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A love too strong to be tamed: the true story of Tarzan, and the woman who loved him.

In 1908, on a mission to find a new breed of ape in central Africa, an unfathomable thing is discovered – a wild, white man, living amongst gorillas. Local villagers call him matokeo ya utafutaji kwa, the untamed one.

Joining the team of hunters and trackers searching for matokeo ya utafut
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ebook, 419 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Diversion Books
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
2.5 stars. WHY?!?!!!? I wish I could convey how much I wanted to love this book. A Tarzan retelling? I was so in! I was looking forward to seeing the interaction between Tarzan and Jane, and wanted to witness how a "civilized" woman dealt with an "untamed" man.

Trigger warning : dubious consent (polite term for rapey w/only partial or belated submission from a character). The scene appears to be written from a standpoint of 'character ignorance' because the offender didn't have a clear understan
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Claire Robinson
Jul 21, 2013 Claire Robinson rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars.

I was really looking forward to reading this book, I have loved the story of Tarzan since childhood, and the chance of reading a grown up version of it had me in a tizzy.

Unfortunately, I cannot say that the book did it's synopsis justice at all. The writing is good, but this is a book more about early 1900 society and its nuances and not really about a man/boy discovered living with apes in the African jungle.

To be constructive and explain the above my main issues are listed below -

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Kathleen
Sep 15, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Story Rating ~ 4 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars
Romance ~ 4 Stars
Heat Level ~ 2.5 Stars
Ending ~ 4 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 4 Stars

I was pleasantly surprised by this retelling of Tarzan and enjoyed reading this book very much.

The story has been done many of times, but I felt this one had an originality that added to both the hero and heroine, Zan and Arianna's characters. I loved them both and the MANY of other characters that were introduced
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Mei .
Jul 09, 2013 Mei . rated it liked it
I always think that the first chapter of a book can make or break a book. The first chapter is what will draw the readers in. It's the chapter to captivate, to enchant, to make readers an addict to the story. A little pity that the first chapter of Untamed fell short. It could break the book. The conversations were boring & far from engaging. It doesn't say much of Ari's character. I found myself feeling disappointed.

There's so much potential on the plot. I pressed on, to move beyond Chapter
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Brianna Soloski
Aug 21, 2016 Brianna Soloski rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Title: Untamed Author: Jane Shoup Publisher: Diversion Books Rating: 4/5 stars Format: Kindle

Inside Scoop (what the story’s about): A love too strong to be tamed: the true story of Tarzan, and the woman who loved him. In 1908, on a mission to find a new breed of ape in central Africa, an unfathomable thing is discovered – a wild, white man, living amongst gorillas. Local villagers call him matokeo ya utafutaji kwa, the untamed one. Joining the team of hunters and trackers searching for matokeo y
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Betty-Braden
Aug 01, 2013 Betty-Braden rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
(I received an ARC copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley)

"A love too strong to be tamed: the true story of Tarzan, and the woman who loved him.

In 1908, on a mission to find a new breed of ape in central Africa, an unfathomable thing is discovered – a wild, white man, living amongst gorillas. Local villagers call him matokeo ya utafutaji kwa, the untamed one.

Joining the team of hunters and trackers searching for matokeo ya utafutaji kwa is Arianna Day, the 21-year-old niece of the expedition’s
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Kristin
Jul 15, 2013 Kristin rated it liked it
Ari and her uncle travel to Africa in hopes that they will be able to locate the wild man who's been living in the jungle for the majority of his life. The only problem is, they have no idea that the second they stepped into the jungle, the wild one was watching them... Ari to be precise.

I was extremely excited to read this story. I've never read a re-telling of Tarzan before and this story sounded like a good one. You see, they capture the wild one, teach him how to be civilized and introduce
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Mara
Jul 14, 2013 Mara marked it as dnf
Shelves: romance, historical, arc
Any romance featuring Tarzan and Jane (here called Zan and Ari) must face a tough competition from plenty of books and movies. And don't forget cartoons :).

I can't fault Ms Shoup too much then if this book wasn't able to sustain my interest.

I was willing to be transported by the usual magic. Unfortunately I could not feel it.

I am character-centric and here I was totally unimpressed by the heroine. (Up to 30% of the book the hero was notably absent, except at the beginning.)

Ari is supposed to be
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Dawn
Sep 08, 2013 Dawn rated it liked it
Untamed is a Tarzan story and it starts out exciting and adventurous with a trek to Africa, finding the untamed, and his taking of Arianna.

What ensues is the kind of love we all dream about. Both Ari and Zan would do anything to ensure the other’s happiness even if it means sacrificing their own.

Ari’s character was well developed and I found myself crying along with her. I did find myself wanting to know more about Zan. He seemed to be a complex and intelligent man but all you’re given in the st
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Katie(babs)
Jul 03, 2013 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it
This book was a big big disappointment. The beginning has promise but then goes down hill fast. The one love scene in the entire book is more of a forced one, more like a rape, although "Jane" submits for no reason. it was very jarring and didn't make any sense. Then it comes out that Jane was once married for a hot minute, and that reason why she was married didn't make any sense either. Also,our "Tarzan and Jane" are separated throughout the entire novel. Even when our couple get together, ...more
Hayley
Aug 13, 2013 Hayley rated it it was amazing
The novel, Untamed, is a story that hasn't been written in a while, if ever. Though based on the real story of Tarzan, you find yourself discovering new and interesting characters and plots. This is not a predictable read. I fell in love with Zan and more than anything, I loved that Jane Shoup's portrayal of an "untamed" man in England at the time is more honest and captivating than anything. He goes through dark and confused emotions as anyone would after leaving the wild for society. Shoup ...more
Haley
Jul 27, 2016 Haley rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Until the end would have loved to have seen more interaction with the two main characters.
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