The Untamed Vampire (Last True Vampire series)
By Kate Baxter
St. Martin's Press
There are so many things that make beautiful, bad girl Chelle unusual. First of all, she’s a vampire. AND she was created by magic, not a bite. AND she has crazy mad powers beyond those of the other vampires. AND she falls for with a werewolf, which is totally taboo for both paranormal species, but what’s a girl to do when she finds her mate?
After almost total annihilation of the vampire species by an ancient and shadowy religious organization (think the Knights Templar but with soulless members and killing creatures called berserkers), Vampire King Mikhail has been slowly increasing their ranks. His story and those of his two top vampires and their journeys to find their mates were told in the first three books of Kate Baxter’s The Last True Vampire series. Now it’s Chelle turn, in The Untamed Vampire, a novel full of bloody battles between vampires, berserkers, and werewolves, back-stabbing betrayals, changing alliances, and tons of sensual mating. Chelle does not want to accept the inevitable tethering to destined werewolf mate Gunnar, fearing it would weaken her and distract her from discovering the truth of her origins. On the other hand, Gunnar, Alpha of the ancient Forkbeard pack, immediately recognizes his mate in Chelle, and he and his inner wolf will fight anyone including his own wolf pack to claim her as his.
The characters of Chelle and Gunnar are well-defined and appealing. And despite Chelle annoyingly risking her life and being rescued by Gunnar, they are well-matched as she rescues him too, and her impetuous nature is consistent throughout the book. The battle scenes are wonderfully graphic with plenty of squish and splat, and the interspecies sex is hot and steamy. The exposition of the back story is clear enough that the reader can read this book first, and should, because The Untamed Vampire is the BEST book in the series.
Joanne Hamilton-Selway, ReaderToReader.com
The Untamed Vampire
(Last True Vampire series)
By: Kate Baxter
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