to a small market at the edge of the mountains. Paenther isn't easily tempted by women, until his eyes land on a small beauty in the shop. His reaction to her stuns him, but he forces himself to walk away. Too bad he can't get her out of his mind. He returns later, and she's there again. There's a passionate encounter which is timely interrupted by Foxx. The next and last time he sees her, the passion consumes them both. In that single vulnerable moment when his mind is open, she enthralls him. That's the second time the mighty warrior has fallen for a Mage. Dun-dun-dun...
Paenther regains consciousness only to find himself chained to a bed in a strange enclave. He realizes that for the second time in his life, he's been captured by a Mage, his mortal enemy. The beauty known as Skye, has him trapped in her dwelling, however she's not acting like a vile witch.
Skye is a Mage enchantress with a special connection to animals. Her gentle and fragile nature doesn't jive with what Paenther knows of Mages, so he's confused as hell. He still wants her with the same ferocity as he did before he knew what she was. When he realizes that they're both being used by Birik, he tells her that she has to make a choice – either help to free him and put a stop to the evil, or turn a blind eye and continue to be used and abused by her own people. She frees him, but at the last second, he kidnaps her to be interrogated by the other warriors.
This was the most complex weaving of the story yet. Paenther is still suffering from the memories of the torture at the hands of the vicious Mage, Ancreta. Pretending to be a woman in distress, she has captured his attention and then enthralled him. Her sadistic rituals were designed to separate him from his animal spirit. Like with a lot of other situations in this series, sex is involved because the mind is completely open and vulnerable during orgasm. So obviously his abuse was sexual. Thinking of that powerful warrior being taken against his will was heartbreaking, considering he's the type of man for whom honor runs deep. He never got over the anger ever since then.
Skye was a fantastic character. She was made the scapegoat for a good portion of the story, and every time she was met with resentment and hatred from the other warriors, it made me cry. She was incredibly brave, but then again I suppose it's easy to show some bravery when you have nothing else to lose. The budding relationship between Paenther and Skye was well paced, and I expected a lot of the obstacles that did appear in their way. They had the passion down pat, but the trust on his side didn't come easily.
When Jag and Foxx are captured, Skye and Paenther risk everything to help them and try to save Vhyper in the process. Those were the most anxiety filled moments that brought some disturbing news to light, and set some interesting events into motion for the future stories.
I'm going address something I've seen a few reviewers mention since book one - the sex in front of others (in front of the other Warriors during certain rituals) – I am putting that into the "it's the Feral way" category. It doesn't bare the same type of carnality or voyeuristic overtones that one might assume. First of all, the others don't "watch" to be perverts. Power is heightened by blood and sometimes when sex is included. However when it can be afforded, the other do try to grant any privacy possible. So really, it's nothing to be put off by, especially not if you've read certain BDSM novels where some acts are really out there on display. I don't see this as being a big issue, because some vampire stories mix blood and sex. Big deal, not.
My favorite book of the series so far. Solid 5 stars.read more
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Passion Untamed 4.5 Stars
Synopsis: A Mage witch with a gentle heart, Skye is forced to kidnap and enslave a Feral Warrior, but when she learns of the heinous crimes her leader has planned, she risks her life to help the warrior escape. Left with a deep and abiding hatred for anything Mage, Paenther swears vengeance against the beautiful enchantress who has ensnared him body and soul. When threated by demonic evil, the only way out for Skye and Paenther is to go against their instincts and trust each other or perish.
Review: There is a lot going on in this book - an abundance of twists and turns, revelations and shifting loyalties. A certain character, who shall remain nameless so as not to ruin the surprise, is redeemed while another is exposed as a traitor.
More details are provided concerning the ongoing conflict between the Ferals and Mages, and one particularly significant point emerging from the book is that appearances can be deceiving, and that representatives of good and evil are not so easily differentiated.
The characterization continues to be a high point in the series. As a seriously sexy yet tortured hero, Paenther belongs to my favorite category of heroes and his loyalty and devotion to his brothers contributes to his appeal. In addition, his internal struggle between his love for Skye and his prejudices against her race makes for a compelling read. Skye is an incredibly strong-willed and resilient character but the abuse and exploitation she has suffered for her entire life require a strong stomach to read through. Moreover, readers my find her initial interactions with Paenther, in which she seduces him against his will, a bitter pill to swallow. The relationship between the other Feral Warriors and their mates is also entertaining.
On the whole, Passion Untamed is a harsh yet absorbing book. There are some extremely difficult scenes that some readers may find off-putting but the intense writing style and emotional characterization definitely make it worthwhile. The epilogue is absolutely amazing and it also looks as if things are shaping up toward an epic battle, which should be exhilarating.read more
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