To Tame a Wild Heart
by Gwen Mitchell
Publication date: June 21st 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Audrey Taylor has carved a living out of society’s fringes using her supernatural abilities and street smarts. Freedom—sleeping beneath the open skies and under the radar—is all she’s ever needed. But when an ancient council of witches discovers her powers, Audrey must submit to their training or be stripped of her gifts and her memory. Audrey knows better than to trust anyone, and she’s never worked well with others, so it’s just her luck to be assigned a withdrawn and irritable falconer as her mentor. Even more disturbing is her desire to tear through his brooding façade and bare the man beneath when she should be focused on escape.
Corvin Wright values the solace of his duties and only finds peace among the birds entrusted to his keeping. But the council no longer sees a use for his unique gifts, and his sanctuary is in danger unless he can earn his place by babysitting a fledgling witch. The task becomes daunting when his apprentice turns out to be wilder and more broken than any creature he’s ever cared for. Her fiery spirit and dangerous beauty challenge every ideal of the life he’s built. As Audrey wrestles with her captivity and the bonds of responsibility laid upon her, Corvin must find a way to tame her wild heart before she breaks his.
What I expected was a younger feeling story, but this had a surprisingly adult tone.
Set against Audrey’s particular background, her ability to trust (or lack thereof) underpins and informs all of her actions. This element of her nature and how she responds, set against the more reserved and awkward approach taken by Corvin means that their relationship is full of frustrating sparks.
The climactic battle scene pacing added to the frenetic feel of the story – but this is not a criticism – the story never lagged; my interest never waned.
I’m intrigued to see what the rest of the series is like.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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Gwen lives a life of romance and adventure with her very own hero in Seattle. She’s a nature lover, science geek, and kitchen witch, with a nose for well-aged tequila and a pin-up fashion obsession. When not hiking to hidden waterfalls, taking in a burlesque show, or otherwise cavorting through the Emerald City, Gwen can be found in her favorite cozy chair brewing tales of magic, murder, and romance.
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