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K. Webster’s The Untamed ARC Review

Thank you to K. Webster and her team for the advance reader copy of The Untamed, the third story in The Wild series.

When one thinks of the taboo works of Kristi Webster, The Wild comes to mind immediately. It is an iconic series, it put K. Webster on the map. So I was undeniably intrigued to see where this story would go next. I must preface here if you cannot handle the most absolutely taboo tropes, this is not for you.

I am a K. Webster review team member, but I remain honest and genuine in my reviews.

I live in the Alaskan wild with my family because it’s where I belong.
Safe. Loved. Protected. Happy.

Beyond our home is a violent, ruled society I don’t ever care to encounter.
My oldest brother already went that route, and it ruined him.
Being around strangers means heartache, pain, and misery.
I’ll stick with what I know because that doesn’t hurt.

All I need are my siblings.
They’re my best friends.
Life is fun with them.
Together, we’re free in the wild.

But the wilderness is also the home of predators.
Bears, bad weather, sickness.
Other people.

We thought we could live alone and unmolested by the latter.
We were so wrong.

With their sudden presence, everything about our lives is challenged.
Loyalties become twisted.
Hearts get tangled in the chaos.
Feelings and urges cross impossible lines there’s no coming back from.

Bewildering. Depraved. Perverted. Dark. Vile.

My secret desires are wrong.
They threaten everything I hold so dear.
I could fight against it if I were alone in these forbidden thoughts.

I’m not.
We’re in this together.

Our love is untamed.
And we are the unruly.

The Untamed is a second generation forbidden romance in the Wild World taking place on the timeline after The Wild and The Free. While it’s not necessary to have read the other two books, please note these characters are the children of Daddy Reed from The Wild. You’ll see all of the characters from The Wild and The Free in The Untamed. Please read trigger all warnings before proceeding.

Content Warning

Please be warned that this story contains incestuous relationships, voyeurism, sexual assault and domestic violence of a side character, murder, and other scenes or themes that could be triggering to some readers. Read with caution.

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: Our main characters are Raegan, Ryder, and Ronan. Raegan is Devon and Reed’s eldest girl while the boys are second and third on the family tree. It was really interesting to see how Kristi chose to depict these three. There was some of the naivety you expect from kids who have grown up in the Alaskan wilderness. What disappointed me was how sheltered they were about sex, which is a complaint of the direction of Devon and Reed’s characters as parents. I did not really connect to any of the three kids, I found them more annoying than anything. They were bad at communicating, along with asking their parents. They read more like sheltered teens but it makes sense for how they were being raised. But I won’t blame them, I’ll blame their parents and some of the questionable decisions they make along the way.
  • Setting: This story is set in the Alaskan wilderness at the homestead that Reed and Devon have established for their children. It for sure has its dangers, not just the wildlife but strangers. The settlement is more built up since The Wild with having the boys get their own cabins on the same property. The secludedness built characters who were either cagey and unwilling to bend
  • Pacing: This is an incredibly fast-paced story. If you like your books as standalone, contained stories this will not be for you. I will give Kristi credit that the ending is such a huge cliffhanger it will make me want to pick up the next instalment.
  • Romance: K. Webster’s books tend to push the limits but this story is taking it to another level. The spice level in this story is relatively minimal as our three characters grapple with the wrongness of their feelings for each other. I knew about the incest plotline going in and it was still a bit too much for me. There is not too much physical stuff in this instalment, rather the tease of it and the tease of what is no doubt to come.

The Untamed receives three out of five stars.

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