Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review: Deep (Stage Dive #4) by Kylie Scott

Don't miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in the USA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott.

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins' ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben's the only man she's ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn't looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She's his best friend's little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he's not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn't always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible...but will it lead to a connection of the heart?

This is the first book I’ve read in this series and I didn’t realize until after I finished that it’s actually the last book in the series. So coming at Deep from a stand alone perspective, I thought it held up nicely. Sure, I can see where having some buildup to Liz and Ben’s story from the previous books might have made their story a little more intense. But, as a stand alone, I really enjoyed Deep.

Through a flashback, we go back to the night of Liz’s sister’s wedding in Vegas. Liz has wanted Ben for awhile, but he’s only ever kept her in the friend zone, even worse, they’ve only been in the texting friend zone. But their texts are really sweet and their relationship builds from there. But finally in Vegas, the attraction is too much and they have sex. And one faulty condom later, we also have a baby in the oven. Now Ben and Liz need to figure out not only what they’re going to do for each of their own futures, but now for their baby’s future as well. Liz wants it all, a relationship with Ben and to be a family. Ben…has some growing up to do.

I’ll admit, when I first found out that Ben was 29 years old to Liz’s 21, I thought, ugh, no. But Liz surprised me in a very good way. She’s mature, sure she has her crazy moments, mostly with the crazy thoughts in her head which had me laughing out loud, but from the start she’s willing to do anything to take care of the baby she affectionately calls Bean. It’s Ben who has to make the biggest changes to his life. He’s perfectly happy having no roots, no strings and likes to be able to pick up and go play a gig anywhere and at any time. Oh and party, this guy loves to party and drink. No one, his bandmates or friends, think he’s the long term-relationship guy, but he’s never had a reason to change his behavior before and initially, he doesn’t let Liz and the baby slow him down. Being around Liz more often now that she’s going on tour with the band and her sister, has Ben slowly opening his eyes to the woman in front of him and what his future could be.

Liz was a delight to get to know. She’s young, but I never felt like she came across as immature. She has some great inner dialogue, she’s doing the best she can after finding herself in a very unexpected position, and she was a fun character to get to know. Ben, he frustrated me a little bit at the beginning. He didn’t want to commit to Liz, didn’t want to do anything but what he had been doing for years, but of course that all has to change. I did like getting to know and seeing him realize what was now important in his life and try to prove it to Liz and Bean but for me, this was Liz’s story, she stole the show.

The sexy times were hot and fun. They didn’t overpower the book, but dang, Ben and his beard were hot on page. We are graced with the presence of Ben’s sister – I hated her. But oddly enough, I wanted to see more of her. Why is she the way she is? Will she get a happy ending at some point? And maybe her storyline was told more in the previous books, but in Deep, she’s just a plain old bitch and I wanted to know more.

Deep was a fun, sexy read centered around Ben’s rock band and Liz, the woman who loves him. This was my first Kylie Scott book and I liked her voice on page very much. The dialogue and interaction between the characters was fun and snappy and had a great flow. I won’t hesitate to go back and read the rest of series, only this time in order!

Rating: B

Release Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: Silver Bastard (Silver Valley #1) by Joanna Wylde

First in the new Silver Valley series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reapers Motorcycle Club Novels

Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward—full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That’s when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he’d violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.

Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She’s been terrified of him ever since, but she’s even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from... But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She’s living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can't ignore. She has to go back, and there’s only one man she can trust to go with her—the ex-con biker who rescued her once before.

Puck will help her again, but this time it’ll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants...

Talk about a lot of action right out of the gate. Puck has served his time and now he’s a free man, now fully a member of the Silver Bastards and they’re throwing him party like only an MC can. At this party he sees Becca, he wants her and he has her. Only after the fact he realizes that she’s a bit younger than he first thought, much much more happens but I won’t spoil the details, but Puck sees Becca’s step-father beating her. He takes her away from the man who made her life a living hell and the deadbeat mom who did nothing to help her. That was 5 years ago. Now Becca is trying to make a life for herself in Callup, Idaho, she’s working fulltime, going to beauty school and she refuses to make the same mistakes her mother made. She hasn’t crossed paths much if at all with Puck since that night 5 years ago, but he’s kept his eye on her and when her past comes slamming back into her life, Puck and his MC brothers are the only ones who can help her.

