Book Review: Untamed
TeriLyn's thoughts: **I received this book in exchange for an honest review**
Untamed poignantly portrays a contemporary, Romeo-and-Juliet-esque love story between the affluently oppressed Reagan McKinley and the lover boy hailing from the wrong side of tracks Dare Wilde. A society princess meets the burgeoning artist determined to make it on his own volition – two people destined to see their commonalities only to have ripped apart. Reagan seemingly possesses everything she could ever need. The outside world sees a strong family unit, a stellar Columbia education, and a beautiful young woman who has it all.
Yet, the reader witnesses this girl falling apart under the strict regime of a politically & wealthy manipulative father and a martini and valium soaked trophy wife of mother. Reagan’s on a path of self-destruction in a rebellion craving control and freedom in her own life. In a classic case of girl locks eyes with mysteriously handsome boy, Reagan falls under the spell of the enigmatic Dare Wilde, although as it turns out, Dare’s so enigmatic after all. Dare’s open, honest, and vulnerable from the very beginning causing Reagan to follow the same path of truth wrapping themselves in a cocoon of safety and wholeness. Dare represents light and art – two things Reagan loves most. Their fondness grows to love and need quickly but appropriately. The intense, raw passion shared between Dare and Reagan forces you to believe in them and want them together much like the famous star-crossed lovers.
Untamed, told solely through Reagan’s POV, captures your attention from the very first page. The poignant writing concisely draws into Reagan’s sad world. The main characters Reagan and Dare charm throughout the book not only each other but the reader as well. The villains of the story aren’t present all that much but they pack a mean punch. The story is told in a novella, as the first part of a serial of novellas, and it was a perfect style choice. With its engaging, fast moving plot we learn just enough about these two through smart dialogue to leave us wanting more of them. Their witty banter adds to their charm. The imminent descent of their relationship looms over the pages like a storm cloud. But just as any good tragedy in love, Untamed heartbreakingly tortures in the end. But I can officially say I’m hooked on Dare and Reagan. I want more of these characters and more of this writing. I need to know what happens next.
Renee's Thoughts: **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
Untamed starts right inside the action, and we instantly feel what inner battles Reagan is facing. The character development in this story is excellent, as the authors do a fine job of creating tension between Reagan and Dare right from the start. This ultimately explodes into a passionate love story, while their relationship is both mentally and physically stimulating, making for an intense and exciting read. The combination of authors penning this first novella in a six-episode series is a dynamic duo. Their writing style bold and creative, and their word choices descriptive and thought provoking, creates good imagery and flow throughout the story. This series is well structured--a real page turner. Now I am hooked on Reagan and Dare and can’t wait to find out what comes next! I look forward to the next episode in this series.