Saturday, May 10, 2014

REVIEW - Untamed (Untamed #1) by Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green

Title: Untamed (Untamed #1)
Author: Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green
Publisher: Turning Leaves Press
Release Date: 11 April 2014
Series or Standalone: Series
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Rich, beautiful, and wild, Reagan McKinley has everything she needs...but nothing that she wants. That is, until she spends one hot night in the arms of sexy, unbridled Dare Wilde.

She's a girl trapped in a rigid world she desperately wants to escape, and he's an untamed artist with an attitude, hell-bent on freeing her—body, mind, and soul. But Reagan's life is not her own, and Dare is not welcome in it. She can't include him in her carefully-controlled, extremely public lifestyle...and yet she cannot give him up.

Will a shared passion for art—and, increasingly, each other—be enough to keep them together? Or will it be the thing that ultimately tears them apart?

Buy It: Amazon 

My thoughts:
First things first, this book is the first of a 6-part series that features one of the Wilde brothers Dare and his lady love Reagan (the other two brothers and one sister will eventually each have their own series). If you're anything like me, you might want to wait until the Untamed Series Omnibus has an expected release date in July, so no need to bother with those pesky cliffhangers. Now on to the good stuff.

I honestly thought I wasn't going to like this book when I started; I thought it was another book about a spoiled rich girl who "thinks" she has it bad and decides to go slumming to see how the other half survive, and boy was I wrong! Reagan's family issues make an episode of "Jerry Springer" look like a walk in the park. We don't get to know much about her siblings Quincy and Pierce, and her mother is a pill-popper AND a pill-pusher. But her father....ooh her father makes you want to spork him in the taint. You know an author has done their job if you want to reach into whatever medium you're reading the story on and pluck out his eyeballs with a dull spoon.

Can ya tell I don't think much of her father?

Dare is the formulaic bad boy (crap childhood), with his own equally f-ed up parental unit; but at least he was able to do what could to remove his siblings from the toxic environment they were surrounded by. But, he never came off as an egotistical jackass of a bad boy, which I thought refreshing because this could have been the type of story where the rich girl is the one to reform the bad boy and they'll go riding his crotch-rocket off into the sunset. No, instead Dare shared with Reagan his story and what happened as a result, and how he managed to move on to the next phase, while doing what he can to keep his family safe. And just when you think you might get a sweet, HEA.....Bam! Reagan's father really shows his true jackassery nature and that pretty much sets up the ending for this installment of Dare's and Reagan's story.

I thought the writing was well done with the telling of this story, there was nothing about this that didn't seem like it couldn't happen in real life, my only wish was that we got to see more about Dare and Reagan falling in love, that part of the book just seemed to skim along without us really getting to see their early relationship develop. I usually don't like to read serial books until all the books are available (cause who really wants to wait in between release dates to get their fix?), but I was so impatient that as soon as I finished this book I immediately 1-clicked "Out of Control". This is a series I definitely recommend (well, at least the first book anyway).


I received this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review.

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