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Review: Tamed, Douglas R Brown

cover27613-medium (1)“Werewolves are real. And they make excellent pets.

Owning one of the legendary creatures is the latest fad. The WereHouse insists their werepets are loyal, docile, and 100% safe, but what happens when these gentle giants turn on their masters?

While on a routine EMS call, paramedic Christine Alt is attacked by a rogue werepet. She escapes with her life, but the encounter leaves her with more than just scars. As her body begins to change, she discovers the WereHouse is hiding a terrible secret, and they will stop at nothing to keep her from exposing them.

Tamed is a werewolf tale with a twist from the author of the The Light of Epertase trilogy.”

I really, really wanted to love this. Brown has come up with a unique concept and it sounded great from the blurb. The cover art’s worth a mention, looks pretty impressive, doesn’t it? Simple and effective.  Definitely eye-catching.

Sadly, Tamed didn’t come anywhere close to meeting my expectations. I don’t like to slam anything from small press, which is why I’m not letting rip too much here, but I can’t in good conscience say anything in favour of this book. The writing is childlike in many places, the dialogue is dire and the characterisation and plot are so one dimensional that even though this was a really quick read, it was a massive struggle to finish it.

Such a shame, conceptually Tamed is bursting with potential, but the execution is terrible. Not even the “twist” at the end could take the edge off.

 

1A PhoenixFantasy One Star Read

 

[Tamed is published by Rhemalda Publishing and is available in Paperback and Electronic format]

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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Reviews

 

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I’m overdue the publication date on this one, but it really does look like a fun read, even if I’m a bit late to the party. And I’ve got to tell you, the way this week is going, some fun is just what the doctor ordered!

cover27613-medium (1)

“Werewolves are real.

And they make excellent pets.

Owning one of the legendary creatures is the latest fad. The WereHouse insists their werepets are loyal, docile, and 100% safe, but what happens when these gentle giants turn on their masters?

While on a routine EMS call, paramedic Christine Alt is attacked by a rogue werepet. She escapes with her life, but the encounter leaves her with more than just scars. As her body begins to change, she discovers the WereHouse is hiding a terrible secret, and they will stop at nothing to keep her from exposing them.

Tamed is a werewolf tale with a twist from the author of the The Light of Epertase trilogy.”

I’m a huge werewolf fan, but I’ve got to admit I’ve never really found anything ultimately satisfying in the way of werewolf fiction. I’ve a lot of love for Kelley Armstrong‘s Otherworld series, and I thought Duncan’s The Last Werewolf was pretty decent.  That’s about it though if I’m honest. Those Kitty books? Uggh. And same for the Mercy ones. Double Uggh. But I’ve got high hopes that this one could succeed where so many have failed for me. I like the idea of some humour thrown into the mix here, and I’ll let you know how it goes sooner rather than later.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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