Blurb: 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…
Thoughts: The Mastered Series is one of my absolute favorite series of erotica books – not just because of the authors talent and skill with words and with seduction, but also because of the creativity and the beauty behind it. For instance in the first two books, Ronin’s skills with the ropes, just had an intrinsic beauty that was fascinating – and while Unraveled is different, for me there was something even more appealing within the pages. In Unraveled, we finally get a female dominant. This added a whole new dynamic, and I loved how Knox really had had to fight with himself on what it meant to be a ‘real man’ and his shock that someone could actually even think that he would be submissive…and that submissive automatically meant weak. It was okay for women to be submissive but not for men…the classic double standard.
I have longed to see a female dominant in a book. I would have enjoyed it simply for that alone, but the fact that it came from Lorelei James made it all the better! She did an amazing job capturing the realism behind the reactions – not just in the intimate moments, but also in the everyday ones. Just another example why I love this series! It just keeps getting better and better!
Overall….don’t be fooled or put-off by the fact that Knox is “submissive”, or the he gives her control in the bedroom….Knox has his dominant moments and he is far from a push-over. Their relationship is a lot of give and take, and there is a lot of discussion about the boundaries, what they are, and who gets to be ‘boss’ where….and there are reasons why Shiori is the way she is, and she is a very caring ‘Mistress’ and seeks to care for those who submit to her.
Take a chance on this one….you won’t regret it!