Friday, November 30, 2012

{WICKED WINTER SATURDAYS} REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - UNRAVEL ME SERIES by KENDALL RYAN



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Today I am reviewing the Unravel Me Series by Kendall Ryan. Be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post.


Unravel Me (Unravel me #1)Series: Unravel Me #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Kendall Ryan
Publication Date: 9/22/12
Format: ebook (Kindle)
Pages: 214
Source: Received from author for review.







Psychology student Ashlyn Drake’s neat, orderly life takes a turn for the crazy when she finds the perfect subject for her amnesia thesis – a young man without any memory of his previous life, including the murder he’s accused of committing.

Against all common sense, Ashlyn’s drawn to him like a moth to a flame. Perhaps it’s that he’s so incredibly male, and even handcuffed to his hospital bed he could pass for a cologne ad – Scent de Insanity. Or perhaps it’s because she’s spent too many lonely nights studying. Either way, she’s determined to help him solve the mystery of his past. She begins to unravel who he was before, using his cryptic tattoos, and his paintings that scream of a dark past as her only clues. When she finally learns his secret there’s no telling which one is the real him, the gentle lover she’s fallen for or the troubled man with a dark past.

UNRAVEL ME is a contemporary erotic romance.


Dangerous and Seductive, Unravel Me will steal your heart, your time and your breath.

Holy Wow. I loved Unravel Me. This book read like a movie, a romantic, erotic thriller, and demanded my attention from the get-go. Ashlyn Drake is a PhD student who is asked to work with a John Doe, suspected of murder. The man, whom Ashlyn quickly realizes is not the dangerous predator he is accused of being, has amnesia. He can't remember his life before the murder he is suspected of committing.  He has no identifying markers other than a tattoo with the name "Logan", and another with a script identical to Ashlyn's. Ashlyn is drawn to the man with the mysterious tattoos, and they soon cross the border of professional distance. With her help, "Logan" attempts to unravel his past, and build a new future. But will his past destroy their chances of a future together?

So...who here thinks an amnesiac, potentially dangerous, suspected murderer can be hot? Anyone? I wasn't so sure about that situation myself, but I went into the story with an open mind, and fell in love with "Logan" as quickly as Ashlyn did.Their chemistry was dangerously hot, and though they both attempt to keep a bit of distance for obvious reasons, it's only a matter of time before Ashlyn and her mystery man give in. And ohhhhh, how they give it! Unravel Me was so steamy, the steam is so sensual that I had to stop and remind myself to breathe. Ashlyn and Logan alternated between raw passion, and sensual healing. In Ashlyn's arms, Logan can escape the inner pain that chases him. Ryan does an awesome job of writing scenes so descriptive (without going overboard) that it's almost as if you're there. <---wishful thinking.

Unravel Me is the full package (so to speak). And I feel lame, because I want to gush about the big reveal, but I'm trying not to spoil the story. The "unraveling" of "Logan's" past was slow, sad, and beautiful. Ashlyn and Logan are characters that made me love them. I hurt with them, was happy when they were, and cheered in hopes of a happy ending. The plot was mysterious, surprising, and kept me guessing until the very end. Author Kendall Ryan wrote one heck of a fun, sexy book that left me wanting so much more!


Favorite Quotes:
  "He released my wrists, dropped to his knees, and delicately ran a fingertip along the lettering that matched his own. He dipped his fingertips just inside the waistband of my white cotton panties, moving them aside to read the phrase uninterrupted. My stomach jumped at his touch.
  'What does it mean?' His voice was husky and thick.
  I realized I'd been holding my breath and pulled in a lungful of air before answering. 'I will either find a way or make one.' "  (12%)


  " 'Please.' The one word plea was all I could verbalize. It meant so many things, please stay, please don't just leave me, please don't be the man they say you are...
  He seemed to understand on an unspoken level and began walking toward me. I met him halfway, as if drawn forward by some greater force.
  'Those things in my file,' He sighed and rubbed his hands across his face. 'I'm not safe. You don't even know me.'
  'I know you better than anyone. I trust you.'"  (25%)


 "I exploded into a million pieces, calling out his name over and over again. I collapsed back onto the pillow as Logan kissed his way up my body. When he reached my mouth, he was smiling. 'Beautiful girl, let me f*ck you now.' "  (54%)


Make Me Yours (Unravel me #2)Series: Unravel Me #2
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Kendall Ryan
Publication Date: 11/10/12
Format: ebook (Kindle)
Pages: 238
Source: Received from author for review.