First off, Puck isn’t a roses and sweetheart kind of a guy. He’s harsh, he’s hard, crude, and makes no apologies about it. Why does it seem like all MC heroes are assholes? Puck certainly is and I had to make a huge effort to look beyond that to the man he is for Becca. This poor girl has had a horrible life. She’s finally in place where she feels like she belongs, she’s surrounded herself with people who genuinely care about her, but she’s never been able to get Puck out of her mind. She knows he and his life are all wrong for her, but with him now back in her life and claiming her as his, she can’t ignore her feelings anymore.

I certainly felt more for Becca than anything else with this story. I wanted this girl to find some happiness. I’m still not sure that Puck is the one to give it to her though. They have a strong, intense relationship with Puck calling all the shots and while I like that he gives her a sense of safety, something she’s never had, I still just found something about him to be off putting. Even with all the sex scenes, which don’t get me wrong, they were steamy, but with Puck it was always about how he was going to claim her, in every way possible, and on and on. It got a little old I guess.

It’s funny, as I was reading Puck and Becca’s story, I really did get caught up in it and I guess it’s easy maybe to fall into the MC world and just accept how the men live and act. But as I started typing out this review, my opinion changed. It goes against everything Puck is, I get that, but I still wanted to see him soften up, just a teeny tiny bit. Which is maybe another way of saying maybe I should put down the MC books for a bit. These heroes are a hard bunch of men to sometimes like and I was never able to warm up to Puck and his personality.

I might not have been a fan of Puck’s, but I really did enjoy getting to know Becca and seeing her struggle and succeed and live the life she’s so desperate to have. I also liked seeing a few familiar faces show up throughout the story, Picnic, London, Painter to name a few. I’ll certainly give the next book in this new Silver Valley series a shot, even though I’ll still be hoping the hero is a bit more likable.

Rating: C+

Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Review: Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) by Nalini Singh

In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

This book, the characters, the set up for the story in general, is one that sucks me in, every single time. The heroine, Charlotte, had a bad, traumatic experience in her past that’s left her dealing with panic attacks, anxiety and zero self-confidence. She’s scared and nervous all the time, she rarely stand up for herself, but she’s wicked smart and has a dry sense of humor that she only lets out around people that she lets get close; that basically consists of her one and only best friend. She’s in a job she’s over-qualified for, but she doesn’t have confidence to demand more for herself. The company she’s currently working for is going under and the board has hired a new CEO to right the ship. Gabriel Bishop made a name for himself playing professional rugby, but an injury ended his career and now he’s made a new name for himself as a businessman who can make miracles happen – turning failing businesses around into being profitable again. He’s now heading up the company and his first order of business is cleaning house. When he realizes that the old CEO’s personal assistant was taking credit for the work Charlotte was doing, he promotes Charlotte into the position she should have had all along. She nervous around Gabriel, a man she calls T-Rex behind his back because he chews up anyone in his path. But now that she’s forced to be around him daily, she slowly becomes more comfortable, whether it’s in her job ability, or in just being more comfortable not taking any crap from the demanding Gabriel, she goes from a meek mouse to someone Gabriel can’t stop thinking about.

I’ve read this general setup many times over the past year – rich, powerful businessman falling for his quiet, shy personal assistant. A match that doesn’t make sense at first, but once the history and real personalities of the characters come out, it makes them more believable as a couple. There was something about Charlotte that I connected with right from the start. It was her shy, nervous personality that clicked with me. That’s easier for me to find relatable in a heroine than some over the top, super confident woman. There was a fragileness about Charlotte that was endearing. I just liked her. I liked how she cared about her friends, I liked that she was a straight shooter especially once she became more comfortable around Gabriel. I really liked getting to know her history, the pain she went through and how she started to be more comfortable leaning on Gabriel for support, knowing that she couldn’t deal with her hangups on her own and needed someone to help her along the way.

Ah, Gabriel. I loved this guy. He’s definitely the T-Rex Charlotte calls him in the business world. He loves working, to the point of working too much, he’s demanding and he always goes after and gets what he wants. He knows there’s something about Charlotte that makes her panic and feel generally nervous, so he takes things slow and is determined to have her. We get to see all sides of Gabriel, from his take no prisoners businessman side, to the man who loves his family, to the guy who will do anything to keep Charlotte safe. He’s a great hero to get to know and I loved the hero he was for Charlotte.

I was instantly taken with this story, all because of Gabriel and especially because of Charlotte and it’s my favorite Rock Kiss book so far. Charlotte is so sweet, I loved getting to know her and seeing her relationship with Gabriel come to life on page.

Rating: A-

Release Date: March 10, 2015
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review: The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1) by Shelly Laurenston


Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.

