WILD AT HEART
Chelle is not your typical vampire. Turned not with a bite but an age-old magic, she’s the only one of her kind—and more powerful than most. Still adjusting to her endless thirst and lethal fangs, she’s desperate to discover what sets her apart. When she encounters a brutally virile alpha werewolf, she soon learns that she’s not immune to the mating call—and her own primal longing…
The leader of the ancient Forkbeard pack, Gunnar is stunned by Chelle’s lush beauty. The wild wolf inside him howls for her, but unions between vampire and werewolf are strictly taboo—even if their clans weren’t on the verge of war. Desire has never been so dangerous…but, as a malevolent new power rises, Chelle and Gunnar face an even more frightening threat. Together, they might find a way to save their clans. But can they claim their passion, in The Untamed Vampire by Kate Baxter.
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Kate Baxter is the author of THE LAST TRUE VAMPIRE. She's a die-hard romantic with a thing for Shakespeare. She lives in the great northwest where she hides away to write about all things fanged, furry, and undead.
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The Untamed Vampire
By Kate Baxter
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"I want to see Siobhan."
Chelle Daly waited as Mikhail Aristov, the vampire king, studied her. The unnerving quiet, the penetrating intensity of his cool blue gaze sent a ripple over her skin. Mikhail was powerful. But did his power rival hers? That was the point of today's meeting. Chelle needed answers and the first step to getting them was a face-to-face with a dhampir she'd been forbidden to visit. It had been months since Chelle had seen Siobhan and the female had something she needed.
The one word hung in the air. No inflection gave away Mikhail's mood. Figures. He loved to keep people guessing. Chelle was no exception. In fact, he kept her more in the dark than most. Chelle wasn't a member of Mikhail's coven. She wasn't connected to the Collective. The memories of vampires long since dead didn't float around in her noggin like they did Mikhail's. Chelle was different. Other. Made a vampire through magic and not by the bite and blood of another vampire. Chelle was a dangerous variable and Mikhail knew it.
"She has something I want." Giving Mikhail too much information was sure to end with him shutting Chelle down completely. But not giving him enough would cause him to be suspicious. It rubbed Chelle the wrong way that she had to ask for permission at all. The words You're not my dad! came to mind and Chelle swallowed down a snort.
Apparently Mikhail was only capable of uttering monosyllabic words today.
He leaned back in his chair and regarded her. "To what?"
Jeez Louise! One more clipped response from him and she was going to tear her hair out. "Nothing." As far as Chelle was concerned, Mikhail was on a need-to-know basis. "It's just a useless relic. But I stole it and gave it to her for safekeeping. I want it back."
Mikhail's gaze sparked with silver and his eyes narrowed. "A key that unlocks nothing? Why do you want it, then?"
That silver stare might have been intimidating to some, but Chelle wasn't fazed. She flashed him a feral grin. "Sentimental value."
Mikhail's lips thinned.
Chelle let out a sigh. "Look, it seriously doesn't even unlock anything. It's completely useless." That part wasn't exactly a lie. The relic was one part of three. Without the other two pieces, the key was essentially useless. "I'd think you'd want me to get whatever relics I could out from under her." Using Mikhail's rivalry with Siobhan might be dirty pool, but Chelle was grasping at straws at this point. The vampire king's expression remained inscrutable. Her voice dropped a couple of decibels. "You can't keep me a secret forever, Mikhail."
Mikhail looked away. Finally an emotional response from the stoic vampire. His guilt pricked her skin. He'd kept her a virtual prisoner for months. He'd forced her into a state of solitude so unbearable that Chelle had accidentally turned a dhampir with her overzealous bite. Lucas was the only member of her dysfunctional little coven and she was grateful for his company. Without him, she would have gone mad a long damned time ago.
"Siobhan has been asking about you." The admission took Chelle aback. "For a few weeks now. She has the chest."
Set's Chest. That fucking box was the very magical relic that'd made Chelle a vampire. A power-hungry panther shifter had shoved her inside, and when Chelle emerged, she'd been changed. The memory of her time in that dank, dark basement twisted her stomach into knots. She could still smell the moist earth, the mildew. Could still feel the cloying touch of magic as it crawled over her skin. A chill slithered down her spine. She'd known her twin, Ronan, had given Siobhan the chest after they'd recovered it from the shifter. She'd failed to consider the dhampir would connect the chest to Chelle's continued absence.
