Review: Untamed Hearts by Heather McCollum

Review: Untamed Hearts by Heather McCollumUntamed Hearts by Heather McCollum

Series: #2.5 Highland Hearts
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Entangled Edge on April 21, 2014
Pages: 131
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars  

I loved the character of Will Wyatt in the previous full length book so I was tickled to see him getting his own story. It was also nice to catch up with Ewan and Dory to see how they and the other previous couples were doing too. This was a fun Highland romp for Will the pirate that also brought a bit of adventure, passion and scariest of all, love.

Will helps escort Dory and the children to Scotland at the orders of Captain Bart as an opportunity to hide out while there is a price on his head. He isn’t keen on the idea as the sea and the ship is the only life he has known. Watching Ewan and Dory affectionate and in love leaves him confused. He never really believed in love and to be honest, he doesn’t understand it. He prefers light-hearted encounters that don’t tie him down. Well that is until he sets eyes on the green-eyed, black haired lassie handing out kisses at the clan May Day festival.

Jonet Montgomery gets the kiss of her life when the big handsome stranger lays one on her leaving her breathless and dizzy. His eyes on her prove his interest and she can’t help her own interest since here is someone who doesn’t know her reputation as a cold fish and inept at keeping a man’s interest. Unfortunately, Will runs amok of another fellow who she turned down not long ago. Never again will she marry after the pain of being married to the uninterested, womanizing first husband who got himself killed in battle. Now she lives for the orphans she takes in and mothers.

A scare of contagious disease from another clan who has come seeking the healers sends everyone to their neighboring clan as temporary exiles. On the journey and at the Munro’s castle, Will and Jonet circle ever closer even though everyone warns him away from her and she is warned to stay away from him. Jonet knows the dangers of leaving her heart open to a man who plans to return to the sea and Will knows he has to be careful of hurting Jonet. Soon the lines are blurred and Will has a big decision to make.

The story had a lightness to it mostly due to Will’s personality, I think. He is flirtatious and fun. He makes music with the drums, he entertains with stories and he even cooks well. He’s a lover and a fighter. He enjoys being free and wild and senses a kindred spirit in Jonet even though she has lived a very different life from his own. I loved watching Jonet become free and happy with Will. Her passion matched his and she was honest about what she wanted. They were a great pair. There were a lot of sexy moments, but there was some strong conflict too with the conniving Eric and the daring rescue near the end.

All in all, it was a wonderful addition to the series and a fast entertaining read. I would recommend at least reading this one after Entangled Hearts just so that the characters and situation make sense. Those who enjoy historical paranormal romance should try the series that offers adventure, passion and fun all in one.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Woot! So glad to hear it’s good! She’s one of my local ladies 🙂 Always nice to see them out and about on blogs I know 🙂

    Will sounds amazing! Seriously like I’d want to fight the heroine for him amazing. lol I read the intro novella to this series but haven’t gotten to the others. I can’t believe I’ve missed so many already!

    • She’s a fast worker. I’ve read a novel and this novella and the next novel is out soon too. That is always furn to support the local talent. I’ve said yes to many reviews just b/c it was a Michigan or Northern California/Western Nevada or Utah author or one setting the book there just b/c that has been local for me at some point.

      And Will…le sigh! He’s a lusty, gutsy guy who has met his match.