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(Mastered #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  5,063 ratings  ·  386 reviews
The second in the Mastered series by New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James, a man’s need for control is tested by the one woman he’ll risk everything for.

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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by NAL
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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
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
What a fantastic end to Ronin's and Amery's story. The focus shifted in this book. It wasn't quite as much on the Japanese art of binding, but rather the focus was put mostly on Ronin and his limitations as a fighter. There's still plenty of the art aspect, but I liked that more of a spotlight was placed on the things that are necessary to make a relationship work - trust, communication and loyalty.

Ronin is getting older and is having a very hard time coming to terms with that fact. His fightin
This has to be my least favorite L.J. novel ever. I really only read it because the first was somewhat of a cliffy. I needed the closure.

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.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The BookChick

*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
Amy McGlone
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**ARC received via Netgalley via Penguin in exchange for an honest review**

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
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Bound; fans of Lorelei James, erotica/erotic romance
Reading the sequel to Bound by Lorelei James has been a long time coming but the I knew I would read it sooner or later since I loved its predecessor so much (just read my review to see why). Unwound was a great follow-up to put a ribbon on Ronin’s and Amery’s story. While it wasn’t on the same level as Bound (as is often the case with sequels), the story itself was gratifying in a way that fit the shift/change of the couple’s dynamic while still providing the eroticism and sensuality that made ...more
Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)
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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
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2014
Perfect ending!

Full review to come on Martini Times...
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: for_review
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
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
Vanessa Booke
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Simply breath-taking. Bound (book 1) of the Mastered series left us on somewhat of a cliffhanger, but lucky for us Unwound picks up right where the first book left off.

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
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

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.

May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Thought

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
Kim O
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING! 5++++ stars

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
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
* The same review is posted for Bound (book 1 = 3 stars) and Unwound (book 2 = 1 star) since it is really just 1 book/story. Average for both books, 2 stars.

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
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Unwound continues from where Bound left off. Ronin, who is the epitome of cool, calm and collected control, is unravelling at a rapid pace. Everything he tried to keep hidden from Amery has mounted and come to a head where he has to decide if he's better off keeping her at a distance at the cost of losing her or letting her in fully and hanging on to her permanently.

Ronin always seem infallible because of his physical strength and martial arts abilities. But with increasing age, over
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Guess who was a First-Reads winner for this wonderful book! This girl!

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
Ronin.... adore him. Amery... ugh; if I could reach through the pages and throat punch her, I would.

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.

2.75 stars
Kathy Davie
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica
Second in the Mastered romantic erotica series set in Denver and revolving around Ronin and Amery.

Takes place six weeks after Amery dumped him.

My Take
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
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy WOW!! I absolutely love Amery and Ronin. They are a fantastic couple. They are both strong characters by themselves, but together they are just perfect. They love and fight just like everyone else, with all the added stuff that just mere mortals don't have in our lives. I love the mix of the added religious element and how it plays out with both Amery and Ronin. They handled everything with ease.

I didn't want the book to end. Just loved it!
I am new to Lorelei James books and after listening to Bound, I had to jump right into book two. Really enjoyed the two main characters though there were a few times Amery would get on my nerves. I definitely will be moving on to the rest of the series.

The narrators for both book 1 & 2 were great. I enjoyed how Luke Daniels changed his tone for the different characters.
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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
Si rimetteranno insieme ovviamente, e inizieranno una bella relazione che diventerà sempre più seria, nonostante la riservatezza di lui e la testardaggine di lei. Supereranno incomprensioni e paure, e continueranno a incendiare ogni luogo in cui decideranno di dare sfogo alla potentissima attrazione che li unisce.
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
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book should not be read as a stand alone, as it continues 6 weeks after book 1.

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
Under the Covers Book Blog
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

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

3.5 Stars!

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
I love books about BDSM, especially bondage and submission. This book is the conclusion to Bound. In the previous book Amery has walked out on Ronin because he just wasn’t being open and honest about himself, his family and his past. Ronin is devastated that Amery has left him and sinks himself into MMA bouts. He lets himself get beat up just to numb the pain of losing her. Avery finds him at her doorstep one night bloody, bruised and broken. As Ronin recovers from his injuries so does their rel ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, erotica
Whereas Bound was in Avery's POV, Unwound is in Ronin's. I was really excited to get into Ronin's head since he's so mysterious and tight-lipped in the first book. I wasn't able to connect with him and didn't really see any redeeming qualities to him. So once I started reading Unwound and realized it was in him POV I thought I'd warm up to him some. Unfortunately that was not the case. I will say his internal dialogue is a lot more entertaining than Avery's. However, he doesn't come off as true. ...more
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
eARC for Honest Review from NAL Trade

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
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Lorelei James is New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary erotic westerns and erotic romances. She lives in western South Dakota.

Other books in the series

Mastered (4 books)
  • Bound (Mastered, #1)
  • Unraveled (Mastered, #3)
  • Caged (Mastered, #4)
“We are together. That means I don’t look at another woman the way I look at you. I don’t touch another woman the way I touch you. I don’t feel about any woman the way I feel about you. Got it? Don’t ever think I’d throw away what we have for a cheap, meaningless fuck. You either trust me, or you don’t. So what’s it going to be? -Ronin Black” 4 likes
“The past made him the man he is today. I can't have him as he is now without it.” 2 likes
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