Review: Unbound by Cara McKenna

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4 Stars

Unbound was a romance book that pushed at my comfort limits. It is so well executed though! This is what erotica should be like…compelling characters, pushing limits but keeping it real and honest. Being open about desires and having actual human reactions and emotions to it. I just think Cara McKenna is really great at this.

Rob is definitely not your typical hero and neither is Merry. Though Rob’s past is a little darker than Merry’s, she’s the perfect type of person to get through to Rob. She’s warm, selfless, and open. He’s suffered a lot because of things he felt that others made him ashamed of. That shame has eaten at him his whole life and it drove him to become an alcoholic. Before Merry comes into his life, he’s closed himself off to the world in a secluded cabin in the middle of the Scottish Highlands. I loved that Merry set out on a journey across lands she’d never been to before, all on her own. She’s courageous, which I really admired. I also loved the setting, very picturesque.

I’m definitely going to continue reading Cara McKenna’s books. I know these books may be too much for some people, but I love the way she writes these unconventional characters. Fans of erotica books will love this. And people who want to maybe test out these waters should definitely consider Cara McKenna.

Book Info

Unbound by Cara McKenna
Published by InterMix
Pub Date: October 15th 2013
Pages: 294
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: AdultContemporaryEroticaRomance
Buy the book! | 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.



About Cara McKenna

Cara McKenna writes smart erotica—sexy stories with depth. A little dark, a little funny, always emotional. She also writes red-hot romance under the name Meg Maguire. Her wonderful publishers are Ellora’s Cave, Harlequin Blaze, Penguin / InterMix, Samhain, and Signet Eclipse. She loves writing sexy, character-driven stories about strong-willed men and women who keep each other on their toes, and bring one another to their knees.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

8 Responses to “Review: Unbound by Cara McKenna”

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    I just discovered Cara McKenna and I LOVE! I like the dark tone of her books. Not sappy or angsty or soap opera dark, but DARK.

    Have you read Hard Time? prisoner hero + librarian heroine = SO MUCH WIIIIN.
    (the things that I love are weird, yes lol)

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    Danielle @ Love at First Page

    I’ve only read her NA novella, but I keep hearing great things about her erotica books. I definitely want to give her another try soon! This book… yeah, it would definitely push my limits too. Glad to hear there’s a good balance between the physical and the emotional still. Great review and thanks for sharing, Jess. :)

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Oooh! Which one is that?? I think the way she writes her characters is what really helps her stand out in the genre. If you give her eroticas a try, let me know what you think of them. :) Thanks, Danielle!

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