Published on May 2, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romance
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WILD AT HEART
Chelle is not your typical vampire. Turned not with a bite but an age-old magic, she s the only one of her kind and more powerful than most. Still adjusting to her endless thirst and lethal fangs, she s desperate to discover what sets her apart. When she encounters a brutally virile alpha werewolf, she soon learns that she s not immune to the mating call and her own primal longing
The leader of the ancient Forkbeard pack, Gunnar is stunned by Chelle s lush beauty. The wild wolf inside him howls for her, but unions between vampire and werewolf are strictly taboo even if their clans weren t on the verge of war. Desire has never been so dangerous but, as a malevolent new power rises, Chelle and Gunnar face an even more frightening threat. Together, they might find a way to save their clans. But can they claim their passion?
First off, I want to say that I was lost for a lot of this book. Sure, I knew the here-and-now events happening but there seemed to be a lot going on leading up to the start of The Untamed Vampire as well as background info during the book itself that I just didn’t have because I received this book for review without having read the first 3 in the series. I say this now because it was the ultimate deal-breaker for me really liking this book. Had I read the others first, I think I may have enjoyed this one more.
That said, the story itself was alright. I’m hesitant to pick up vampire books anymore because 95% of the time they fit the same cliches that I’m tired of seeing. Save for a few select authors/series, I don’t touch them. But I gave The Untamed Vampire a try and I did enjoy it and liked that the vampires were more than just a trope.
The vampire trope, that is. This book still fit into the realm of a paranormal romance with forbidden love, this time between a vampire and a werewolf. Their connection causes all sorts of problems that one would expect if you’re familiar with the genre, very formulaic in that regard. Outside of that, I liked the way the whole “mate” aspect was handled and thought the characters were developed enough to make it work without it coming off as forced.
I enjoyed seeing the different characters through their points of view. Sometimes I get bored with paranormal romances when they’re only from one perspective because the story starts to lose steam without the added tension of the reader knowing things certain characters don’t (I honestly think that is what makes me keep reading many of the books I’ve picked up in the past).
Chelle is your standard tough heroine, stubborn, independent, a contradiction to her love interest who doesn’t know what to do with her. It was clear that she had been in previous books based on how she acted in this one and some of the hints dropped throughout so I think I would appreciate her character’s growth more having read those first.
Gunnar proved to be exactly what I expected from a werewolf alpha, which is both good and bad. I mean, there’s a reason I read these kinds of books even if they start to blend together after a while. He has his flaws and they definitely come through but I could see his character arc through the story which was a nice touch.
Their romance had its ups and downs, and I appreciated that they weren’t given the lust to insta-love plot. They struggled and had to get to know each other regardless of the physical attraction which made the romance more believable and stronger.
I haven’t decided yet if I’ll go back and read the previous books or not, then re-read this to see if things make more sense, but it was a decent book and I think if you’ve read the previous ones you’ll enjoy it. If you haven’t, I’d recommend checking out the first book, The Last True Vampire, first!