"I have no loyalty to Siobhan," she told Mikhail. "Not anymore."
She might have been a member of Siobhan's coven at one point, but her allegiance ended the day Chelle became a vampire. She was the mistress of her own coven now — small as it may be — and her loyalty was to Lucas.
"I'm not concerned about your loyalty." Mikhail was careful to mask his emotions, as well as his thoughts. Chelle couldn't help but wonder how much he knew about her unusual powers to take such precautions. "I'm concerned about Siobhan's agenda."
Siobhan desired one thing above all others: to be independent of the vampires. And that would never happen. Dhampirs needed vampires to exist. No matter how much Siobhan wanted it otherwise.
"A magic coffin isn't going to give Siobhan what she wants."
Mikhail gave Chelle a dubious glance. "No? You're separate from the Collective, therefore separate from every other vampire and dhampir in existence. How can that not be attractive to Siobhan?"
Mikhail had a point. Damn. Siobhan might not even realize it yet, but that damned coffin might just be the answer to her prayers.
"I'm not separate from Lucas," Chelle pointed out.
Mikhail gave a swipe of his hand as though that little tidbit of information were inconsequential. "Ronan thinks the chest is safe in her care. I'm not so sure."
Of course Ronan would. Chelle couldn't help but roll her eyes. "I'm not as trusting as Ronan," Chelle said. "But I do know the last thing Siobhan will do is climb inside the chest to see what it does."
Mikhail cocked a brow. "What about after she sees you?"
"Siobhan hates vampires," Chelle replied. "All vampires. She'd die before she'd allow herself to be turned. By anyone or anything."
Mikhail rested his elbows on the armrest of his chair and steepled his fingers in front of him. "You've been incredibly cooperative considering your situation. You've been patient despite your restless nature. Thank you for that."
Chelle hiked a shoulder. "I haven't been that well behaved." She'd turned Lucas after all. And no one needed to know about her secret late-evening Starbucks runs. She might've agreed to a temporary life of captivity, but she'd never agreed to go without caramel macchiatos.
A corner of Mikhail's mouth hitched in a half smile. "Have you met you?"
When the haughty king let his guard down he could actually be quite charming. She supposed that considering her track record before her turning, Chelle had been pretty damned well behaved lately. "How are Claire and the baby?"
Mikhail's mate had given birth to their son about a month ago. Mikhail had kept close to home during that time, not letting either one of them out of his sight. Chelle couldn't blame him. Not as long as the Sortiari and their lapdogs still ran rampant across the city. The secret society had waged war against the vampires centuries ago, nearly eradicating the race. Over the past year, they'd abandoned their cause, but the rumor was that their berserker foot soldiers hadn't gotten the memo. Either way, Mikhail wasn't taking any chances.
"They're well." His bright smile conveyed every ounce of love he felt for his mate and son. "Both are healthy and happy."
"That's good." A twinge of emotion tugged at Chelle's chest. Would she ever know that sort of love? Would her soul ever be tethered and returned to her? "I'm glad to hear it."
Mikhail's gaze burned through her and a few quiet moments passed. Chelle tried not to squirm, but damn, the male had a way of making someone feel downright uncomfortable in their own skin.
"Siobhan is a variable I can't afford to turn my back on, but neither do I have the time to keep an eye on her." Mikhail swiveled in his chair and his brow furrowed in thought. "Go see her. Get whatever relic it is you want. Gauge her mood and the climate of her coven. But Chelle" — a sizzle of power sparked the air — "don't make me regret the decision to cut your strings."
The prospect of getting her hands on the relic far outweighed her annoyance at being treated like a child who'd been given permission to cross the street alone for the first time. She gave Mikhail what she hoped was a reassuring smile. Besides, it's not like he wasn't getting anything out of the deal. In so many words, he'd requested that Chelle spy on Siobhan for him. A bold request considering she'd been a loyal member of Siobhan's coven for over a century. Ronan's alliances had shifted easily enough; perhaps Mikhail assumed that Chelle's would as well.
Mikhail wasn't far off in his assumptions. In truth, Chelle was on only one side: her own.
