Friday, August 2, 2013

Unbound by Dale Mayer [Review]

Unbound (Bound and Determined #1) by Dale Mayer
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: May 27, 2013

The Bound and Determined series
1. Unbound - Kindle

Dale Mayer
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Go ahead. Take Charge of your life. Move forward…if you can…

Changing her future means letting go of her past. Karina heads to a weekend seminar and discovers the speaker is the person she needs to move on from. But she soon realizes bigger issues are facing her...

Brian has moved on, at least he'd believed he had… until he sees Karina in his audience…and realizes he's been lying to himself.

Passion pulls them together, love binds them together, but a revengeful enemy determines to keep the two apart…and destroy them both.
My Thoughts: There were parts of this book that I liked a lot. Unfortunately, knowing who the bad guy was from the get go made the tension stutter a bit. That said, there were parts that were chilling just because you could see the bad guy unraveling a piece at a time. Huh. Maybe I take back my earlier statement. The bad guy meltdown is a different type of tension but it's tension all the same.

So. Karina and Brian. Karina. And Brian. I was seriously impressed that Karina was able to let go of her anger over what Brian had done years earlier. See, I have this vengeful streak and I still hold grudges from a couple of lifetimes ago (WHAT'S THAT? YOU WERE A VIKING IN A FORMER LIFE? VIKINGS PILLAGED MY VILLAGE AND I MUST DESTROY YOU THROUGH THE AGES! ALSO, VALHALLA IS TOTALLY GOING TO BE OUT OF REACH ONCE I'M THROUGH WITH YOU, VILE CREATURE!) (thoughts like these are why I'm not allowed to watch Viking movies on the SyFy channel anymore) (seriously) so her willingness to set aside her pain and explore their budding relationship was intriguing to me.

Brian was... very sensitive to her feelings. Which, given his chosen occupation, makes sense. However, it seemed like he brushed aside Karina's rather valid fears about stalker guy on more than one occasion. Not cool, Brian.

Hot sex, big emotions, and a guy with a sharp, pointy thing. ALL THESE THINGS ARE GOOD.

To recap: Creepy bad guy is creepy, I will destroy you if you were a Viking in a former life, and this book entertained me.