Feature book: Unrestrained
Holly Unthanks is a little jumpy around people, and she really feels uncomfortable with anyone staring with pity at her scars. She edits technical text, but she used to be a cab driver until a guy, high on drugs, attacked her with a knife. She rides her bike everywhere (she has a fear of being trapped in cars now). And although she had an interest in judo before her run-in with the knife wielder, she has acquired further proficiency in hand-to-hand personal protection since then.
Burkhart Stein is a large, stonemason with a scowl-face (equivalent male term for bitch-face), a body hewn in the image of a god and a penchant for restraining his sexual partners. He keeps a neat workspace and house, bakes a variety of killer chocolate cakes, cooks a delectable dinner and sets a table worthy of a silver service restaurant. His native language is German, which he reverts to at times of high emotion, although he’s proficient in English. Stein was a soldier before he became a mason, and he has a long scar on his face from a dog attack.
Holly and Stein have an interesting relationship; they are both guarded about emotional attachments given their pasts with violence, and it has left both of them scarred physically and psychologically. Holly doesn’t think of herself as sexually adventurous, but she feels turned on by the photos of Stein working bondage. Stein finds Holly appealing because she’s forthright, tough and doesn’t fear his physical size. They have an honest relationship, although they’re secretive in regards to their traumas.
This contemporary erotic story starts with (how to put this delicately) Holly viewing photographs on an abandoned iPad showing Stein entertaining a bound woman’s lady parts with his tongue. It’s enjoyable that the story concentrates on Holly and Stein rather than a large cast of characters. The sex is carnal, the characters engrossing (loved the flawed but strong Holly), the snark and banter are fun to read, and the delectable Stein, well, he needs a dedication. So… All hail Stein, Teutonic sex god (figurative not literal), stonemason, maker of orgasmic chocolate cakes. He has a voice to make your panties damp and a way of instructing Holly about dishwashing that redefines the way you will look at your kitchen sink. If you like your heroines down to earth and quirky and your heroes large and no-nonsense, with a talented tongue, take a walk a little on the wild side and enjoy Unrestrained. 😉
Reviewed by Gina
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.