Give Away & ARC Review – Unraveled (Mastered #3) by Lorelei James

Unraveled is by far one of the sexiest books I have read in a long time. It is meant to be savored. It’s a beautiful love story that makes complete sense. ~ Angeline, Guilty Pleasures 



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Shiori Hirano and Knox Lofgren are left to run the martial arts program at Black Arts while Ronin Black travels. On the surface, the two highest ranked belts appear to cooperate—but in private, they butt heads constantly, despite the undeniable attraction between them. Soon their power exchanges start to make for a sweltering dynamic in the bedroom…

At first Knox is shocked to be living out his submissive desires, but Shiori sets out to prove that embracing his true sexual nature doesn’t make him a weak man. But even while their sexual relationship grants him a power and fulfillment he finds surprising, there’s no training regimen for the fight that comes with loving a strong woman…


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When I first read the blurb for UNRAVELED: The Mastered Series, Book 3, I thought it would be purestdelightawardinteresting to see how Miss James writes a male sub. I have not read many of them that I have enjoyed. No author has made me feel like I understand the dynamic. That was until I read Unraveled.

Knox is a drool worthy alpha male who finds himself in disbelief that he has submissive tendencies. This does not mean he is weak. There is nothing weak about Knox. Trust me. Nothing.

Shiori is a hard woman who is trying to find herself in America. She and Knox constantly argue and pick at each other. Who would’ve thought that the passion between them would change into something so delicious?

Knox and Shiori are combustible, inside and outside of the bedroom. To read such amazingly, hot sex scenes to some of the sweetest, most loving moments, is why I love Lorelei’s writing. She wrote such a perfect balance for them.

I was surprised at Shiori’s use of the English language. While Japanese is her first language and I understand she speaks English fluently, there were a few times her use of slang was too perfectly American. However, without these times, the banter between her and Knox wouldn’t have been so great.

We briefly see Ronin and Amery. I always love to catch up with other characters. I was a little disappointed in how Ronin handled his return to the States after their 3 months away. For him being a high-ranking martial arts master, he was not respectful like I would think he would be. I do still love him, though.

It takes a strong man to love a strong woman. That is Knox and Shiori. They found their other half in each other.

I’m looking forward to Deacon and Molly’s story. I loved getting to know Deacon more in this story.

Unraveled is by far one of the sexiest books I have read in a long time. It is meant to be savored. It’s a beautiful love story that makes complete sense.


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Dominants whether they male or female are not always the strong ones in the relationships, they often times need to lean on their partner for strength too. The give and take is just like any relationship, but with a deeper seed of trust in my honest opinion. This book captures that beautifully. ~ KcLu, Guilty Pleasures 


The Mastered Series has quickly become one of my favorite BDSM series. Although I really find purestdelightawardthat the series is really in a class of its own. Yes it has BDSM elements in it, but it is soooo much more than that. This book was really a surprise to me. I honestly went into it without reading anything about it, not even the blurb. I went into it because I loved these glimpses we got of these two in Unwound. I was beyond surprised to find that is was a story about a man coming to terms with his submissive side. That struggle to understand that it really takes a strong person to be able to give up total control, and put it in the hands of another person. I loved being in his head as he started realizing these feelings in himself. As a person who went through a similar awaking in the not so distant past, it was really great to see an author get those feelings right. Also getting to really know Ronin Black’s sister Shiori, and to see how she is just as complex and amazing as her luscious brother. This was truly a wonderful peak inside the head of a dominant woman, and great to see her portrayed realistically. Dominants whether they male or female are not always the strong ones in the relationships, they often times need to lean on their partner for strength too. The give and take is just like any relationship, but with a deeper seed of trust in my honest opinion. This book captures that beautifully. I highly recommend this book and series!!!!!!!


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Rarely does an author make me feel as much and as deeply as Lorelei James does. Although slightly out of my comfort zone, once I got to know Knox and Shiori, I was all in! ~ JavaGirl, Guilty Pleasures 



Are you a fan of Lorelei James, but not a reader of BDSM-themed books? Do you have concerns atruegemawardabout reading UNRAVELED? I know I did. I love Lorelei’s books, but I’m not a fan of BDSM –not at all. I’ve read a handful of BDSM books, all recommended by friends whose opinions I respect, but I’ve come to the conclusion it’s just not for me. I can read “BDSM light”, but I have my own hard limits–pain and humiliation being the most important. If your thoughts and feelings are similar to mine, I would like to reassure you that you have nothing to worry about with UNRAVELED. I was so relieved to find that most of my concerns were put to rest almost immediately by Knox and Shiori’s negotiation prior to beginning their D/s relationship. It turns out that my hard limits and Knox’s are nearly identical. Once I had this information, I could relax and enjoy getting to know Knox and Shiori. I already loved Knox from his appearances in the first two books in the Mastered series, BOUND and UNWOUND, but I wasn’t as fond of Shiori. I’m happy to say that as their story unfolded and I learned more about her, I understood her and came to love her almost as much as I love Knox. Almost. Open and easy-going, Knox is a talker; the polar opposite of his friend, the taciturn Ronin Black. I loved Knox’s relationships with his family and friends, that he wanted a family of his own, and that he was a little lost and searching to find his place.

