ARC Review: Unrestrained by Joey W. Hill

Posted December 9, 2013 by Shari in Reviews / 1 Comment

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: Unrestrained by Joey W. Hill

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Genres: BDSM Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on December 3, 2013
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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Unrestrained by Joey W. Hill is look into a couple a the best part of their lives dealing with all that life has dealt them. The highs and lows have made them into the people they are, but finding each other will change them into the people they were meant to be. Not that the past should be forgotten, because the past shapes us.

Athena has been going through the motions of life after the death of her husband. Twenty years of marriage and being his Domme was everything to her. After two years of mourning, she is looking for something more. More than just dating, more than just sex, but she doesn’t really know what that more is. An accomplished business woman who comes from old money, she doesn’t come across snobby or over inflated of her opinion of things. She gives back to the community. When one night she goes to the BDSM club where she used to take her husband, she wanders into a room only to watch the Dom very closely. She craves something she can’t name and really isn’t ready to face. When she is attacked later that evening, the Dom comes to rescue and so starts the journey of two people meant for each other and who will both make mistakes along the way.

Dale is a retired SEAL who isn’t really looking for love, but isn’t afraid to admit what he feels. He is naturally Dominant, going to clubs to dominate submissives. He notices the Mistress Lady who he has heard stories about and sees something in her eyes. When he leaves the club, he looks for her and saves her from an attack. Throughout the story we get very few insights into Dale’s mind as most of the story is told from Athena’s perspective.

The one truth that is revealed is Athena is a submissive who so wanted to please her deceased husband, that she became his Domme. The glimpses we see of Athena with Roy, make you long for what seems perfect. These two met and fell in love, loving whole heartedly. This is one of many issues she runs into with Dale, giving up parts of the past and remembering Dale is not Roy. There are little things like she wants to pay Dale for his “services” and not get personal, which Dale totally rejects.

Trust comes hard to Athena, but mostly giving up the control she has held onto for so long. She took over the company her husband ran, wrestling the control daily from men who think they can do better. Turning over her problems and mind over to Dale is such a foreign concept to her. But also, wanting to protect him when that isn’t her job gets in the way.

The two fall hard over time for each other but not at the same time. They are two individuals who’s lives had gone on for 40 years and in a way, they have become comfortable with who they are. Each has to learn about having someone else in their lives, the responsibility of loving someone and what the future will hold for each in a way.

Joey W. Hill has a unique writing style. It soothed me and lulled me into the story making me a part of a relationship that wasn’t glossy, pristine or even nice. It was full of heartfelt emotions, true feelings of grief, healing and a bunch of hot sex, spankings and even fun outside of the bedroom. There is depression, fighting, fantasies they discuss and a lot more I just don’t want to say. It’s not an easy read and I don’t mean complicated. It was real emotions I could imagine having myself.

What are your thoughts on a Domme becoming a submissive?
Do you think a submissive could become a Domme just to please her mate? 


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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