Monday, January 9, 2012

Venture Untamed + FREE COPY!

Venture Untamed
R.H. Russell
171 pages
Publisher: the author
Source: the author

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

When the author contacted me to review this book the plot summary intrigued me and I thought, "I"ll get to it when I get to it," but I'm sorry to have waited!  I really enjoyed this novel.

Venture is a young bondservant growing up in his master's house after his mother dies.  Left with no parents, Venture's anger gets out of control and he finds himself fighting and at one point, fighting to save the life of the master's own daughter.  It's after that scuffle that Venture is sent off to train to be a professional fighter.

What a fabulous book.  The plot drew me in and the characters kept me in.  What struck me the most was that even though Venture's own father died trying to win a professional fighting match, that didn't scare Venture off from the profession.  Venture knows he's good but that doesn't go to his head.  I can only hope that as the series continues on Venture has the opportunity to win both for himself and for his father.

The other aspect of the novel I really enjoyed was the budding romance between Venture and his master's daughter, Jade.  Jade is both charming and spunky and she can definitely hold her own.  She was a great character unto herself and I think she would make for a great spin-off story.

Venture Untamed has something in it to appeal to everyone.  I was afraid I might not like it because of all the fighting, but there wasn't too much.  The romance aspect of the novel really surprised me, too, and it's because of that that I think this book would be a great read for both boys and girls.  Definitely check it out if you have the chance.  The book ended in such a way that I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the sequel soon.

Want to read it?  It's currently FREE on Smashwords!  I highly recommend, since it was such a great book and it's free, that you go get a copy.  You can't go wrong.

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