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REVIEW: Desire Untamed: A Feral Warriors Novel by Pamela Palmer

Dear Ms. Palmer

I admit that I read this because I had heard, early on, that this book had similarities to the JR Ward brotherhood series. I can’t help but think that pre publicity buzz was intentional. Ward’s Brotherhood series is hot, hot, hot, and anything that sounds like/looks like The Black Dagger Brotherhood is going to get some attention.

It wasn’t the similarities to the Ward series (and there are a few) that made the story drag for me, it was actually the lack of emulation.   Ward series excels, in part, because it is completely over the top. If you are going to have silly names and a somewhat silly storyline, you really have to bring it as an author. Instead, first installment of the Feral Warrior series came in with an emo sigh instead of a roar.

The Feral Warrior series is based on a band of shapeshifters who protect a Radiant, a woman through whom the power of nature is funneled (this imagery tends to remind me of the Angel of Death in the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie). The Radiant ascends and then through living and sexual energy derived through congress with her mate, Radiant sends power to the shifters.

The shapeshifters names are all based on their creature: Lyon, Jag, Vhyper, Foxx, Tighe, Hawke, Paenther, Wulfe, Kougar. Excuse me while I giggle for a moment…. Okay, back. Why do paranormal creatures have such a hard time spelling? Do they require extra vowels and consonants in their names so that we can distinguish them from other, ah, Panthers? Like if there is more than one panther in the tribe is one Paenther and another Phanther and still another Pantherr? (also, Lyon’s nickname? Roar.)

Feral Warriors have “lost” their old Radiant to death and can’t locate their knew one so their finder, Lyon, calls for a Feral Circle (all proper nouns taken from the book itself) wherein the Warriors all cut themselves with a special blade and through their blended blood call for the aid of Mother Nature to aid in “finding” the new Radiant, marked with the four inch claw marks on her breast.

Kara MacAllister is stunned to find a tall, good looking stranger in her house. Initially, after his demand that she bare her right breast, she is scared and fights back but once she is drawn into his arms, her “senses swam in his nearness, in the elemental scent of wind and earth and pure, raw male. The intoxicating blend teased and tantalized, sending the blood rushing to the surface of her skin in a hot flush of awareness.” And when this stranger brushes back her t-shirt, tracing the “odd stretch marks” she becomes overwhelmed with “Lust. Delicious fire skimmed over her skin, burrowing deep into her bones and blood, rushing straight down to her core.”

As for Lyon, he has the same blood problem “He tried to focus, tried to escape the awareness, but even through the rain the scent of her, a sweet smell, almost of peaches, pumped the blood straight to his groin.”

Kara is not human. She is a Therian, the chosen one. Lyon must protect her from the dradens, threads of Daemon, who seek to destroy Therians and humans alike. Lyon takes Kara to the home where all the Feral Warriors live, which is, of course, called Feral House. Only one woman is there, named Pink, who is, of course, pink.

I’m not certain what the character arcs are for these two. Kara easily slips into the role of the Radiant despite the fact that there are motherf-ing shapeshifters who think she is their goddess. Ordinary women may freak out about this but no, Kara, aided (I guess) by her “blossoming arousal” to Lyon accepts that getting nude and having oil placed on seven areas of her body by some stranger who can shift into a lion and subsequently paraded nearly nude in front of 8 other strange men is completely normal behavior.

The problem is that all the warriors are going “feral” (that’s the term used despite the fact that they call themselves Feral Warriors as if going feral is a bad thing) and there is infighting, and misunderstandings, and danger.

The story does take a unique turn here and there but the source of the problems for Kara and the Feral Warriors seemed obvious and no one guessed it until the VERY END. Additionally, the fact that sex was used almost at every juncture to SAVE THE DAY seemed a bit ridiculous.

Only the barest amongst of worldbuilding is given purposely, I felt, in order for the story to take shape that best suited the plot. In other words, if someone needed to be a Mage then he or she was without much of any explanation. Or if someone needed to be healed, someone else had that power.

