Sunday, May 17, 2015

Until You Find Me by Amber Hart

Title: Until You Find Me
Author: Amber Hart
Series: Untamed #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: November 11th 2014
Source:  NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon US | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBooks
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

     "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?"

     Hart has a way of writing multicultural characters and stories that touch on heavy topics. 
Raven and Jospin are fantastic characters, and I love their story. 

I wasn't sure what to think of a book about the son of a high ranking Poacher falling for the daughter of a conservationist. But the way it was written and the way the plot developed, I think this is her best book yet. Raven, at first, doesn't have a bleeding heart for the gorillas her father saved, it makes it even harder when she has a dangerous encounter with one. But as she heals both her wounds and the loss of her father, and starts to open her eyes to the habitat, she starts to see what he did in the exotic animals.

Jospin, he was a bit of a puzzle for me. While it was clear he was used to the life he grew up in, he wasn't as cold and hard-hearted as his father. He just didn't know any other way of  living, until he falls for Raven. He starts to wonder what it would be like to not have to hide her, to love her openly. 

I really loved the way this story was told. I love the characters, the setting, the villains, the mystery. I am really excited to read the sequel.

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