Emotionally crippled Liz isn’t looking for a relationship when she meets delish boy-next-door, Cohen. He’s a few years younger, a volunteer firefighter, oh…and a virgin, making him totally off limits. But never one to back away from a challenge, she’s drawn to him even while she continues to satisfy her physical needs elsewhere.

Even as she spends her evenings in another man’s arms, she somehow finds herself curled up in Cohen’s bed each night. It’s been a long time since she had a true honest-to-goodness make out session, but Cohen’s showing her just how much fun not having sex can be.
When Cohen’s injured, her real feelings for him rise to the surface, and she has to decide if she’s willing to take a risk on love after enduring so much heartbreak in her past.

MAKE ME YOURS is the sexy conclusion to UNRAVEL ME.

Ashlyn and “Logan” from UNRAVEL ME also make a few, um *appearances* …ahem.
 
With two main characters worthy of love, each other and a happy ending, Make Me Yours is a story that will steam you up and fill you with joy.

A couple of things happened after I finished Unravel Me. I did a happy dance, emailed author Kendall Ryan and thanked her for a great story, then I jumped headfirst into Make Me Yours.

Make Me Yours is the story of Liz (Ashlyn's of Unravel Me's best friend) and her sexy upstairs neighbor, Cohen. I knew I was in for a treat. The Liz of Unravel Me was bold, free, and wicked. What I got was that Liz, but also the story of Eliza, the true Liz. She is a girl whose fun and sexy exterior hides a painful past. A past that caused her to change everything about herself, even her name, all in order to protect her heart.

When Liz meets Cohen, a sexy undergrad/volunteer fireman/bouncer/all-around great guy, she is sure she can win his body. But Cohen is an extraordinary guy. Due to his own history, he is determined to save himself, not for marriage, but for his forever. Cohen may be pure, in a way, but he's no innocent. All the work other dudes have put into the actual deed, Cohen has put into the foreplay. Ladies, we love the foreplay, yes? OMG. This glorious man knows how to work it out. Cohen is the kind of guy you want to cuddle and take care of, then defile. *wink*

Now, I'm just going to stop right here and say this....I am so freaking happy to finally read a story about a male virgin and a sexually experienced woman. I'm not going to get into the whole "society and gender roles" issues, because, really, that's no fun. I just love love love that Make Me Yours is such a great reversal of the typical sexual roles in romance. Liz and Cohen haven't made their choices because of, or in spite of, moral ideals. They simply are who they are.

Just as with Unravel MeMake Me Yours is one helluva good book. I seriously could not put it down, neglecting all real-life responsibility. Food? Who needs it. Laundry? Who cares. This book was so great that I had to talk to my BFF, whom I told that the story had me so amped up that I was stalking my house like a caged tiger. I even sent her a super juicy quote from the story. Her response was unsuitable for this review. ;-) This series has put Kendall Ryan on my must-read-now list.

Favorite Quotes:


  "Despite my body's urgings I didn't want to be the aggressor with Cohen. I may have had no problem in the past taking what I wanted, but I wanted him to choose me."

  "His kiss was intoxicating. The warmth of his mouth, the skilled way his tongue flirted with mine. Knowing we probably weren't going to have sex heightened all my senses and my brain commanded that I pay attention to every touch, each sensation, it was a completely different experience than I was used to. It was all about the buildup rather than a single moment of bliss."  (42%)


  "I haven't had sex, but I've definitely done all the other stuff, Eliza. I am a guy."  (47%)



You can purchase Unravel Me at:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

You can purchase Make Me Yours at:
Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Smashwords

Connect with Kendall at:
Facebook  |  GoodReads  |  Amazon
 
GIVEAWAY
 
I have a great giveaway to share with you, courtesy of author Kendall Ryan. There will be one winner.
If the winner is a US Resident, they will have their choice of a print copy of Unravel Me, or an ebook of either book in the series.
If the winner is International, they will have their choice of ebook copy of Unravel Me or Make Me Yours.
 