Kera is killed after trying to stop an assault behind the coffee shop where she works. She takes a knife to the chest and can’t quite believe it when she wakes up naked, in a strange room filled with Giants who are trying to kill her. Once that dust settles, she learns that she’s now a Crow, part of a group of women, sister-Crows, who fight for their God, taking on battles when they’re called upon, and living (somewhat) normal lives when they’re not. The Crows, along with other clans “are the human representatives of the Viking Gods on this plane of existence.” And that’s the most simple/basic way to describe who these people are. The group of Crows is made of up all kinds of women, from Hollywood actresses, agents, business-women, a hypochondriac, a mute – you name it, this group has it. There are various other groups in this world, including the Raven’s, the group that Kera’s boyfriend, mate, sex partner – no label really fits him, Vig, belongs to. He helps Kera become familiar with her new life and also provides back up during a battle that gets this series off to a bloody start.

Vig first meets Kera when she’s fully human at the coffee shop she worked at. She’s a former marine and when she first sees Vig come in for coffee, she assumes he’s a former vet as well and judging by the crazy look in his eye, she also assumes he’s a PTSD sufferer and one step away from being committed. Vig is none of that and his friends and family find it hilarious that Kera assumed he was headed to the looney bin. Vig is one of the few people who actually helps Kera try to settle into her new life, and that includes learning to fly, learning to fight with her enhanced strength and learning to deal with her new “team” of Crows, woman who are as far from military/battle type people as Kera has ever known. They know nothing about training! Schedules! Combat planning and missions! Kera and her clipboard become feared among the group and Vig steps in to help ease the transition for Kera with her new crazy sister-crows.

“I [Maeve] can feel the virus moving through me. I need to call my doctor. I need a course of amoxicillin. Or flucloxacillin. Or ticarcillin. Something with a ‘cillin’ attached to the end of it.”

“If you have a virus, an antibiotic will not help you,” Kera explained.

“So you’re a doctor?” Maeve snapped. “You know what I’m dying of?”

“Dying? Two seconds ago you had swollen glands.”

“Swollen glands today. Riddled with cancer tomorrow. Dead by Thursday.”

Kera glanced over at Amsel. “Wow.”

If you’ve read Shelly Laurenston’s books, you have a great idea about the type of characters you’ll get in The Unleashing. Over the top, insane, crazy, hilarious, off the wall – you name it, this book has it. I love the level of complete insanity that Laurenston writes her characters with. Nothing is off limits or too much when it comes to the comments they make, the actions they take. It’s simply: crazy fun.

Kera and Vig are our romantic leads in The Unleashing and to say the book is filled with tender romantic scenes would be a complete lie. That’s one thing I really enjoy about Laurenston’s books, there’s really not “romance” per se. The couples have down and dirty sex, there’s no BS, they like each other, they want to be together and they are, simple as that. No long drawn out ‘should we or shouldn’t we’, no relationship drama, it’s refreshing in a way. And it’s necessary here as the world building took up so much of my mental power just trying to keep all the clans, characters, and who’s who straight, I wouldn’t have been able to deal with relationship drama on top of that.

As with any first book in any series, there’s a learning curve that goes along with being introduced to a new world and this world if very detailed, has A LOT of different players and will hopefully become more clear as more books come out. We do get a good introduction to Kera’s closest sister-Crows, women who I can’t wait to learn more about. They all have a little something…“special” about them, which will be fun to see play out on page.

I enjoyed the crazy ride that is The Unleashing. It’s pure fun in a pretty complex world, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Rating: B+

Release Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Kensington
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review: Return to Me (Covington Cove #1) by Kelly Moran

With every beat of the heart comes a memory of what could have been…

Ten years ago, Cole Covington was just another rich kid who got everything he wanted—including young and trusting Mia Galdon. Then one night everything changed, and two hearts were shattered. Cole buried his guilt in the military, where love was just part of the past. Now Cole has come back home, emotionally damaged, guarded, and unprepared for what’s waiting for him…

At the urging of Cole’s sister, Mia has returned to the Covington family’s coastal home in Wilmington as a private nurse to help Cole recover. With her uncertain personal life at a crossroad, Mia doesn’t have the luxury of saying no to the job. And she soon finds out that the attraction is still alive. So are memories of betrayal. But Mia will discover more than the power of resilience. She’ll discover a secret Cole has held for years, one that will force them to confront the past and give new meaning to letting go, forgiveness, and a future worth fighting for.

