Review: The Untamed MacKenzie

untamed mackenzieReviewed by Jen

I have been looking forward to reading Fellows and Louisa’s story for a while now, and I am happy to say that it delivered 100%.  It doesn’t quite have the depth of tortured hero misery that we’ve seen in the previous books and there is far less flashback… a side effect of having a novella instead of a full length book.

The story takes place a few months after the events of the Christmas novella.  Isabella’s sister Louisa is looking for a husband. The scandal of her father’s investment scheme still hangs over the family and she is starting to approach spinster status. She is at a party when she finally gets a proposal from a local bishop. There are only two problems. First, he tries to blackmail her into saying yes. Second, he drops dead of poisoning moments after she serves him tea.  Just like that, Louisa is the prime suspect in his murder.

When Fellows comes to investigate, he has no idea that the accused killer is the beautiful young woman he shared a couple of kisses with at his half-brothers’ home.  He knows in his heart that Louisa is innocent, but someone has done a bang-up job framing her.  He goes so far as to lie and manipulate evidence to keep her from arrest. But even that won’t keep her safe until he finds the real killer.

I was a little worried at first because Louisa seemed fixated on making a “good match.” But that falls away quickly. The dynamic between her and Fellows is so, so great. The sexual tension between them –the longing they feel for one another– is tangible.  The characters are well drawn, despite the shorter word count. I feel like I really knew these two before we ever got started.  I believed in their connection to each other and I loved watching them finally give into their yearning.

Some other positives… Daniel is featured heavily and I’m really enjoying the evolution of his character.  And the murder mystery is actually one of the best external conflict plots in the series. I figured out the “who” about halfway through, but the “why” was a surprise that unfolded over the course of the investigation.   It was basically all just awesome.

I loved it. I only wish there had been more. I could have loved it even more as a full length novel.

Rating: B++

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The Untamed Mackenzie
by Jennifer Ashley
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Berkley

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