{Review} Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer


{Review} Desire Untamed by Pamela PalmerDesire Untamed by Pamela Palmer
Series: Feral Warriors #1
Publisher: Avon on June 30, 2009
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance (Adult)
Pages: 385

Our Rating

3 Stars

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 . . .

Kara MacAllister's quiet small-town life is transformed forever the night a powerful stranger rips her from her home, claiming she is the chosen one—the key to his survival.

Spiriting her away into the rain-soaked night, Lyon reveals a truth Kara can barely credit. She's immortal, and the only one who can save his race. And deep within her, he arouses a fierce, primal hunger beyond anything she's ever imagined.

But only when their lives are threatened by an ancient evil will Kara and Lyon realize they have found a love they would risk their immortal souls to claim . . . and a powerful desire that could never, ever be tamed.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer

The Hook:  Kara’s just a small-town preschool teacher, nothing special about her.  She’s cute but not beautiful, smart enough but not highly successful, and doing her best to help her mother through the final stages of cancer.  So when a beast of a man surprises her in the kitchen and insists she leave with him, she’s certain she’s going to be the victim of a terrible crime.

Lyon is the king of his race and one of only a handful of shapeshifters tasked with protecting the Therians.  Dependent upon their Radiant for strength and supernatural powers, the feral warriors he leads are growing weaker by the day.  Their previous radient has died, and they must find the new chosen one, marked by fate to take her place.  He just never expected their new Radiant to be completely immersed in the human world, unaware of what she is or what the mark on her means.

The Verdict: After my yearly re-read of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I was still in the mood for something a bit on the paranormal side.  But while I have thoroughly enjoyed a few books in the genre, it’s not often I see one I’m willing to give a try.  Pamela Palmer’s Feral Warriors series shows up on a lot of those, “If you like that, you’ll like this,” lists, and the overall reviews were very positive, so I grabbed them all from some public libraries and got to reading.

It’s impossible not to compare the beginning of the Feral Warriors series to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  While the stories are different, the similarities (at least in the set-up so far) are numerous.  In both books, a select few males are tasked with protecting their race, fighting against a demonic force whose mindless minions are constantly hunting them.  They are led by their king and all live together in a giant mansion.  In some ways, their race is hidden in plain sight, but in others they are entirely separate.  And they seem to have gotten creative with the spellings of their names.  Oh, and lets not forget the heavily scarred one.  Now, I’m not suggesting that one series is some kind of rip-off of the other; I’m just saying that if you’ve read one series, you can’t help but notice just how many things they have in common.  I’m guessing that played a big part in the comparison list that led me to this series in the first place.

The story got really interesting almost from the beginning.  With Kara completely oblivious to her Therian heritage, she reacts as most of us would when being carried away against her will — she fights back as best she can and makes a run for it.  Lyon didn’t know what to think of her behavior until he finally realized she had no clue she wasn’t human.  From there, things moved quickly, and the ways of this supernatural species were explained to the reader just as Kara was learning them.

The warriors are entirely dependent upon the power of their Radiant, so whether Kara liked it or not, she had a destiny to fulfill.  And she didn’t like it one bit.  She was completely freaked out by just the existence of a supernatural species, and she was determined to escape — even more so once she got a look at shape-shifting in action.  The ways of the warriors (and presumably the Therian race as a whole) were entirely foreign to her and rooted in ancient traditions she couldn’t understand, and to make matters worse, Lyon didn’t tell her the half of it.  Needless to say, she was appalled when she found out that she was expected to marry one of them.  Unfortunately, when it came to the (I guess) more erotic elements of the story, Palmer definitely got it wrong.  And yes, here’s another area where I must compare it to BDB.

In the vampire world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, sex is definitely a big part of the story.  The men have overly healthy libidos, there’s an erotic spin to the blood exchange, and it all makes for some hot as hell romance.  But in the Feral Warriors series (at least so far), sex is less organic.  It’s tied to their ceremonies, their healing, and even the initial draw of power that will install Kara as the Radiant.  And it’s all pushed at the characters (and readers) within a matter of days instead of over any significant amount of time.  To be honest, I had a very real suspicion that Kara would be coerced into a sexual relationship she really didn’t want, and while (thankfully) the story didn’t end up going that way, it still left a bit of an ickiness to it that I wasn’t able to shake.

In the end, I can’t say that it was an awful story.  There were definitely some exciting elements to the plot, especially when the men found themselves fighting their common enemies, and I am interested in seeing what happens in the next book.  But while I felt wholly connected to every single character in J.R. Ward’s series, there was a noticeable lack of development in Desire Untamed, and scenes that should have been super hot were a bit uncomfortable at times.  I’m not totally judging it yet, since I’m hopeful that it will get better as the series unfolds, but for right now, I don’t think I can give it more than 3 stars.  My suggestion, if you’re interested, is to pick this one up at the library and see how you like it before spending any real money.

The Breakdown
Cover Design
4 star rating
Plot & Pace
3 star rating
3 star rating
Style & Editing
3 star rating
Story Conclusion
3 star rating
Overall Rating 3 star rating

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