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In the previous book, Desire Untamed, all of the Feral Warriors had their soles split in half when the mage, Zaphene, had them cloned through ancient mage magic. All of the other clones were killed in the battle at the end of that book except for Tighe's. His clone, for whatever reason, seems to have a higher intelligence and will to survive than the others had, and is currently out waging destruction on the general populous. It seems to know it needs to stay away from Therians, who would be its natural food source, and instead is draining humans. This attracts the attention of D.C detective, Delaney Randall.
I found Delaney to be tough, dedicated, and possessing a warrior's spirit. After an all too close encounter with the clone - whom the public have dubbed the D.C vampire, believing the atrocities to be caused by nothing more than the State's newest and grisliest serial killer - catching the monster becomes Delaney's own personal mission as well as her duty. It also brings back unwanted memories of her mother's untimely demise.
After surviving the attack she starts to have visions of the clone as he's making his kills. Visions that previously Tighe was receiving through his own connection with the clone. Tighe realizes the visions are now being intercepted by the Fed when, instead of seeing a murder, he sees Delaney suffering one of the paralysing visions instead. He could really use those visions back because killing the clone is the only way to get the other half of his sole back. He therefore has no choice but to track down the cop.
This book had a very different feel to it than the last book. Instead of focusing on magical rituals and destinies, this was more of a romantic suspense, a serial killer manhunt with paranormal aspects and hot, HOT love scenes.
I learned some more details about some of the other members of the Feral Warriors in this book and have a better overall sense of the mythology Palmer has created. Sure, I've read shapeshifter books before, but each author always brings something new to the table and Palmer is no different. I find her take on them very imaginative and a nice mix between the tough, battle-ready warriors and the honourable male immortals who treat their females like precious treasures..
I found the plot really gripping and unpredictable again, and the method of delivery felt fresh and original. The way they were able to track the killer through the visions - even though they only provided glimpses of whatever the clone looked at and were therefore frustrating as often there was nothing there to determine location - was really well-executed. They just needed to catch that one break; to see a building or landmark they recognised to pin him down. And it was a race against time for Tighe, because no one, not even an immortal, can live without half their sole.
The relationship between Tighe and Delaney had good chemistry but it didn't draw me in quite as much as Kara and Lyon's relationship did in the previous book. Their future seemed doomed at times and I had no idea how it could possibly work out; an immortal warrior and a human already her thirties and not getting any younger? I just couldn't figure out a HEA for them at all. I will say that I was satisfied with the conclusion, even as a major bombshell is delivered to the warriors right at the end of the book leading us to wonder what's going to happen next in Paenther's book, Passion Untamed.
The cover of 'Obsession Untamed' contains a commendation from author Maggie Shayne about this series which considers it "one of the most unique, inventive shapeshifter novels." This reader thinks that's a rather disingenuous comment as I didn't find it unique or inventive in any way. It had very strong echoes of the early Black Dagger Brotherhood books, particularly with regard to the rather silly names of the heroes (Tighe, Lyon, Hawke, Vhyper) which reflect their shapeshifter animals. The Feral Warriors all live together in a compound and fight against supernatural foes whilst trying to keep knowledge of what's going on from the human population; again, very reminiscent of J R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
Where this book differed, for this reader, was the characterisation. The author made a good attempt at showing the character of heroine Delaney Randall, an FBI officer on the hunt for a strange killer who is a clone of hero Tighe. Delaney was an appealing character if rather similar to many others I have read (the work-obsessed agent who toils non-stop in her law enforcement role) and she was full of courage and not a shrinking violet, but somehow I didn't ever feel that I really knew her when reading this book. J R Ward seems to have, at least in the earlier novels, made her characters come alive to a much greater extent. Perhaps it's unfair to compare two different authors but they are working in the same genre with similar characters so the contrasts are more apparent.
The main plot of Tighe, with Delaney's help, trying to find his clone was well written. There's a sub-plot of two other Feral Warriors looking for Vhyper which might as well not have been in the book as it added nothing to it except to set up the next novel which focuses on Paenther (yes, another silly name). What worked better was Tighe overcoming his distaste towards humans as he connects with Delaney. Overall, however, I found this book lacking in depth and just too similar to other stories to work entirely on its own.
After reading the first in this series I was eager to see what would happen next and was thrilled to see that Tighe was the next feral to get a book as i liked him the most from book one.
This book picks up where the last left off (definitely a series to read in order)with Tighe and the ferals tracking the escaped clone containing half of Tighe's soul. To feed, the clone has been murdering humans and is also being hunted by the FBI which brings Delaney into the action.
I thought this book would be better than it was but i unfortunately felt a little let down. I enjoyed it, don't get me wrong but the plot to capture the clone seemed to drag - way too many near misses and not enough leads etc.. it just became boring when the next game of cat and mouse began.
I liked Tighe and Delaney as characters and their relationship kept me interested but this book kind of felt like a bit of a filler until the next one (like the author didn't quite know what to do for book 2 and just dragged out the clone thing). Also the peeks at what Foxx and Paenther were up to didn't fit into the book well and were clearly only mentioned to connect with book 3 (Paenther's story).
Don't let me put you off - perhaps im being overcritical because i really did like this book, it just lacked the spark of the previous one. I have already started the third book so hopefully the spark will have returned.