Friday, 17 April 2009

Review – Untamed Heart 2 - Bear Combustion – Jenna Byrnes & Jude Mason

 

 

The Blurb

Book two in the Untamed Hearts Series
Fire rages, not only through the forest to threaten the lives of his clan, but in the hearts of Tarek, the leader as well as Inuka, his firey lover and Raven, the stoic companion who secretly adores him. Can the flames of their love survive?


The amulet around his neck glows with fiery heat. Darkly handsome Tarek would just as soon ignore the warning and resume frolicking with his seductive companion, Inuka. But as the leader of the bear changeling clan, responsibility rests on his shoulders. Suddenly, the warmth of the talisman is overwhelming, and its meaning becomes clear. Wildfire races through the forest threatening everyone, and everything, in its path.
The bears must retreat to their winter caves for safety. The journey is long and time proves short. As flames dance from the treetops, sparks explode and embers shower the fleeing clan.


Not all are as strong and able-bodied as Tarek and his muscular mate Inuka. Seeing the clan members to safety is Tarek's primary concern. When their escape doesn't go as planned, the burden of his obligation may be too much for one man - or one bruin - to bear.

 

 

The Review

Character

Tarek – The holder of the second talisman, he knew the gift he was given and has given much thought to keeping his clan together. When it comes to love however he must walk that path that we all must venture down at some point.

Inuka - The Dark Warrior of Tarek’s  life. Inuka was the ideal partner. He knew when to stand firm and let his voice be heard but he also knew when to lay low and listen to the voice of his  leader.

Raven – The man who has been there for Tarek through the worst time of his life. He is one of the backbone of the clan – he is also the one who might be easily left behind. 

 

The Plot

Inuka has tempt Tarek for the last time, however before he gets the chance to make good on some clear intentions, his instinctual senses kicks in and he knows that danger is literally upon them.

In a race to save all he holds dear from a forest fire, Tarek has to marshal the bears and get them to their winter camp. However, along the way, life creeps up and hits him in the face and he not only had a new love interest to deal with but all the bears that comes under his care, who are beginning to doubt his leadership.

Life has taken a turn for the worst as far as Tarek is concern and the shoulders he has to lean on his broad enough to support him – but are his shoulders broad enough to bear the weight of his clan. 

 

“Come on, you lazy bruin,” Inuka’s deep, booming voice chided. “I thought we were going for a swim.”

Tarek gazed at the man who was blatantly trying to seduce him. Ever since Inuka had joined his clan not long ago, there’d been a spark between the two of them.

He’d tried to tamp it down before finally realising there was no need. Skye was gone. Tarek had loved him with all his heart, but several seasons had passed, and nothing was going to bring him back.

Eventually he’d taken solace in the arms of Raven, another member of his clan. Hours spent with the oft-times too serious man were never planned. More often they found themselves alone together when a primal instinct took hold. Their coupling was heated and intense, always satisfying and passionate. Convenient. Comfortable

Bear Combustion © Jamie Hill & Jude Mason

 

Surprise Element

I was very surprised at the amount of factors that came into play in this book. Tradition, the ages, survival, sexuality and a whole slew of other. I admire how Byrnes and Mason brought together their writing style to deal with it all. It’s a partnership that works.

 

Predictability

I am a sucker for names and  i was so pleased that a name i love was used for the main portags  - Tarek, was just beautiful. The HEA was assured but getting  there was part and parcel of the problem and with these changelings you never know who is in whose bed.

 

Smut/Ick Factor

From the moment you open this book you are treated to something special. The moments that Tarek and Inuka were together were fantastic, there was also an element of voyeurism in the book that i liked as well. The level of sexuality was dealt with in context, there was a time and a place for everything.

 

Positive

My first were-bear book and i loved it. A relatively short read, but the ladies have condensed so much within these  few pages, that has you going through a rollercoaster of emotions. .

The story is told to capture the grace and the strengths of these animals. Not that the authors ever trivialize the aggressiveness of what these animals are – but they have certainly romanticise them in a way that i will be looking out for more Were stories.

I really like one thread of the plot  - the need to hold on to traditions and value the ages (young and old). I thought this was beautifully done.

I like the intensity of the emotions that the men feel. They express them in the most basic ways – screams, tears and in your face aggression – Loved it

The pace of the book was not steeple chase fast, but build up where emotions and nature demanded it and slowed down when it had to deal with lose and the fragility of life.

I was also impressed with how true to the nature and natural instinct of the bear that the authors kept the story. There were no funny giggles moment, this was life at it’s most elemental and after finishing this book there was no doubt these two invested alot of time into this part of the story.

The interactivity of secondary character was nicely played as well. They have a sweetness and a sting to them, however they never overpowered the story to the extent that the main protags were drummed down.

The mixture of danger and passion was exciting – at the oddest time, these two would be “at it” – I LOVED IT… 

   

Negative

This was simply a story giving readers a glimpse at a slice of life when the leadership of the bear clan comes under scrutiny. There was enough angst to let the story flow,  we got just what we needed to know about the characters  - all in all a wonderful second book.

 

Cover

Very simple and i prefer a more simplistic look, a big plus for me was the fact that i was allow to make up my own mind about how Tarek look. Yes i like alot.

 

3 Speak To Me:

VampFanGirl on 17 April 2009 at 16:40 said...

Great Review E.H.!

The only were-bears that I've ever read about was in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. But this novel obviously has a different tone to it. ;)

~VFG

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 17:05 said...

Hi VFG

Yeah this story is really back to basics. It was a refreshing change to the "improve living condition" of shifters..

It's was brilliant..

E.H>

Ashu on 21 April 2009 at 18:18 said...

My first were-bear book and i loved it. A relatively short read, but the ladies have condensed so much within these few pages, that has you going through a rollercoaster of emotions.The story is told to capture the grace and the strengths of these animals. Not that the authors ever trivialize the aggressiveness of what these animals are – but they have certainly romanticise them in a way that i will be looking out for more Were stories.I really like one thread of the plot - the need to hold on to traditions and value the ages (young and old). I thought this was beautifully done.