by Jennifer Dawson
Series: Undone #2.5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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…
Unraveled by Jennifer Dawson is a novella in the Undone series. Dawson brings us substance, as this is a lengthier novella at one hundred and thirty-nine pages. While I loved seeing the previous couples, it was Ruby and Chad that left me craving more.
Unraveled takes place on Valentine’s Day. Brandon, oh sweet, snarky and sneaky Brandon has opened a new club in downtown Chicago. He is opening its doors for a very exclusive, invitations only, grand opening celebration.
The evening is shared through three perspectives. Those of Layla, Jillian and Ruby. Layla and Jillian each plan to give their men a little something special this Valentines and poor Ruby is not sure why she is even tagging along. Curiosity? Jealousy? On the other hand, it might be because everyone is dying to attend this private party. Ruby is worried about being the fifth wheel when Chad Fellows joins the group. Those of you who have read Crave will remember him as Layla’s blind date. Ruby is surprised because she didn’t think this was Chad’s scene.
Dawson brings out the heat in the afterhours club, but she also gives us fun, swoons and character growth. I enjoyed the teasing between couples and among the six of them. Michael and Jillian are siblings creating plenty of back and forth teasing. I loved watching Layla and Michael reach a pivotal point in their relationship. Leo and Jillian are true lovebirds giving us tenderness and heat. Dawson raised the heat level for this special occasion and continues to make it more about the couple and their growth. She makes their moments feel genuine, hot and personal.
My favorite part of the evening however was the conversations between Chad and Ruby. I kind of pictured Chad as this sweet, Oxford wearing good guy (totally vanilla) and Dawson made him sexy, charming and very appealing. I have always liked Ruby as she marches to her own drum, and it was great getting to know her. I still cannot wait for Brandon’s story. The man is sexy, funny, and sensitive. I am ready to surrender but I have a feeling Dawson will make us wait for his scintillating tale.
The last chapter of Unraveled is told from another perspective (spoilers darling) and it left me counting down the days until Debauched, book three in the Undone series.
*Disclosure I work as a VA assistant for this author, and received an arc of this book. These factors did not influence my review and all opinions are my own.
I haven’t read this author yet. I am not sure but I don’t think a sex club book would be my thing?But I am glad it was a good read for you!
Kim just can’t write fast enough for me. I love how “deep” this series is. Hahahaha… “deep”. I made a funny 😉
Fantastic review, girlie!!
The Bibliophile Babe
I love some sexy fun!
“snarky” — great descriptive word. Thanks for the post.
I haven’t read anything by Dawson yet but this one does sound like lots of fun! I love when an author can take a novella and make it have a little substance. I’m definitely going to be checking out this series!
I have a few books by Dawson on my TBR list and this novella sounds yummy! Ruby sounds like an awesome MC 😀
Glad you enjoyed it, but erotica is not for me.
I usually want some suspense with my romance, but your review makes me think this may be worth checking out further.
I love a great range of characters and will definitely take a look. 🙂
Anna from elements of emaginette
Yay for fun, swoons and character growth Kim! I clearly need to give this series a try, thanks for the recommendation! *runs to Amazon for the first 2 books*
I really need to get back into this genre soon, I’m sort of missing it and with February just around the corner it would be a good time to do it. 😉
Holy Kink Batman! I may want to read this one 😉
It’s nice to have a novella that complete and interesting! Plus now I can understand why you want the sequel!
I was so pleased with Unraveled as well, Kimberly. I was kinda surprised with the character growth in Michael and Layla, and Leo and Jillian, since we’d already gotten their stories. I adored getting better acquainted with Ruby and Chad though. 😉 And I’m right there with you, chomping at the bit wanting Debauched! 😀
Novellas that have some substance are awesome, Kim! Do you think this is better to read in order of the series? I wouldn’t want to have anything in the novella spoil the novels…
I need to check out this series for sure, because it sounds like there’s some good character development to go with the juicy story.
Yes Lexxie, it is best read in order.
That cover, hmm
I have a feeling sales for this book is going to skyrocket on Valentine’s Day!
I know how much you adore this author’s books, Kim, so I’m pleased that even this novella was fantastic. I loved her rom com books. I just need to grow a spine and read the copy you sent me!