Friday, 17 April 2009

Review – Untamed Hearts 3 - Wolfen Choice – Jenna Byrnes & Jude Mason

 

 

The Blurb

 

Book three in the Untamed Hearts Series
Fire takes the life of the wolfen tribal leader, and a new leader must be found before catastrophe befalls the pack. Only Cole, young irresponsible and unattached, has felt the talisman's heat. Is he the chosen one?


Fire devastates the forest, taking the life of the wolf tribe leader and his mate. With the amulet holder dead, a new leader must be chosen. Cole is young, headstrong and enamoured of his carefree ways. He discovered the bodies, and he's the changeling who brings the amulet back to his pack.


Zane has been a convenient sex partner for Cole, who continues to resist the ties of commitment. When the men come across another pack decimated by the fire, including a beautiful female unlike any they've seen before, Cole discovers that there may be more to life than playing the field.
With dissention among the pack and an unwilling Cole who might very well be the chosen amulet holder, will the wolfen tribe find its new leader? Or will confusion, mistrust and greed destroy them all?

 

 

The Review

 

Characters

Zane – One of the newest member of the pack and the one who has his heart set on the young stud who makes him want. Sensitive, but has a strength that is hard to miss

Cole – The boy who has to become a man overnight. The young man who feels has if he has more wild oats to sow and nothing and no – one was going to hold him back from enjoying his life.

 

The Plot

After a fire burned it’s way through a good portion of the forest, Cole is left not only with the worst news for his pack  but it seems also with unwanted responsibility.

Everyone including the man who has become everything to him has an opinion about the talisman that is meant to be worn by the pack leader. Cole is literally caught in the middle and he needs to make a decision and quick.

With all that happening – fate has also toss a new female into the works, and he wonders how much more complicated can his life get.

 

“What’s the matter?” Zane, his friend and companion, leaned down, and reaching out tried to snatch the stone from his grasp.
Cole pulled the amulet close, unwilling to allow it to leave his hand. Cursing under his breath, he wondered why. He’d have given anything if he’d never found the damn thing—never found their tribal leader, Gar, and his mate’s scorched corpses. Charred flesh and bone were all that remained and the smell was something he’d never forget, he was sure of it.
The shock and grief were still hard to bear. The ramifications of what this meant to their tribe, enormous. Cole sighed. No one would ever be able to replace Gar. Yet someone would have to try.

Wolfen Choice © Jamie Hill & Jude Mason

 

Surprise Element

This is the story of the third talisman and the authors have continued with the same back to basic setting that they have used for the two previous books. So no high rise and rolls for these wolfs. They are pure wolfs and bitches and the interaction between them is tension filled and sexual depending on who they are dealing with.

 

Predictability

This book was most certainly about the leadership of the pack than the leader himself. Everyone in the pack knows the history and the importance of who the talisman choose. I was very surprise at the authors ability to balance both element so as not to trivial either.

 

Smut/Ick factor

It was hot. I loved Cole and Zane and there was one scene that really stand out from the lot (it would scorch my blog if i tell). Even in moments of uncertainly these two fall back onto elemental needs and it was a real treat for me.

 

Positive

A definite plus for this book was the fact that it came out rather quickly after the 2nd book – sometimes follow up books are a bit too long in the follow up and this is sometimes not a good thing.

I love the basic-ness of the book. Just the instinct to feed, cloth and shelter and of course protect. This leads to jealousy and a whole lot of tribal issues that made the difference to this story.

The book is a moment in the packs development where the leadership changes and as much information as is needed is given, without taking anything away from the excitement of this story .

I love the fact that the dreaded pheromones did not come into play, so these wolfs had to go through the ups and downs of finding the “one” and maintaining everything else that life throws at them.

There was a reality to this book that i really enjoy, death, life, power struggle, jealously, it was all there for us to see and this in my opinion was were these two authors came into their own.

I love collaboration that works. Mason and Hill and has a style all their own that works well. Mason bring the angst and Byrnes brings the humanity – a brilliant combo.

 

Negative

Not a negative of such, but a niggle – as much as i hate the dreaded pheromones – it was obviously missing and i had to wonder if the dreaded pheromones came into play – how would these people act. 

 

Cover

Once again a simply cover – does it for me every time.

 

 

6 Speak To Me:

Jamie Hill on 17 April 2009 at 14:06 said...

Thanks EH. You really 'get' what we tried to do with these books. Earthy, back to nature, and sexy. *G*

We appreciate your time in reviewing them!

Have a great weekend,

Jamie

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 15:10 said...

Hey Jamie..

I got that straight off - as it is so different from the usual fair of changeling books.


Congrats on the release to both of you.

E.H>

Jude Mason on 17 April 2009 at 15:49 said...

Yes, you got it. Thank you so much, these are amazing reviews.

Doing lil happy dance here. Thank you!!

Hugs

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 16:45 said...

Jude...

Thanks for taking the time to stop by...

you are very welcome..

E.H>

VampFanGirl on 17 April 2009 at 16:50 said...

I'm lovin' these covers too E.H. They're stunning.

Another great review too! These are definitely different from the shape-shifter novels in the mainstream.

:) VFG

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 17:13 said...

These covers are simply beautiful..
they are indeed wonderful books.

E.H>