What little worldbuilding there was read inconsistently. At one time the warriors were going at each other with claws and in another part we are told that they can’t shift until the Radiant is ascended.

The sex scenes are hot and there is just enough worldbuilding to satisfy those who like a little spice in their romance stories. I feel that this story and series will become pretty successful even if its not for me. C-

Jane

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

22 Comments

  1. MaryK
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 16:09:50

    Vhyper

    Had to stop and sound that one out. Talk about breaking the flow.

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  2. Moth
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 16:13:41

    (also, Lyon's nickname? Roar.)

    At first I thought you meant his nickname was sexy. But then I realized you meant his nickname was actually “Roar.”

    and then I giggled.

    Is that Fabio on the cover?

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  3. Kalen Hughes
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 16:24:30

    Is that Fabio on the cover?

    I was just going to post Heeeeelloooooo Fabio, LOL!

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  4. Jia
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 16:33:21

    There’s so much to boggle at here that I don’t know if it’s a high point or a low one that I stopped at this bit:

    Only one woman is there, named Pink, who is, of course, pink.

    Does she shift into a flamingo?

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  5. Caty
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 17:13:08

    Lyon, Jag, Vhyper, Foxx, Tighe, Hawke, Paenther, Wulfe, Kougar.

    *giggle*

    Only one woman is there, named Pink, who is, of course, pink.

    Does she shift into a flamingo?

    *sprays coffee all over keyboard*

    …accepts that getting nude and having oil placed on seven areas of her body by some stranger who can shift into a lion and subsequently paraded nearly nude in front of 8 other strange men is completely normal behavior.

    *giggle*

    This is really not my sort of book, but I am almost tempted to read it just for the bizarreness.

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  6. Heather Massey
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 17:54:11

    Do they require extra vowels and consonants in their names

    their knew one

    If you meant this as a joke, it’s hella funny!

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  7. katiebabs
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 18:11:22

    Pink is a flamingo cook. Half-woman, half-pink bird, she makes an excellent beef stew.

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  8. DS
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 18:13:55

    Oh, this was funny. I wonder why they they weren’t Fharel or Farrell or even Pharel instead of plain old Feral? Avon, what were you thinking?

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  9. Elaine C.
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 19:19:34

    This is why I love this site!

    Thank you for an honest review and for giving me a true break down of this book before I forked over my hard earned money in a quest to find a new author that writes like other ones I love.

    In the past year alone I would have to say that 75% of the new authors I’ve fallen in love with are one’s I’ve “discovered” through reviews and blogs by bloggers’ that express tastes similar to mine. I love not having to weed through the chafe. .. that’s what you guys are for and I love you for it. Thank you!

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  10. Jane
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 19:27:16

    @Heather Massey: sadly, it was not intentional.

    @Elaine C.: That should be our motto: weeding through the chafe so you don’t have to.

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  11. Miki S
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 20:51:32

    Lyon, Jag, Vhyper, Foxx, Tighe, Hawke, Paenther, Wulfe, Kougar. Excuse me while I giggle for a moment….

    What?! Not Zhagg?

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  12. marcie
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 23:37:38

    Have read this book.

    I nearly tanked on page one from all the worldbuilding terms dropped on my unsuspecting head.

    Feral anything just doesnt work for me, and heroines who get over life changing disasters occuring the first few chapters too quickly really have their work cut out for them to not permanently piss me off.

    I struggled. The rituals, the names of all these jacked up dudes waiting around for something…………………. The stuff that kept happening to the heroine…..

    That said, the twist on Kara gave me enough energy to keep reading and I finished it. I will be picking up the next book because I am curious to see how the story pans out but I have a high tolerance for being vexed when its a historical or a paranormal provided the author really brings it.

    They tease the BDB like premise and hype for this book which I dont think is a match, but heck, even the BDB isnt living up to the early days anymore.

    Her writing is solid and she seems to really care about her characters. The love when it happens feels intense and believable and I found myself caring.

