{Review} Unbound by Cara McKenna

Pages: 294
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Our Rating: five-stars
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.

MsKathy: I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I began Unbound. You see, I’m one of the last people on Earth to discover McKenna’s amazing writing.

Without giving too many details, I’ve known (and loved) Rob. I’ve heard the very same things she expertly weaves through this novel spoken out loud to me. I’ve felt the guilt roll off my partner, and felt the ache to soothe him, just as Merry did.

I don’t want to spoil any parts of the book, but I will say that I was surprised by the depth of emotion here, and the way everything brought in felt so incredibly real and realistic. Nothing was frivolous and the characters didn’t have drama between them simply for the sake of having drama. Having said that, I did have to step away from this a few times, perhaps mostly due to my own issues and the way this hit home with me. It wasn’t just Rob, either, but Merry and some of the things in her life, spoke straight to my heart.

My one gripe with the steam, and hence the 4.5 instead of 5, is that there could have been more. The included scenes were definitely steamy, I just wanted more more more. I’m greedy that way.

For me, this book captured me from the beginning, making me laugh with the reply-all faux pas early on, and Merry’s relationship with those around her. I could really relate to it, and I was genuinely curious how her journey would turn out. I wish I could say this book made me laugh and moan, and it did that for sure, but it also made me cry. If you’ve ever wondered about the shame and guilt that comes along with some fetishes or non-standard sexuality, this is definitely something you’ll appreciate reading.

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Overall: 4.9

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