"I'll get a read on her." What Mikhail didn't know was that Siobhan's thoughts would be bare to Chelle if she wasn't careful. Chelle's powers were unlike those of any of the vampires in Mikhail's coven. The scope of her abilities frightened Chelle. Distracted her focus. And drove her to find answers to the mysteries of her newfound vampiric existence. Siobhan was formidable, but the dhampir's strength was nothing compared to Chelle's. "If she's up to anything, I'll let you know."
Mikhail smiled, showing the tips of his dual sets of fangs. "Good."
Hopefully her visit with Siobhan would prove to be good for Chelle, too.
* * *
"Gunnar, we need to talk."
Gunnar Falk looked up to find his second standing in the doorway to his office. Aren's stern countenance and the set of his jaw was a clear indicator that whatever Aren was about to tell him, Gunnar wasn't going to like it. No surprise. With the reemergence of the vampire race, the supernatural political climate was rapidly changing. And Los Angeles — a mere thirty minutes from their compound — had become the epicenter for all of it.
"What is it?" As the Alpha of the Forkbeard pack, Gunnar dealt with petty squabbles and disagreements all the time. Werewolves were volatile by nature. Living in close quarters didn't do anything to tame that. The pack functioned more like a monarchy, with Gunnar playing judge, jury, and executioner to the petitioners who laid their grievances at his feet.
Aren walked into the office and closed the door behind him. He took a seat opposite Gunnar and fixed him with a serious stare. Gunnar massaged his temple, already feeling the onset of a tension headache. What is it now?
"Rumors are beginning to circulate about an uprising."
In the three hundred years he'd been Alpha, Gunnar had yet to be challenged by a member of the pack. One brow arched curiously as he regarded Aren. "Who?" In the recess of his psyche, a low, territorial growl resonated. Any male who sought to challenge him would meet a swift end.
Aren's brow furrowed. "No. It's not within the pack. Ian Gregor is planning a coup against the Sortiari."
Gunnar settled back in his chair as he regarded Aren. The berserker warlord's infamy spanned continents and centuries. He'd been the Sortiari's right hand for as long as Gunnar could remember. The berserkers' history with the guardians of fate was a tangled mess of treachery and dysfunction. It served to reason that Gregor would turn on the ones who held his leash eventually. In truth, Gunnar was surprised it hadn't happened sooner.
"The berserkers' quarrels with the Sortiari are none of our concern," he replied after a long moment. "It's not pack business."
Aren's lips thinned. "Don't be so sure."
Gunnar's wolf scratched at the back of his psyche, agitated. With the full moon only a couple of weeks away, that animal part of his nature had been quiet while the moon was on the wane. But now that the lunar cycle brought the waxing moon, the wolf became restless, anxious to be let out to play. And something about Aren's demeanor agitated the animal.
Aren's dark brows came down sharply over his light golden eyes. Gunnar scrubbed a hand over his shaved head and blew out a breath. Apparently his wolf wasn't the only one on edge. "It might not be pack business now," Aren began. "But how long do you think we'll be able to stay out of it?"
Gunnar pushed out his chair and rounded the desk. His wolf wanted to pace and Gunnar shared in the animal's restlessness. His muscles were taut and twitched with every step. They needed the full moon and to be free to run and hunt. Over the next fourteen days, that need would only intensify.
"As long as I can manage." Gunnar fixed Aren with a stern expression. "The last thing I want is to incur the wrath of either Gregor or the Sortiari."
The Sortiari were as old as recorded time. A secret society that infiltrated every aspect of civilization, the self-proclaimed guardians of fate took it upon themselves to guide the course of history as they saw fit. Two hundred years ago, they'd attempted to eradicate the vampire race. As evidenced by the race's resurgence, that particular directive hadn't gone as planned. Some considered it a sign that their power and influence had begun to flag. Still, Gunnar had no intention of drawing their attention.
"Why not strike while they're weak?" Aren shrugged a casual shoulder. For a moment Gunnar remembered his friend as he'd been centuries ago: a warrior clad in leather and fur. Unapologetic. Fierce. Viking. A feral grin lit his sharp features. "And reap the spoils of war."
Gunnar let out a snort. Modern warfare was a far cry from the time and world he'd been a warrior in. "What spoils do you think we'll reap?"
Aren's eyes flashed with a golden light as his wolf rose to the surface of his psyche. "Power for starters."
