Dark Warrior Untamed
This book is so incredibly boring that it took me over two months to get through it and even more time to squeeze out a review. The flat characters and detached plot made for snail’s pace reading and, finally having read the entire book, I can say that the snazzy, bold title is the best thing about the whole experience.
When Chief Talion Greyhill Danby comes back to Seattle from closing up his flat in London, he is welcomed by Piper Ryan, a slightly crazy looking girl with purple and pink streaks in her hair and clashing lipstick. When he finds that she is Dame Kerry’s assistant, he immediately does a background check and is surprised to find that her qualifications check out fine. Nonetheless, there’s something a little off about her that convinces him that she’s hiding something.
Immediately after his arrival, Piper becomes the recipient of a few suspicious emails from someone threatening to take over the Kyth. Dame Kerry is young and not the favored successor to Dame Judith, and one man in particular feels that his daughter should have become Grand Dame of the Kyth. As Grey struggles to catch the people responsible for threatening his Dame’s family, he also slowly unravels the mystery behind Piper’s sudden appearance into the Kyth world and his inexplicable attraction to her.
I haven’t read the other books in the series, and not enough back story is given for a new reader to understand the importance of what is going on. I don’t know what powers these people have, I don’t know what the Dame does, what Kyth world is like – nothing. So essentially, a straitlaced immortal warrior and a mysterious came-from-nowhere girl begin a romance, while said warrior also has to catch the bad guy who’s trying to murder their leader. The end.
Grey and Piper don’t have chemistry and don’t even click, yet they find themselves in bed pretty early on. Piper is uninteresting and underdeveloped, and the most colorful thing about her is her purple and pink streaked hair. Her “secret,” which is alluded to a few times, is anticlimactic. Grey is equally boring; his snooty English accent and electric blue eyes do not make up for his stale toast personality. Both Piper and Grey lack depth and dimension, and are utterly forgettable. Not to mention that the story is boring, the villain is cheesy, and the HEA at the end is thoroughly unbelievable.
The only reason why this is not a straight D is because there was some bantering between the warriors that was truly amusing, which led me to believe that this book may be a fluke in its sheer tediousness. It is too bad that I didn’t see more wittiness in Dark Warrior Untamed, because I am not likely to pick up the previous or following books in the series to find out if my suspicion is correct.