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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Book Review and ARC Giveaway: Untamed (The Amoveo Legend) by Sara Humphreys

This is another warm, fast-paced installment in the entertaining Amoveo series!
Untamed (The Amoveo Legend)
by Sara Humphreys

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (November 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402258496
ISBN-13: 978-1402258497Product Details
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0

Book Description
Release Date: November 6, 2012 | Series: The Amoveo Legend
An ancient race of shapeshifters has lived secretly among humans for thousands of years...they are...the Amoveo

Layla Nickelsen has spent years hiding from her Amoveo mate and guarding a devastating secret. But Layla's worst fear is realized when the man who haunts her dreams shows up in person ...

William Fleury is as stoic as they come, until he finds Layla and his feelings overwhelm him. She won't let him get close, but then an unknown enemy erupts in violence and threatens everything Layla holds dear...

William Fleury, an Amoveo from the Gryfalcon clan, is a straight-laced, stoic man and attorney for the Amoveo Counsel. He has watched his friends find their mates in half-breeds and he looks with longing and envy on their affectionate, and passionate, relationships. He had almost given up hope of finding a mate for himself. Then he saw Layla and knew he must pursue her.

Layla is a half-breed who has known about her nature for years as she was raised with twin half-breeds on a farm with their ‘foster’ mother, Rosie.  She is able to share telepathically with her foster siblings and she can read of auras through her photography. She can also dream in her cheetah form but she has never been able to shift in the real world. She is freakish in the human world and feels substandard in the shifter world-- what little she knows of it.

Layla saw the pain of abandonment and destruction of other females, including her own mother,  who loved Amoveo mates. Layla is fiercely independent and intent on never falling in love or being controlled by another. When Will begins to pursue her in the dream realm, she wants nothing to do with him. When Will shows up in person she considers him a stalker.

Will doesn’t really know how to woe Layla but he is insistent on making her give him a chance. He is also determined to protect her from the Purist threat especially after there is an attack that puts Rosie in a coma.

Will loosens up around Layla and she begins to fall for his gentle and almost bumbling charm. Rather than wait for an attack she decides that the half-breed ladies should confront the Council to force the hand of the Purists. The confrontation will have a greater impact than anyone realized.

I love the great, underlying warmth that Sara imparts in this romance series. Once again she created interesting characters and drew me into their story immediately.  Their slowly growing relationship is the primary story but there is also good suspense building up to the later part of the book when there are new and alarming developments in the Amoveo loyalties.  This changes the character of the Council and sets the stage for civil war among the clans.  I look forward to the next book!

William's reaction to Layla
    That day in the bayou, Layla’s energy signature had slammed into him with a voracious intensity that took him completely by surprise... and William was not accustomed to being surprised. He prided himself on his innate ability to alwys remain calm, keep a cook head, and maintain a sense of order.
    All of that changed the second he found her.  Location 489.
    Put him in the heat of battle, in a courtroom, or in the sights of the Caedo, and no one could shake him, but put his brokenhearted mate in front of him, and he truned into a fumbling oaf without the slightest clue how to help her. Location 3457.
I received this from Sourcebooks for an honest review.
A good portion of this takes place in rural Marylanda.
If you haven't read this awesome series yet you can try a taste with the free Novella: Undenied .


For 3 Extra Bonus entries tell me if you know any of the songs or artists that Sara thought of while writing this book:
Here's the soundtrack I created when I was writing William and Layla's story. Enjoy!
    "Promise's Demise"--Amy Petty *this song is used in the book trailer
    "Paris (ooh lala)"--Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
    "I Run to You"--Lady Antebellum
    "Can't Be Tamed"--Miley Cyrus
    "The Edge of Glory"--Lady Gaga
    "I Go to Extremes"--Billy Joel
    "Going Under"--Evanescence
* This contest is open US and Canada.
* This contest will close 10 PM (Central) on November 30, 2012.
The winner will be randomly selected from all entries.
WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED on December 1, 2012.
Winners will have 72 hours to respond by email or the winners form linked in the announcement.


  1. I love Evanescence. I have this CD and love it.

  2. I really like some of these songs and one of them is a favorite of mine--GOING UNDER by Evanescence. Some of the others that I like are Antebellum and Lady Gaga, and Billy Joel. The others I am not familiar with at all.

  3. Thank you very much for the chance to win! The summary sounds great and I love this series! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  4. Evanescence is one of my favorite bands. Their music is perfect for playing computer games to or knitting to.

  5. Thank you for this wonderful review of UNTAMED!

  6. The play list looks good. I'm not one who can have music on while reading. I tend to get distracted and sing along ;). Thank you.

  7. Everybody must have heard "The Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga - unless you never listen to the radio or watch TV.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  8. Love Evanescence. I also know the Billy Joel song as well! I cannot WAIT to read this book!!!

  9. Love Evanescence...and also know the song by Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Miley Cyrus, and Billy Joel.
    Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  10. I've heard of most of the songs.

  11. I'm not familiar with Amy Petty but all the rest I've heard their music.

  12. Great playlist! I'm familar with most of them but am off to look a couple of them up :)

    Jolene A

  13. Yep! I know and listen to most of the regularly!

    I just downloaded the Novella for my Kindle too! Thanks so much for the heads up so I can get started on this series!

  14. I'm familiar with all except Amy Petty. Great playlist. Look forward to reading this series.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com


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