I do hope you are having a good day and week so far. You guys have no idea how excited I am about the book in this post. Once I saw the blog tour, and read the blurb, I knew I had to join in.
So, thank you, Rachael Stewart for writing this awesome book, called “Unshackled“. It’s my first book of yours and I can’t wait to read more in the future.
Thank you Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, for hosting this blog tour and allowing me to join in and for the chance to read and review the book. And thank you Rachael for the eCopy in exchange for my honest review. Loved it!
I will let you know why I felt this way in the review. Right now, let me tell you some things about the book and the amazing author.
Unshackled is a thrilling ride of sexual awakening, love, money and corruption…
Trying to escape the evil hold of her stepfather, Abigail becomes a player in a wildly debauched world that has her body hitting a plethora of sexual highs, while her heart clings to her new-found love and the desire to be free. But can she break away and keep it all—the money, her freedom and the girl?
Or will she lose everything?
Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.
Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.
A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.
I don’t even know where to start my review. This is the first book written by Rachael Stewart that I’ve read and I just know it won’t be the last, especially since I will be a part of another blog tour for Rachael’s book, but you will know more about it in future posts. Now, this book…
When I read the blurb I was intrigued. I knew it would be a book different from all the other erotica/romance books. And I was right. From the very first page until the very end we go on this rollercoaster of sexiness, darkness and powerful themes that go beyond the erotic aspect of the book.
I wasn’t expecting the book to be in the first person POV and sometimes I don’t know what to think about that. In this case, I felt like it gave the storyline a punch and made the connection much stronger. You get to see the character’s thoughts, feeling and how that character views the world, and when well done, you end up empathizing in a deeper level. That character being Abi… After a couple pages you feel like you know Abi a lot more than maybe if it were in the 3rd person POV.
That’s what happened for me. I could understand more the plot and see the character development and get a sense of the world that Rachael created because of that 1st person POV. And to me that was very important because the details got personal and real.
It was a refreshing book for me. I really liked Abi and Emma. The way that Rachael wrote them, and the way their personalities popped in the story made so exciting for me to read. Abi is a strong and also vulnerable, character. She’s a young woman exploring her needs and thoughts, and the world. And I do believe that even if the book had all the sexy moments and hot scenes, I don’t think it would have the same impact if Abi wasn’t Abi. If that makes any sense…
F/F isn’t my personal thing, but I didn’t mind reading it, plus you get a lot more than that in the sex department in this book. So who cares?! I was all “Let me have fun and enjoy the book! And I don’t care what you think.” in my mind while reading this book. Rachael wrote hot scenes, and I can’t stop say that they are hot, no matter your sexual orientation or fantasies. And when the book is well written, everything is worth it.
Nevertheless, the book isn’t 400 pages of crazy descriptions, half of them about the beauty of the color yellow of the sunflowers. It’s a dark romance erotic fiction, almost 200 pages that have a good pace, was direct in some ways, but still had a lot of details that adds to the realism, and emotions in each page.
All the interactions besides the sex kept the plot and storyline grounded, so (again) it isn’t all about high, hot, sexual scenes. The book talks about other subjects. We are human after all and Rachael give us that. I love when I see authors in different genres or even in the same genre, use the humanity in their books to make the character real, because sometimes I just don’t feel it in my bones. And in the past few week I have been feeling and seeing that, and even connecting with that humanity in the characters, even if I don’t have the same views or experiences in common. In “Unshackled“, Rachael gave me that, that’s why I was so excited to write this review and why I’m repeating myself about the realism and humanity.
With humanity, we get all the issues, strengths and ambitions and those can be seen in the book. I won’t talk about the particular aspects because, damn it, you guys should go read the book if erotic fiction is your thing. And the ending was fantastic.
Then there is this sentence that I think is perfect to end the review because to me it’s the perfect description of how the book made me feel. “I let her guide me into the kiss, from soft and slow, to deep and intoxicating, all the while, the bubble of joy within me feeling fit to burst.”
I totally recommend this book! That’s it!… I won’t say more about the book. I can’t wait to read more of Rachael Stewart’s books. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with and what kind of characters she will be giving life too in the pages of her book.
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