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Untamed [Mass Market Paperback]

Nora Roberts
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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June 1 2003 Language of Love
Jo Wilder had the heart of a lion and the temper of a wildcat. And when Keane Prescott crossed her path, she bared her claws. Jo was certain her charming new boss imperiled everything she cared for, but she couldn't deny the attraction between them. Though Keane's kisses left her breathless, it was his tenderness that threatened to tame her heart.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including The Search, Black Hills, Tribute, High Noon, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. Roberts has more than 400 million copies of her books in print. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read May 18 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
a good story about life in the circus, I especially enjoyed learning about the training of the big cats. I wish there would have been a little bit more POV from Keene though
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Aug. 23 2003
By Dottie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a relatively quick read, good for a rainy day. I highly recommend it along with another book " HE NEVER CALLED AGAIN."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, early Roberts Aug. 20 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The thing I liked most about this story was the setting - a travelling circus! It is very different, although the rest of the story is trademark Roberts - the characters start off on the wrong foot and spend much of the story fighting the inevitable. The ending is a bit confusing, but the story is still interesting, romantic and (at times) comical and even sad.

I borrowed this book, it was a quick read and cute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get away from it all Aug. 8 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When reading this book, I nearly felt like I had joined a travelling circus myself. The settings are vivid and the characters highly enjoyable in this early Nora Roberts work featuing 'Jo' as the herione, a lion-trainer with an old-school travelling circus. When the circus' owner dies, his big city lawyer son 'Keane' takes over. Of course Jo and Keane fight it at first, but the sparks fly. There are a couple of funny moments in the book, an incredibly sad moment involving Jo's favorite animal and a very tense scene in a cage.

This book is a relatively quick read, good for a rainy day. I highly recommend it.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get away from it all Aug. 8 2003
By K. Stuckey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When reading this book, I nearly felt like I had joined a travelling circus myself. The settings are vivid and the characters highly enjoyable in this early Nora Roberts work featuing 'Jo' as the herione, a lion-trainer with an old-school travelling circus. When the circus' owner dies, his big city lawyer son 'Keane' takes over. Of course Jo and Keane fight it at first, but the sparks fly. There are a couple of funny moments in the book, an incredibly sad moment involving Jo's favorite animal and a very tense scene in a cage.

This book is a relatively quick read, good for a rainy day. I highly recommend it.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Light, Enjoyable Read Feb. 24 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Jovilette Wilder is a lion trainer at a small circus. Keane Prescott is a big city lawyer who inherits ownership of the circus from the father he has not seen in years. Keane comes down to inspect the circus and falls for Jo, but their very different lifestyles present a problem. Can they work it all out?
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Excerpt from the back of the book:
"Jovilette Wilder had thought her sedate but sexy boss was as gentle as a lamb-until she heard him roar. And for a woman who tamed lions for a living, Jovilette had a feeling that the untaming of temperate Keane Prescott would be far more dangerous..."
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To Recommend or Not to Recommend... April 6 2005
By L. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
UNTAMED is a bit of a different story line for Nora Roberts and as an avid reader of her books, I found myself perplexed. I usually enjoy escaping the stress and deadlines in my life for a short while by becoming absorbed in the fictional book currently in my hands. With UNTAMED I just kept wondering WHY? - there was no escape for me in this one.

Jo Wilder comes from a long line of lion trainers and has made it to center ring when the new owner of the circus shows up to review the business aspect of the show. Jo, along with many of the other long time performers are worried that Keane Prescott will sell the circus or even disband it. She decides to try to convince him that the circus is more a family than a business and is frustrated by Keane's entire attitude.

She convinces Keane to travel with them and see first hand the excitement that can only come from being involved in a small-time circus like this one. Jo begins to think that he is softening towards her but after her performances with the big cats and her no-fear attitude, he puts the shield up once again. She can't figure it out and continues to wonder. Yep, it's the old "does he love me or not" plot. I won't give you any more details or the outcome since it doesn't have a lot going for it, you might as well be surprised with the ending! (By the way, I found the ending to be out of character for Jo, and it seemed as if Nora Roberts had to hurry and end the story so she threw it together at the last minute with little forethought).

Even though the story is mundane, there are a few touching scenes in this book. One of the best passages is when Jo is comforting her oldest lion. She's known for some time that he's ill and not going to live much longer. She makes the decision one night to end his suffering and euthanizes him. The warmth and compassion shown for this animal can be a prime example to many humans on how to care and open their hearts to other living things (human and animal alike). This is a great glimpse at what a human can accomplish if they open their heart and care.

Other than that, UNTAMED is weak on plot and subplots. Nora Roberts misses the boat with the opportunities to create unforgettable characters and has mediocre ones for the most part. Can you image the subplots when you could choose from the trapeze family, the circus clowns, roadies, etc.? My mind was in overdrive trying to fathom the possibilities. Unfortunately, Ms. Roberts's didn't come through on this aspect.

I'm not really sure if I recommend it or not - I guess I do, after all there is a lot of garbage on the market nowadays. It's a thin book and will only take a couple of hours to get through so you wouldn't be spending tons of time with it. If it consisted of several hundred pages, I have to advise against it. How's that for waffling?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An insightful progression of first love April 12 2013
By huntress (Robyn U.) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Do you remember your first love? This is the story of Jo, a very intelligent, strong, independent young woman. She speaks and reads in seven languages. She lacks deception and is honest with her feelings. She has never been with a man or in love. This story takes you through the developing relationship between her and a man she hates but has never met, until now. He is the new owner of the circus. It also gives you a unique insiders' view of what it takes to be a traveling circus and the work involved. It is told by the people who make it happen...the performers themselves. You will find yourself emotionally drawn into the story. Her job in the circus?? She is the lion trainer.
4.0 out of 5 stars Review March 27 2014
By Gloria Haskins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the suspense and romance of the story. I would recommend this book if you enjoy romantic novels with suspense.
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