Freaky Friday – Tamed by Douglas R. Brown

tamedReading Tamed didn’t give me nightmares or make me afraid to walk downstairs after dark.  So, why is it freaky?  Because people in this book think it’s okay to have a werewolf as a pet.  Ummm, no.  That’s not a good idea.

The basic premise of the story is that a wealthy businessman finds a tribe of werewolves and he massacres them.  Some of the women are taken to a secret breeding facility (they can’t be around the men on a regular basis because they cause “problems”.)  One man/wolf is kept as THE FIRST and others are turned by him.  Then, they are tortured until they become submissive and can be sold as pets by the WereHouse.  Or, even more exciting, they can go into the fighting ring and people pay to see them kill each other.  Wonderful, no?

Ok…all kidding aside…the overall story isn’t bad and was fairly original.  But, there were some execution problems for me.  SPOILERS AHEAD:

  • “This day wasn’t that day.”  Am I wrong or shouldn’t this be: “This wasn’t that day.”???
  • Werg – what company would name their profitable WerePets “Werg?”  Strange.
  • People are told that they are just animals and most don’t realize that they are humans who have been turned.  A chip has been implanted to keep them from being able to shift forms. When one of the company’s rouge wolf hunters finds out that they are actually human, he immediately says that he wants to take down the WereHouse.  I get that he is a good guy but it happened in the blink of an eye.  And, he had almost no proof.  I would think after years of working for them he would at least investigate a little.
  • Some of the other details didn’t add up for me.  For example, one man went to a fight and became very excited about buying a Were pet for his son.  He was really kind of perverted in his excitement.  Later in the book, he figures out what is going on and tries to do the right thing.  Honestly, the guy from the first scene wouldn’t care that these were humans.  He was a psycho.  It seemed like two different characters.
  • Were…when you hear that what do you think?  How did no one suspect that these were shifters and not just another breed of dog or something?  This is making even less sense to me as I type it.
  • Towards the end, THE FIRST plays a huge role in the action.  THE FIRST is a savage.  THE FIRST appears in almost every sentence and is always called THE FIRST.  I really hate when a person’s full name or nickname is used constantly in writing like THE FIRST.

Not a bad book but it wasn’t for me.  2/5 stars.  Thank you to the publisher for providing an e-book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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