Grade: 3 stars
Goodreads appetizer: One week in paradise will make or break them...
It's not enough that Kelsey's husband left her for another woman. Oh, no. The "other woman" had to be her best friend Evan's fiancee. Not only has she lost her marriage, she fears losing Evan to the lingering awkwardness and humiliation that hangs between them.Evan has no intention of letting that happen. He's got plans...namely, an extra plane ticket to Hawaii now his future wife is out of the picture. There's only one person he wants on the trip with him, the one who's always been there for him. The one he should never have let slip away into the arms of a traitorous friend who shattered her heart.Kelsey is anticipating a week of fun in the sun with the man who's always treated her like a little sister. No one's more surprised when she discovers that Evan has seduction on his mind--and that she's more than ready for it.Love is the most powerful healing force of all. But past demons have a way of ripping open old wounds, and threatening the survival of even the strongest friendship...
My Thoughts: Unleashed is the kind of story you read in one sitting and can't help but enjoy even if you know deep down that you won't remember its details for long. And it's only natural seeing how small a story it is that both the plot and the characters won't have enough space to unfold and make Unleashed a truly memorable story. Even so, like I said, it was pretty enjoyable to read!
The friend turned to lovers trope is one of my favourites in romance, no big surprise here! I just can't pass the opportunity of reading how two long-time friends make that step and become something more. And Cherrie Lynn did a wonderful job in that department. She didn't immediately thrust her readers in the midst of a swirling romance nor Evan and Kelsey jump in bed from the second chapter. They almost do, but not quite :P
No, they both feel reluctant and are afraid to jeopardise their friendship for their feelings. Actually, the author did so good a job with all that reluctance that when Evan and Kelsey finally get together, it felt abrupt. I know, I'm difficult to please, but still, I felt that from being reluctant they went to speaking of their feelings and then claiming their undying love in the blink of an eye...
And just as abrupt felt all those time gaps in the story. Like I said, I know Unleashed is a rather small story so we need to move forward in a faster pace, but why go in details describing a day and then just fly by a whole week? I get why the author described certain days in more detail, but still, skipping a whole week was a bit too much and abrupt and didn't help the story flow easier.
All that in addition to the haste way everything wrapped up in the end and all that drama that felt forced and completely unnecessary made me appreciate Unleashed considerably less. Certainly I did enjoy reading this story but if you ask me if I will remember it for long or if I would ever re-read it then my answers would be no and no I'm afraid...
Verdict: Unleashed is the kind of book you will devour in no time, have a good time with it, have few problems with it and as soon as you're finished with it, forget all about it I'm afraid. It didn't possess that certain quality that could distinguish it from many other similar books out there. Still, I will definitely read the next books in this series. After all, the majority of readers claim that they are far better than the first one :)