Book Review: Out of Control

Out of Control (Untamed #2) by Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green: Three years have passed since Dare Wilde walked out of Reagan McKinley's life. Three years of radio silence. Three years of regrets.

But she’s not the same girl anymore. Now, at twenty-two, Reagan has big plans to change her life, and it all starts with a trip to Europe. Instead of heading into Harvard Law like her parents had planned, she’s crossed the ocean to follow her dreams in the art world. Her dreams. For once.

A chance meeting in Paris brings Reagan and Dare face-to-face again, but is it serendipity...or penance? A chasm of unspoken hurt stands between them, but they can’t fight the passion they have for each other. And now that she’s found Dare again—the one person in this world who makes her feel whole—she doesn’t want to let go. Problem is, she may not have a choice.

Two parts. One whole.

Together...they’re out of control.


The writing team of Victoria Green and Jinsey Reese slay me again with Out of Control. The second installment picks up three years after the heartbreaking end to Untamed. Dare and Reagan both living in Paris, preparing the futures they both want no, the futures they need for themselves. There’s no happy reunion in this book. With paths running parallel to each other; Reagan ready to make amends, Dare keeping a safe distance it takes a lot for Dare to succumb to his true feelings. They wreak havoc on each other’s hearts with deep feelings, each scared of the additional scars the other can inflict on their souls.

Out of Control journeys through these scars with so much sexual tension and angst you drown in it. The brilliance of it? It feels REAL. Natural. It’s not an annoying push/pull with invalid reasons and undue anxiety. These characters represent freedom and light to each other – once possessing freedom and losing it so abruptly and maliciously left unhealed wounds. Dare and Reagan terrify each other; the angst stemming from the fear is real and consuming. Just as their passion.

Slight moments, glimpses of happiness, provide the reader the security in their love. These writers have turned angst into an art form. Ominous feelings crowd the pages. The writing richly manipulates our feelings providing equal parts relief and dread. But when they submit to the unbridled passion, Dare and Reagan remind us why we need to believe in the strength of their bond. The refreshingly dynamic plot although not as quick as book one fits this part of their story. Words laced with color, weaving the beauty of art into their story not only superficially as a life choice, but profoundly deep also making art part of Reagan’s gripping inner dialogue about her life and the light Dare possesses.

This series of serial novellas completely hooked me. These books were an unexpected, satisfying surprise. I thought this installment was even a bit a predictable – a trait that normally turns me off – but not here. Not with these characters who want to believe in. Not with this plot intoxicating you, urging you to keep reading. Not with the writing so rich and mature. Not even another MAJOR cliffhanger turned me off. It’s just simply a great story beautifully written reminding romance lovers why we love a good, angsty love story. And it has me ready to climb in the front seat and continue riding through Dare and Reagan’s journey.

Favorite Quotes:
“But he was still Dare – arresting beauty of an art masterpiece and striking hardness of a sculpture.”

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Lori L. Clark

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