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Unraveled (Whiskey Sharp #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,061 Ratings  ·  208 Reviews
The sharpest ache comes from wanting what you think you can't have

Maybe Dolan has lived independent, free-spirited and unattached since leaving home at sixteen. Whiskey Sharp, Seattle's sexy vintage-styled barbershop and whiskey bar, gave her a job and a reason to put down roots. Cutting hair by day, losing herself drumming in a punk rock band by night, she's got it good.

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Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Harlequin Books
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Beth
Maybe was a hair dresser at a local barbershop/whiskey bar. After years of watching women circle Alexsei, they hook up because they are both unattached at the same time.

Maybe challenges Alexsei to see the world through her eyes, while Maybe needs the security Alexsei can offer. They truly are friends before they become more.

Maybe goes through some very difficult times with her parents and in the end, I pretty much hated them…

The flip side to that is Alexsei’s family. They are loud, lots of food
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Lyndi W.
I am seriously considering creating a "are-you-fucking-kidding-me" shelf. This book would be the first to grace that shelf. *sigh* What the hell are you doing here, Lauren Dane?

First of all, reading a story about a character named "Maybe" is really difficult. Every single sentence that began with her name was a sentence I had to reread. Fuck that annoying shit.

Second, Maybe is a freaking dumbass. Total. Dumbass. Okay so, she comes across totally badass in the beginning, but then we learn more ab
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Dali
Lauren Dane launches her Whiskey Sharp series with Unraveled, a sweet and sexy tale about dark and brooding Russian Alexsei Petrov and independent and free-spirited Maybe Dolan.

After a year of hiring Maybe to work at his vintage-styled barbershop, Alexsei is ready to take their attraction to fruition, but even though Maybe has crushed on the delicious Russian, her independence and natural inclination to put others before herself makes his desire to protect her and make her his a bit of a challe
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Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 stars

Sisters Maybe and Rachel Dolan and their small group of friends are very appealing, but it’s Alexsei Petrov’s family, the Orlovs, a boisterous, nosy, but loving family of Russian immigrants, and next door neighbors of the Dolan sisters, that really sucked me in. The matriarch of the family, Alexsei’s Aunt Irena, not only “adopts” the Dolan sisters into her home and family, but she sends Maybe to Whiskey Sharp, Alexsei’s upscale barbershop and whiskey bar for a job. Alexsei and Maybe hav
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Zoe
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Intense, complex, and full of angst!

Whiskey Sharp Unraveled is an emotional, friends-to-lovers romance that reminds you that your true family is composed of those that love, care, support, and accept you and not necessarily those that are related by blood.

The prose is smooth and fluid. The characters are colourful, dependable, and passionate. And the plot is a sexy and steamy ride about love, life, familial drama, abuse, sexual tension, friendship, and romance.

I have to admit that even though I
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Angela James
Aug 31, 2016 marked it as edited
Pulled this hot kiss between Alexsei and Maybe while I was editing.

“Being with you is like riding a rollercoaster.”

“Do you like rollercoasters?” she asked.

He nodded.

“All right then.”

He stood, meaning to settle on her bed with her until his phone buzzed in his pocket and he remembered he was only going to take a walk and he’d been there for at least an hour.
And a look at the screen told him he was correct that they’d noticed his absence.

“Is everything all right?” Maybe asked as she stood as we
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Missy's Book World
Overall Whisky sharp was an okay read for me. A lot of the story was the back story of side characters I wished the story was more focused on the main couple Maybe and Alexsei. I did like how the Maybe and Alexsei romance progressed throughout the book it was more realistic. 3/5 stars.
Laura
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
***ARC Provided by the Author/Publisher via NetGalley***

I was excited about this title, I thought it would be interesting and different. I liked the idea of hairstylists working in a salon that was also a bar.

There were parts of it that did work for me, and I did enjoy the relationship between Alexsei and Maybe. I liked that there was an attraction there, and that it was not pursued...until it was and then both of the characters were all in to the relationship and that it moved forward with the
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Wit & Wonder Books
***ARC provided by the author for a honest review***

Lauren Dane begins her new series Whiskey Sharp will having you laughing, crying, feeling awe and wanting to kick some behind. In the first book, Unraveled you will feel for Maybe, you will love Maybe and you will fall in love with Alexsei. In a word, you will be hooked.

Maybe is independent, outspoken and protective. Maybe has no issues telling you what is on her mind, yet to protect her sister, she lets some people speak to her in any which wa
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Read this book now! Ms. Dane starts another emotionally packed series that hits me hard in the heart. I devoured this erotic romance in one sitting. It is a page turning and a must read. Be forewarned, it is angsty and will most likely cause a book hangover.

Always a fan of Ms. Dane, her most powerful romances come from ones where broken families create their own families. This formula works well for Ms. Dane and she does it so exquisitely. In this one, Maybe Dolan's life has been tumultuous as t
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Luv My Books' Reviews
I just love Lauren Dane's books! Whiskey Sharp is a GREAT new series and Unraveled is a terrific first book. The couple in Unraveled are very different from each other but so wonderful together! They both jumped off the pages for me and were not only likeable, but very lovable, gritty, and yet warm. Lauren Dane always gives a lot of heart. I love her writing style. I started this book out on audio but decided to read it on Kindle so I could slow it down and absorb the characters a little better. ...more
April Symes
Lauren Dane begins her new series Whiskey Sharp with the Sisters Maybe and Rachel Dolan. This is Maybe’s story. And it features her love story with sexy and sensual Alexsei Petrov. Actually this story features him, the sisters and their small group of friends and Alexsei’s family in this emotionally packed new series. In the first book,Unraveled you will fall in love with Maybe and you will feel for her. Maybe is independent, outspoken and protective. She protects her sister fiercely and doesn’t ...more
Xan West
3.25 stars

