Review: Passion Untamed by Pamela Palmer ★★★★

Passion Untamed by Pamela Palmer
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Book three in the Feral Warriors series
Publication Date: August 2009
ISBN: 978-0061667534
Page Count: 384
My Rating: ★★★★

Summary

They are called Feral Warriors—an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release . . . Though the Mage witch Skye has a gentle heart, demonic forces have enslaved her, forcing her to kidnap Paenther, a powerful and dangerous Feral Warrior. Even chained and naked, Paenther is a cunning prisoner who seduces her, body and soul, turning captive into captor. Paenther's pride demands revenge against the enchantress who emerged from the deep woods like a sensual vision and enthralled him, even as she makes his body burn with passion. Despite his fury over her treachery, Skye's gentle beauty calls to his soul, calming the wild chaos within him, and stealing his heart. But when evil threatens, Paenther and Skye's only chance at survival is to trust in one another . . . and the power of love.

REVIEW

This has been a tricky one to be-star for me, because out of the three books in this series I have read so far, this one had one of the most interesting plot-line, but also the most disturbing. And it's this slightly uncomfortable feeling that I am left with upon finishing the book that causes me to mark it at 4 stars, and not the 5 it probably deserves.

Already quite a dark series as PNRs go, with some sexual rituals which I find rather uncomfortable, this one really upped that level of discomfort for me. Where before any violence in the series was directed outwards at whatever foe the warriors were currently battling, this one had our hero and heroine forced to cause injury to each other. This was not enjoyable or romantic (state the obvious much?), and I had to will myself to keep reading in the hopes that it would get better somewhere along the way. I'm not sure, judging by the hinky feeling still lingering, that it ever really did.

There were also disturbing scenes of sexual rituals and forced sexual encounters - I hesitate to use the word rape, because both parties ultimately submitted, but only because submitting was the lesser of two evils. This was also incredible hard to read and not the ideal start to a romance of any kind.

So it's this kind of thing that is sitting ill with me. It's definitely not a book that you would finish and then sigh contentedly at how perfectly everything is in the Feral Warrior universe.

Having said all of that though,  I can wholeheartedly say I am never, ever bored when reading a Pamela Palmer novel. Even as darkly disturbing as they sometimes are, she definitely knows how to create tension, both of the sexual, and of the nail-biting kind.

I will be moving on to the next book soon. I am excited to get to Jag's book after seeing him meet his potential female in this one. That was an introduction the likes of which only the eternally annoying Jag could make!

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