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"Wonderful shapeshifter romance!"

Now that we have Armond and Rosalind happily married and the curse broken, we go to our second brother, the ne'er do well, Jackson. Jackson is positive since a witch cursed the Wulf family, a witch can also take the curse off. So now he's on the trail of a witch. He managed to track her to the village of Whit Hurch. Unfortunately, his name is pretty familiar, even to those not of the Ton, and Jackson ends up making a hasty departure from the village. While fleeing the angry villagers, Jackson comes across a small cottage. When he steps inside, he sees the woman he's been hunting. It's the witch herself, and she's giving birth. Of course, she doesn't look like the image he had in his head of a witch. This one is young and beautiful, with long red hair and flawless skin. Finally realizing there is no way he can kill this beautiful woman, Jackson helps her deliver her son and sends her racing away when the curse descends upon him.

After fleeing the vicinity of Whit Hurch with her son, Sebastian, Lucinda eventually makes her way to London, where she shows up at the Wulf town house. Telling the staff she married Jackson and Sebastian that is his son, Lucinda now finds herself living a life she never dreamed possible. Not only does she have a soft bed, but there are clothes at her disposal and the butler even managed to get a wet nurse for Sebastian. Just as she's really beginning to enjoy this, her "supposed" spouse shows up.

Eventually, the two of them come to a bargain. In return for Lucinda removing the curse from Jackson and his family, he agrees to provide for and protect Sebastian. They also agree to wed, however, it will be a marriage in name only. Part of the deal is that Lucinda will leave once she has accomplished her part of the bargain.

Well, naturally, things are never that easy. It turns out Sebastian is the result of an evil earl giving Lucinda one of her potions to cause her to sleep and then raping her. This earl is a relative of the king and Sebastian is in line for the throne. The earl can't allow that, so he has put a price on Lucinda's and Sebastian's heads.

Will Lucinda be able to break the Wulf curse? Will Jackson be able to protect Sebastian and Lucinda from the evil earl? Will the two of them continue to deny their attraction for each other?

THE UNTAMED ONE is a fantastic second story in this trilogy. Ronda Thompson has a way with characters, bringing them to vibrant life, right down to the butler, who always seems to know when to open the door to a member of the Wulf family. Once again, the second story in this trilogy contains more danger than you can shake a stick at, but the hero and heroine never give up and do what is necessary to overcome it, risking themselves over and over again to do so. Even with everything else going on in their lives, these two still manage to realize just how much they mean to each other and underneath it all, this is a wonderful story of love. And with the first two of THE WILD WULFS OF LONDON trilogy being this good, I just can't wait to read Gabriel's story and see how the series ends! For anyone who enjoys a good paranormal romance, this is one series destined for your keeper shelf and I highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 10, 2006

SUMMARY

His torment can only be ended by love...

A RAPACIOUS BEAST

Running from angry villagers and the man who ravaged her, the witch Lucinda flees into the forest to have her child. But Lord Jackson Wulf hunts her down, believing her death will break the family curse that threatens his brothers' futures—a curse that has already transformed Jackson into a monster...

A SENSUAL MAN

Instead of killing the witch, Jackson is moved by both her beauty and her desperate plight. Lucinda seizes the chance to find safety for herself and her babe when a bargain is struck between this outcast woman and this doomed man—and sealed by their marriage in name only.

A DANGEROUS LOVE

In return for his protection, Lucinda has promised that her magic can free Jackson from his torment. But the pretty witch soon finds herself in danger of being seduced by Jackson's charms, and pursued by the man who would see both her and her child dead. Can she trust a Wulf with her safety and the safety of her child? Can she trust her heart to Jackson? To surrender to a Wulf is a terrible risk, for love will either unleash the beast within the man...or finally set him free.

 

The Untamed One
(Wild Wulfs of London: Book 2)
by Ronda Thompson

St. Martin's Press
May 1, 2006
Available: May 2, 2006
ISBN #0312935749
EAN #9780312935740
320 pages
Paperback
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Ronda Thompson

Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel
Love At First Bite
The Dark One
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Walk Into The Flame
Call Of The Moon
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In Trouble's Arms
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