A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I wanted to read this book because Lauren Dane's contemporary romances are basically an insta-read for me, and I have reread most of them multiple times. She generally writes strong unabashedly sexual heroines, wonderful friendship groups/family/chosen family, complex heroes, and has a lovely way with light D/s. Her heroines (and sometimes her heroes) often have trauma histories, which are part of th
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Jess
I am not sure if I have ever read a romance with less romantic conflict, and that isn't a complaint. Super glad the awful family stayed awful, because that was too much to come back from.
Patty
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, romance
** 3.5 stars **
Maida
3.5 stars

I love everything that had to do with Maybe and Alexsei. They are wonderfully well-rounded characters, who are real people and highly relatable. I adore their interactions and the sizzling chemistry between them. Their journey to love was funny, sweet, and oh-so sexy. 4.5 stars.

I didn't love the storyline with the parents. It overpowered the book. They were hateful with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Their abuse of Maybe was irrational and unforgiveable. I don’t like that in romanc
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Bookgasms Book Blog
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ratula
I have loved Lauren Dane for a few years now and although I love all the genres she writes in, her contemporary books are my absolute favorite, namely her Ink & Chrome series. But in all honesty, they might have met their match in the Whiskey Sharp series. Good Lord did I love this book. It was just an amazing amazing portrayal of two people, Alexsei and Maybe and their love story. I loved their chemistry, banter, friendship and families and honestly could not get enough enough of their stor ...more
Christa
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
I enjoyed this contemporary romance with the interesting backdrop of a barbershop/whiskey bar. The main characters, Dolan and Alexsei, were ones that I really liked. I enjoyed their romance. The storyline was interesting and held my attention all the way through. I am looking forward to more in the series. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

3 Stars

I used to read Lauren Dane back in the day, and I was curious enough to want to try out this series. I always found it easy to fall into the story- addictive.

I need to be honest, and this has nothing to do with the plot itself, I had a hard time in the beginning of the novel connecting. By 25%, I still wasn't invested whatsoever. It felt as if there was a book prior, as if the reader should understand who these people we
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Ruthie Taylor
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

On many levels I really enjoyed this book - but I cannot believe that the author thought it was a good idea to call the lead "Maybe". Really it was a significant problem for me - and even the reason she is called that is not very funny. I read fairly quickly, and having to determine whether the Maybe at the beginning of a sentence was the person or just Maybe became incredibly annoying, as it slowed everything down. Tryi
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Iman
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It was an enjoyable book, made me spend a few hours in the train. But I have to admit doit I cared more about what was going on with the secondary characters than with Maybe & Alexeï. Like I ended using skimming through most of their story...and the exfiancee drama was really useless
Maria Rose
Will have to try this again some other time. Main characters are great, lots of chemistry, but the backstory for the sister is one that I try to avoid. Meh.
C
Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
So Alexsei is the owner of this really cool new style approach of a barber shop, and in walks in Maybe.
She (Yeah ~SHE) has a major crush on him but he's @that time in a relationship and thus maintains a professional working relationship w/Maybe.
Eventuaaaaaly he bcomes single and Maybe decides to make her move.
They start to hit it off and I wanted to keep reading but it got too convoluted trying to read a sentence and define whether I was reading it as a noun or an adverb.


IF there would have b
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Jeannie Zelos
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unraveled, Whiskey Sharp 1, Lauren Dane
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Romance

I love Lauren's writing, both contemporary and paranormal. This book though has left me with mixed feelings. I really enjoyed it but there are parts I'm a little confused about.
 
It felt for much of the start that I was reading about maybe a spin off book ( and hey, I did that completely unintentionally!) It seemed to me that the characters should have felt familiar to me, that if I'd read another series I'
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Deanna from Deanna's World
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unraveled is slow, smooth jazz. It's easygoing and lazy, but it seeps into your soul and takes root. It's family drama and chaos, but it's also relationships, and love, and romance, and sex. You will fall in love with Alexsei and Maybe, with their layered complexity and dedication.

This story surprised me and I love being surprised - in a good way! When it started, I thought it meandered and I felt like I was reading a soap opera but it's easygoing pace and languid sexiness drew me in. You will f
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Tina
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Easy read for a lazy Sunday. I found the differing family dynamic/ background plot more interesting than the foreground romance. It just seemed like a foregone conclusion the two would get together, I didn't feel like they 'found' each other or really worked toward their relationship.

After a rocky beginning with some early books (which ugh, I hated) I have come to really enjoy this author's voice and have read a lot of her bibliography. That actually works against my reception of this book in a
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Tina
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maybe would do anything for her sister. And moving to a new place is the least of it. Meeting and convincing Alexsei isn't something Maybe expected but can she accept the changes he brings?
Unraveled by Lauren Dane is first in her new Whiskey Sharp series. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Alexsei and Maybe. Both were family orientated and extremely loyal. I loved that Ms. Dane made them friends first. They were so different but it did not matter. Alexsei enjoyed Maybe's quirkiness and loved her all t
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Steph
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 calm in a stormy stars for WHISKEY SHARP UNRAVELED!

When Maybe Dolan put down roots at vintage barbershop and whiskey bar, Whiskey Sharp, in Seattle, she had no idea how wildly attracted she'd be to her boss. Maybe has been waiting for Alexsei Petrov for 2 years, and now that he's finally single, she knows she's got to go for it. Maybe is unlike any woman Alexsei's ever known, and something about her fierceness and wildness and vulnerability just screams to him. The more he gets to know the wom
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