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Untamed: MacKinnon's Rangers 2 by [Clare, Pamela]
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Pamela Clare brings her expert plotting, sizzling chemistry and thrilling adventure to her breathtaking MacKinnon's Rangers series, in the grand tradition of The Last of the Mohicans, perfect for fans of Maya Banks, Monica McCarty and Zoe Archer.

They were a band of brothers, their loyalty to one another forged by hardship and battle, the bond between these Highland warriors, rugged colonials, and fierce Native Americans stronger even than blood ties.

Though forced to fight for the hated British, Morgan MacKinnon would no more betray the men he leads than slit his own throat - not even when he was captured by the French and threatened with an agonizing death by fire at the hands of their Abenaki allies. Only the look of innocent longing in the eyes of a convent-bred French lass could make him question his vow to escape and return to the Rangers. And soon the sweet passion he awoke in Amalie had him cursing the war that forced him to choose between upholding his honor and pledging himself to the woman he loves.

Be swept away by the other sexy MacKinnon's Rangers in Surrender and Defiant. Or take a wildly romantic ride with Pamela Clare's I-Team: Extreme Exposure, Hard Evidence, Unlawful Contact, Naked Edge, Breaking Point, Striking Distance, Seduction Game.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1472223357
  • Publisher: Headline Eternal (14 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PW5V3IG
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate Historical Romance 25 November 2008
By Emily - Published on
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Pamela Clare is good--really good. Her books are poignant, sexy and romantic, funny, riveting, and unusual. But best of all, Clare manages to keep it realistic without compromising character, plot, or setting.

In Untamed, Clare continues the story of the Mackinnon family. Like his brothers, Morgan Mackinnon is a Highland Scot with enough Native-American know-how to give you the best of both worlds in one hero.

Morgan and his brothers are being forced to fight for the English in the French and Indian War. It's a great injustice on a number of levels and Morgan's pretty peeved about it. However, he loves his brothers and he loves his men. So he does a damn good job as head of the elite Ranger Company.
While saving one of his men, Morgan is captured by the French, the historic ally of Catholic Highlanders such as himself. However, Morgan is prepared to withstand torture and an excruciatingly slow death rather than betray his brothers and his men.
Circumstances give Morgan the opportunity to live and await escape--if he's willing to lie to the woman he's coming to love and the enemy he's coming to admire. Thus Morgan pretends to join the French, all the while watching for the opportunity to return to the English he despises and the family he loves.

Clare doesn't give Morgan any easy outs, and he wouldn't take them if she did. He's fully aware of what he's doing & he feels guilty. Among the French, he's not a convict on parole but is recognized as Scottish nobility. Yet Morgan's first allegiance is always to his family and the Rangers.

Meanwhile, Morgan is falling in love with Amalie, the ward of the French general. Amalie trusts Morgan and believes he has truly joined her countrymen. Uh oh. The Big Mis looms.

And here's where Clare demonstrates her deftness as an author. If you're like me and you hate the Big Misunderstanding or the Big Surprise at the end of the novel, don't worry. Clare doesn't make that mistake! Yay! Amalie is kept in the dark just long enough to allow the reader to feel the strain Morgan's under as he deludes the woman he loves. Then she finds out!

And when Amalie discovers the truth, her reaction rings true. She doesn't make hasty decisions or reject Morgan in a fit of temper as so many heroines do when faced with similar revelations in more poorly written novels.

There's so much I love about this series. The sparkling dialogue is historically accurate. The characters live and breathe, and the wilderness does too. I loved trekking through the primeval forest of America with Morgan and Amalie. Amalie is freaked out enough to remind readers what a dark, enormous wilderness use to cover this continent. Yes, it was majestic, but its majesty was brutal and it could kill you. Morgan is competent and courageous enough to make readers marvel at the men and women who forged a life and nation out of this enormous continent.

Writing this review, I want to read the book again! So I'm off to do just that.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Both Worlds! 27 March 2015
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Untamed brings us the best of both worlds. First of all, it's a Highland romance, and who doesn't love those? OK, so it's not set in the Highlands of Scotland, but it does have Highlanders, and for me, that is the essential qualification. Second, it's set somewhere even better (IMHO) — Colonial America!

Clare tells a compelling romance. The characters are sweet and sexy, and despite copious amounts of intimacy, the story is about their growing love for each other. It is classical historical romance, with none of the bodice-ripping of the 80s, and just a bit more sexual exploration (purely traditional) than you might find in a story written 20 years ago. (Or, I guess the 80s would be 30+ years ago. My, how time flies!)