Aren was an ambitious fool if he thought it would be so easy. "What do you think, Aren? That Ian Gregor would simply bite the hand that feeds him and walk away?"
"I think Gregor is interested in vengeance and little else."
It was true that vengeance motivated every move that Gregor made, but Gunnar wasn't convinced. "If Gregor manages to depose Trenton McAlister, may the gods help us all."
A growl rumbled in Aren's chest. "You overestimate the berserker."
Gunnar fixed Aren with an icy stare and held it until the male was forced to look away. "And you underestimate him."
Aren shifted in his seat, slumping down. He knew better than to be at eye level with his Alpha. "The Highlanders are hotheaded and rash. There's no way they could run McAlister's empire. It was our legends that gave those beasts a name. All they're good for is fighting."
It was true that the Norse legends had given a name to the Highland beasts: berserkers. And Aren was right that their talent lay in violence and little else. Still, it would be stupid to discount Gregor's calculating mind. The male was much smarter than anyone — Trenton McAlister included — gave him credit for.
"What do you suggest, Aren? Side with the berserkers to overthrow the Sortiari and then turn on them as well?"
Aren smiled and his gaze shone with bloodlust. "Why not?" The male didn't lack for ambition, that much was certain. "Think of it, Gunnar. You'd be the most powerful male in the country. Hell, the world. The legacy of Sweyn Forkbeard would live on in a new kingdom and you would be its king."
Grandiose plans to be sure. Gunnar's great-great-uncle, Sweyn Forkbeard, had indeed been a king worthy of fear and respect. He'd usurped his own father's throne and ruled Sweden with an iron fist for almost thirty-three years before his death.
"The king of Pasadena?" Gunnar asked with a sardonic chuckle. "Or better yet, high king of California? I think the local governments would have something to say about that."
Aren brushed the quip aside. "You know what I mean. We're not subject to the laws of mankind. There would be no supernatural power in the country that would rival yours. Especially if you managed to knock McAlister off his metaphorical throne. The pack's supremacy would never be called into question."
Gunnar leveled his gaze. "It isn't now."
The wolf growled in Gunnar's psyche and the sound echoed in his chest. Aren's suggestion that his power would be called into question even now further stirred his annoyance.
"There's no need for that sort of reaction." Aren relaxed his posture and let his gaze drop once again. "I'm only saying you should consider the possibilities."
Gunnar stroked his fingers along his bearded jaw. "With the berserkers and Sortiari engaged in battle, the vampires will have a prime opportunity to come into power."
It was rumored that their numbers were still small but that didn't mean their population wouldn't quickly grow. Gunnar didn't admit to know much about the vampire race, but like werewolves, a bite was all it took to make one. A few vampires could easily become a few hundred in a single lunar cycle.
"Do you really think Gregor doesn't have his sights set on them as well?" Aren met Gunnar's gaze for the barest moment to drive his point home. "If he can manage it, he'll take out all of his enemies in one fell swoop."
On that they could agree. There was no way, after centuries of strife, Gregor wouldn't finish what he'd started and wipe every vampire — and dhampir — from the face of the earth. "None of this matters." Gunnar rounded his desk and settled into his chair. "All of this is nothing but conjecture."
"Possibly." Aren moved to stand but waited for a nod of permission from Gunnar. Only with his consent could a member of the pack stand taller than the Alpha. "But every rumor is founded in truth."
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I thought his name was Tristan not Trenton??
