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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  27 reviews
From the dark mind of Rhyll Biest comes a story about a Teutonic god, a guarded recluse, some dirty pictures, and the spark of curiosity that leads to a dangerous attraction.

When the reclusive Holly Unthanks finds some very naughty photos, both the star — a muscular Teutonic god with some serious ink and a knack for knots — and the way he’s tied his lady friend to his four
Published November 8th 2014 by Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (first published November 1st 2014)
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Unrestrained
Author – Rhyll Biest
Publication Date – November 8, 2014
Genre –Romance
Type – Stand Alone
Cliffhanger - No
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary Copy generously provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
I have to be honest and tell you that I did have a hard time with the language in this book.  I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn’t in the writing style of the US.  Trying to look past that, the thing that caught me with this is the inne
Lily Malone
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read for the second time. Loved just as much.

This is the story of Holly and Stein, two terribly wounded souls, who find an incredible bond together that unites them against all odds.
The plot in a nutshell: Holly finds an iPad in a cafe, and in order to find out who owns it so she can return it, she opens it. When she looks at it, she finds a folder of explicit sexual photos. Upon further computer investigation (and no, she really shouldn’t investigate further but she can’t help herself and I ask
I loved this so much!

You know how the Oscars love movies about Hollywood? Well, this was a romance novel (in part) about a reader of romance novels. But it was so much more!

I love, love, love when an author takes two characters with problems or past traumas and shows them dealing with it in a healthy, mentally-stable way, instead of dwelling on their hardships. Sure, it was a big part of the book, but it was more about acceptance, trust and self-discovery. In fact, there was zero kink-shaming in
Our heroine Holly has been horribly wounded, and has gotten to the point where that sort of defines her. She is so focused on her scars that she has come to believe that is all anyone else can see of her. Skittish and defensively snarky to anyone who pays her any attention, she lives in a state of self-imposed isolation.

My first impression of our hero Stein is that he is something of an enigma. Hostile at first—with good reason—he reads as a bit mercurial, though direct and bluntly honest. Work
Georgina Penney
A horny Hun of hotness, one heroine with attitude. Sex scenes that'll knock your ankle socks off and so funny you'll snort your coffee.

Scars, hot sex and humor. Don't think they go together? Think again. This book had me going from the minute I picked it up. There's something so unique and fresh about Rhyll Biest's writing. She doesn't pull the punches but at the same time, she knows just when to ease up on the tension to give you a laugh. And then she ramps things up all over again. Holly is m
Liz F
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

Okay, take a look at the gorgeous cover of this book. Can you see why I wanted to try this one? Uh, yeah! But then I read the description and figured that since I love books about gods, I'd give this one a shot. Well, first off, this book has zero gods in it. Hot guys? Definitely. Well, ONE hot guy anyway. But no gods, Teutonic or otherwise. If I had known that the "god" referenced in the blurb was just a euphemism, would I have read it? I'm no
Love Reading Romance
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Holly finds a lost iPad and searches through its contents for hints of its owner. Instead she finds some sexy-as photos and some secret desires she hasn’t considered before. When she contacts Stein, the subject of the photos, he’s as imposing as she expected and willing to explore some of those desires with her.

You know when you're having one of those weeks when the only thing you're looking forward to is getting to bed and curling up with your book? And that book is the only thing making gettin
Jeannie Zelos
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Unrestrained, Rhyll Biest
Review from Jeannie Zelos book review
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this – the description's a bit sparse but it sounded intriguing so...and I found a great read contained in it. ( Edit: sorry if you read this before I edited, I missed that my spellcheck had replaced my mispelled word for description's with decryption's....Tech, great most of the time until it isn't !!)
Holly – badly scarred from a terrible attack some years previously, exists in a kind of vacuum, wor
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, ebooks, erotica
Good romance. I appreciated that the heroine was not a shrinking violet and could stand up for herself, even though her PTSD often made it difficult to stop. I also loved the hero, and how well he understands his lady.

The author's name, though. Really?
Heather andrews
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At times Holly is not fond of using many words to express her feelings, "as his hand loosed her hair before drifting down her back to cup her a**, the bag and helmet dropped from her hand and fell unheeded to the gravel. When he broke the kiss she fisted his T-shirt in her hand. "More." Stein isn't one for finesse when it comes to his Holly, "his nose ran back up along her nape and he sighed into her skin. "I've got a boner a dog couldn't chew through." I loved Holly's good nature when she was w ...more
Sarah Belle
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The cover certainly got my attention - it was hard to stop looking at that perfectly formed torso long enough to open the book! But what I enjoyed most about this book was the characters and the way they interacted with each other. By a few pages in I felt as though these were real people and I was voyeuristically invading their privacy- especially their sexy moments. Unlike some erotic/sexy reads the sex in this book doesn't overwhelm the story, it adds to the plot and allows us to see that phy ...more
Cate Ellink
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rhyll Biest has such an unusual, gritty, story to tell. Holly is gawky and Stein hard as the rock he carves. Sexual tension oozes from the unlikely pair. A really hot read.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought the storyline was really great and original, but the writing style just didn’t do it for me, it wasn’t as engaging, I felt like I had to put effort to read until the end. It was my first time reading Rhy Biest work so maybe its just an issue of not being used to the writing style. The character development was okayish I but the engagement between the characters and development of the story felt cold and forced to me. The two stars are for a good storyline.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-romance, alphas
Very good

