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Untamed Heart

(Untamed Heart #1)

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  926 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Revenge can’t heal a wounded soul.

When Leon Fisher finds his lover butchered in their bed, he does what any good assassin would do—he gets revenge. But killing the murderer doesn’t make the pain go away. Instead, it sends him on a vicious downward spiral into alcoholism and depression.

In a bid to force Leon to sober up and regain his edge, his mysterious employers—known on
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Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 224 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Susan
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars

Now this was a nice surprise! I just picked something from my TBR on my Kindle. No reading the blurb, no going through endless reviews.

Leon is an assassin for a secret department of the government. But ever since a serial killer tortured and murdered his lover, he doesn’t care about his life anymore. Even after he gets back at the serial killer, he’s not feeling any better.

His boss send him to a remote place in Alaska to get himself back together. He’s not allowed to refuse or he will
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ElaineY
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
I was rather put off when Grim was described as a skinny kid. Leon is 31 and he wasn't too happy when he was rescued by Grim then find himself attracted to him. I went "ugh" but persisted and when the skinny wildboy of Alaska turned out to be 20 years old, it was a little better. Just a little, though. I'm really not a fan of men into boys type of stories. Terribly double-standardish, I know, when I have no probs with 35 year old men falling for 18 or 20 year old girls back in the days when I us ...more
Alina
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FANTASTIC story!
I loved it to bits! The best I've read in quite some time!

I absolutely love stories with flawed characters and I especially love it, when at the end they don't magically become some sort of saints, no they are still flawed, but capable of love.

Don't get me wrong: both MCs are very sympathetic here, but it was so refreshing not having Leon regretting his past and feeling sorry for being who he was. No, he quit and got over it and accepted it as his past, no remorse and no sugarcoa
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SueM
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to SueM by: Amanda Hug & Kiss
This story involves two men, both with hidden scars from emotional trauma, who manage to find and heal each other. In many ways, it is a very harsh and brutal story, with both men capable of violent acts that would be abhorrent to most of society, but it also has some vulnerable soft moments as the two men discover parts of themselves that had long been buried under walls built in self-defense. It is a story of survival and redemption through love. It's definitely a dark novel but the end is bri ...more
Vicktor Alexander
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: M/M Romance Group
Recommended to Vicktor by: ♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
Okay, so when "Laddie" first told me to read this story, I'd din't realize that I'd already read it three times before. I'll tell you how that happened. For some reason I keep forgetting the title of this book and each time I read it I see something that I didn't notice previously, so by the time I realize that I've read it before, I'm usually so into the book that I just read it again. I've yet to be disappointed. We'll just call it my "Blonde Moment."

I could identify with Leon and his need to
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Lisa J.
I can see this book as a movie. It's action-packed -- a bear attack, multiple killings, a daring escape. Then, of course, there's the romance. And there's a lot of romance on the pages here. The latter part of "Untamed Heart" is chock-full of sweetness.

We get two unorthodox heroes in "Untamed Heart." Leon is an assassin who's sent to Alaska by his bosses after he turns to alcohol to numb the pain after his lover is butchered. He's rescued from a bear attack by Grim, a damaged younger man who's g
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Shannon
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this was a heavier read than I was expecting but I loved it. How I could like Leon so much seeing as he's an assassin is a mystery but there you go. He was so patient and kind to Grim that I just couldn't help myself. We didn't see much of his life as an assassin, it's just what he was. Poor Grim living in the woods, a broken young man in need of some serious reconditioning. The things that boy went through....*shudders*. Well told with some lovely smexing including a bit a felching which ...more
ttg
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very solid m/m action-suspense-mystery-romance about Leon, an assassin sent to an estate in the middle of the Alaskan wildness to "recuperate" after killing the serial killer who butchered his long-time lover. Leon is rescued from a bear attack by a strange young man, and while healing from his wounds, he tries to learn more about his mysterious rescuer as well as steer them both clear of the organization that sent him there.