This is the second book in the series I've read. I started with Defiant so I guess I'm reading these randomly. It hasn't hurt my enjoyment. These are romance novels after all. The guy is always going to get the girl and vice versa, the enjoyment comes in discovering their journey to love, even if you read about it later.

My favorite character so far is actually the "villian" Wentworth. At first, he comes across as a cardboard cutout of English Aristocracy with all its attitudes of superiority and slightly skewed notions of honor. As you read, you discover he's a rather complex, somewhat tragic figure. My favorite line in Untamed is when Joseph, one of the Highlander's Mahican buddies, says, "Somewhere inside Wentworth's body is a man fighting to come out." I will keep an eye out to see if Clare helps Wentworth find the woman who can set his world right. (please, please, please!)

And since this is a historical romance novel, I would be remiss not to comment on the history. The novel is set during the French and Indian War. I've been toying with some ideas around this time period myself. For me, this is the real beginning of the United States. It is the war that so depleted the coffers of the British Crown that they had to pass the Stamp Act, which led to the tax on tea, which led to the Boston Tea Party, which led to the Lexington and Concord, which led to....well, you see what I mean.

Untamed takes place largely around Fort Ticonderoga, a location that held such a strategic spot on the navigable waterways of the day, that it played an important role in both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. The author seems to have done her research, and I thought she did a great job with the history, including just enough to wet the history buff's appetite, but not so much as to risk losing an audience that couldn't care less.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morgan MacKinnon's story - Another Exciting Frontier Romance 25 November 2008
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Morgan MacKinnon takes over as captain of MacKinnon's Rangers after his older brother Iain is allowed to leave the service and return to the family farm with his wife Annie and their son. Morgan is captured by the French at Fort Ticonderoga after he is gravely injured while helping save the life of one of his men. The French intend to try to save his life so he can be interrogated then given to the Abenaki. The Abenaki want to torture and kill Morgan in retaliation for a harsh attack against an Abenaki village known for killing British citizens.

Amalie Chauvenet came to Fort Ticonderoga (Fort Carillon to the French) to be near her father who is a French officer. She is part Abenaki on her mother's side but knows little about her Abenaki heritage because she was raised in a convent after her mother died when she was very young. Amalie's father is killed in the Battle of Ticonderoga by a Ranger sniper but she remains at the fort afterward because it was too dangerous to travel through the wilderness to the convent.

Amalie is asked to help care for Morgan in the infirmary because they are afraid the French soldiers would try to harm him. Amalie resents Morgan at first because her father was killed by a Ranger like him but she quickly comes to admire his honesty and integrity. Amalie and Morgan come to know and respect each other while he heals. They both fight the fierce attraction between them because they know Morgan is bound for death from the French or Abenaki as soon as he is healed.

Desperate to save Morgan's life, Amalie convinces the fort commander to give Morgan the choice to fight for the French instead of being killed since he is a fellow Catholic who was forced to serve in the British army against his will. Morgan does not want to betray his fellow Rangers and brother Connor, but decides to pretend to join the French army to find out as much information as possible before he escapes. Morgan is forced to play a desperate game with his life on the line if he is found out, while fighting his strong attraction to Amalie as he does not want to hurt her when he leaves.

Morgan and Amalie's love story is full of action and adventure and takes the reader on a fun ride. Their romance was very sweet and passionate. Morgan manages to survive some harrowing situations with the help and love of Amalie, who shows a lot of courage and compassion in her actions. I loved catching up with Iain and Annie and am looking forward to Connor's story. I highly recommend reading Surrender before this book because it sets up the story line and introduces the wonderful MacKinnon brothers. Pamela Clare has penned another great historical romance and has more than proved her ability to write amazing romantic love stories with beautiful historical detail.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably vivid and dramatic! 25 July 2012
By Letitia - Published on
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Rating: A ... Heat: Hot

Untamed takes place close to one year after the events in Surrender.

Morgan MacKinnon has taken his older brother's place as Major of the Rangers now. On a routine attack on a convoy of French supplies, believed to be gunpowder kegs, Morgan finds himself shot. Knowing his death is inevitable, he orders his men to leave him behind. But death is not what Morgan finds behind the walls of the French's Fort Carillon. What he finds is Amalie Chauvenet. And instead of burning slowly for days at the hands of the French's allies, the Abenaki, he finds himself tortured by her--who he wants, who he desires so fiercely, who he covets with every breath... and who he cannot have.

