Friday, January 11, 2013

Review: Unravel Me by Kendall Ryan

Hi all!

Something short and intense :)

Author: Kendall Ryan
Title: Unravel Me
Series: Unravel Me #1
Release date: 22nd of September 2012
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 214 pages in e-book format
Source: Bought from for Kindle


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.


This was a really easy and quick read, I read it in a couple of hours and I can say that for the most part this was a pleasant enjoyable story – I liked it. But, like always, at least from my side, it would have needed slight improvement: there could have been “meat on the bones,” everything was there but it should have taken the next step forward and made the story more dense, eventful and fulfilling, it felt too short, even though everything was covered and there were no loose ends when the story closes, still, I would have appreciated more “something.” I wish that it had delved more into the thriller/mystery/crime side of the plot, the focus was heavily on romance and the background didn’t really start unraveling till quite far into the story.

Aspects that were to my liking: the mystery of who Logan was really gripped me, I was curious who he was, how he ended up in such a dangerous situation, why, when, where – I was anxious to know the answers to all the wh-questions I could ask. And for the most part, I was satisfied how the “mystery” developed, the hints given and how all of that didn’t overshadow the forming relationship between Ashlyn and Logan.

Their instant connection was very sweet and I was fond of how their feelings developed, not to mention, that usually, I would have found such an insta interest to be too convenient and unrealistic, but it worked here just fine. Nevertheless, I had a moment where I thought Ashlyn was crazy daring or crazy thoughtless to trust an alleged killer so intimately on their first meeting, but oh well, it still worked out. I didn’t, however, like that the sexual side of their relationship came about so quickly and effortlessly, not to mention there were numerous several-page sex scenes that I thought the story could do without. At least they were all scorching hot though!


Ashlyn – She wasn’t overly remarkable, but I liked her and her treatment of Logan. I liked her realistic level of uncertainty in their relationship and at the same time she wasn’t overly angsty.

And now for some piece of Logan:
He was an extremely likable hero! What made me swoon the most, however,
was how he and Ashlyn quickly developed a homely routine and how Logan needed to feel useful, which he did by voluntarily and happily cooking, cleaning, being supportive, etc – this all made him übersweet in my eyes. I liked that he wasn’t overly dominant and macho, but still managed to be all and everything pure strong male.

I would have loved to experience a part of the story from not only Ashlyn’s point of view but Logan’s, then again I liked the mysteriousness of him, but then AGAIN maybe some insight into him would have painted a more vivid picture of his struggle and confusion, both because of his unknown past, but also in regards to his developing feelings for Ashlyn in the midst of all that frustration and uncertainty in his life. In addition, can you imagine how destroying being accused of a murder can be when you have absolutely no idea if/why/how you did it? Poor guy, it was a blessing that he found Ashlyn to take his focus away from the disaster that was his current state of life.

An honorable mention: I loved the cat! And Ashlyn’s friend Liz – she was at least reacting to Logan and Ashlyn’s relationship realistically and logically. Plus, there were a couple of hilarious scenes with her being the star.


A short satisfying romantic sexually charged read with likable characters.

3 stars!



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