Everyone loves a vampire story and especially a very unusual one. Well this one fills the need. Chelle is quite determined to get her answers and along the way she learns a lot about herself and her relationship to others. Of the two main characters she has the greatest growth in her outlook of life and her belief about soul mates. Gunnar is the typical in-charge alpha with a twist. He really cares about the people in his pack and always tries to find the good in all they do and are, while keeping their traditions. But...... he really doesn't want Chelle in his life because of the pack traditions. The author does a supreme job of showing the struggles these two have with their belief systems and what they want out of life as well as how vampires, werewolves, berserkers and Sortiari start to pick sides in a war for power. I give this 4 stars for showing the reader how to handle long standing belief systems in todays world. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
First off, I want to say that I was lost for a lot of this book. Sure, I knew the here-and-now events happening but there seemed to be a lot going on leading up to the start of The Untamed Vampire as well as background info during the book itself that I just didn’t have because I received this book for review without having read the first 3 in the series. I say this now because it was the ultimate deal-breaker for me really liking this book. Had I read the others first, I think I may have enjoyed this one more. That said, the story itself was alright. I’m hesitant to pick up vampire books anymore because 95% of the time they fit the same cliches that I’m tired of seeing. Save for a few select authors/series, I don’t touch them. But I gave The Untamed Vampire a try and I did enjoy it and liked that the vampires were more than just a trope. The vampire trope, that is. This book still fit into the realm of a paranormal romance with forbidden love, this time between a vampire and a werewolf. Their connection causes all sorts of problems that one would expect if you’re familiar with the genre, very formulaic in that regard. Outside of that, I liked the way the whole “mate” aspect was handled and thought the characters were developed enough to make it work without it coming off as forced. I enjoyed seeing the different characters through their points of view. Sometimes I get bored with paranormal romances when they’re only from one perspective because the story starts to lose steam without the added tension of the reader knowing things certain characters don’t (I honestly think that is what makes me keep reading many of the books I’ve picked up in the past). Chelle is your standard tough heroine, stubborn, independent, a contradiction to her love interest who doesn’t know what to do with her. It was clear that she had been in previous books based on how she acted in this one and some of the hints dropped throughout so I think I would appreciate her character’s growth more having read those first. Gunnar proved to be exactly what I expected from a werewolf alpha, which is both good and bad. I mean, there’s a reason I read these kinds of books even if they start to blend together after a while. He has his flaws and they definitely come through but I could see his character arc through the story which was a nice touch. Their romance had its ups and downs, and I appreciated that they weren’t given the lust to insta-love plot. They struggled and had to get to know each other regardless of the physical attraction which made the romance more believable and stronger. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll go back and read the previous books or not, then re-read this to see if things make more sense, but it was a decent book and I think if you’ve read the previous ones you’ll enjoy it. If you haven’t, I’d recommend checking out the first book, The Last True Vampire, first!
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! The cover is steamy! This is the 4th book in the series. This is for adults only due to the steamy content. It is not required to read the books in order, but I’m sure it would add value if you did. I’ve read the first 2 books, but I haven’t read the 3rd book at this point. This book was action packed, and Chelle is just awesome. I love her spunky attitude and sass. Gunnar is awesome considering his age and his pack’s thoughts on vampires and out of species dating. He has all the growly Alpha tendencies. This story has tons of action, treachery, fights, thievery, and romance. I really love this series! I can’t wait to read more! I highly recommend to any paranormal fans who love vampires, shifters, magic, and more!
WILD AT HEART Chelle is not your typical vampire. Turned not with a bite but an age-old magic, she s the only one of her kind and more powerful than most. Still adjusting to her endless thirst and lethal fangs, she s desperate to discover what sets her apart. When she encounters a brutally virile alpha werewolf, she soon learns that she s not immune to the mating call and her own primal longing The leader of the ancient Forkbeard pack, Gunnar is stunned by Chelle s lush beauty. The wild wolf inside him howls for her, but unions between vampire and werewolf are strictly taboo even if their clans weren t on the verge of war. Desire has never been so dangerous but, as a malevolent new power rises, Chelle and Gunnar face an even more frightening threat. Together, they might find a way to save their clans. But can they claim their passion, in The Untamed Vampire by Kate Baxter. Review: A great addition to this series! I love supernatural stories and this story sure fulfilled that love. It is a story about vampires, but I like that the author mixes in other supernatural beings. This story especially fills this love as vampire Chelle is tethered to werewolf alpha, Gunnar. I was drawn in on page 1, as Chelle goes to Gunnar's home to steal a relic that she hopes will give her answers to what she is. Their love and attraction is forbidden and leads to all kinds of situations that they must work through. They both had their hands full and at times it made the story exciting, dramatic and sexy. The tethering/mating of two different beings was done in a unique way that I liked. I thought she did an excellent job of continuing this exciting series and world. I still have to find the time to go and read the first couple of books in the series. 4Star *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
