by Hope Tarr

February 2008
ISBN: 9781933836171
Reviewer Graphic Button Medallion Press
Mass Market Paperback

Untamed is Hope Tarrís last book in The Men of Roxbury House series. It is time for Patrick OíRourke to have a story of his own.

He saw her picture in the window and knew from that moment he had to meet her. Rourke needs a wife now that he has made his fortune. He has no patience for a coy maiden. Rourke much prefers a woman not easily stressed by his unrefined ways. She must be strong enough to withstand his coarseness, yet soft enough to never be forgotten that she is a woman. Someone like Lady Katherine Lindsey.

Lady Katherine, self-proclaimed spinster, is known for being a shrew. It is fine with her if it means she does not have to suffer otherís, especially menís, foolishness. She learned early in life not to depend on others and not to allow herself to be vulnerable to others. Those lessons come in handy since Kate is responsible for keeping her drunkard of a father from losing their home. Her sister is pretty much useless when it comes to helping Kate. Kate is on her own and has been since she was a child.

Kateís no nonsense manner is caught off guard by Rourke. He seems impervious to her sharp tongue, in fact he seems to delight in it. She finds herself drawn to him in a way she has never experienced before. When he kisses her it is difficult to hold onto her thoughts. He is intelligent, witty, and his pugilist years have left him in very fine shape. Kate doesnít care that he is a self-made wealthy man. She admires him for it. On the verge of permitting herself to explore the burgeoning feelings he has caused, Katherine is thrown a dreadful reminder of why she protects herself. And so ensues a battle of wits and words between Kate and Rourke that would do the old bard, Shakespeare, proud.

Written as part of a series, but most definitely a stand alone read, Untamed is a rousing tale. Rourke is refreshing and Katherine is relatable even in these modern days. At times laugh out loud funny and at others heart-wrenchingly tender, Untamed is a must read.

Reviewed in March 2008 by Rho.

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