Friday, May 29, 2009

Review: The Untamed One by Ronda Thompson

Title: The Untamed One
Series: Wild Wulfs of London
Author: Ronda Thompson
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: May 2, 2006
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312935749
ISBN-13: 9780312935740

Running from angry villagers and the man who ravaged her, the witch Lucinda flees into the forest to have her child. But Lord Jackson Wulf hunts her down, believing her death will break the family curse that transforms him into a monster. Instead of killing the witch, Jackson is moved by her beauty and desperate plight. And Lucinda seizes the chance to find safety for herself and her babe when a bargain is struck between this outcast woman and this doomed man--and sealed by their marriage in name only...

In return for his protection, Lucinda has promised that her magick can free Jackson from his torment. But this pretty witch soon finds herself in danger of being seduced by Jackson's charms and pursued by the man who would see both her and her child dead. Can she trust a Wulf with her safety and the safety of her child? Can she trust her heart to Jackson? To surrender to a Wulf is a terrible risk, for love will either unleash the beast within the man...or finally set him free.

My rating:

I seem to be turning into a seer of sorts. Because this book turned out just as I predicted. Rather uneventful and dull.
That's too bad because I was prepared to like it and hoping it would turn out better than its predecessor. Unfortunately it was the complete opposite. While the first (or second) book in this series at least had an engaging and intriguing start (though the second part of the book ruined it all), this one had nothing engaging at all.

The characters were rather boring, the interaction and misunderstandings between them quickly grew old and tiresome, and the author's constant attempts at poking at the human psyche in order to make the reader understand what makes these two tick fell quite short of the desired effect.
Even the villain made me yawn, whether because of his little "on-screen" time or the silly premise I'm not sure and I don't want to know.

So I ended up merely skimming the pages throughout, just wishing for it to end.


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