Monday, May 26, 2014

Unwound by Lorelei James

"In this conclusion to the Mastered series by New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James, a man’s need for control is tested by the one woman he’ll risk everything for…

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?"

Unwound is the second book to the Mastered series and conclusion to Amery and Ronin's story. You can read my review of Bound here. The first book is told from Amery's POV. Which is prefect in my opinion. It lead to a lot of the mystery on Ronin and what the 'hay' was going on. The last chapter of the book was told from Ronin's POV which got me really excited for book two. I wondered if we would have an entire book from his POV or would it be split?

Unwound starts with Ronin showing up at Amery's place and passing out. Then we go back six weeks in time. Which sounds confusing but was played very well. From there we learn that we will be reading the book in both Amery and Ronin's POV. This duel POV added a nice spin to the story. From Ronin's POV we can see he's thinking way more than is being outputted in spoken word. We also get to see his struggle to put his feelings for Amery in words even though he feels everything for her.

The duel POV also gave us nice insights to different characters that have played more minor roles to the book. From Ronin's sister to Amery's parents to the nasty ex that won't let go to Ronin's own mother. I also loved that we got to see the differences between the two families and they're acceptance (or not) of each character.

Before purchasing the book, I had read a few review online that complained about Amery not being strong or able to make a decision. I think it was just the opposite, she was very strong and wanted to play it close to her heart since she was hurt once by an old boyfriend and of course, the hurt from Ronin. Which also leads me to the best beat down scene every, in a bar, against the ex. It was a real beat down but it was nice to read about a girl standing up for herself in a self-defense mode. Very empowering!

I'm actual afraid to get to much into the story for fear of dropping spoilers everywhere. This review is sparse but the book is not. It was a wonderful follow-up to the Bound. I will say that this book is just as sexy as the last and that I loved the focus on rope art.

A third book in the Mastered series is going to focus on Shiori Hirano and Knox Lofgren. Let's say that sparks were flying between these two in Unwound and I cannot wait to read about the new couple in book 3!

I liked this series so much that I bought copies of Bound and Unwound to donate to our local library. Both copies are now cataloged and ready for readers! Make sure to stop by your local library to see if a copy is available.  


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