A nice paranormal romance about a unique vampire and the wolf shifter that stops her from stealing one of his relics. In the process they discover they are mated or tethered. Chelle is a strong heroine who is searching for answers regarding her talents as a vampire since she was made through magic rather than a bite. Gunnar is determined to stop her from any danger that search would bring her. Even if they agree on the mating there is the fact that their relationship is considered taboo and would not be welcome by his pack. It’s a rocky road filled with more vampires, shifters, the guardians of fate, and berserkers. I felt a little lost at times as this is a series and I have not read the previous books, thus the three and a half stars. I certainly think had I read this after the other books it would be a much higher rating. ARC provided for an honest review
The Untamed Vampire by Kate Baxter is book four in her Last True Vampire series and it is action packed with vampires, shifters, berserkers, and mages alike. Chelle Daly is a vampire born from magic with unique abilities that make her different than other vampires. In search for answers about what she is, she sets off on a mission to obtain the three pieces to a key that will unlock a library that may hold the answers for her. One piece she has, while the other two she'll have to steal. Piece of cake with her abilities. Or at least it should have been except she wasn't expecting her mate. Gunnar Falk, werewolf and Alpha of the Forkbeard pack, is shocked to find a thief got passed his security, and is utterly floored to discover the delectable thief his is mate. Despite matings outside of the pack being outlawed, Gunnar's wolf knows Chelle is theirs. Throw in a pending war, along with a traitor in their midsts, and these lovers will learn that work so much better together than apart. I enjoyed Ms. Baxter's novel, which is filled with description and tons of action. I loved Chelle! She's such strong heroine. Witty, caring, brave, funny, and stubborn. She's not afraid to jump into a fight especially to help those she loves and I enjoyed her backstory. I hope we get to find out more about her in later books and her abilities or about what she is. I also liked the buildup of the story that deals with McAlister, Gregor, and Saeed for the next book. It makes me excited for the next installment. Overall, The Untamed Vampire by Kate Baxter was a great novel with strong characters, a well-paced plot, and filled to the brim with paranormal characters. I happily recommend. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
A steamy paranormal read. The mystery surrounding a woman that was turned in to a vampire by magic and not bitten by another vampire. Chelle has been adjusting to her new cravings as a vampire and is still learning the limits of her powers when she meets Gunnar and discovers her mate is an alpha werewolf which is taboo and trying to save both of their clans. The story is fast paced with plenty of suspense and drama. You are completely escape into a world with witches, werewolves and vampires. I was hooked from beginning to end.
This was a well-written, entertaining book. Chelle is one of a kind - a vampire who was turned with magic rather than a bite. She's still learning her abilities and limitations, and then she feels a mating call. Gunnar is the leader of an ancient werewolf pack, and when he encounters Chelle, the wolf inside him declares she is his mate. Vampire and werewolf are taboo to start with, and their clans are also in danger of being at war. The passion between them is strong and undeniable despite the obstacles. I really enjoyed this book, which can be read as a standalone story, and I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
This is the 4th book in The Last True Vampire series and my first book by Kate Baxter and while I enjoyed it, I may have benefited from reading the other books in the series first. Chelle is a magically created vampire, out to find the history of her change and the extent of her abilities. Her search leads across wolf shifter pack lands. Gunnar is the Alpha of the pack (and pack lands) that Chelle crosses. When Gunnar confronts Chelle, he's stunned to realize she is his tethered (true) mate. Unfortunately for them, Gunnar's tribe does not allow mating outside of the pack. Gunnar has to come up with a way around that ancient law while helping defend his territory against a pending war and help Chelle find clues to her history. There is just so much going on in this story that you just need to read it for yourself. I think you'll enjoy it. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher, St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for an honest review.*
