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.
Gunnar doesn't want to involve his Pack in the war that seems inevitable with Vampires, Berserkers and Mages on different sides. Yet when he senses a presence in his den he is unprepared for the shock he's about to receive. The would-be thief is a Vampire and his inner Wolf screams 'mine' but that can't be right, can it? Still Gunner cannot deny that Chelle is his Mate and tries to protect her from his Pack discovering exactly what she could mean to him. Problem is there's treachery within Gunner's Pack and dirty dealings that are trying to pull them into a fight Gunnar doesn't want. Unfortunately, though with a Vampire like Chelle around, nothing is ever going to go exactly as Gunnar planned!
There's a lot going on in this world Ms Baxter has created. First, we had the Sortiari controlling the Berserkers in an effort to completely wipe out the Vampire race. Now we see the Berserkers trying to stage a coup and break out from under the control of the Mages who form the Sortiari. Underhand dealings and double crosses are the name of the game here and it's clear the Werewolves must pick a side, but where does that leave Gunnar and Chelle?
If you enjoy sassy females who have no intention of staying behind or cowering behind the sofa, then you will love Chelle. Yes, she's suffered, yes, she's even frightened of herself at times, but Chelle is not going down without a fight so a truly worthy Mate to an Alpha Wolf. Gunnar is a Viking who totally thinks he's in charge. I enjoyed his rough edges and his bluntness but perhaps what truly made him interesting was his inner Wolf. I've seldom found an author who made that connection as vivid as here. I completely fell for the Wolf that contained two consciousness and thought it brought this side of Gunnar to life with glorious effect.
It's a good length book which gets my vote but at times for me it did drag a little. I wanted more action, I guess, but it did allow the romance to take its time and of course there are numerous hints as to just where this series is going as the Dhampirs and Vampires seem destined to take on old enemies and possibly new ones as well.
This voluntary review is of a copy I requested from NetGalley and my thoughts are solely my own and my honest opinion.