Miz Clare... everything she writes nearly undoes me! Her books are remarkably vivid and dramatic. So rich with history that the people, the places, and the situations come alive on the page. It is wonderful to be completely swept away into a certain place and time--and, in the case of Miz Clare's novels, said places and times are not the usual HR fare. I love the way she portrays colonial life and the conflicts that surely arose between the British and French. And the people caught in the middle.

I also love the humor weaved throughout, which adds levity to an otherwise dreary time in our nation's history.

"Och, these bloody breeches are cuttin' into my cods!"
"For God's sake, Connor, you whinge and yammer like a dog! I've seen your cods, and they're no' that big!"

This series really has it all. Alpha heroes? Check. Smart heroines? Check. Dramatic plots with realistic twists and turns? Check. Sexy, bare chested highlanders? Ooh, check check!

Favorite Quote:
"So you're thinkin' that Rillieux's kiss proves that the good sister spoke truly when she said that servin' a husband is a travail?"
His eyes narrowed, his gaze upon her as if he were studying her, a grin tugging at his lips. "There's one wee kinch to your thinkin'. What Rillieux did to you--that wasna truly a kiss."
"It...It wasn't?" The look in his eyes made her belly flutter.
"Nay, it wasna." He reached our, wrapped an arm around her waist and--mon Dieu!--she knew what he meant to do. "This is a kiss."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 and 1/2 stars - 2nd in MacKinnon Brothers Trilogy Also Good 24 January 2011
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This is the 2nd in the MacKinnon Brothers trilogy (the first is SURRENDER) and it's a good one. Before I give you my rating, you should note that Clare is reissuing the first two in the MacKinnon Brothers trilogy, the story of post Culloden Highlanders in America. SURRENDER, as of December 2011, has a new cover, a new edit, and several new scenes. UNTAMED, originally published with 25 pages cut, was published in 2012 with a new cover and the missing pages restored. The third in the series, DEFIANT (Connor's story), will be out in March 2012. I read the first two in their original form and loved them. Here's my review of UNTAMED:

I rated SURRENDER 5 stars and would rate this the same except for the duplications--even to using the same lines and very similar love scenes (with only the setting changed).

The trilogy is a well-researched series romance set in America in the 1750s. The MacKinnon family, Catholic Jacobites, have immigrated to the colony of New York following Scotland's defeat at Culloden. The three boys, then on the verge of manhood, are raised on the frontier and become blood brothers with the Mohican Indians who teach them how to survive in the wilderness. When the story opens in book one they are now young men, the oldest, Iain and his brothers, Morgan and Connor, are trying to be successful farmers and frontiersmen. A British commander and member of the nobility related to King George happens to witness an example of the brothers' skill with weapons and decides he must have them in his war against the French. Using a lie that Iain murdered a man, he forces him to serve the Crown under penalty of death and his younger brothers insist on coming along. Though they hate the British, the three agree to become Rangers, non-uniformed British soldiers known for their fierce and non-traditional fighting abilities.

UNTAMED is the story of Morgan MacKinnon, Iain's middle brother, who becomes "Major MacKinnon" when Iain is released from service upon his marriage to Lady Anne. In a successful effort to save one of his men while attacking the French fort, Morgan is severely wounded and taken captive and sentenced to die. He is saved by the clever idea of a young innocent French woman, Amalie, who is the daughter of a slain French officer. The French offer Morgan sanctuary once they learn he and his brothers were forced to serve the English. But he must become one of them. Though the French would be his natural allies, Morgan cannot betray his brothers and his men who are still aligned with the English, so he accepts the offer but decides to become a spy, while planning to escape. He does not plan on falling in love with the beautiful Amalie, however.

Like the first book, this one is well written and detailed in both descriptions and characters and exciting in its exploits that involve battles and life on the frontier. The sexual tension is realistic and well done. My only complaint about this one and why I did not rate it 5 stars is that duplicates the first book. Morgan is so like Iain I cannot tell them apart. They look alike and their personalities seem very similar. I think they could have been better distinguished. (The third brother, Connor, is quick to act and has a temper so we know when he's involved.) Some of the dialog is a straight lift from the first book (the same lines!) and the love scenes are also the same save for the location being changed. And that further added to my confusion as to Iain and Morgan being so alike. If you did not read the first book, you wouldn't mind this, but if you read the first two in close succession as I did, it will bother you when you encounter those passages.

Still, I recommend it and I look forward to the third one.

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