I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Unraveled by Lorelei James
Series: Mastered #3
Narrator: Claire Kilpatrick, Hunter Millbrook
Published by Brilliance Audio on March 3rd 2015
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance
Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
Audio | Goodreads
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.
Unraveled can be read without having read the previous books in The Mastered series. But I highly recommending reading them all.
Unraveled is my first Domme/sub read. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in. I kind of had the same mind-set on males being subs as Knox did. Knox has a hard time coming to terms that he is a sub (at least in the bedroom) underneath his alpha outside. While listening to Unraveled I felt like I really went on Knox’s journey with him. My stereotypes were put aside as I saw the alpha male fall into the role of a submissive.
Another stereotype is about Domme’s being ball busting, whip carrying, bitches that want men to lick their boots. That’s not what Shiori is all about. She just needs to be in control in the bedroom. And a large part of that comes from a failed marriage and then from her family life. Shiori craves human contact, touch to be more exact. And she wants it from Knox.
One part of the book really hit me and made me think, Wow, it doesn’t matter what your genre is. We all need something from our partners and feel lacking at times.
“Because you are so very nice to look at.”
“Am I just a toy to you?” he asked softly. “Take me out and play with me when it suits you, and the rest of the time I’m shelved someplace where I can be admired but not touched?”
She’d never credited him with so much insight. “Have I made you feel that way?”
“Not yet. But I do worry that it’s in my future.”
That scene had me wanting to hold Knox and make it all better for him. I’ve read other books where the female was the sub and the male the Dom. And I thought felt bad for the women in those moments where they felt the way Knox did but for some reasoning seeing a big, alpha guy have the same thoughts and feelings had me wanting to cry for him.
Shiori and Knox had their issues to work through and it was an emotional ride. I found myself connecting with both characters. Their happiness was mine, their heartbreak was mine. I really love Lorelei James’ writing. She pulls me in with her characters and leaves me thinking about them long after I finish the book.
I loved Unraveled and I can’t wait to see what Deacon and Molly’s story brings in Caged. Luckily I only have to wait until July to see.
Two reasons I was super excited to start this one because I’ve loved the other audio books in the series. And because there’s two new narrators for this book since it’s a new couple.
However I was sadden to hear the female narrator. Why? Because I’ve listened to her under another name and she’s not one of my favorite narrators. Claire Kilpatrick reads too fast and sounds a bit robotic to me. Tricked by a pseudonym. How ever Lorelei James’ writing made it all ok. I got so wrapped up in the story and the characters that my less than enthusiasm over the female narrator was soon a thing of the past.
Hunter Millbrook is new to me as a narrator. I’m not sure if he narrates under another name or not. It took me a few chapters to be won over by his narration of Knox but I finally settled into his voice and enjoy his performance of Knox’s POV.
I’m assuming that the next book, Caged will have a different set of narrators because it’s about yet another couple. If that is the case I hope that they get a narrator(s) that do an outstanding Southern accent since Deacon is from Texas.
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I picked a track with both narrator’s voices.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).