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Untamed Heart I was rather put off when Grim was described as a skinny kid Leon is 31 and he wasn't too happy when he was rescued by Grim then find himself attracted to him I went ugh but persisted and when the skinny wildboy of Alaska turned out to be 20 years old it was a little better Just a little though I'm really not a fan of men into boys type of stories Terribly double standardish I know when I have no probs with 35 year old men falling for 18 or 20 year old girls back in the days when I used to read historicalsAnyway I took to Grim and felt as protective about him as Leon did Some parts were a little overdone but overall I enjoyed the little bit of suspense and watching Leon overcome Grim's fears Though I don't like these May December or is it the other way around? romances the age gap was necessary for the plot Even Grim being skinny was in keeping with the circumstances but after all's said and done I'll continue to avoid such pair upsdifficult since they seem common in gay romances I know I have a couple in my TBR listUpdate 18 months after I read this I now love May December romances and am able to not worry about the December dropping dead on May in the middle of wild animal sex This story involves two men both with hidden scars from emotional trauma who manage to find and heal each other In many ways it is a very harsh and brutal story with both men capable of violent acts that would be abhorrent to most of society but it also has some vulnerable soft moments as the two men discover parts of themselves that had long been buried under walls built in self defense It is a story of survival and redemption through love It's definitely a dark novel but the end is bright with hope for a better future filled with love I can see this book as a movie It's action packed a bear attack multiple killings a daring escape Then of course there's the romance And there's a lot of romance on the pages here The latter part of Untamed Heart is chock full of sweetness We get two unorthodox heroes in Untamed Heart Leon is an assassin who's sent to Alaska by his bosses after he turns to alcohol to numb the pain after his lover is butchered He's rescued from a bear attack by Grim a damaged younger man who's got his own secrets and pain They end up rescuing each other Some people like a lot of secondary characters in their book; I'm not one of them I love when a couple is isolated in a cabinelevatorisland and we get time to know them as a couple and they get time to know each other At the beginning and end of this novel that's what happens In the middle the tension is amped up as Leon's and Grim's pasts catch up with them I was anxiously turning the pages to see how it would turn out The story is told from Leon's POV but the author did a good job of defining Grim I felt like I got to know him too though at a couple of major turning points his POV would have been especially welcome We're left with a few unanswered uestions view spoilerWhat exactly happened to John? Why was Ted murdered? hide spoiler FANTASTIC storyI loved it to bits The best I've read in uite some timeI absolutely love stories with flawed characters and I especially love it when at the end they don't magically become some sort of saints no they are still flawed but capable of loveDon't get me wrong both MCs are very sympathetic here but it was so refreshing not having Leon regretting his past and feeling sorry for being who he was No he uit and got over it and accepted it as his past no remorse and no sugarcoating I almost gave up hope seeing this kind of thing in booksThe romance hit all my right buttons too Leon and Grim protecting each other Leon never even thinking of leaving Grim behind ready to do anything to save him it melted my heart 3 The sex scenes were so hot and just the right amountPersonally I didn't have any problems with suspending my disbelief about the Organization I'm a long time fan of James Bond franchise and I'm used to such kind of situationsThe ending and the epilogue were super satisfying I hate it when the book just ends abruptly or the HEA isn't established enough it always makes me frustrated and disappointed and here it was a perfect amount of sweet happiness for it to be completely satisfying but not at all overdone happy sighI think I'll go and re read Penelope one time because I'm not ready to part ways with the characters just yet ; I think this had potential Liked the whole enforced closeness living in the forest subsistence living but then the story had some pretty hard to believe twists and turns some of which made me uncomfortable It was also difficult to suspend my disbelief Not a favorite read Okay this was a heavier read than I was expecting but I loved it How I could like Leon so much seeing as he's an assassin is a mystery but there you go He was so patient and kind to Grim that I just couldn't help myself We didn't see much of his life as an assassin it's just what he was Poor Grim living in the woods a broken young man in need of some serious reconditioning The things that boy went throughshudders Well told with some lovely smexing including a bit a felching which for some reason I find freaking hawt A very solid mm action suspense mystery romance about Leon an assassin sent to an estate in the middle of the Alaskan wildness to recuperate after killing the serial killer who butchered his long time lover Leon is rescued from a bear attack by a strange young man and while healing from his wounds he tries to learn about his mysterious rescuer as well as steer them both clear of the organization that sent him thereI have a severe soft spot for actionromance and this was a good read This is the first book I’ve picked up by this author and I thought her style was very nice and readable The things I liked Good pacing overall Leon and