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Unleashed

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Author: Cherrie Lynn

Published: February 1st 2010 by Samhain Publishing (first published April 21st 2009)

Format: Paperback , 218 pages

Isbn: 9781605045535

Language: English


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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 fiancée. 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, 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 fiancée. 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… Warning: This title contains explicit sex between best friends, graphic language…and a hero who knows how to put the hot in “hot tub”.

30 review for Unleashed

  1. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    Warning! This title contains explicit sex between best friends, graphic language--and a hero who knows how to put the hot in "hot tub." This is one of those times when I want to smack myself right upside the head for waiting so long to read a book because, wow, what a fun, emotional, sexy surprise Unleashed turned out to be. It has a great romance and an interesting, believable plot and to say this story is hot is putting it mildly! I absolutely adored Evan. So amazing, so sexy, so wonderful… and Warning! This title contains explicit sex between best friends, graphic language--and a hero who knows how to put the hot in "hot tub." This is one of those times when I want to smack myself right upside the head for waiting so long to read a book because, wow, what a fun, emotional, sexy surprise Unleashed turned out to be. It has a great romance and an interesting, believable plot and to say this story is hot is putting it mildly! I absolutely adored Evan. So amazing, so sexy, so wonderful… and Kelsey… my heart ached for what she was going through, but she and Evan made such a great couple and this friends to lovers story touched my heart and made me think that ‘fate’ really does watch out for us. Do I sound like I’m rambling? Yeah, that’s because I am... but only because there are so many things to love about this story and all of them are, for me, emotional. If you enjoy great characters, a beautiful romance, and lots of heat to your stories, give Unleashed a try. I’m so looking forward to reading the next book in the Ross Siblings series, Rock Me, which features Brian, Evan’s edgy, tattooed brother. Note: If you're curious, there's a free prequel to this story here: http://cherrielynn.com/wp-content/upl... Not much to it, but it tells about Evan and Kelsey's friendship just weeks before they discover that their significant others are cheating on them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    This was only an OK read for me. Usually I love the whole friends to lovers thing but this was lacking something. The sex scenes were fairly hot. I think the problem for me is when I finish a REALLY good book and then come across a book which I would probably think is quite good, after reading the REALLY good book ... are ya still with me? ... my expectation are way too high and I come away disappointed. I know loads of folks loved this one and kept reading the series. Not so sure I will. This was only an OK read for me. Usually I love the whole friends to lovers thing but this was lacking something. The sex scenes were fairly hot. I think the problem for me is when I finish a REALLY good book and then come across a book which I would probably think is quite good, after reading the REALLY good book ... are ya still with me? ... my expectation are way too high and I come away disappointed. I know loads of folks loved this one and kept reading the series. Not so sure I will.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 3 *** An OK book for what it is - a contemporary romance with a lot of sex. It was not bad, but it was not that good either, very mediocre and a bit forgettable. I can't give it anything lower than 3 stars because there really isn't anything particularly wrong with the writing or the story, so it fits right in the middle. If I try to summarize the story, there will be not much left apart from sex for any who would like to read it to discover, so I am going to leave it at that. I wish you all *** 3 *** An OK book for what it is - a contemporary romance with a lot of sex. It was not bad, but it was not that good either, very mediocre and a bit forgettable. I can't give it anything lower than 3 stars because there really isn't anything particularly wrong with the writing or the story, so it fits right in the middle. If I try to summarize the story, there will be not much left apart from sex for any who would like to read it to discover, so I am going to leave it at that. I wish you all Happy Reading and many wonderful books to come!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I liked this book, maybe not as much as I liked Rock Me, but there's only one Brian. Evan and Kelsey were really cute together and the sex scenes in the hot tub and in Evan's office were hot! Looking forward to the third book in this series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aestas Book Blog

