When I picked up Desire Untamed, I experienced a strong sense of déjà vu: I had already read the second in the "Feral Warriors" series, which somewhat gave away events in this one.
The initial book in
the series introduces heroine Kara MacAllister and, eventually, all nine Feral Warriors, each of whom will presumably get their own book. They all have silly names and nicknames reminiscent of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward, names like Vhyper and Lyon. Desire Untamed is Lyon's story, how he finds his true mate in Kara and how they save the world
- or try to.
When Kara is wrenched from her small-town life to living in a mansion with a load of men, things start going from strange to stranger.
She is apparently a 'Radiant', a special woman from a non-human race able to manipulate power to keep evil forces at bay. She doesn't want any of this, of course, but she
does want Lyon, one of the Warriors, as he's rather dishy. It turns out her true mate isn't Lyon but one of the other warriors,
one she can't stand.
Desire Untamed slowly reveals information about the feral warriors, the Radiant, and those against whom they
battle. It doesn't particularly unfold characterization, unfortunately, making
it difficult to tell the men apart from one another. As a reader I was in the dark as to what was possible in this world.
Thus whenever something odd happened, it could be because of a Mage - but I had no idea of what they were capable. The story holds together mainly through the romance between Lyon and Kara, which seems very much physically based - plus some of their rituals weren't quite my cup of tea.
This isn't too bad a read, but in many ways it is a mediocre story. The second in the series
which I'd read previously ( featuring Tighe) also seemed rather derivative.