Grim don’t spend the entire novel in the woods After about the 50% mark things shift to a new setting Blue did a good job of giving you space to settle into the characters and what was going on while not dragging the story Both Leon and Grim are interesting damaged characters that I could sympathize with even though Leon is a hired killer Part of the suspense and mystery in the first half also was tied to figuring out who Grim is and what happened to him prior to meeting Leon Blue dribbles out information and hints slowly so the reader like Leon starts building a dark hazy understanding of Grim’s shady past Sex does not heal all Both characters have some big traumas in their pasts and even as they become intimate with each other that intimacy does not fix everything in the beginning Especially with Grim’s character whose evolution and healing is very slow It added a nice layer of realism to a story about assassins and shifty organizations I also appreciated that Leon struggled to figure out how best to handle Grim and sometimes he made mistakes but his desire to give Grim what had been denied before kept pushing him forward I liked how Leon works at shifting Grim to enjoy a eual level relationship as opposed to letting him fall back into a submissive role The latter would have been easy and could have been written off as But he likes that role but Leon kept encouraging Grim to voice his true thoughts and not fear retribution and it was really satisfying to see Grim slowly shed his earlier conditioning Overall I thought Blue handled their relationship growth really well and it’s a big part of what I liked about the book The author put time into the ending This isn’t a book that has the big climax and then wraps things up in just a couple pages after that I think the climax happened somewhere at the 75 80% mark and the rest it ended at 93% on the kindle was devoted to wrapping thing up I’m putting my thoughts about the ending behind a spoiler cut view spoilerThe ending is almost a traditional mf HEA with Leon transferring all his big bucks to their new identities and proposing to Grim after they’ve been together for a year On one hand this felt Super HEA which weirded me out a little but on the other hand both these characters got such raw deals in the past I also felt like y’all should get the biggest HEA ever You deserve it Do you want to go to Disneyland Grim? Well here’s two tickets We kicked EVERYONE out of the park The whole place is YOURS hide spoiler OMG I loved this book I see the why of people who had issues I do But I just didn't The crazy mixed up mess it was all just so freaking mesmerizing to me I read straight through From the assassin to the seemingly innocent kid to all the backstorythese 2 are super f%ked up and pretty much perfect for each other Did I think it was realistic? snort No But who cares I freakin enjoyed the heck out of myself It had this anticipatory sense to it from when Leon gets injured and Grim helps him through their time at the cabin through what happens next I felt edge of my seat I cannot say simply I liked the characters because I didn't at times I mean hell Leon is an assassin and Grim's not as innocent as he looks Neither is going for man of the year I'd of liked to know about the organization for sureAlso this books WINS WINS WINS for the Best Opening Chapter Ever I was spellbound S P E L L B O U N D How transfixing was that opener? I'm not sure I've read this writer before but rest assuredly I will be picking up as many of her other books as I can I clicked dead bang on no pun with her style It's a little uirky sometimes jerky and slow and fast but it suits me just right Another reviewer said she liked it because this is not apologetic Leon and Grim they both have pasts Neither apologizes for it they move on as flawed humans Revenge can't heal a wounded soul When Leon Fisher finds his lover butchered in their bed he does what any good assassin would do he gets revenge But killing the murderer doesn't make the pain go away Instead it sends him on a vicious downward spiral into alcoholism and depression In a bid to force Leon to sober up and regain his edge his mysterious employers known only as the organizationsend him to a private property in the wilds of Alaska In the lush and remote Tongass National Forest Leon encounters Grim a strange but alluring young man who saves Leon's life after a bear attack then brings him to a cabin in the depths of the woods to recover Leon doesn't expect to fall in love with this odd subservient person yet he can't deny what he comes to feel for Grim But Grim has a past he doesn't talk about A past just as dark and ugly as Leon's And both pasts are about to catch up with them As usual my reviews suck I never know how to put my feelings on words So I'll just say that I liked this book a lot It's so hard to find good mm books They are usually just a bunch of sex and no plot which drives me off I must add But not this one The plot is pretty decent Leon has his boyfriend murdered and he ends up killing the guy who murdered his bf but revenge doesn't bring him any kind of rest till he finds Grim Grim has a very suspicious and dark past but once he finds Leon things are about to change Book has the necessary amount of angst that we all love the good amount of sex to make it interesting and Leon and Grim are totally cute I recommend it

About the Author: Ally Blue

Ally Blue penned her first tale at age eight relating the breathless terror of her little sister’s not uite fatal encounter with a bee in the backyard That was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with storytelling She now writes gay romance of all flavors and has recently branched into writing her first love horror She continues her neverending uest to scare herself She is not a hippi

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