Unraveled by Lorelei James (Mastered #3)

Unraveled by Lorelei JamesAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: NAL

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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…

I was thrilled beyond belief when James announced she’d be continuing on with this series instead of sticking with the original two books centered solely on Ronin and Amery. She had created such vivid and engaging characters that I, along with other readers, were clamoring for more.

Shiori is Ronin’s little sister. Though raised in the same household, Ronin’s martial arts training often took him away resulting in a relationship that never managed to get close. The part she played in introducing him to his past girlfriend, which ended in disaster, left their relationship extremely strained.  Now she’s in the states taking a sabbatical from her role in the family business and teaching classes at Ronin’s dojo. Her smart tongue and wicked moves instantly put her on Ronin’s second in command, Knox’s radar. They butt heads constantly, each vying to be the top power player. Shiori really doesn’t care all that much but getting a rise out of Knox makes every snide comment worth it.

Ronin left Knox in charge when he left for his training and honeymoon 6 weeks ago. With no word on when he’ll be back he knows he has to make it work with Shiori. He secretly loves their give and take and looks forward to pissing her off any way he can. Yet he’s surprised to see the strong willed woman in the role of Domme at the local kink club. He’s even more surprised when she suggests he may be a submissive. The idea of getting down on his knees for her doesn’t seem unappealing and just that thought scares him. As they navigate a working relationship along with a private one heat tears up the pages in record time.

Unraveled was such an exquisitely sexual book full of carnal fantasies that I found myself unable to put it down. I loved the dynamic between Shiori and Knox as they charted waters neither had any experience with. There is something to be said for an author who can take a born and bred alpha who takes zero shit from anyone and have him down at the feet of a tiny Japanese woman without losing his sexuality or manliness. Knox’s ability to let go of his control and hand over the reigns of his sexual needs to Shiori was so freaking hot I thought I was about to combust several times. The fact that this book seems to have gone further than Ronin and Amery’s story did in two just made me love it that much more. Knox had a hard time throughout the story coming to terms with his sexual needs and what that meant for him outside the bedroom. I felt James did an excellent job portraying the male POV in a situation such as this. The thought process both characters went through was spot on and real. The story faltered a few times with slow passages but overall I felt the pace to be well down and moving along nicely.

Book four, Caged, is due out this summer and will feature the kind hearted Molly and alpha fighter Deacon. I have no idea what to expect from these two other than constant fighting about how Molly lives her life. We’ve seen glimpses into their dynamic and Deacon is overly protective of her even though they don’t really have a relationship outside of teacher/student. It should definitely be interesting to see how these two progress.

I give Unraveled by Lorelei James 4.25 stars!

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