I have a severe soft spot for action/romance and this was a good read
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Jo * Smut-Dickted *
OMG. I loved this book. I see the "why" of people who had issues. I do. But I just didn't. The crazy mixed up mess - it was all just so freaking mesmerizing to me. I read straight through. From the assassin to the seemingly innocent kid to all the backstory..these 2 are super f&%ked up and pretty much perfect for each other. Did I think it was realistic? *snort* No. But who cares. I freakin enjoyed the heck out of myself. It had this anticipatory sense to it - from when Leon gets injured and ...more
Sarah
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-fiction
I think this had potential. Liked the whole enforced closeness, living in the forest, subsistence living but then the story had some pretty hard to believe twists and turns, some of which made me uncomfortable. It was also difficult to suspend my disbelief. Not a favorite read.
Monica Vidal
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual my reviews suck. I never know how to put my feelings on words. So I'll just say that I liked this book a lot. It's so hard to find good m/m books. They are usually just a bunch of sex and no plot, which drives me off, I must add.

But not this one. The plot is pretty decent: Leon has his boyfriend murdered and he ends up killing the guy who murdered his bf. but revenge doesn't bring him any kind of rest, till he finds Grim. Grim has a very suspicious and dark past, but once he finds Leon
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♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
This was one of the first m/m books I read, if I remember correctly. It's a dark book and usually I don't go in for that but I devoured this one. I don't know if I'll ever re-read it but I'm glad that i read it in the first place.
Alyosha
Very good story about a mostly ex-assassin who is saved by a beautiful, abused young man in the middle nowhere in Alaska.

3.5 stas
Donna
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-lgbtq-read
This is the most understated 5-star read that I have ever read... it just slowly meandered through to the end and then I sighed and thought, "What a wonderful, sad, mixed up story that absolutely works for me!" What more could I ask for? ;D

Ally Blue is a writer that always ends up being a good read for me... I like that in an author! *grin*
Straysod
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whether or not this is a 4 or a 5 star book could probably be debated, but I am going with 5 because in addition to good characters, decent plot, and good writing, this book hit every damn button I have.

Possible minor spoilers ahead (I never know what really counts as a spoiler anymore...):

Bad-ass assassin who is nonetheless gentle and encouraging to his lover? Check. Abused/damaged MC who still manages to be sweet and kind and have a backbone of steel even after all he went through? Check. Goo
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Anita Bianchi
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Questo è uno di quei casi in cui i protagonisti non dovrebbero piacerti, non dovresti capire e perdonare le loro azioni ed invece ti ritrovi a tifare per loro e per il loro lieto fine. Leon è un assassino proffessionista ed è stato sconvolto dall'orribile assassinio del suo amato per mano di un serial-killer; pensava di sentirsi meglio una volta ottenuta la sua vendetta ma, quando si trova davanti il mostro responsabil
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Sarah
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me by surprise. It was nothing like I thought it would be, but in a good way. Leon is an assassin whose lover was murdered by a serial killer. The book starts off with Leon killing the man who took his lover’s life. Revenge doesn’t cure Leon’s guilt and depression. He drinks constantly and he loses his edge when it comes to killing.

His employer forces him to go on a retreat in Alaska to clear his head. There he begins to get his life together, but a terrible encounter with a bear
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Wendy Ann
I definitely enjoyed this book more than expected – especially considering the lives the two main characters led prior to meeting. Amongst the murder and violence, there’s genuine caring and eventually love between Leon and Grim. I was kind of surprised that the author was able to get me to really feel connected to these guys and to actually begin rooting for their HEA. I liked that a hardened badass like Leon could actually be a nice guy underneath all the gruff, and I’m glad he acted as an ave ...more
Jane A
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story had a really interesting plot. In the beginning it looked like Leon would be a mentally weak character given the events that happened, but when we meet Grim we notice how strong he really is. While reading the scenes in the woods I've kept thinking of Into the Wild, but then a better equipped version of it LOL
Anyway, the characters were really good developed. I liked the two MCs together. There were some parts in the plot that I was really glad that there were scenes that were descri
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Heather C
This was different and a bit on the dark side, but I really I enjoyed it. It started a little slow for me...maybe because I didn't read the blurb and wasn't really sure what direction it would go? Maybe I was just distracted? But once Leon and Grim finally met, I was hooked. I liked the "thriller" feel mixed with the slow build of the romance. And damn was it romantic in the end! *sigh* If anyone deserves a HEA, it's these guys.