Cole and Mia were young and in love, but from very different social and economic circles. It didn’t matter to either of them, but Cole’s mother was and still is a rich-bitch and when she found out that Cole and Mia were together, she put down an ultimatum to Cole: drop Mia or she’ll ruin her, her mother and her sister who has down syndrome. Cole only wanted to protect Mia and her sister Ginny, so he broke Mia’s heart and lied through his teeth telling her he got everything he wanted from her, her virginity, and now she needed to go. A chain of events happened that night that ended in a death and it’s now been 10 years since Cole and Mia have seen each other and a lifetime of changes have happened.

Cole enlisted and was badly injured serving overseas. He’s suffering from PTSD, he has scars all over his body and he needs to rehab his leg, something that’s impossible for him to do since he’s fired every nurse his sister has hired and refuses to leave his bedroom. Mia went to nursing school but was recently laid off and has no idea how she’s going to make the next tuition payment for her sister’s school. Cole’s own sister contacts Mia asking her for help. Mia accepts because the deal is just too sweet, taking care of Ginny’s school and expenses. But Mia doesn’t know if her heart can take seeing Cole again after all these years but she’s looking at this as a chance for some closure.

I found it very easy to fall into Cole and Mia’s story. Their history is shown to us in various flashbacks, and I guess I’m a sucker for two people kept apart by a third party, in this case Cole’s mother and her threats. It’s awkward at first, and of course Cole fights any type of rehab, but Mia’s the one person that’s always gotten to him and he slowly starts to come around. I found their relationship and romance to be sweet and it was one that I just couldn’t wait for all the truths to come out and for Mia to finally understand the pain Cole’s been living with all these years in trying to protect her and not being able to be with the woman he loves.

That said, I did want to shake both Cole and Mia at one point when the mother tries to interfere again and toss her threats around. At one point Mia is described as shaking she was so nervous. Mia’s now a grown woman and I really just wanted her to put Cole’s mother in her place. I wanted Mia and Cole, as adults, to act that way and not let other people come between them like they start to do again. But it was one little frustration in a story that really enjoyed.

This was a very nice start to a new series by Kelly Moran. Both Cole and Mia are very likable characters and it was incredibly satisfying to learn about what they went through and how they still find their way back to each other.

Rating: B

Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Review: And I Love Her (Green Mountain Series #4) by Marie Force

As the oldest of the ten Abbott siblings, Hunter prides himself on his ability to solve other people’s problems, but now he has a problem of his own—how to convince the woman of his dreams that his love is for keeps.

As the chief financial officer, Hunter Abbott manages the family’s various business interests while “fixing” things for the people he loves. But the one thing he can’t fix is his undeniable attraction to Megan Kane. Instead, Hunter is prepared to do whatever it takes to show Megan that he’s the man for her.

Megan’s sister rocks her with the news that she and her husband are moving overseas, leaving Megan truly alone. With her sister—and her job at the diner—going away, Megan finds herself leaning on the sexy, button-down accountant who isn’t afraid to lay it all on the line for her. But Megan has watched too many people she loves leave her. Can she risk her heart on Hunter?

Hunter Abbott is the oldest of ten children and works non-stop for his family’s business. He’s carried a torch for Megan Kane for years, but she was hung up on Hunter’s brother. When Hunter dared to ask her out, she didn’t take him seriously and now he’s desperate for a second chance. When he finds Megan crying one day after learning that her sister and brother-in-law were selling the diner where Megan works and moving overseas, Megan feels like her life is being turned upside down. Megan lost her parents in a car crash years ago and it’s just been her and her sister. Now she’s being forced to decide if she wants to try and make a life in Vermont on her own, or try someplace new. Hunter can’t imagine life without Megan in it, even from a distance and goes out on a limb to keep her right where she is.

Hunter and Megan’s story had been slowly building over the past couple of books. We saw Megan’s sometimes bitchy attitude toward Will’s (her Abbott crush) girlfriend Cameron and Hunter wanting her but going unnoticed by Megan. I was excited to see their story play out, but I was left feeling a bit disappointed. They have insta-love and rarely does that work for me. I get that their relationship has been building over a period of time, but really that’s just for Hunter. Learning about Hunter’s feelings for her is new to Megan, but they move fast and Hunter is not only calling her his after a couple days but he’s ready to propose after a week. I guess I just expected Hunter to be different based on how he’s portrayed in the earlier books. More reserved, cautious, even more workaholic but it’s like the Hunter we get in And I Love Her is a complete 180 from how he had been previously. It was almost too sugary sweet, the way Hunter acts toward Megan.

