Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pamela Clare 'Untamed'

Visiting the library a couple of days ago I came across this book. The cover is hard not to notice and then I remembered it had been reviewed favorably so I picked it up.

It might have a lot to do with timing, I've been in a reading slump lately, not enjoying my historical romances the way I usually do. Regardless, Untamed has re-innervated my love for historical romance novels. I loved the movie The Last of the Mohicans and in atmosphere the book is right there. The MacKinnion Rangers are suitably legendary and while I usually prefer an intrepid heroine, Amalie's character is true to her upbringing and very believable without being entirely a victim. Instead of being annoyed that Connor and Joseph were so obviously going to be sequals, I found myself looking forward to their stories.

I was impressed by the author's ability to wind this love story through the realities of the French and Indian War, or any war for that matter. The uncertainty of times of war make for high emotion but not for believable development of loving relationships, and Ms. Clare manages to use both to her advantage. Although the final plot developments were a little over the top for me. Small complaint.

Historical Romance 2008: 5 of 5 Satan's arses.

*giggle* did you notice 'taut' and 'sensual' are placed right in his bellybutton *giggle*

10 comments:

Lori said...

Oh. If you liked this one, you must read the first one in the series - Surrender. Sooooo good!

Heloise said...

I have to say the cover on her website isn't 'turning me on' so to speak. :)

I thought Ride the Fire looked good however (not just the cover, the excerpt too. :)

Kate said...

That's the crappiest cover illustration I've ever seen. Thank god it apparently hides a good book. The setting sounds interesting (I too loved "Last of the Mohicans," the movie, but I have to admit to not getting through the book.)

Kristie (J) said...

Isn't it great when a good romance can cure those old reading slump blues?
I adore the writing of Pamela Clare and this one is no exception. Don't know if you've read it or not - but Ride the Fire is my fave of them all.

Kristie (J) said...

And having read the comments only after I posted the comment - I blame my cat who was walking all over me, making reading difficult - I see that you haven't read RTF. It be a Verra good one lassie

Jessica said...

I really liked this one, and I also really enjoyed a contemporary of hers as well (the title of which is escaping me.) Glad you got rejuiced by it!

Heloise said...

Unfortunately I got rejuiced just in time to get slammed by school starting. School's good, don't get me wrong, but it sure does cut down on blog time! :)

Carolyn Crane said...

Really? I haven't read ANY Pamela Clare! Oh, wait, look what Lori says there. Start with #1? I might be in the mood for a Western set romance.

SNORT on taut and sensual. YOU know they did that on purpose!

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