Saturday, January 9, 2010

REVIEW: Pamela Palmer Feral Warriors Series

*This is just my opinion, my personal take on any given book, use as a reference. I will not be overly gushing. I will also endeavor not to give too much of the plot away.
I will not hand out 4 star ratings for every book.*

Avon Books June 2009 ~384 pages
Visit Pamela's site HERE

I was introduced to this series through a win at the Romance Bandits Blog, When it arrived in the mail, Pamela sent not only an autographed copy, with a lovely personal note inside, but a card(with a Lion on it) bookmarks, postcards in two sizes. I have won a few books since, this was the nicest package. Note to authors: the personal touch is a big plus

Palmer's world is rich and dense in fantasy and paranormal elements, and not so bogged down in information that it is not easy to grasp or immerse yourself in it.

And immerse yourself you will, these feral warriors are a romance reader's dream, over 6'5, muscular, tough, an inner beast unparalleled in most paranormal romances. But the beast-men are also capable of tenderness, love...with the right woman, of course. And the sexual aspect of these guys is off the charts. Even their rituals are steeped in fantasy...and sex.

The immortal warriors are named after the animals they shift into, Lyon, Tighe, Paenther, Kougar, you get the picture. Quite clever actually. The first book, Desire Untamed (with hunky cover model Paul Marron as Lyon) You hit the ground running as Lyon kidnaps an seemingly innocent school teacher, who has special powers the ferals need.
Lots of action, romance, and oh yeah, sex. What they call and 'Urban-Fantasy Paranormal Romance'. In spades.

3 out of 4 stars

Avon Books~ July 2009 384 pages

The story continues in Book Two, all about Tighe, who shape-shifts into a tiger. Of the three books, I felt (and some blog buddies) that this was the weaker of the three, more of a bridge piece really, a few chapters is taken setting up the plot for the next book.

However, Tighe is not without his merits, he is by far the more tender of the three, but just as guarded with his heart.
Enter FBI agent Delaney Randall who has some heart-guarding issues of her own. Drawn together at first by a sexual connection unparalleled by anything Delaney ever felt before (Or Tighe, for that matter) They must join forces to hunt down a serial killer, with a disturbing tie to Tighe.

Two and three-Quarters stars out of four

Avon Aug 2009~384 pages

Oh, this was my favorite of the three, a blog buddy concurs. Panether is large, imposing, has Native-American blood, and is, let's face it, a walking sex-bomb. His tortured past is intertwined with the sorcery and magic that rules their world, and passion rules his life. It is this passion that gets him kidnapped by a Mage witch, and chained naked to a wall. Yes, you heard me. Naked. Chained.
Paenther is cunning, can he seduce the witch to let him go? And what evil rules this seemingly kind-hearted witch?
Paenther is prideful, passionate and Jeez, don't get him angry. It is fascinating to observe these two wounded souls move tentatively toward each other. Deeply moving on so many levels.
A heart-breaking romance set to the gritty world of the ferals.

Three and a half stars out of four.

Next in the Feral Warrior series? The snarly, smart-ass Jag.

From Pamela's Site:

June 22, 2010 from Avon Books
Rapture Untamed
Book 4 in the Feral Warriors series

Jag finally meets his match in Olivia, a tough, attractive little Therian Guard. Olivia is drawn to the surly and powerful warrior against her will, for Jag is the last male on Earth she could ever trust with her dark secrets. Or her heart.

Am I going to buy it? Damn right.

KOVER KUDOS: The marketing Dept at Avon books get 4 out of 4 stars, the models are a PERFECT match for Palmer's physical description, a big plus, also no headless, torso shots! YES!

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