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.
©2013 Cara McKenna (P)2013 Tantor
"McKenna is my go-to author for gritty, hot love stories full of honest emotion." (Victoria Dahl)
I loved that the story seemed entirely plausible, though based on fate and good luck. But that’s true in life many times; serendipity has a role. I also loved how the coupling unfolded. It was yummy with its romance, its maturity, its pacing, and the immense sharing beyond sex. There are few things more appealing than being witness to a strong man becoming willingly vulnerable with a mate who offers him the safety to do so.
McKenna has the uncommon, but oh so delicious, ability to be utterly and amazingly evocative with almost every word. For me, I equate her writing ability and her ability to draw listeners/readers in with the same ability that author Megan Hart—another fave of mine—has. This ability is far too rare and, as such, always such a pleasant find for me, especially among authors of romance. It shows that romance authors can be as exquisite at their craft as any other “serious” author.
Regarding the romance, listeners should know that it’s not explicit with sexual language nor the description of the sex act, though it still might be too much for some listeners. It’s sensual and detailed but not exactly explicitly erotic, at least not in the common raunchy sense, which I’m not opposed to either. In fact, I think the sex act, intercourse that is, is fully described only twice, though there are other sexual encounters, albeit not numerous, IMO. These encounters primarily take the form of the h dominating the H.
The only negative for me and the only aspect that prevents this recording experience from being a five overall is that the author failed to clearly distinguish between words spoken and words thought. I struggled several times with the unclear line made between spoken words and thought words; that problem occurred too often, especially in the first 5 hours of the story. Still, it didn’t detract from my pleasant experience with a McKenna novel once again. Thus, I eagerly await another.
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Cara McKenna takes a dark sexual secret and turns it into a loving acceptance. In Unbound there are only two characters, Mary who loves unconditionally and Rob who learns to love himself unconditionally. The setting is a 19th century cottage that has not been upgraded; so there's no electricity or running water. There are nights next to the fire stove however where slowly Mary and Rob are able to reveal each of their past lives and the effect those events have had on their lives.
This is a love story. It's touching and all encompassing. I was determined to hear it to the end wanting to know the outcome.(I won't be telling you that bit of it however).
Sometimes I've sped up my iPod through the audio book trying to capture the highlights as I go, but not so with Unbound. I didn't want to miss one little word.
It's well written, narrated and performed. I recommend it's worth of the 1 credit.
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