Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: Untamed: The Complete Series by Jinsey Reese & Victoria Green

Untamed: The Complete Series (Episodes 1-5)
(The Brothers Wilde Collection # 1)
By: Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green
Pub. Date: All episodes out now!
Publisher: Turning Leaves Press
Source: Author Victoria Green

Rich, beautiful, and wild, Reagan McKinley has everything she needs...but nothing that she wants. That is, until she spends one hot night in the arms of sexy, unbridled Dare Wilde. She's a girl trapped in a rigid world she desperately wants to escape, and he's an untamed artist with an attitude, hell-bent on freeing her—body, mind, and soul. But Reagan's life is not her own, and Dare is not welcome in it. She can't include him in her carefully-controlled, extremely public lifestyle...and yet she cannot give him up. Will a shared passion for art—and, increasingly, each other—be enough to keep them together? Or will it be the thing that ultimately tears them apart?

Three years have passed since Dare Wilde walked out of Reagan McKinley's life. Three years of radio silence. Three years of regrets. But she’s not the same girl anymore. Now, at twenty-two, Reagan has big plans to change her life, and it all starts with a trip to Europe. Instead of heading into Harvard Law like her parents had planned, she’s crossed the ocean to follow her dreams in the art world. Her dreams. For once. A chance meeting in Paris brings Reagan and Dare face-to-face again, but is it serendipity...or penance? A chasm of unspoken hurt stands between them, but they can’t fight the passion they have for each other. And now that she’s found Dare again—the one person in this world who makes her feel whole—she doesn’t want to let go. Problem is, she may not have a choice. Two parts. One whole. Together...they’re out of control.

Dare Wilde is out. The McKinley family has ruined his relationship with Reagan for the last time. He’s in Amsterdam, staying with his rock star brother Dash, ready to move on with his life and get Ree out of his head. Finally, and for good. Problem is, he loves her. So when fate leads Reagan to his door again, the two must decide whether their new-found love is worth the risk. Because two fractured parts can’t make a whole, and they must face the demons of Reagan's past if they are to have a future together. A muse and her artist. A star-crossed love. Will the past catch up to them…or have they finally escaped?

With his dad hell-bent on destroying him, Dare's life hangs in the balance. Fearing the worst, Reagan rushes from Paris to New York, hoping to get to him in time, only to find their entire world collapsing around them. The threat is too real, risk too high, death too possible. Unfair doesn't even begin to cover it. Two wild hearts that belong together, trapped in a world trying to break them apart. But a love this strong has to survive...doesn't it?
With a ring in his pocket, and the future on his mind, Dare Wilde comes home to discover that his worst nightmare has come true. Ree’s been taken, his best friend shot, and his father is still on the loose. He thought he'd won. He thought everyone he cared about most in the world was finally safe. But his life has never been that easy.  Now it's a race against time—and his monstrous father—to save the ones he loves most. Can he help Rex and rescue Ree? Will he even survive another encounter with his father?  Ree and Dare's story comes to a close in this final book of their epic saga. But will the end be a happily ever after or an epic tragedy? 

 I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

While this series is split up into five episodes, I decided to wait until I could read it all at once. I'm not a fan of "episode" stories, but I have to say, this series was very different from other episode stories out there. They ended on cliffhangers, yes, but they didn't just end to end. Each story was written like a full story. They each had character development, plot, and a clear beginning, middle and end. Since I read them all at once, I decided to also write one review for the series, instead of five separate ones.

When Dare and Reagan first meet, Reagan is just looking to have sex with the hot artist and Dare isn't looking for anything. His life is too complicated and he has spent his entire life pushing people away. Reagan on the other hand doesn't do relationships either, but she has sex and does drugs so she could forget about the life her controlling parents have pushed upon her. I really loved Reagan and Dare together. They had a wonderful chemistry, but I also felt really bad for them. Neither of them were being honest with each other about their pasts, and this caused a lot of miscommunication problems.

These miscommunication problems was the only issue I had with the story. I couldn't stand the back and forth. Dare sees something, and instead of asking Reagan about it, runs away without a second thought and leaves her. She tries calling him, he doesn't answer. He realizes he was wrong, tries to get her back, they get back together, and then it happens all over again. It wasn't until the third book that I actually started to like Dare. I just thought he was way to dramatic and it pissed me off. Once these two actually started to be honest with each other about their pasts and families, I started to enjoy the story a lot more.

Between the two of them they had enough problems to last a lifetime. Reagan dad's and Dare's dad were two of the most horrible people I have ever met in any books, and it's amazing how Dare and Reagan grew up to be as normal as they were. Most of the cliffhangers in the episodes were directly related to the two fathers.

All five episodes were not only fun to read, but really enjoyable. There was a lot more going on then what you normally see in a new adult book. I have read other stories from both Victoria Green and Jinsey Reese and I can honestly say these are two of the most talented ladies out there. I can't wait for more Brothers Wilde!

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