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 ...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
*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
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.
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 Roni ...more
I still love the heart & idea of Ronin & Amery's relationship but the drama is over the top crap. Loved the way the use of ropes were described and that there's a HEA. Other than that, I will have to try out a different direction to get my romance fix.
I was super amused to have one of my go to narrators, Luke Daniels, narrating a sexually graphic story. It was funny cause he is pretty great with a variety of voices but Amery's voice was terrible and made me laugh throughout the story. ...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 ou ...more
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 Am ...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. ...more
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
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 h...more
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4
Unwound is the final book in Ronin & Amery’s story. Yes there was two books in this series. So if you have not read book 1 Bound. You really need to stop here and get book 1. These stories are to interlinked to read out of order.
In Unwound we pick up 6 weeks after we left off in Bound. Ronin and Amery have not spoken to each other until Ronin shows up at her door bloody, injured and talking nonsense.
Amery does the sma ...more
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 4 Stars
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Deep. Amery and Ronin's relationship is defined in Unwound and brought to a conclusion. This powerful story moved me as Ronin and Amery explored their love. Amery holds back confessing her love for Ronin because she is scared that if he doesn't open up to her she will have no place in his heart. Ronin knows ...more
This was a unique book series.
Ronin and Amery's Erotic journey continued and is full of Knots and Ties( No pun intended),a bunch of action and tears , whether it's Erotic, romantic, or just plain down right dirty and evil.
Problems arise when a bunch of nosy family members and a psyco ex girlfriend start causing issues and things start to fall apart. I liked unbound, it was hott ,emotional and interesting, but i wish certain parts turned out diffe ...more