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Review: Unwound by Lorelei James

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Unwound
Author: Lorelei James 
Reviewer: VampBard
Rating: A

What I’m Talking About:

I was really excited to read Unwound, the second (and final) title in Lorelei James’s The Mastered series. I needed to find out what happened with Ronin and Amery. It was bugging me. I needed the end of their story. To say I highly anticipated this book is an understatement. I didn’t even start writing my review until the next day. I’d fallen into a book coma. With that said, you really do need to read Bound, the first title in the series, before experiencing Unwound. I’m going to TRY to write a review that doesn’t spoil either title, but it’s going to be difficult!

The big conflict in the story comes from Ronin’s past. It was introduced in Bound, and I thought that we’d see more of this conflict. I was really pleased with the way Ms. James developed this part of the story. How Amery handled it. How it seemed to bring together Amery and Ronin. The conflict was really something crazy, and the way it played-out had far-reaching implications for the couple.

There was a lot of intimacy building during this book: the rebuilding of trust and drawing boundaries for the relationship of Amery and Ronin. I think I took away from this book one big ‘aha’ moment: if you have a question or need something in your relationship, open your mouth. Ask the question. State your needs. Listen to your heart. Along with the intimacy-building, there was a lot of smokin’ hot sex. I’m surprised the circuits on my Kindle didn’t fry.

Ronin was so much a caveman in this book. The ‘claiming’ and ‘marking’ thing we read about in a lot of romance novels? Present and accounted for, Sir. Mr. Possessive was definitely in da house. I have so much I want to say about Ronin, but it’d be spoiler-ish. Let’s go with this, though. Ronin is in a transitional phase. He’s relearning how to live his life with some necessary changes, and how to let someone be a part of it. My favorite thing about Ronin, however, is the way he’s so damn Zen and sexy. The way he’s able to center himself, and share the calm is amazing for me.

Amery is entirely real. She’s able to have friends, run a business, and develop a relationship. Even though her business is in trouble, she’s been given the opportunity to expand beyond her wildest dreams. Amery is also learning to live with a partner in her life, someone with which she can share everything, and learning the parameters of balancing her personal and professional life. She’s learning how Ronin fits into her life, and how she needs to relate to and communicate with him. What I like most about Amery is the fact that even though she’s looking for acceptance in so many aspects of her life, she doesn’t cave to her parents.

Overall, I am sad that this series was only two books. I think that Ms. James could have continued the series by showcasing Deacon, Knox, and Ronin’s sister in leading roles. As matter of fact, I totally want a Knox/Shiori book. A Deacon/Molly book. Blue would even be a great leading character for a book with a bit more development. I want more info about Chaz and Emmylou. These are the well-developed type of characters that will be missed by readers. Excellent series – I’m eager to see what Ms. James offers next.

Rating:  A, Loved It

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About the Book:

When sensei Ronin Black first encounters Amery Hardwick, the fire in her eyes ignites a sexual spark a thousand times better than the primal rush he used to get from mixed martial arts matches. She accepts his darker edges and admits to him that her desires aren’t as wholesome as he believed. And before long Ronin is grappling with emotions he’s never felt before.

Yet despite demanding Amery bare her body and soul to him, Ronin holds a part of himself back. When she learns Ronin’s secret and walks out, his life begins to unravel.  To regain her trust he must let go of his pride and prove to her that it’s more than passion binding them together. But after their private pleasures are made public, Ronin is unsure if he’s the right man for Amery. Can they face the consequences together? Or will their differences rip them apart?

Release Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: NAL
Series: The Mastered #2
ISBN: #978-0451467317
Genre: Erotic Romance
Format(s): Paperback (384 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher

Purchase Info:
Unwound (The Mastered #2)

Reviews in the Series:
Bound by Lorelei James (The Mastered #1)

  • Deanna

    Great review! I’ve heard so much about Lorelei James but I haven’t been able to pick up any of her books yet. 🙁 I’m surprised that her series only went for 2 books when it had so much potential. I’ve seen this done with one other series that I loved and after several years she was able to finish it. I’m not sure if Ms. James wanted to stop at book 2 or not…but hopefully if she didn’t, she can pick it up in the future for you to get the other books you were hoping for. 😀

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