'Untamed Vampire' by Kate Baxter is book Four in the "Last True Vampire" series. This is the story of Gunnar and Chelle. I have read some of the other books and I did feel that help me with this story to understand what is going on better. There is a lot of story going on in this book! Chelle is a turned Vampire who it trying to figure out what has happened to her and the history of it. Gunner is a Alpha wolf pack who is trying to get answers too and protect his pack. But when these two meet they both quickly realize that the are mates. But neither are very happy about it at first and try to dance around the issue. But true mates can't stay apart forever. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
THE UNTAMED VAMPIRE is the fourth installment in Kate Baxter’s adult, contemporary LAST TRUE VAMPIRE erotic, paranormal romance series. This is Alpha werewolf of the Forkbeard pack Gunnar Falk, and hybrid vampire Chelle Daly’s story line. THE UNTAMED VAMPIRE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from several third perspectives including numerous plot points and building stories THE UNTAMED VAMPIRE focuses on Chelle Daly’s search for the truth about her existence. Chelle is a powerful vampire; a vampire not turned by a bite or born into the life, but turned by an unknown ancient magic imbuing our heroine with untapped power that is slowly beginning to evolve. Searching for the answers to her inception Chelle finds herself face to face with an ancient Viking warrior-Gunnar Falk-the Alpha leader of the Forkbeard werewolf pack, and the man that calls to heart her. Gunnar is Chelle’s tethered mate-and together the couple finds themselves fighting a centuries old law that forbids the mating of vampires and wolves. What ensues is the building relationship between Chelle and Gunnar, and Gunnar’s need to protect his mate at the risk of his own life. The world building focuses on the encoaching war between the Sortiari and the Beserkers. The Sortiari are an ancient secret society that infiltrated every aspect of civilization, and the self proclaimed guardians of fate. Two hundred years earlier the Sortiari attempted to eradicate the vampire race and were all but successful in their task. Someone behind the scenes is pushing for war; the Beserkers continue to destroy what is left of the vampire race. THE UNTAMED VAMPIRE has a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Gunnar’s second in command Aren: the Beserker warlord Ian Gregor, leader of the Sortiari Trenton McAlister, Chelle’s only vampire progeny Lucas, and her brother Ronan, King of the vampires Mikhail Aristov, Saeed Almasi-a vampire thought to be mad, and an assortment of vampires, dhampirs, mages, werewolves, shifters, fae and beserkers. Chelle finds an ally in Jillian, a recently turned member of Gunnar’s Pack. Saeed and Cerys’s story line is next in THE LOST VAMPIRE (August 2017). THE UNTAMED VAMPIRE is a detailed story line that follows several building premises, intersecting paths, and the potential destruction of an entire race. There are moments of heartbreak and betrayal; romance and love; action, fight scenes and eventual death. The premise is entertaining, suspenseful and impassioned; the characters are numerous, colorful and dynamic; the romance is intense, sensual and fated. Kate Baxter’s LAST TRUE VAMPIRE is an imaginative series; a sexy, enchanting look at the supernatural creatures we both love and hate.
I've been so intrigued by Chelle in the previous books. She's an extremely powerful vampire and everyone has been afraid of what she's capable of. Instead of being turned the traditional way, she was turned by magic. She isn't tied to part of a coven and has more powers than the traditional vampire. Powers that even she is not aware of. This makes her an unknown and unpredictable. We don't get a lot of answers like I was hoping, but being able to read her pov in this book has made her less scary. She's just as afraid of what she is and what she can do as everyone else, which makes her driven to find the answers, no matter the costs. This is where she meets Gunner, the Alpha of the Forkbeard pack. She is searching for the 3 pieces to a key and Gunner's pack has one of the keys. Chelle breaks into the packs home to steal the key and gets caught by Gunner and has her heart tethered by him. A tethered heart is the Vampires way of knowing when they meet their soulmate. This is when things really start to spice up. Gunner's pack is very old, leading back to the vikings era, and stuck in old traditions. It's taboo to be mated outside of the species and Gunner has to hide the fact that Chelle is his mate until he can figure out how to get his pack to accept their mating. In the mean time, Chelle keeps putting herself in danger trying to steal the keys. I'm loving this series. We have Alpha Hero's, smart and powerful heroines and an exciting plot that is building with each book in the series. Each book focuses on one couple but you see all players in each book. I would recommend starting with book 1. ARC provided by Netgalley.
The Untamed Vampire by Kate Baxter The Last True Vampire #4 Action-packed paranormal fantasy with romance, adventure and intrigue – this is book four in a series that includes vampires, shapeshifters, dhampirs, mages, fae and more. Not having read the first three books in the series may have left me behind in regard to some of the storyline but did not detract from the romance between Chelle and Gunnar – a mating between Alpha Werewolf and Vampire. The supporting characters have no doubt starred in previous books of the series or may have their stories told in future books. All in all this was an interesting and enjoyable story and I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC. This is my honest review. 3.5 Stars