Valentine’s night. Three women.A hot new club where anything can happen.
After a life changing tragedy Layla Hunter is finally happy. Michael Banks has pulled her back from the dead and given her a love she’d thought was lost to her forever. Now, all she wants is to return the favor and give him the one thing she swore she’d never do again.
Jillian Banks is up for absolutely anything and her smoking hot fiancé, Leo Santoro, is determined to give it to her. After exploring her fantasies in the privacy of her own home, Jillian’s ready for more and Leo is going above and beyond to make her happy. In return, she’ll do anything to make him proud.
Ruby Stiles isn’t sure what she’s doing at a sex party at one of Chicago’s most anticipated new clubs. Currently she’s blaming it on curiosity. All she wants is to disappear into the background, only her emotions have decided to go on a roller coaster ride and the last thing she expects is for Chad Fellows to pick up the pieces.
Sometimes even the best laid plans unravel…..
Disclaimer: This is a novella in the Undone Series and should not be read as a standalone!
If you have read my Top It Off 2015: New Favorite Authors, then you know how I fell in love with Jennifer Dawson’s works – EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM 😀
So when there was news that there would be an addition to the Undone Series, I knew I had to get my hands on it, even though I don’t like novellas, unless of course, the next book has already been released 😀
Unraveled talked about two of my favorite erotic couples of all times, Michael and Layla (met and LOVED them in Crave) as well as Jillian and Leo (Shipped them in Sinful)but what it also does is introduces a new couple, one that I have a feeling is going to give me a lot of angst and frustrate me in April, Ruby and Chad!
Told in different POVs, it was wonderful not to mention nostalgic to visit these couples back in their HEA, which took a lot more work than it would seem to the readers – that’s what made this novella all the more enjoyable – the fact that even in certainty of basking in the love that we only get to read about, each couple had their own insecurities, their own paths to weave, and it feels like while I may have closed the book, the characters I have loved have never really forgotten about me (weird, I know? But as a reader, these characters are so real to me – the talent of Jen’s writing to be honest).
Ruby Stiles, the best friend and roommate to Layla, doesn’t exactly understand the appeal to D&S, but since she feels like her best friend is pulling away from her, partly because of this lifestyle, she is willing to give it a chance, mostly out of curiosity. Not that she would ever be interested in it, of course.
Chad Fellows is the other third wheel and too staid to be of interest to Ruby, or so thinks. Chad on the other hand, wants something uncomplicated and easy for commitment, something he has a feeling it never will be with Ruby, so he has stayed away from her. But on a night out about D&S, he can’t help but reveal things about himself, that Ruby has never seen before.
This night is a world of revelations, for both Ruby and Chad, but how ill they handle these revelations, is something that you will have to wait till April to read about. (I mean, seriously, Jen? Seriously!!!)
Unraveled is the novella that ends up whetting the appetite of the readers, ad totally get them primed up for the next book in the series, Debauched which I did, by loudly screaming and wishing like hell April wasn’t that far away.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5
(You just can’t be this mean to us, Jennifer!!)
I don’t know what I’m doing here. I almost turned around and went home about a hundred times on the Uber ride over. The only thing that stopped me was Layla. She invited me to this party and I don’t want to disappoint her.
It’s not like I’m a prude or anything, but sex parties aren’t really my thing. I agreed because I was curious, and have second-guessed my decision ever since.
Michael, my best friend Layla’s boyfriend, lets me in. He smiles and wraps me up in a big bear hug that makes me feel like a miniature person. I’m only five-three, practically tiny next to Michael’s tallness. “Ruby, glad you decided to come along. Come on in.”
“Thanks for the invite,” I say in my most breezy voice. I’m beyond nervous to be doing something so outside my comfort zone, but I don’t want anyone to notice.
I walk into Michael and Layla’s living room to find Layla kneeling on the floor, wearing an obscene white dress that hardly leaves anything to the imagination. Unable to hide my shock, I let out a surprised, “Oh.”
Layla flashes me a sly little grin before giving Michael a dark look.
Michael laughs. “Layla’s working on a bit of an attitude adjustment right now, what can I get you to drink?”
I bite my bottom lip as a stab of jealousy twists in my chest. A jealousy I don’t understand or want, but seems to grow every time I see Layla and Michael. Even engaged in their kinky behavior, they are just so together. So very in love. It’s a stark reminder that Layla has managed to share this bond with two men—her fiancé that passed away and Michael—while I haven’t managed to find it once.
I clear my throat and try to pretend it’s perfectly normal that she’s kneeling on the floor, patting her dog, Belle, and scowling at the love of her life. “I’ll take whatever you have. I’m not picky.”
I turn to Leo and Jillian, who’ve I’ve gotten to know quite well over the last nine months. They’re also in the so-called “lifestyle” and look positively gorgeous together with their dark hair and olive skin. Like Michael, Leo’s wearing all black, and Jillian is decked out in some sort of red dress I can’t even figure out how she got on. The top is a tight corset she looks sewn into and the skirt is a flirty little fabric that barely reaches mid-thigh on her ridiculously long legs. She’s tall—at least five nine or ten—and looks like an Amazon warrior princess.
Leo strokes his hand down her rubber-encased hip and Jillian gives me a glassy-eyed, slightly unfocused smile before waving hello.
Leo winks at me. “You’re looking lovely tonight, Ruby.”
“Thanks,” I say, the response automatic, although I’m not sure it’s true. I’m pretty enough, but in my short, black skirt, studded belt, and black tank top I’m dressed all wrong.
Layla and Jillian look like sex and sin. Every man that sees them tonight will want them. Lust after them and covet what Michael and Leo have. I, on the other hand, look like a pixie rock princess. Like I’m dressed for a Halloween party instead of to be ravished on Valentine’s Day.
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Releases April 26, 2016 Add to Goodreads
Jennifer Dawson is the author of the popular Something New series; spicy, small town romance released with Kensington, and pens the dark and edgy contemporary romance series Undone. Jennifer grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day, she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they are married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog. These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer, writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever-watchful eye on her ever-growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband. Jennifer loves connecting with her readers and invites you to check out her website, Facebook page, and join Dawson’s Darlings, her private Facebook Fan group. Sign up for her monthly Newsletter for exclusive insider peeks, new release information and more.