Series: Untamed #1
Published by Random House LLC Source: Netgalley
Genres: Animals, Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Raven Moore, a twenty-year-old college student from Michigan, feels out of place in the beautiful, treacherous jungles of Cameroon, staying in the habitat where her father gave his life to help protect endangered gorillas. He left home years ago; now Raven refuses to return home until she unravels the truth about his last days.
Raven certainly doesn’t count on crossing paths with a handsome young hunter—especially one as charismatic and intense as Jospin Tondjii. Instantly, she’s hooked. But Jospin is hiding a dark truth: He is the heir to a powerful poaching empire, part of a ruthless black market that is responsible for the dwindling gorilla population.
Their fathers may have been enemies, but Raven and Jospin forge a bond that goes beyond blood, a relationship that is tested as Raven draws closer to the source of her father’s death. Can she and Jospin bear the weight of the secrets of the wild—and the secrets of their pasts? Or will the rain forest destroy them both?
I was a little apprehensive about this book. I am one of those people who can’t stand animal violence. Like seriously I abandon movies when animals die in some other way besides natural causes. So I was worried about this book because it deals with poachers, and let’s face it poachers kill animals, something I have a long history of not being able to handle. I am glad I ended up reading this book, and I can honestly say I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
So Raven is in the jungle in Cameroon when the book starts, her father has just died, and she is there to find out what it was that he wanted to share with her. She resents being there in a lot of ways. To make matters worse she is attacked in the jungle by a silverback and her arm is shredded. Her father devoted his life saving gorillas and now Raven finds herself resenting them and afraid of them. You can tell being there is so hard for her. But she is determined to figure out what he father wanted her to see.
Along the way she meets Jospin, a boy she runs into in the jungle, well boy would be the wrong word, he’s man without a doubt. As the reader you know that he is the son of the most powerful poacher in the region, and he himself is a poacher. But Raven doesn’t know this. Jospin is hard, he lives a very black and white existence, and he’s seen more death than a person should see, and not just of the gorilla variety.
These two people are the opposite in so many ways, but they share one thing in common, they each have secrets and neither one of them wants to tell the other about their lives. But there is this kind of attraction between them that sizzles on the pages. As the reader you know so much more than these two do, which I think heightens all the emotions. I wanted these two together, even if they were destined to be starcrossed.
Yes this book deals with poaching, but I think it’s an important message that the author is trying to convey to her audience. I also don’t think it was grotesque in any way, which helped a lot. The other shows both sides of the same war, and some of the gorilla interactions are quite heartwarming, all the while never forgetting they are in fact wild animals.