March 1, 2015

Title: Untamed
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: Unbeautiful
Publisher: self-published
Published: February 27, 2015
Shelves: new adult, contemporary, suspense, romance

Synopsis: Emery
No matter how hard I try, I never seem to be able to escape my family’s world. Their madness controls my life, just like insanity consumes my mind. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who I really am. The person everyone sees? Or the one I keep trapped inside? I wonder which person Ryler sees. Just like I wonder who I can trust.

Wonder. Wonder. Wonder.

I wonder too much.

I wish I could just find a way to escape it all and finally be free.

Ryler I live a double life and sometimes I hate myself for it. Watching Emery fall apart—pretending I don’t care—is killing me inside. I want to tell her the truth, but I also want a new life.

Want. Want. Want.

I want too much. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what I really desire.

I wish I could be free from the confusion, free from this life.

**I received an advance copy of this book,
but that did not influence the review**

5 holy intense nail biting stars My heart. Untamed was amazing, high anxiety, totally divine, and perfect. I don’t know how Ms. Sorensen creates this world, this world that puts me in a bubble and consumes me. I swear I was living the words in the poetry that these two created.

I loved the MCs, Emery and Ryler. I’ll be shallow right off the bat and confess that I wish I knew a little more about Ryler’s piercings and tattoos. I love me a good bad boy and I wanted to know every detail about him. While I knew they existed and made him so pretty, I am incredibly greedy and wanted to bask in the gloriousness (probably not a real word, but I like it) of his smoking hot bad boy-ness.  Now that I got that off my chest we can go deeper. Ryler wasn’t just a beautiful face, Ryler was absolutely tortured with what he was doing and he was backed into a corner. He was so torn with wanting to divulge everything, but still held back.

Emery also had secrets, crazy f*cked up mind blowing secrets. But she was strong and if the bad guys took her down she would be holding her head up and fighting to the bitter end. I loved that she never ever gave up. I also loved that she finally let her heart guide her and fall for Ryler all the way. Basically, I just loved Emery and Ryler so much. ♥

The romance. Sweet lawd it was perfect. I loved the push pull of their relationship. The attraction was so strong and palpable, but neither one was totally convinced they could trust each other. They wanted to trust with their whole soul and being, but they just couldn’t. It was fantastic to watch the walls go up, but slowly come down. So very well done. And for the record the kissing time was equally intense, and so incredibly meaningful.

Was there anything I didn’t like? Not really, but if I had to nitpick it would be that there were a few items I wanted more answers on, at least from the perspective of Emery’s father (the bracelet and the creepy wall thing). Yes, it was obvious from the start what those items were for, but I just wanted to know more, I wanted to know the extent they were used. I wanted to know more about the town and what happened to it. But I guess in the grand scheme of things it didn’t matter because Ryler and Emery got their HEA.

The ending was so good. While it wasn’t super rushed, I found myself not wanting the story to stop. I loved that we got to see what happened down the road, but I am so sad it’s over. My heart is happy.

Would I rec this? YES YES YES! I hope you add this to your TBR, especially if you love high stakes with an intense romance.

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