 

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36 comments:

  1. Dude!! These sound amazing!! I almost bought Unravel me for my nook last week, but once I had bought like 5 books I had to stop myself lol!! These definitely sound like books I would love though!! Great reviews!!

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  2. These sound HOT! I need to pick these up asap! I mean really any book that makes you feel like a caged tiger is a win for me!! Awesome reviews, hun!! Thanks for sharing, and corrupting me ;)

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  3. Oh man ohman ohman... I wanna read these books TODAY! GAH! Damn those life obligations. Boo.

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  4. OMG, these sound amazing and HOT!!! Awesome review!

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  5. From what I can read from the summary and excerpts, I think these books would be AMAZING. Definitely looking forward to reading it! :)

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  6. Just bought the first one, thanks for the recommendation! :)

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  7. I haven't read these yet, but I've had my eye on them for awhile! They look really good!

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  8. I haven't read these yet but they're on my TBR and I think I may have to bump them to the top of the list now!

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  9. Andrea these sound good I am off to see if they are available for Nook too <3

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    1. grabbed it for my Nook after I saw your links..LOL

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  10. I read and really enjoyed Unravel Me. There was smoking HOT chemistry for sure! I'm excited to read the companion novel as well. Love those quotes, Andrea. I'm not going to enter the giveaway because I already have book one and might have already bought book 2. If I didn't I will shortly. :)

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  11. I haven't heard of this series until I saw on Twitter you rate them both 5 stars so of course I had to come back for your reviews (and I instantly added to my GR list because they sound awesome).
    "And ohhhhh, how they give it!" hahaha love this. ;)

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  12. Doe sit have to be every Saturday? I have a couple of over 18 books I'm planning on reading and would love to join. Seduced In the Dark by CJ Roberts!w
    I think I have book one on my Kindle and if I don't I'm gonna go buy it. Both of these sound soooo good! And dark, and intense! And smexy :)

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  13. No I have not heard of her books, but they sound amazing.

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  14. This sounds like a great read. Sounds like a lovely steamy read. Great reviews.

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  15. I have read both of the books and loved them! Kendall Ryan is an amazing writer!

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  16. I haven't had the chance to read either book and they sound fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. These sound pretty good! I am definitely off to check them out! Girl you're killing me! My TBR pile just keeps growing!

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  18. Have not read these yet, but would love to get my hands on them!

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  19. I have not read any of the books in the series yet. They look amazing though.

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  20. These books sound great! I have not read them yet but they are on my TBR list:)

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  21. I haven't read either of these books yet. They are on my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. I keep seeing them and wanting to read them that's for sure!!!

    Valerie

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  23. Both are new to me, as well as the author... Thanks for sharing what seems to be as some great reads

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  24. I really enjoyed Unravel Me! It was a hot and quick read. I fell for Logan pretty quick. I was wondering about the whole murderer plot but I was kind of sad it was let down so quick. I wanted a bigger thrill of a forbidden romance but I still liked where the story went. I'm excited to read the next book. I do like when roles are reversed. It is usually always the female virgin so it is nice when the woman takes charge. Great reviews!

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  25. sounds hot! haven't read this series yet!!

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  26. These are new to me but they sound amazing!!!

    Jolene A

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  27. Haven't read either, but #1 is no on the TBR pile!

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  28. Haven't read yet but adding both to TBR list! Looks like a hot series and I must read soon! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  29. I haven't read the books but they look great.

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  30. I haven't read any of this series yet but it looks fantastic!

    Thanks for the chance!

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  31. i haven't read the series but they are on my wish list

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  32. I have not read these books yet, but they sound great and I've added them to my TBR!

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  33. I loved both of these books and to and the boys where both great in their own ways. I will say the hot tub scene in book 2 was freaking hot!!

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