Review: Unabridged by Melinda De Ross

Review: Unabridged by Melinda De RossUnabridged by Melinda De Ross

Genres: Comedy Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on August 15, 2014
Pages: 144
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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four-stars  

A quick, sultry, second chance romance that all began with a magazine editorial on the ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’ phenomenon.  This was a romantic comedy of sorts though it was liberally flavored with suspense to make things interesting.  Each time I pick up a book by this author I am guaranteed an engaging story with scintillating characters and a crisp plot with this book being no exception.

This standalone story opens with Angelina Jameson rushing into her boss’ office with a new article she wishes put in the next edition of the magazine clutched in her hand only to find that she has a new boss.  And that’s not all.  The new boss is none other than Blade Spencer, the man she loved and left three years before.  Blade is entirely professional even as he is skeptical about printing her critique on ‘Fifty Shade’ and when he announces that there will be significant changes at the magazine.  Angie has no idea what to make of this or the instant return of attraction and longing she thought was long buried.

Blade’s sudden appearance sends Angelina reeling and uncertain of what to do especially since they exchange a heated kiss not long before she learns that Blade has a wife.  She must get away and think.  Her friend and mother thought Blade being there was a second chance, but the presence of a wife kills that hope.  That is until Blade himself shows up at the cottage where she is staying determined that they talk through their past.  Sorting through their past mistakes is only the beginning and someone else isn’t too keen on these two ever getting together.

I was intrigued by this latest story the author wrote narrated entirely by the heroine because it was a bit of something different.  The pacing was quick and plotting was tight and sharp so that the story didn’t pause and got right to the point.  I loved that it was pretty much angst-free and the author didn’t create drama for drama’s sake which is why the resolve in the romance coming as quick as it did wasn’t so much of a bother (not to mention this was a reunion and not a new pairing).

The tone and atmosphere were the biggest differences as this one was solidly contemporary rom com and suspense minus the paranormal element of other stories.  I will say that it also had a women’s fiction-feel with the themes brought forward by Angie’s opinion in her article on women and BDSM fiction.

The lighter Romantic Comedy side made me laugh several times with Angelina’s hilarious correspondence partner and that twist in the beginning when she comes face to face with her past right when she’s clutching a critique of an erotic romance series and has to discuss it.  Then the story adds other emotional flavors like the bittersweet-ness of their reunion and dealing with their past along with the welcome addition of a mystery.

When I say bittersweet, I refer to the fact that Angie has to come to grips with the fact that she left a man she loved and who loved her with no explanation and then when they do come back together she finds that he tried to continue on with his life.  I was glad for this added layer of emotional and realistic depth because otherwise things would have been just a bit too pat between these two.  But that being said, the passion was scorching hot between Angie and Blaze and I enjoyed the lighter atmosphere created by their second attempt at romance too.  And hey, it doesn’t hurt that these two have enviable careers in the book industry and share a love for a stray cuddly kitten.

The suspense was foreshadowed earlier in the story, but it was really the last half where it came to the surface.  I enjoyed playing detective even though this wasn’t the primary focus of the story.

I enjoyed the addition of the secondary characters particularly Angie’s best friend and her mom.  Her best-friend just made me smile whenever she was in a scene.

All in all, this was a quick, satisfying read that I can recommend to Contemporary Romance or light Romantic Suspense fans that enjoy some extra spice to their romance.

My thanks to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

About Melinda De Ross

Anca-Melinda Coliolu, writing as Melinda De Ross, lives in her native Romania with her husband and a pair of rude parrots. She attended Law School and got her degree but worked as a journalist for several newspapers, polishing her writing skills.

It never occurred to her that she wanted a career as an author until she began writing, as therapy to get perspective on a crucial part of her life.

Melinda was a professional target shooter for a decade, winning multiple National Championships. She was breaking records in her teens until health issues forced her to give up the sport.

Out of that heartbreak, Rendezvous with Hymera – her first novel – started taking shape and so began her career as a Romantic Suspense author.
Melinda has always been a fan of writers like Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown. Currently she weaves romance into tales laced with the paranormal and occult. Her interests in yoga, philosophy and a large range of other disciplines give her work depth and color.

Other books by Melinda De Ross include: Unabridged, The Coriola Series (Mirage Beyond Flames and Dante’s Amulet), Chronicles of The Blood Countess, Be My Valentine, and A Touch Of Poetry.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Thanks for sharing, I wouldn’t have noticed this story if you hadn’t reviewed it, it looks very good 🙂

    • I like Melinda’s books. But I can’t take credit for finding her since it was the other way around. 😉

  • NO drama for drama’s sake, YES! This sounds like it has everything that I will like in an erotica. Thanks for the introduction, Sophia 🙂

    • You’re welcome, Braine! It was funny. I kept bracing for the drama and it just wasn’t there. I almost didn’t know what to think. Haha!

  • That sounds fabulous Sophia! I can’t imagine the shock of walking in and being faced with an old love like that. lol The suspense added in towards the end definitely makes me more curious and aws kitten love? Even better 🙂

    • It was totally adorbs all around, Anna. I laughed a few times with that scene being one of them and the kitten was so sweet.