Review: Unbound by Cara McKenna

UnboundUnbound by Cara McKenna
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Publication Date: October 15th, 2013

Synopsis from Goodreads: She set out to find herself, and discovered the darker side of desire.

Merry’s lost a lot recently—first her mother, then close to a hundred pounds. Feeling adrift, she strikes out in search of perspective. A three-week hike through the Scottish Highlands was supposed to challenge her new body and refocus her priorities, but when disaster strikes, she’s forced to seek refuge in the remote home of a brooding, handsome stranger…

Rob exiled himself to the Highlands years ago, desperate to escape his own self-destruction. Haunted by regrets, he avoids human contact at all costs…but when Merry turns up injured, he can’t very well run her off. And as he nurses her back to health, Rob can’t resist his guest’s sweet demeanor—or her flirtatious advances. The igniting passion between them rouses a secret appetite Rob has long struggled to keep hidden. But Merry craves nothing more than to help Rob surrender to his desires, and the journey draws the lovers into an entirely different kind of wilderness.

Angie’s Review – 5 Skulls – A

At this point, I feel like you can you pretty much cue my reaction upon finishing a Cara McKenna novel. It goes a little something like ‘Wowza! Wowza! Wowza!’ I have to be honest, I had my doubts about Unbound. And while there were parts of the book that made me feel like maybe I wasn’t the intended audience, I have listened to it four times now. I figure it’s time I review the book.

Unbound is a beautifully woven story about acceptance and finding yourself in the unlikeliest of places. What makes this story so remarkable is Merry. She’s determined to visit her mother’s birthplace, and after shedding a hundred pounds, she heads to Scotland and embarks on a trek through the highlands. This is just one of things about Merry I loved – she doesn’t rely on her weight loss to change her life. She takes the initiative to start living, and she does this in a big way. Once her journey is underway, however, she falls ill and seeks refuge at the only cottage she’s seen for miles. It’s there she meets Rob, a gruff, somewhat socially challenged man who seems anything but pleased to find her on his doorstep. Rob’s been battling his demons for years the only way he knows how – by running away from them. But Merry’s cheerful demeanor and easy acceptance soon have him wishing for things he never thought he’d have. But Rob keeps his cards close to his vest, and he’s afraid to share his past with Merry.

Unbound is sexy with a side of poignancy, and while those scenes aren’t scarce, they don’t overwhelm the story. It’s clear every scene serves a purpose. This book is packed with emotion, and as we slowly get to know these characters and watch them get to know each other, it’s impossible not to root for them. There were hardly any secondary characters, and I think that served the story well. It was about finding yourself on your own terms and learning that sometimes, the hardest person to gain acceptance from is yourself. I loved every moment of this book; it was another perfect example of Cara McKenna taking ordinary, everyday people, and making them extraordinary. Even if it’s only to one person.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

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