    I’m in for now.

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  13. Naomi
    Jul 01, 2009 @ 00:56:47

    I was kind of interested in this book before I read the review, but oh dear… Foxx? Paenther? Having sex to save the world? Count me out. My mind keeps trying to pronounce Paenther as Painter and sexxing to save the world went out with Anita Blake.

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  14. justAguy
    Jul 01, 2009 @ 06:32:01

    “The sex scenes are hot” — whoohoo, bought! :-D

    I follow this blog for some time now mainly because of excellent ebook coverage and vocabulary that I pick up (English isn’t my mother tongue).
    But from time to time I’ll check out some (e)books. And yes, I’m usually drawn to the F-C reviews…hmm… should be kind of ashamed, or something :-p

    thanks to all the ladies for the hard work here. :-)

    edit: and I love Laurell K. Hamilton. Now deeper I couldn’t have fallen, yes?

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  15. nutmeag
    Jul 01, 2009 @ 06:35:36

    I have “odd stretch marks” on one boob. Does this mean I get to go have wild, monkey sex with Fabio/Wolverine look-a-likes? Mrawr.

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  16. Jill D.
    Jul 01, 2009 @ 06:42:38

    Oh dear, what does this say about me that this scene caught my interest and now I feel the need to read it?

    Kara, aided (I guess) by her “blossoming arousal” to Lyon accepts that getting nude and having oil placed on seven areas of her body by some stranger who can shift into a lion and subsequently paraded nearly nude in front of 8 other strange men

    I am not a pervert. I swear!

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  17. Maili
    Jul 01, 2009 @ 08:04:41

    The Feral Warrior series is based on a band of shapeshifters who protect a Radiant, a woman through whom the power of nature is funneled (this imagery tends to remind me of the Angel of Death in the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie).

    Excuse this moment of film geekiness, it made me think of Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) from The Fifth Element.

    That said, your comparison made me want to whip out Indiana Jones & TROTLA DVD to watch. Whoot.

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  18. Srsly
    Jul 01, 2009 @ 08:43:13

    I read this book and while it wasn’t my all time favorite, I liked how it took me away from my normally busy, sometimes boring, life. I overlooked the names, because the rest of the story compensated. And I thought the character arcs were obvious and didn’t have to be spelled out. I like light books for escapism, but I also like to think and read between the lines, so that I can interpret the characters on my own, and try to figure out what motivates their behavior.

    The oil scene was not, clearly, completely normal behavior, but I’m not so sure I’m interested in reading about normal behavior in a paranormal book.

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  19. KMont
    Jul 01, 2009 @ 10:42:18

    I thought this one sounded pretty good when I first saw the cover a few months ago, but this all sounds a little too much for me now. Lyon’s nickname is Roar? Please. And those names! Not even the comic book quality that is the BDB pantheon can aid me in getting over Lyon, Jag, Vhyper, Foxx, Tighe, Hawke, Paenther, Wulfe and Kougar.

    I don’t want another BDB, personally. Not even one that seems to not resemble it enough.

    It was actually the excerpt of the book that turned me off a couple of weeks ago. Asking the heroine to bare her right breast to this caveman of a stranger? Unfortunately it all rang just a little too cheesy. I’m over cheesy PNRs.

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  20. Stevie
    Jul 01, 2009 @ 12:34:21

    It’s usually the heroines in this sort of story who have problems with chafing, not the readers…

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  21. Mireya
    Jul 22, 2009 @ 08:18:44

    I am finishing it. Not impressed. The rest of the books in the series are going to be rentals for me. I think that the only similarity I found to the BDB series was the names, other than that, nothing. I think it was hyped that way to improve the sales, but that is also the main issue with the book: the reader that thinks this is going to be as addictive as the BDB is bound to end up dissapointed which in turn will deter that reader from further spending the money in the next installments, particularly in this economy, where for most of us, every penny matters.

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  22. laura
    Mar 06, 2010 @ 20:26:23

    there seems like there are goin to have to be more

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