    Almost 4 stars. “This has to be the craziest, scariest, sexiest, most emotionally exhausting and unbelievably orgasmic vacation I ever had.” Another great fluff read! A super hot ‘n’ steamy, best-friend-to-lovers romance about the healing of two broken hears. A great light read for in between intense books. For those of you who have read Rock Me, this is the first book from that series, about Brian‘s older brother. The books in this series do not need to be read in order though – they are each Almost 4 stars. “This has to be the craziest, scariest, sexiest, most emotionally exhausting and unbelievably orgasmic vacation I ever had.” Another great fluff read! A super hot ‘n’ steamy, best-friend-to-lovers romance about the healing of two broken hears. A great light read for in between intense books. For those of you who have read Rock Me, this is the first book from that series, about Brian‘s older brother. The books in this series do not need to be read in order though – they are each stand alones. Basically, Kelsey and Evan have liked each other since they met 10 years ago – but Evan didn’t find himself worthy enough of her and Kelsey was too shy to do anything about it so 10 years later, she finds herself divorced from her husband (who was also Evan’s best friend) because he cheated on her with Evan’s finacee. When Kelsey gets a call from Evan asking if she wants to go on a week long vacation to Hawaii with him (which was supposed to be his honeymoon with his ex-fiance), she is wary but can’t resist spending a week with the guy she’s secretly been in love with all these years. Together, away from the world, they are able to let go of their pain over their unrequited love and past mistakes and finally give in to their true feelings for each other … leading to some serious steam and a sweet HEA. Its not too long, I read it in a couple hours. There is a LOT of steam – a hot-as-hell hot tub scene and their first sex scene takes up 20% (!!) of the book *fans self* “Give me time to do this right. To give you everything you deserve. And I will, I promise.” Here's how I see Evan and Kelsey: For more of my reviews, visit Aestas Book Blog

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    If you like books with lots of unnecessary angst, characters who like to torture themselves by watching the object of their unrequited love date lots of other people, you will love this book. The writing was engaging enough. The fact that I finished this book despite everything is a testament to that fact. I, however, couldn't really stand this book. Here are the reasons why: 1) The pining. It takes some really great writing to make me like a story with pining, especially such that has gone on fo If you like books with lots of unnecessary angst, characters who like to torture themselves by watching the object of their unrequited love date lots of other people, you will love this book. The writing was engaging enough. The fact that I finished this book despite everything is a testament to that fact. I, however, couldn't really stand this book. Here are the reasons why: 1) The pining. It takes some really great writing to make me like a story with pining, especially such that has gone on for a decade. A decade, people! And it's rearing its head again after an ugly divorce. I think the reason I don't like pining is because of all the angst that goes with it. Ugh. 2) Evan, the H. He admits that he was a scared, selfish bastard about Kelsey, the h. That's reason he never went after her in college, and kept going out with girls who never lasted. He knew she had feelings for him, so he if really cared about her instead of just how much he needed to keep her around as his best friend, he would have done the right thing and stayed away from her. he would have done the right thing and let their friendship slowly die, instead of cruelly having relationships with a long string of girlfriends right in front of her. Toward the end of the book, he just leaves Kelsey, even after he promised he wouldn't do that again. And then he waits for her to come around and basically beg him to take her back. What the heck? I hated this guy. And I couldn't stand her for being so weak. 3) Kelsey, the h. Not only does she pine away for a guy who's a selfish jerk, she blames herself for not holding on her ex-husband's attention while they were still married. She feels guilty for still being attracted to Evan. Is there anything she doesn't feel guilty or bad about? And then she goes and apologizes to Evan for not letting her ex-husband's family know that they were in a relationship (even though they never labeled it as such). She didn't do anything wrong! Her only mistake was allowing her self esteem to be so battered by her supposed best friend so many years ago. She should have cut ties with him, found another best friend, and not tortured herself by watching him date lots of women.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Philippa

