No matter how hard I try, I never seem to be able to escape my family’s world. Their madness controls my life, just like insanity consumes my mind.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell who I really am. The person everyone sees? Or the one I keep trapped inside?
I wonder which person Ryler sees. Just like I wonder who I can trust.
Wonder. Wonder. Wonder.
I wonder too much.
I wish I could just find a way to escape it all and finally be free.
I live a double life and sometimes I hate myself for it. Watching Emery fall apart—pretending I don’t care—is killing me inside.
I want to tell her the truth, but I also want a new life.
Want. Want. Want.
I want too much. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what I really desire.
I wish I could be free from the confusion, free from this life.
Disclaimer: Untamed is the follow up book to Unbeautiful. Please read my review with caution if you haven’t read the first book. You can read that review HERE.
I have been anxiously awaiting to see how Ryler and Emery’s story would finally unfold. We were left with a huge cliffhanger in Unbeautiful, and this installment begins where the first book ended. The tension between these two is intense to say the least. They are fighting their mutual attraction to one another despite knowing Ryler’s job description. Emery also feels conflicted over Ryler’s alleged betrayal and his ties to her father. Despite their feelings of hurt, there is no denying their deep connection.
“My attraction to her runs deep in my veins. Dangerously deep.”
Emery’s character develops beautifully in this book. She is no longer the timid victim we saw in the first book. She begins to take chances and seek help to unravel the secrets from her past. I enjoyed the scenes with her brother and felt they were key in her recovery. My heart ached for all the pain and loss she faced throughout her young life. When it mattered most, she was willing to fight for what she truly wanted.
“Yes, I’m breaking rules, but I feel as though I’ve somehow sprouted wings and am soaring on my own.”
Sweet Ryler, how can you not love this guy? His turmoil over lying to Emery is excruciating at times. He is living a facade to everyone, and I was scared what would happen when the truth finally is revealed. I wanted desperately for him to confide in Emery and trust her. He is quite a tortured soul to say the least. Despite the heavy subject matter, there are some light moments. I also enjoyed seeing little glimpses of Violet and Luke. They are one of my all time favorite couples from Sorensen. I can never get enough of their banter and loved seeing them happy. While you don’t need to read Luke and Violet’s story to enjoy these, I recommend the series. All these characters’ lives are intricately connected to one another. Having the insight into Ryler’s full past from those books is important to understanding his actions.
“Everything is always complicated and dangerous. That’s life.”
The closing chapters are superb, and the ending came much too quickly. While I wanted the later scenes to be expanded upon, I was satisfied with the ending in general. There is closure to Ryler and Emery’s story. I highly recommend these books to any NA reader that enjoys angst filled series! I promise you will be taken on a roller coaster of emotions.
“If you want to dance, dance. There’s no judgment at these things, which makes them pretty awesome.”
She smiles, and then threads her fingers through mine. “Okay, let’s dance, then.”
I don’t bother mentioning that dancing can be extremely sexy when done under the right circumstances—circumstances that usually include alcohol and sexual tension.
At first, Emery is cautious, keeping her distance from me as she rocks her hips to the music. I move with her. I’ve never really been into dancing, but I can rock out to a little garage rock any day. The longer the song goes on, the more into it she gets, until she finally spins around and presses her back against my chest. That’s when the two of us decide to start playing a dangerous game of Want But Can’t Have. A very, very dangerous game that is really fucking tortuous to play yet impossible to give up.
Emery starts grinding her hips to the sultry beat of the song. With each movement, her ass brushes against my cock, making me go rock hard. I grip the curves of her hips and my hands unnecessarily slip underneath the bottom of her shirt. My fingers delve into her soft flesh, and I bite back a moan. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve forgotten just how soft her skin is, how amazing she smells, how incredible she feels against me.
She shivers from my touch and presses closer, rolling her hips and driving my body absolutely mad. She repeats the movement over and over again, until finally, I damn near lose my mind.
Gripping her waist, I spin her around to face me. “I thought you didn’t know how to dance?”
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Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
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