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. There was a PTSD storyline that is quite well thought out, the romance is fun. The way the two characters meet is amusing. The book is funny and sexy and sometimes both at the same time, such as an awesomely hilarious role playing scene. There is a stalker and some other problems to overcome. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Wendy Brockhaus
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe 43/4 stars

Great plot,so creative. Really good book. I think the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is that the book seemed to be, almost a synopsis of itself. T think there were hints of narrative that I wanted to see developed, it could be a series. This is a strange review. This is a wonderful book. You should read it.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first by Biest... I found it to be an original, a SOMEWHAT steamy, action packed and unpredictable story and enjoyed it enough to finish. But didn't find the continuity I prefer when reading it is to choppy ie:Luisa tearing up the shop and then nothing happens to her... It enticed in the beginning with talks bondage but didn't follow through...
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really intriguing premise. I enjoyed his fortitude and strength. I felt Holly was a bit too melodramatic about previous experiences, dropping emotional IEDs, and then ghosting. I didn’t have much respect for her.

I do understand what it feels to hide parts of one’s body (scaring, emotional damage, etc.), so in that way, I did sympathize.

And I would have appreciated a bit more parsing of the German. The author was obstinate about not explaining certain phrases, so I had to stop to goo
Lani ⚔⚔  the Destroyer ⚔⚔
I look at all the great reviews for Unrestrained and I am unsure if we read the same book. I just felt it could have been written a little better. There was a lot of telling and I felt the character's inner monologue was at times all over the place and at others repetitve. I didn't buy into their chemistry either. The story was ruined a bit at the end when (view spoiler) ...more
Becky Baldridge
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poignant, hilarious, and hot! This wonderfully written book is my first read from Biest, but it certainly won't be my last. Stein and Holly have each been through their own traumatic experiences and have closed themselves off. Their journey to a HEA is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming. Rhyll Biest weaves a tale with engaging characters and witty dialogue that kept me turning pages.
Bronwyn Green
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I read this book because I was so entertained by Rhyll Biest's book reviews that I had to know what her storytelling was like. This was a wise, wise move on my part. One of my better life choices, really.

I'll admit, I'm a sucker for emotionally scarred characters, so when I was reading the blurbs for Biest's books and came across this one, I grabbed it immediately, though I admit to being a bit hesitant prior to cracking open the book. The trouble with emotionally scarred chara
Samantha Kukuljan
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it
In the first 100 pages, I considered DNF-ing this book but the reviews were promising so I kept at it and upon completion, I am relatively satisfied with this book.

Rhyll Beist is an Aussie Romance writer 'with attitude' according to her website.

Her love for German is obvious in this book as we are introduced to the German Irkhart Stein. A monster build of a man with the softest of hearts. The German edge definitely made this Hero a lot more interesting and likable than other men in novels.

Then t
The story is based around Holly and her feelings she still has over the attack on her that nearly killed her. Holly meets Stein when she comes across pictures of him on an Ipad of him and another woman. When Holly realises that this other woman is trying to use these pictures against Stein she decides to contact him and give him the Ipad. One thing leads to another and these two end of casually seeing each other every weekend. But Stein's a little messed up himself and so you've got him not appa ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a great book by Rhyll Biest about two people, Holly & Stein, who have emotional and physical scars. The physical scars are visible to all but the PTSD they both suffer due to a tragic incident in their pasts are more damaging than the physical. An emotional journey for two people falling in love, healing each other and being there for one another. I loved how strong Holly was and how she stood up for herself in front of Stein's ex and a biker. I also really enjoyed the "stories" and rol ...more
Karen Roma
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
We’ve all read many books about both emotionally and physically scarred characters, but Rhyll Biest takes this scenario to a whole new level.

Complex, gritty and passionate, the story revolves around a reclusive young woman who suddenly finds herself in possession of some sexually explicit photos and faced with the conundrum of what to do next.

When the decision is made to seek out the male participant of the pics, Holly is unprepared for the effect Stein’s massive presence will have on her determ
Roslyn Sim
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romantica
I got an iTunes card for my birthday and went looking for some sophisticated erotic romance - preferably by an Aussie author. This book was perfect. The vocabulary was diverse while the writing was tight, the characters and their story were believable and drew me in, the sex scenes were superb - focused on two believable characters who had won my heart and were believably winning each other's. I couldn't put it down - as the night wore on and my eyes blurred, I just increased the font size and k ...more
Kilian Metcalf
Great, flawed characters

I liked the book a lot. The characters are great. I was rooting for them both all the way through the book and was so happy by the ending. Perfect people are boring. These two earned their happiness with each other.

The other thing I liked was the level of steaminess. The descriptions of the sex scenes, which were very well written with a lot of humor, made my lady parts tingle without forcing me to put down the book, pick up the lube, And grab my mother's Little helper to
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I like this. I like that the characters are not perfect like most characters seem to be in romances. That both are physically flawed in their own way makes it seem more real. A great read. I particularly liked when the female lead had a showdown with his ex. It was funny how they got physical.
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