Reviewed by: Amy
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference the previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet check out VBC’s review of book 1, Desire Untamed.
Jag has always seemed on the outskirts of the Feral Warriors. He has a penchant for crudeness and enjoys baiting the other Ferals into fights on a regular basis. The truth is, he blames himself for things in his past and can’t seem to get over his guilt.
Olivia has been called in with the Therian Guard to assist the Ferals in their fight against the Daemons and Mage. She is a no-nonsense fighter who can match even the fiercest Feral for courage and determination, but that doesn’t mean she’s without her own secrets. Secrets that, if found out, could ultimately end her life.
Olivia and Jag are partnered together on the ongoing mission to stop the Mage from raising more Daemons and likewise eliminating the Daemons already raised. Of course, put two strong-willed people together and see the sparks fly. When Jag finds out Olivia’s secret, in typical Jag fashion, he uses it to his advantage to manipulate Olivia after she turns him down.
Pamela Palmer, again, does a great job of writing a hero and heroine who are fantastically suited for one another. Each have similar skeletons in their closets, but they’ve dealt with it for the most part in different ways. At some point Jag knows he has to face his past, and Olivia is just the person to make him see clearly. I always enjoy a bad boy and the woman he turns “good” for, but the book just read so quickly that I felt like Jag’s progression wasn’t fleshed out as much as I would have liked.
On the same note, I felt like there was a lot of big stuff that happened to our warriors at the end of Passion Untamed yet there was barely a mention of those events in this book. It was almost as though the driving force of Jag’s story eclipsed all other events, but truly these events, the issues with the Daemons and Mage, are the driving force behind the overall storyline of the entire series. I think they warrant more than a sentence or two. This has been somewhat of a trend in the previous books, but I still felt like those books transitioned better. Truthfully, Jag’s story did have the feel of being a new story arc within the series so that may explain why previous events were left in the past for the most part.
Regardless of any complaints, Rapture Untamed was a fast-paced read that I found hard to put down. There’s plenty of new twists and turns added and I’m invested on finding out how our Ferals will prevail. Palmer definitely sets things up for Kougar’s story next. With the little snippets we get about his past I’m really interested to see how it plays out.
Sexual content: Graphic sex, references to rape