Though forced to fight for the hated British, Morgan MacKinnon would no more betray the men he leads than slit his own throat - not even when he was captured by the French and threatened with an agonizing death by fire at the hands of their Abenaki allies.
Only the look of innocent longing in the eyes of a convent-bred French lass could make him question his vow to escape and return to the Rangers. And soon the sweet passion he awoke in Amalie had him cursing the war that forced him to choose between upholding his honor and pledging himself to the woman he loves.
©2012 Pamela Clare (P)2013 Tantor
~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain spoilers ~~
Going into this book I didn't think it was possible to top "Surrender" (book 1 this series) but I was so wrong. "Untamed" was even better!
"Untamed" is a exciting American historical romance set near the Albany NY region. The story is intense, steamy, heartwarming and unpredictable. Usually I can predict where a story is going but this one kept me guessing the whole way through. The history within this book is compelling and the love scenes are exquisite.
The author has a wonderful way of making the reader feel comfortable and connected with each character in the story. Each person in the story is written with so much depth that they seem to have layers of personality. Yes, Morgan (the hero) is a fierce warrior and passionate lover but he also has weaknesses that are fully disclosed. Amalie (the heroine) is an endearing young lady direct from the Convent who's unconditional love and bravery is heartwarming.
Kaleo Griffith, the narrator, was exceptional. He has the perfect voice for this genre.
I am soooo pre-ordering the next book.
[At the time I wrote this review the first book "Surrender" is no longer available. It;s a shame they pulled it from the lineup because it's such a good story. Although it would be ideal to listen to Book 1 before Book 2 it is not absolutely necessary. Book 2 does review the basics of Book 1 so the reader isn't completely lost to the past events. I think Book 2 does stand alone as a great read. I just hope they bring "Surrender" back soon.]
Pamela Clare whisks you away on an unpredictable historical adventure that's got intrigue, romance, humour, action, suspense and a handful of well developed likeable characters that bring so much depth and life to her stories. It's so well written that you get drawn into the intense plot straight away and spend your time mesmerised as you visualise each chapter's events in your head. You live through the torture, skirmishes, treachery, romance and sacrifice that these band of hunky Highland brothers have to endure for the sake of the Rangers and love.
Morgan's code of duty, loyalty and honour is tested when he's captured and tortured by the French but Amalie who's kind, naive and compassionate nurses him back from death and gives him a reason to go on. However, theirs is a forbidden romance as they're on opposite sides but he is swept away by her beauty and goodness and so they start off as friends and love slowly blossoms into a sweet, sexy, sensual, funny, romantic, tender and touching affair that will, in the end, call for trust, forgiveness, loyalty and understanding. Morgan must choose between love and his duty to his band of brothers and just when he thinks he has then the plot throws in another terrible twist.
Worth a credit? Excellent writing, good plot and a passionate love story - an enjoyable, exciting listen and a worthy addition to the 'Highland Hunks' part of my library - so it has to be a YES.
I have spent the night listening to the awesome narration of this book. The accents, the emotion, the stunning story, and romance kept me way longer than I had intended. I was not sure I wanted to do an historical but Pamela Clare's I-Team series has been my favorite of the summer. So, I decided to go for it with my free credit. Love, Love, Love the narrator! His voice and the story made this an excellent choice.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a great story. I loved both Morgan and Amalie and their story was really good and kept me engaged from beginning to end (and on the edge of my seat for most of it).
Amalie is the daughter of a French officer and a woman of the Abenaki Indian tribe. Her mother died in birth and her father (being a military officer and not in a position to raise a daughter) sent Amalie to a convent to be raised. Amalie ended up leaving the convent and going to live with her father in the fort when he was ill and needed nursing back to health. Her father died in an attack by the British (and the Rangers) and Amalie has been stuck in the fort since then due to travelling being too dangerous.
Morgan is the second brother of the McKinnon brothers. They were teens when their family was exiled from Scotland due to an attempted revolution against the British rulers. Their family was sent to the colonies (America during the settling times before it becomes a country) as traitors and his family has hated the British ever since. Unfortunately, a British officer (Lord William) used dishonorable methods to force the McKinnon brothers in to leading his ranger squad. Morgan wasn't happy about the situation but would do anything to keep his brothers safe.
The British soldiers and McKinnon's rangers are in a battle attempting to attack a French fort but some things go wrong and Morgan is captured when he stays behind to help a fallen comrade. Morgan is very badly injured when he's taken captive and it seems iffy that he'll even live. The fort's commander, Bourlamaque, became Amalie's guardian after her father died. Amalie frequently helped the surgeon tend the wounded and Bourlamaque asks her to help tend to Morgan. Both the surgeon and Amalie are unsure about how ethical it is to save his life because everyone is very clear on the fact that once Morgan recovers he'll just be tortured for information and then turned over to the Abenaki Indians to be burned to death slowly over days. Despite Morgan's fate, they do nurse him past his fever to the point where they believe he'll live. Bourlamaque asks Amalie to nurse Morgan and spend time with him, hoping that Morgan will let information slip when talking with Amalie that he might not normally. Amalie agrees but soon finds that she's attracted and intrigued by Morgan. She doesn't want to be because this man could be the one that fired the shot that killed her father. But as she speaks with Morgan, Amalie starts to realize that he's a good and honorable man that doesn't deserve what's planned for him. She also realizes that war is hell on both sides and her side doesn't have the moral high ground she thought they had in the beginning.