Some readers question whether an Alpha man can be a sexual submissive and still retain the qualities that make him an Alpha. For me, the answer is a resounding YES! The way Lorelei handled this subject, having Knox question his submissiveness, was a brilliant way for the reader to discover right along with him what it means for an Alpha man to be a submissive. For me, this worked beautifully to help me better understand their relationship.

The chemistry and sexual tension between Knox and Shiori has been there since day one, and when these two finally get together…well, Lorelei James knows how to write some smoking hot sex scenes and there are plenty here to keep her readers satisfied. The level of emotion was very high for me with UNRAVELED; I was fully invested in Knox and there were a couple of times when I was devastated and truly hurt for him. It takes a special writer to make a reader feel that deeply for a character, but with Lorelei that seems to be the norm, not the exception.
UNRAVELED is a must-read for ALL Lorelei James fans.


4.5 Stars

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Shiori moved to his other ear. One hand gripped his hair while

the other clamped onto his ass cheek. “The other choice is you on

your knees with that pouty mouth all over my pussy.”

“Look at me,” she said softly.

His lust-​clouded

eyes met hers.

“Make me come so hard my knees give out. Then pick me up

and do it again.”

“A man like you?”

“A man who finds beauty in a woman secondary to her strength.

You have both in equal measure. So you tempt me beyond anything

I’ve ever experienced.”

“I changed my mind. I don’t give a damn about your sexual

past when you’re responding to my touch so beautifully.” She blew

in his ear. “A cliché for sure, but your body is my wonderland.”.

Shiori’s palms smoothed over his cheeks, and she tipped his

head back to look at him. “You did well.”

“It was all for you.”

“Now it’s your turn.” She brushed her lips across his. “Ask me.”

“Please, Nushi, let me come.”

“Come for me now.”


I’ve never craved a woman like I do you.” He groaned

and briefly closed his eyes. “I’m sitting here on my knees, my ass

stinging, knowing I’ve got more punishment in store, and my dick

is getting hard just imagining being with you again.”


The man worshipped her body with every caress, every

kiss, every stuttered breath. And yet he gave her total control. He

didn’t rock his hips or thrust up into her. He let her fuck him. That

surrender made this connection all the more powerful.


Warm lips trailed down her spine, and strong hands dug into

her hips. “One of these days I’m gonna map every muscle in your

back with my mouth. You’re so strong, and that is so fucking sexy.”


Lightning fast she wrapped her hand beneath his jaw and jerked

his face up. “Taking care of you is my responsibility, Knox. That

includes commanding you to get turned on, getting you off, cleaning

you up, and making sure you don’t do something stupid in the



“Come into my lair, my sweet,” she murmured

against his lips, “and we’ll have us some kinky fun.”

You are alive and here with me, and

there’s no way I’ll ever be able to let you go. Not because you’re my

Mistress, but because you’re the woman I love. The woman I’ve

waited for my entire life.”

Shiori trapped his face in her hands and kissed him. “I didn’t

think I could love you more than I already do, but I was wrong.”

Another kiss. “Please get off your knees and hold me.”



About the Mastered Series by Lorelei James
Bound (Mastered #1)

 Lorelei James is an absolute evil genius when it comes to writing, and the way she can pull you into the story is just beyond compare. The stories she weaves will leave you as tied up as some of Ronin’s best knots.  ~ KcLu, Guilty Pleasures

18249282In the new Mastered series by New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James, a woman’s desire to shatter her inhibitions leaves her unprepared for where that erotic journey will take her.

Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She’s focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating—not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That’s where she meets him.

Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training—in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery’s boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him. But when Amery senses Ronin is hiding something, she questions her total trust in him, despite the undeniable thrill of his possession.

 Click here to read KcLu’s entire review for MASTERED


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About the Author

lorelei-james-230x322Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances.
Lorelei’s books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family…and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.

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8 thoughts on “Give Away & ARC Review – Unraveled (Mastered #3) by Lorelei James

  1. I’ve read all of Lorelei’s cowboy books, have to get to this one soon.

  2. I never read the blurb when I found out about it. I just automatically added it to my buy list because it was Lorelei’s. NOW, I’m so looking forward to reading the dynamic between the two. Knox is so male and alpha that I can’t really picture him as submissive. There are only a handful of authors that I think could pull that off. Thanks for the post and the review!

  3. Reading all the reviews introduces me to so many new and wonderful authors.

  4. Lorelei’s books books are all brilliant! Can’t wait to start reading Unraveled!!!

  5. Thank you for the reviews. I have really enjoyed Ms James’ cowboy books. This series will be a new experience for me, one I am looking forward to.

  6. I love her Rough Rider series and now I look forward to reading the Mastered series as well.
    Thanks for sharing the blurbs.
    Carol L

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