WILD AT HEART
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.
Baxter's fourth Last True Vampire paranormal (after The Dark Vampire) delivers plenty of excitement and romance. Chelle Daly is a vampire with no maker. Brought into her powers by a magical artifact, she stands alone, isolated in a strength she can barely comprehend. Gunnar Falk is every inch an alpha werewolf, bound by centuries of experience and tradition to protect his pack. They are brought together by Chelle's quest to learn the secrets of her origins. Despite the threat their union represents to all levels of the supernatural community, their passion is too strong to be denied. Together they must face betrayal from within the pack as well as a rogue faction bent on revenge. Baxter creates a romance that is by turns funny and terrifying, enhancing her complex world as she brings the story to a well-earned conclusion. The protagonists' connection relies on the tired trope of a fated love, but their relationship is developed in a slow, natural fashion that lends it both tenderness and steamy satisfaction and will please readers who like protagonists in control of their stories.
Loving this series!
I've been so intrigued by Chelle in the previous books. She's an extremely powerful vampire and everyone has been afraid of what she's capable of. Instead of being turned the traditional way, she was turned by magic. She isn't tied to part of a coven and has more powers than the traditional vampire. Powers that even she is not aware of. This makes her an unknown and unpredictable.
We don't get a lot of answers like I was hoping, but being able to read her pov in this book has made her less scary. She's just as afraid of what she is and what she can do as everyone else, which makes her driven to find the answers, no matter the costs.
This is where she meets Gunner, the Alpha of the Forkbeard pack. She is searching for the 3 pieces to a key and Gunner's pack has one of the keys. Chelle breaks into the packs home to steal the key and gets caught by Gunner and has her heart tethered by him. A tethered heart is the Vampires way of knowing when they meet their soulmate.
This is when things really start to spice up. Gunner's pack is very old, leading back to the vikings era, and stuck in old traditions. It's taboo to be mated outside of the species and Gunner has to hide the fact that Chelle is his mate until he can figure out how to get his pack to accept their mating. In the mean time, Chelle keeps putting herself in danger trying to steal the keys.
I'm loving this series. We have Alpha Hero's, smart and powerful heroines and an exciting plot that is building with each book in the series. Each book focuses on one couple but you see all players in each book. I would recommend starting with book 1. ARC provided by Netgalley.