Published by Harlequin Books on February 1st 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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The sharpest ache comes from wanting what you think you can't have
Maybe Dolan has lived independent, free-spirited and unattached since leaving home at sixteen. Whiskey Sharp, Seattle's sexy vintage-styled barbershop and whiskey bar, gave her a job and a reason to put down roots. Cutting hair by day, losing herself drumming in a punk rock band by night, she's got it good.
But a longtime crush that turns into a hot, edgy night with brooding and bearded Alexsei Petrov makes it a hell of a lot better.
Maybe's blunt attitude and carnal smile hooked Alexsei from the start. Protecting people is part of his nature and Maybe is meant to be his even if she doesn't know it. Yet. He can't help himself from wanting to protect and care for her.
But Maybe's fiery independent spirit means pushing back when Alexsei goes too far. Still, he's not afraid to do a little pushing of his own to get what he wants her in his life, and his bed, for good. Maybe's more intoxicating than all the liquor on his shelf and he's not afraid to ride the blade's edge to bind her to him."
Unraveled is one those books that I simply adore, from story behind the characters to the setting, and the writing was just wonderful. It all just pulled me right in, and I think I have found me a new contemporary romance author that will be a must read author.
It all takes place in a vintage barber shop, that even has a whiskey bar attached to it. The surround neighborhood is pretty close knit, everyone knows everyone in one way or another. Maybe and Rachel have moved here to get a fresh start, which is what they both need. Rachel went through a horrific event, and Maybe has been dealing with some other family issues for a long time. When Maybe and her sister, Rachel move in, they welcome both with open arms. Sounds like my kinda town! One of the best parts of this neighborhood is the bakery ran by a little Russian woman, who loves to feed everyone. She was pretty freakin’ fantastic.
Maybe was such an enjoyable character, yes she was blunt and spunky. But I love the ones who just say what is on their minds without thinking. Makes for a fun banter between people. Even though sometimes, it probably irritates people for having such honesty. But o’well. Somehow, this young woman has had parents who treated her, well, like sh*t, but even through it all she has this fire about her to do what makes herself happy. Plus, her sister has needed her and she will stop at nothing to be there and for that I couldn’t help but like her even more. Rachel, the sister, is suffering from PTSD from an event that happened to her while on the job as an FBI agent. Rachel has been through something I can’t eve imagine, but she was strong like her sister. She lives with this everyday, with Maybe by her side she is taking one day at a time, if only their parents could see this and understand.
Now that I’ve told you about the women, let’s move on to the yummy men in the story. Alexsei is definitely an alpha male, but not too overbearing at all. Just the perfect amount. His big, Russian family be a bit loud, bearded and sexy, caring and most importantly loyal. Cristian was such a sweetheart, and he and Seth are just adorable together. Vic was kinda stoic, but he has a softer side.
There are some serious issues that are brought up in both Maybe and Rachel’s lives. For some readers, it might be hard to read. Yes, it was raw and emotional, but it all was handled very well. The sweeter moments between Maybe and Alexsei don’t take over the story, they were a sweet and swwony addition to it. I enjoyed the slow build build between them too and he stood by Maybe. He wanted to knock the crap out her Dad a few times, and so did I. There are several things that took place at the end that still need to be resolved and I’m sure the answers will come in the next book, because it was so easy love these characters, and I can’t wait to see what happens with everything.
Unraveled was a great mix of angst and romance, family issues and PTSD recovery. It was certainly a fantastic start to the series, and I will anxiously be waiting for Jagged to be out.
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