Because of some help and suggestions by Amalie, Bourlamaque changes his mind about Morgan's fate and decides to try to turn him to their side. Morgan really wishes he could turn traitor but knows he can't take the chance that something he'd do to help the French might hurt his family or his men (in the rangers). He decides to act the turncoat and get any info he can and escape at his earliest opportunity. He isn't given much freedom at first but gives the French some (out of date) info that would make them think that Morgan did switch sides (without a serious risk to his men). As he stays in the fort, Morgan and Amalie end up eating dinners together and spending some time together. Morgan tries not to encourage Amalie because he knows he'll hurt her when he escapes but it's hard when he wants her so much and she so obviously wants him as well. This causes some difficulties for Morgan, especially when Bourlamaque is surprisingly willing to let Morgan court Amalie and even encourages it. Morgan finds that he's soon tied in knots as he wishes he could stay but he has to return to his brothers and doesn't think he can take Amalie with him. To be honest, I didn't know how this would work out either but as the story progressed, things do work out so that Morgan and Amalie are able to stay together. Or course they have some major issues to get past even then and things look pretty bad for a while. Thankfully the mess gets worked out and Morgan and Amalie end the story with a sweet HEA.
I found this story to be greatly enjoyable. I loved the characters (well except for the bad guys and Lord William who's kind of a jerk but has his good moments) and thought that Amalie and Morgan made wonderful MCs. It was also nice getting to see a bit of Iain and Annie from book #1 in this story. The plot was very engrossing and had me wondering what would happen next and how things could possibly turn out well. I'm no expert on historical accuracy but to me (a layman on the subject) the historical details seemed believable. I'm planning to read book #3 immediately so I can see Connor get his woman. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up. :D
* note - The narrator did a great job, especially on the accents.
I already own the Kindle version of Untamed but when I saw that it had been released as an audiobook and read by Kaleo Griffith, I had to buy it again. If you like romantic suspense, this is an excellent, excellent read. I am a huge (pretty much exclusive) fan of romantic suspense and have read an enormous amount of books in this genre (too much romance is boring for me, but suspense only doesn't really pull me in) and I have to say, Pamela Clare is by far the best I've found so far.
Kaleo Griffith is a truly talented performer. As a fluent French speaker with Scottish relatives, I was interested to see how he handled both the Scottish and French accents in this book, since poor accents really ruin the book for me. I must say, he blew me away. While it's true that many of the words were said incorrectly, his accents were so good that half the time I didn't even notice until much later, if at all. I was able to tell who was talking by the tone and accent he was using, instead of having to wait to be told. Excellent job.
The first book of this series introduced me to author Pamela Clare and narrator Kaleo Griffith. I enjoyed both so much, I downloaded this second book the day it was released. It did not disappoint.
Most romances set in this period tell the story of the French and Indian War from an English perspective. The heroine Amelie is the daughter of the commander of a French fort, so we experience events through Gallic eyes.
The heroes in this series are pretty standard romance novel fare; something torments them, they're big, handsome, nearly indestructable, yada yada. Its the supporting characters I find intersting. The women have interesting stories. The Native American family members add interest and inhabitants of the forts provide context for more complex story lines.
I anxiously await the third book. But then we' ll be out of MacKinnon brothers!
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
Surrender offered readers not only the love story... but the benefit of real history. Clare did a wonderful job of hooking us with the story whilst infusing true historical elements. However, the romantic facet took a back seat to the characters and history in the 1st installment.
Untamed is a story continuation of the MacKinnon brothers. Though Ian and Annie play important parts later in the plot, the 2nd installment centers on Morgan's experience as a captive of the French at Fort Ticonderoga. No doubt, the relationship between Morgan and Amalie are at the forefront of Untamed. The sexual chemistry was very well written and brilliantly performed by Kaleo Griffith. Have to admit... Griffith is not only consistent between editions, but he makes the MacKinnon men come to life. Major score all around!
Kaleo Griffith had a large cast of characters to bring to life and he did a wonderful job of it, accents and all.
All of it! It was so well written and very descriptive. I could picture the scenes in my mind.
Hearing the characters speak, whether it be in English, Scottish, etc. It gave the story so much more dimension and made me feel as a reader that I was right there in the middle of it all.
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History, romance, sex, all in one book. If you like historical romance novels you can't go wrong with the MacKinnon's and their Rangers. Wonderful book.
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