When sensei Ronin Black first encounters Amery Hardwick, the fire in her eyes ignites a sexual spark a thousand times better than the primal rush he used to get from mixed martial arts matches. She accepts his d ...more
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I grew up in a martial arts family and was excited when I heard the concept of Lorelei James’ The Mastered Series. I have read so many others that disappointed me because they focused solely on the fighting aspect and less on the respect and integrity involved in martial arts. James wrote the perfect balance and I am so grateful!
I love the unique approach James took with Bo ...more
Ronin is getting older and is having a very hard time coming to terms with that fact. His fightin ...more
Ms. James does Cowboys beautifully!!! Zen rope Masters...not so much.
I liked Ronin Black enough. Amery was okay but mostly all the characters fell flat. This whole book was missing a lot of everything.
I thought it was just a 2 parter but now it's continuing with Knox and Ronin's sister. I can whole heartedly say, I am out, I will be skipping those.
*Sigh*...I'm so disappointed to leave a three star review for this book. I absolutely loved Bound and gave it five stars. The story was both sexy and unique. It was fiction gold. Sadly, Unwound left me feeling quite..."meh". The characters seemed to take on a bit of a cardboard feel to me. Don't get me wrong, Ronin was plenty emotive in this book as was Amery but the emotions felt contrived opposed to natural. The drama created between the couple felt artificial and the Naomi thing just feel fla ...more
In the continuation of Bound. We get the majority of the story from Ronin's POV. I was a little distraught that we didn't get more of Ronin's story in Bound, Unwound more than made up for it.
Ronin is in despair from his separation from Amery. In an attempt to block the pain, he steps foot back inside the cage. Not the best decision he's made. Amery knows she's made a mistake walking away. From where she's sitting? It ne ...more
3 1/2 Stars for Unwound by Lorelei James.
Unwound is the continuation of Ronin and Amery’s story. We met this couple in the previous book Bound. Bound ended on a slight cliffhanger that left this couple separated.
Unwound picks up where Bound left off. Amery and Ronin are separated because of revelations concerning Ronin’s family. Amery has accepted Ronin in every way, from his mastery of binding to his need for sparring. She has been honest about her past life and is upset when she finds Ronin i ...more
Blog rating: C
Unwound picks up where Bound leaves off, sort of. There is a time jump of a few weeks, but Ronin and Amery are in the same place, apart and both are miserable. So you really should read Bound first to get a sense of their relationship, the non-truths that they’re both dealing with and what they’ve been through to get to the point of where Unwound begins. They haven’t spoken for 6 weeks and during that time, Amery has been miserable and Ronin ...more
I don't think I can say very often that I like the second book in a series more than the first, but this was definitely the case with Unwound. Lorelei James opens the book with a prologue starting six weeks after Ronin and Amery's breakup/blowup/fuckup. I loved this opening prologue because it immediately had me on the ed ...more
Lets start off with clarifying that the Mastered series is one story told in two full length books. You absolutely cannot pick up UNWOUND without reading BOUND first. So that being said, BOUND left us hanging a bit on what would happen next and this book picks up shortly thereafter. Ronin and Amery haven’t talked in weeks and Ronin is not in a good place without her. He dives deeper into his darker world until he’s almost too far gone to recover. But then Amery is there to slowly draw him out.
Lorelei James is now my radar! I will be trying more of her books.
Why I’m Still Enjoying this Series
The characters grow! They don’t make the same mistakes they did in Bound (book 1). Sure there is drama that could be avoided but really this time around much of it has to do with other people causing drama for them. It’s also easy to see that Amery and Ronin are not just about the hot, hot, hot sex. They really love each other and grow not only as individuals but as a couple.
The story ...more
Lorelei James can write a damn good book.
The conclusion to Amery and Ronin's HEA exceeded my expectations. Breakups are never easy, especially when you know the couple should be together, THEY just may not know it yet. All the emotions came out in the writing, and I felt every bit of pain that Ronin felt until he was able to win her back......then, the feeling of elation when it all worked out. I could NOT put this book down until I knew all was going to be all right in their ...more
I hate strawberries. I've never liked them as a kid to an adult. Yet when I tell someone that they either list all the ways I couldn't possibly have tried strawberries and still not like them or they want to feed me strawberries just to be sure. I'm starting to feel this way about erotic romance as a genre. Hate is too strong a word, but whe ...more
Ronin always seem infallible because of his physical strength and martial arts abilities. But with increasing age, over ...more
I think this book was the perfect conclusion to the story of Ronin and Amery. Everything that needed answers, got them.
Such as what happened to Ronin after Amery left him at the end of the first book Bound? What happened to Amery?
Did Ronin and Amery get back together? And if so, does she accept him for who he is?
What about Ronin's ex Naomi? What about Ronin's family? What about Amery's family?
All of these questions are answere ...more
I loved the first book in this series, this one though, didn't captivate me as much. I can't say what I didn't or did like, it was just meh.
Takes place six weeks after Amery dumped him.
I do love how James can write erotica and include an interesting story along with it; I do wish she had involved more show however.
Whoa. Ronin is really going for the pain, and I gotta agree with him, his sister has no right to beat on him (metaphorically speaking). She screwed things up big time in Bound , 1.
Oh, gimme a break. He was calling Amer ...more
I didn't want the book to end. Just loved it!
The narrators for both book 1 & 2 were great. I enjoyed how Luke Daniels changed his tone for the different characters.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t make me use my Kung Fu on you.”
Amery Harwick has fallen hard for sensei master, Ronin Black. The pleasure he brings her drugs her mind and seduces her body, making her his willing slave. There is nothing Ronin wouldn’t do for Amery, except open up his heart and soul to her. When Amery discovers Ronin’s secret, she walks away from the relationship…and him. But Ronin won’t let her go that easily. He needs her in hi ...more
Mamma mia mie care Crazy, quanto lo abbiamo aspettato questo libro? È passato così tanto tempo che ormai avevamo perso le speranze, e invece, finalmente, possiamo terminare la lettura d ...more
Awe….. I really loved this sequel!! I was on pins and needles with the way the last book ended, but this book is a dedication of how deeply Ronin fell in love with Amery and his persistent need for her…OMG!! --I just love a Hero who is persistent in love!
The beauty of this book is that all previous suspicions about the shady part of Ronin are either thrown out the door or explained. Amery accepts everything abo ...more
Lets start off with clarifying that the Mastered series is one story told in two full length books. You absolutely cannot pick up UNWOUND without reading BOUND first. So that being said, BOUND left us hanging a bit on what would happen next and this book picks up shortly thereafter. Ronin and Amery haven't talked in weeks and Ronin is not in a good place without her. He dives deeper into his darker world until he's almost too far gone to recover. But then Amery is there to slowly draw him...more
As is typical with me, my interest level in serials which feature the same couple drops off a bit.
I listened to this completely in Audio format, and I have to admit I probably got lost a bit and my attention was not completely focused on the story. The narrator's way of speaking was a little bit strange!
This picked up right where Bound ended, where Amery leaves Ronin after discovering his family background and meeting his sister Shiori.
There is stuff about Naomi, the evil japanese ex ...more
After Bound we are left with Amery finding out Ronin's secrets then leaving Ronin behind.
In Unwound we find out the after math of the truth and choices. Ronin deals with conflict by numbness and fighting, while even though Amery is upset she still wanted Ronin to fight for her.
As time goes by Ronin keeps fighting in the underground until he gets one concussion too many and lands on Amery's doorstep.
Amery can't turn Ronin away when he needs her help. Together ...more