Tamed

Tamed - Douglas R.   Brown In Brown's world, not only are werewolves real, society has supposedly tamed them and turned them into pets. One company is responsible for their training and distribution and this has made the owner Bernard, one very reach man. When Christine Alt, a paramedic responds to an emergency call, she learns that the hype about docile werewolves has been just that, hype, when she and her partner Billy, are attacked and their lives are changed forever. Christine quickly goes from caring for people to running from Bernard's clean up crew, lead by Aidan. Can she negotiate the change and live long enough for to the world about the evil that Bernard Henderson is up to in the name of profit?I must admit that the concept behind this book thrilled me and for the most part, Brown was able to pull it off brilliantly. One of the plot holes that quickly became a problem was the price the werewolves. Each werewolf had a price tag of 250,000 dollars and immense upkeep expenses yet, they seemed absolutely ubiquitous. Christine, the protagonist, did mention that she could not afford one on her salary as an EMT but everywhere she went, someone seemed to own one as a pet. Brown did not mention whether his world had far less economic stratification than the real world, but the price tag alone makes the commonality of werewolf ownership in Tamed, ridiculous. Many people cannot afford a home for that price, let alone a pet. Most of the people who did become werewolves were members of the underclass and therefore likely to go unnoticed when missing. Brown also made a point about how many of the werewolves were actually homeless veterans. These were great points to make regarding the vulnerability of the homeless and the neglect of veterans, which did help to balance his error of the commonality of werewolf ownership.If Brown has simply executed the concept, it would have been a great book but for some reason, he felt the need to throw in a ridiculous romance. Christine and Aidan actually know each other for a New York minute before they are declaring undying love for each other. It's patently ridiculous and makes the relationship a complete and utter unnecessary distraction. It is so poorly written that I found myself sighing and rolling my eyes. There is absolutely no basis for their declared love and it is made even more ridiculous because they meet after Aidan tries to kill Christine and she ends up saving his life. It makes sense that they would develop a connection but a declaration of love is far fetched at best.read more