In the conclusion to the Mastered Series by New York Times best-selling 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.
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This book should not be read as a stand alone, as it continues exactly where book 1 ends.
Awe….. I really loved this sequel!! I was on pins and needles with the way the last book ended, but this book is a dedication of how deeply Ronin fell in love with Amery and his persistent need for her…OMG!! --I just love a Hero who is persistent in love!
The beauty of this book is that all previous suspicions about the shady part of Ronin are either thrown out the door or explained. Amery accepts everything about Ronin, including his past as they work on their relationship as well as all of the challenges that come their way. Some of those challenges encompass Ronin healing from fighting injuries, sealing loose ends with his past, expanding his business with the Brazilian MMA fighters, rediscovering his family connection and most of all re-establishing his all-consuming relationship with Amery after their very bad break-up. Challenges that Amery has to deal with include her judgmental parents and Ronin's nasty ex-girlfriend.
Believe me there is plenty of movement in this story with the leads whose problems feel real and who are surrounded by supportive, interesting and fun friends (Chaz, Molly, Knox, Deacon, Shiori, etc.) Both Amery and Ronin are very stubborn and strong-willed people so you can imagine the things they have to work through. The parts where Ronin practices the Japanese style of bondage (Kinbaku and Sheebari) with Amery was actually very intimate, intense and quite beautiful. You could feel their connection and the intensity of their moments together. Who knew the use of ropes could be so sexy??? This is definitely one very steamy, erotic novel but with leads who are interesting and who you grow to care about.
Overall, I found this sequel to be very good. There is a resolution to each of the issues that arise which makes me sad because I don't know if that means that Amery and Ronin's story is over???? I hope not. I would love to have one more book about their love affair. (Although I have a feeling there is going to be a book with Knox and Shiori…they fight too much which probably means they're crazy for each other…LOL)
Narrator: OMG!! What happened to Rachel Vivette????? For half of the book I was trying to get over her loss. It felt as though I was reading about different characters…I missed listening to Amery's voice through Rachel V.---ugh!! So sad!!! Luke Daniels did a good job for the men, and especially for Ronin, but his voice for the women sounded like transvestites. I would have appreciated a dual narration from both Rachel V. and Luke D. rather than booting Rachel out on this audiobook.
- Yvette "I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot."
Powerful and Passionate Erotic Romance
LOVED IT! Lorelei James has penned a powerful and passionate romance with characters who will resonate with readers for some time to come. I couldn’t wait to read Ronin’s perspective and Ms. James did not disappoint. The complexity of the relationships, and the minefields from the past that both Ronin and Amery must navigate around makes for a tenuous situation. Yet, these two were meant for each other. The passion both in and out of bed is explosive and addictive. As a reader, you can’t help but root for them to find their Happily Ever After.
UNWOUND is a mixture of sweet, sensual, seductive, intense passion with characters who experience raw emotions with the turn of every page. Ronin and Amery have both been hurt, but the question remains, will they be able to make amends? Between a vindictive ex, a sister who’s trying to make amends, a business that’s quickly expanding, and Ronin’s inability to do what he does best, the situations quickly spiral out of control. Yet one thing remains true, Ronin can’t function without the love of his life, Amery, and vice versa. There were times that my heart broke for both of these characters and there were times that I wanted to strangle Ronin for being such a jerk. It took a lot for both of them to learn how to communicate effectively with one another. But more importantly, it took time for them to regain each others’ trust.
The secondary characters continue to be a riot and spice up this series. I can’t wait for Knox and Shiori to unleash all of their pent up sexual tension on one another because it’s guaranteed to be explosive. Not to mention Molly and Deacon. She may be small, but she’s mighty and is probably the only woman who could handle the big man. I love these characters, I love the fighting and training in the dojo and I love the concept. The dialogue is rich, dark, and edgy, the love scenes are sensual, yet raw and uninhibited, and the love is so endearing that it will make your heart swell with joy. Moreover, the characters are well-developed, engaging, and continue to leap off the pages.
Lorelei James’ new series is a testament to her growth as an author. She’s broadened her horizons and it has definitely paid off with The Mastered series in this reader’s humble opinion. The depth of the characters, the complexity of the plot, the descriptive setting, the smoking hot love scenes, the intriguing secondary characters, and the intense drama make for an amazing story and series. Bravo Ms. James because you have another series that’s a smashing hit on your hands. :)
Luke Daniels was great with the delivery of the story