Monday, March 24, 2014

Review ~ Unwound (Mastered #2) 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?
In Unbound Ms James continues her impressive trilogy into the world of bondage with the characters and setting from her first book – Bound, just out in stores if you haven’t had a chance to read it – do pick it up! 

Amery and Ronin start out this novel mid-fight and during their broken up period at the end of Broken. We get the chance to see Ronin in his masochistic, self-injuring, fighter persona as he fights his internal demons over losing Amery. Amery, for her part, retreats back into her world of work – striving to save her business after turning away what she sees as a pity offer for work from what she just found out was Ronin’s family’s company. 

Ronin shows up at her apartment after a fight, not a bar fight, he is a black belt, severely hurt. She finally takes pity on him and lets him in – and ends up taking him to the hospital. When he is barely well enough to go home she agrees to stay with him until he is better to take care of him until he is doing well enough to be on his own. The fire and chemistry between those two cannot be denied however and soon they are physically back together – even though Amery doesn’t trust him enough to say “I love you” or move in with him. With his ex showing up to stir up trouble and his sister trying to mend the rift she helped create between them the novel was sure to have its drama.

The thing I love most about this author so far is her descriptions of the interactions of the rope top and his bottom. It isn’t about D/s (Dominant/submissive) or S/M (sadist/masochist) as that is not the nature of their relationship. He is a rope top with dominant tendencies. I wouldn’t be surprised if these two ended up in a M/s (Master/slave) relationship – and it would be interesting to see that played out since they are both possessive, strong willed characters. The descriptions of the feel of the rope, the building of the tension when a blind fold is on and the rope is dragging against your skin, the sensuality, the connection – that is the desire that keeps me wanting more rope playtime whenever I have the chance with a partner I’m connected with.

Would I recommend this series? Most definitely! I look forward to seeing how Ms James grows as a BDSM writer. I do hope if she continues that she will show more than the basic level connections in the BDSM community. One disservice she gave that world though is calling a BDSM club a sex club. There may be sex at a BDSM club – but BDSM is not about the sex. Its about the connection.
Disclosure: This book was provided to BBMoreB free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

About The Author

Lorelei James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Blacktop Cowboys and Rough Riders series as well as the steamy new Mastered series. She lives in the Black Hills of western South Dakota with her family. Visit her online at,, and

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