Author: Cara McKenna
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Source: Review copy from publisher
“An all-new novel from the author of After Hours.
She set out to find herself, and discovered the darker side of desire.
Merry’s lost a lot recently—first her mother, then close to a hundred pounds. Feeling adrift, she strikes out in search of perspective. A three-week hike through the Scottish Highlands was supposed to challenge her new body and refocus her priorities, but when disaster strikes, she’s forced to seek refuge in the remote home of a brooding, handsome stranger…
Rob exiled himself to the Highlands years ago, desperate to escape his own self-destruction. Haunted by regrets, he avoids human contact at all costs…but when Merry turns up injured, he can’t very well run her off. And as he nurses her back to health, Rob can’t resist his guest’s sweet demeanor—or her flirtatious advances. The igniting passion between them rouses a secret appetite Rob has long struggled to keep hidden. But Merry craves nothing more than to help Rob surrender to his desires, and the journey draws the lovers into an entirely different kind of wilderness.”
Since losing so much weight Merry doesn’t feel like she fits in her own skin. This only got worse after the death of her mother. Knowing she has do so something for herself she decides to take a long vacation and leaves for her mother’s land, Scotland, where she plans to do a three week hike.
Everything is going well, she’s enjoying her time alone, she almost at the end of her trip when she suddenly falls ill. Knowing she needs help she backtracks to a cabin she saw on her way hoping somebody will be there to help her. To her luck the cabin is inhabited by a man, whom even though is not happy with her dropping there can’t do nothing but help her.
After years of dealing with alcohol and other demons Rob decided to leave his life behind; without looking back he has live in the middle of nowhere Scotland for over two years. Living the life of a hermit is the only way he found to deal with his problems, and now a woman in need has come to his doorstep to stir in him feelings he thought forever lost. The last thing he needs is temptation, but he doesn’t have the heart to send her away when she needs him so.
The first part of Unbound is a bit slow going, but the pace is necessary to cement a good base for Merry and Rob relationship to develop.
Rob is quiet and introvert, while Merry is bubbly and full of energy. Sometimes Merry comes a bit of a pusher but it was just what Rob needed to come out of his shell.
From the very beginning they are attracted to each other, but their relationship is slow going. First they form a sort of friendship and it goes from there.
It’s important for them to be honest with each other to be able to have a real and lasting relationship and for that to happen they need to open their hearts and be honest about who they really are.
My heart broke more than once for Rob, OMG, what he carried in his heart was so sad that is was easy for me to understand his decision to live like a hermit. I can’t say more without giving spoilers away, let’s just say it was something I wasn’t really expecting and if I would have known before reading the book I may have not read it, but now I can only be glad I did.
I liked Merry, I liked how she accepted Rob and his issues without judging him. I liked her strength and how decisive she was, she wanted something and she went for it. But one of the things I liked the most about her was that she knew to love another first she needed to love herself.
Unbound by Cara McKenna is an emotional story about self-discovery and acceptance, where two tortured souls come together to heal each other hearts. Unbound is a sweet, sexy and hot as hell read, one I recommend you if you like your romance with a side of kink.
Unbound was my first book by Cara McKenna, but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
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