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Book CoverGwen’s review of Desire Untamed (Feral Warriors, Book 1) by Pamela Palmer
Contemporary paranormal romance released by Avon 30 Jun 09

I must have “Will read paranormal romance series for food” stamped across my forehead.  It seems like that’s all I ever read any more.  Well here’s another new series – is it good, is it bad, is it another notch in my reading bedpost?  Read on to find out… 

Palmer has created a new and rather unique mythos with this book.  We have hawt shapeshifters who are battling the forces of evil while falling in love/lust with beautiful women.  Okay.  So that’s not so unique.  What is unique, however, are the details behind how the shifters shift, the villains, and behind this heroine’s role in their world.  Plus the bad guys are very creepy and seemingly impossible to defend against.

What I was disappointed about  this novel – and frankly I don’t know how an author of a unique, new paranormal series can defend against it – is the amount of creative real estate spent on building this unique, new world.  There is very little room for anything else in this book but the world building.  This leaves me hope that the next entry in the series is better than this entry was for me.

No.  I didn’t particularly care for the heroine.  She is more than a little selfish on several occasions and I didn’t like the way she treated her mom.  Perhaps there were reasons for this, but I still thought it was immature and selfish and her behavior really stuck with me.  I liked the hero, but wish he had been more confident and that he’d thrown the heroine over for someone more deserving.  Like me.  (Did I say that out loud?)

I didn’t hate this book.  I felt it was a bit above average and that it shows promise for the other entries – as long as we can get to the meat of the relationship quickly, that is.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes shapeshifter stories or looking to start a new paranormal series.   Just stay off my side of the panhandling street.

faye.jpgGrade: C+

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.
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