4 stars because I felt like parts of the story jumped ahead too fas
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Gyn
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll give this a 4 star rating, even though I had some issues with it. It gets a 4 because I loved the Alaskan setting, I liked the characters a lot, it was suspenseful and the smexin was pretty hot. The issues I had....I couldn't help picturing Daniel Craig or Matt Damon in the lead role; it was very Jason Bourne like and as such pretty unbelievable but made for a decent thriller. I like that she tied up all remaining issues with a nice bow at the end of the story too!
Tj
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
Loved the characters and the settings. Grim and Leon fit together so well. The author did a wonderful job of making two unlikable characters likable. You wanted them to find their HEA. It was a fun read that kept me interested throughout.
Marsha Spence
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the building of the relationship and Leon helping Grim. I loved Leon's determination where Grim was concerned.
Riina Y.T.
5 sparkly stars - loved it; wouldn't have wanted to change a thing! Lovely character, a bit angsty and just wonderfully written and narrated <3
Clerah
Sep 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, _own
An enjoyable read even though both Grim and Leon's past and occupation could bring the best person down the story was very well told. My favorite thing throughout the story was Leon's inner voice.
Tate Rose
I read this when I was much too young to be reading it. At that time, I was so desperate for LGBTQ representation that I read anything I could get my hands on. Most of the books I read were extremely cheesy, but this gem really blew my mind.

I loved the characters, I loved the relationship, and for like the first time ever it felt like the characters in one of these cheesy books was actually gonna have to face consequences.

Upon rereading this author's works, this was the only book that held up. I
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Elisa Rolle
Lately I find so good books that I wonder if my "taste" is changing, since these books have strangely some things in common: the hero is not a good boy, and give the fame of bad boys as good lovers this one is not a strange thing, but he is also a criminal, and not repentant...

Leon is an assasssin (yes same name of the assassin by Luc Besson). No matter that probably he works for the government, he is still an assassin and he is well paid for his work. But one day he is back home to his lover Te
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Jaime
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review:Once again, I seem to have been drawn to a book whose first chapter is all about murder and mayhem, and I’m expected to actually like the guy doing the deed. Ally has managed, though, to set up her cold, calculating hired killer in a sympathetic light right from the get go, and it’s hard not to at least feel sorry for him long enough to get to know him. Once inside Leon’ head, it’s hard not to like him as damaged as he is.


Damaged characters are definitely the flavour of the day here. L
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Brenda Maldonado
I had a bit of a problem with the characters in this story. On the one hand we have Leon, an assassin, a cold blooded paid killer. Well, angst just doesn't go down well with that personality. Yes, we saw evidence of his angst here and there, but we also saw him getting right back to cool and composed. The inherently calm and collected nature of the character didn't allow me to sympathize and feel his angst. Given that the man had lost his long term partner in a gruesome murder, I should have bee ...more
Plainbrownwrapper
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
Not bad, but not really exceptional either.

The whole ending section sort of fizzled out -- I think I would have been more impressed with the book as a whole if it had ended better. Also, I couldn't overlook certain logic failures in the plot. For a couple of examples:

1. The Alaskan property -- (view spoiler)
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Ally Blue penned her first tale at age eight, relating the breathless terror of her little sister’s not-quite-fatal encounter with a bee in the backyard. That was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with storytelling. She now writes gay romance of all flavors, and has recently branched into writing her first love: horror. She continues her neverending quest to scare herself. She is not a hippi ...more
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