Megan makes it clear from the start that she’s not looking for a long term relationship. She’s scared to get close to anyone again after losing her parents so suddenly. Megan came off a bit immature at times, in the things she said or her actions. I had a hard time believing that she could be so hung up on one Abbott brother and then all the sudden be attracted to another brother who was there all along? And for Hunter, he’s SO into Megan, he knows immediately that she’s the one, period. But why? What is it about her that makes him feel this way? It felt like their relationship needed to go a bit deeper and cover a lot more time than just a week.

The Green Mountain series is one I’ve enjoyed from the start, but I was disappointed with Hunter and Megan’s story. I didn’t buy in to their relationship, their romance felt like it was on fast forward for the entire book and Hunter just didn’t come across as the man I’ve come to know throughout the series. I am still looking forward to the other siblings books – the sibling scenes are some of my favorite moments in every book – but this story was a miss for me.

Rating: C-

Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Review: Unraveled (The Mastered Series #3) by Lorelei James

In this sizzling continuation of the Mastered series by New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James, a man will find the domination he’s always craved…

Shiori Hirano and Knox Lofgren are left to run the martial arts program at Black Arts while Ronin Black travels. On the surface, the two highest ranked belts appear to cooperate—but in private, they butt heads constantly, despite the undeniable attraction between them. Soon their power exchanges start to make for a sweltering dynamic in the bedroom…

At first Knox is shocked to be living out his submissive desires, but Shiori sets out to prove that embracing his true sexual nature doesn’t make him a weak man. But even while their sexual relationship grants him a power and fulfillment he finds surprising, there’s no training regimen for the fight that comes with loving a strong woman…

Shiori and Knox have been at each other’s throats pretty much since they met. They’re both helping run Shiori’s brother’s (Ronin) martial arts business while he’s away on a honeymoon/sabbatical. Knox is in charge at work, getting to call the shots for the first time ever and he starts to have doubts about his place at Ronin’s; if he’s really needed and where he fits in. His personal life also gets turned upside down, again by Shirori, when they see each other at club where Shiori can live her Domme lifestyle and Knox is a bit of a ‘jack of all trades’ at the club, providing pain when he’s requested to be a third, or he’s working, bartending and security. What he never expected when he sees Shiori as a Domme is his gut-instinct reaction to submit to her. It’s the start of a new relationship for them as two people finding themselves in roles and having desires they never considered.

I loved this story. It felt like a fresh story and not something I’ve read much of, the heroine being a Domme to her hero who’s submissive to her. It was an interesting take and dynamic to see play out on page. Knox is as alpha as they come and he struggles a lot with the idea of submitting to Shiori in the bedroom. On the one hand, it goes against everything male and in charge he thought he was and wanted. But on the other, he starts to realize that by submitting to Shiori, he’s giving her pleasure that no one else can or will and that’s ultimately what he wants, to be hers, to know her better than anyone else and to give her everything she could ever want.

Shiori also struggles with this new relationship as she’s never had a longterm relationship with a submissive. After being in a bad marriage, she found herself when she started to learn about being a Domme and it’s a way for her to finally get what she needs and wants in the bedroom, something that never happened during her marriage. But in one of the more emotional scenes of the book, we learn exactly why Shiori craves the Domme role and it’s both heartbreaking yet sweet seeing how Knox reacts to it. I found their dynamic to be captivating, seeing this romance develop and how they worked through all the bumps that got in their way.

One of the things that really kept me interested and not skimming through some scenes (as I’m apt to do in erotic stories that turn into just sex-sex-sex-story-sex) was while Shiori and Knox are into BDSM it never went overboard. For me, a little goes a long way in these books and Unraveled hit the mark just right. There’s no threesome, there’s very little, if any, play at the club or in public, there are very few pain scenes. It’s really about Shiori calling the shots in the bedroom, telling Knox what to do or what he can’t do and it’s all about them. Nothing from the outside gets in the way and I loved that aspect of this story.

Just to make things even more complicated is their professional, working relationship. It doesn’t go smoothly. While Shiori’s in charge in the bedroom, that’s the only place their relationship turns into D/s, so Knox gets to call some of his own shots, be it at work or when he takes her out on dates. I liked that give and take and it kept the story and their relationship from feeling too one sided.

To me, books in this genre tend to start to read the same after awhile. It can end up being more about how many sex scenes can be crammed into a book, instead of creating a solid, unique story to go with it. Unraveled hits all the right notes from start to end. I loved the different dynamic Shiori and Knox have with their relationship and seeing them both struggle and come to terms with it. I found them to be interesting characters that kept my attention. The sex scenes were intense but I never thought they overpowered the main storyline of their relationship. Lorelei James hit a homerun with this book, it’s the best so far in this young series and I’m excited to see what James brings us next.

Rating: A-

Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: NAL
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