    4.5 stars. “I missed you,” she said softly and, though the top of her head only reached his chin, he heard that voice as if it had whispered in his ear. This was right. This was how they should be. He vowed in that moment to never let anyone come between them again. “I missed you, too,” he murmured.Any fans of friends-to-lovers romances out there? If so, this is the book for you! I personally love this type of romance setup, because by default it avoids the immediate-lust trap that I have a s 4.5 stars. “I missed you,” she said softly and, though the top of her head only reached his chin, he heard that voice as if it had whispered in his ear. This was right. This was how they should be. He vowed in that moment to never let anyone come between them again. “I missed you, too,” he murmured.Any fans of friends-to-lovers romances out there? If so, this is the book for you! I personally love this type of romance setup, because by default it avoids the immediate-lust trap that I have a strong aversion to in anything other than erotica. Based on the cover, title, and the Goodreads Genres it’s listed in, I initially thought this book fell into that category. After starting the book, I thought maybe it was romantica instead (i.e. equal parts romance and erotica), but it ended up reading much more like contemporary romance with a little bit of a naughty side. There are explicit words used that you usually don’t see in CRs – and if you do, then not as frequently. Regardless, the relationship between Kelsey and Evan was definitely center stage, with a very nice bonus of great chemistry and some hotly sizzling scenes. { Summary } Kelsey and Evan have been best friends ever since they met in college ten years ago. Evan was your standard all-American boy: good-looking, an athlete, smart with good grades, and kind of a player in the serial monogamist sense of the term. Kelsey was the smart sweetheart: everyone’s friend and on the inexperienced and prudish side sexually-speaking. She’s been in love with Evan ever since their friendship first began, but the time never seemed right to say anything and he was always paired up with a different girl. Eventually, Kelsey got swept off her feet by Evan’s best friend, Todd, who showed her the attention she’d always sought from Evan. Fast forward eight years and Kelsey is now divorced after finding Todd in their bed having sex with Courtney, Evan’s (then) fiancée. Things have been a little awkward she and Evan ever since and when he calls to ask her to join him on what would have been his honeymoon to Hawaii, she eventually gives in, hoping this might get their friendship back on track … And maybe this will finally be the right time for something to happen between them. They’re both available and she realizes now more than ever that Evan is the man who has always been there for her and always held her heart. For his part, Evan is also hoping that now might be the time for their relationship to move to the next stage. In college, he’d been aware of Kelsey’s feelings, but she was the type of girl you fall in love with – the type you marry – and that had scared him; he wasn’t ready to be tied down yet and was afraid anything else would ruin their friendship. Courtney had by no means been the love of his life and his biggest regret about that entire “incident” is how much it hurt Kelsey. Maybe with this trip she was finally ready to move on though, and maybe her feelings for him in college were still there somewhere, buried underneath all her pain and vulnerability. So both Kelsey and Evan go on this trip thinking the other just sees them as a friend, but hoping to show that they could actually be much more … { Opinion } It was a very cute and sweet romance, but by no means tame in the chemistry department. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure Lynn had written Kelsey and Evan authentically enough, since I was feeling the awkwardness far more than their apparent close friendship of ten years. That changed by the third chapter (of eleven) and from then on I really enjoyed both their friendship and their romance. Kelsey’s conflicting feelings were at times confusing and I wasn’t always clear as to what it was that was holding her back or that was making her so doubtful. Evan was an absolute sweetheart though and I loved how supportive and loving he was with her. This is the kind of story that at 140 pages I classify as “novella-ish.” It was long enough that I felt we got to know Kelsey and Evan very well and can believe in their romance and feelings, but short enough that it’s not bogged down by extraneous obstacles. The obstacles they face are in the transition of friendship to lovers, mostly having to do with the uncertainty of whether the other sees the transition as a permanent one. There were no over-the-top ridiculously-drawn-out scenes – if anything, I wish the resolution scene had been a little more dramatic! There’s a great Epilogue at the end that lets the reader finish the book feeling satisfied and in no doubt that the hero and heroine have finally gotten their HEA. { Formatting Issues } On a formatting note, there were several typos and I was annoyed by missing separator spaces. I read this in eBook form, so I’m not sure what the print version looks like, but it made for the POV and scene transitions awkward to read, because you didn’t realized a switch had been made until a couple of sentences into it. { Ross Siblings Series } Book 1 - Unleashed Book 2 - Rock Me I’m looking forward to reading Rock Me next, which features the romance between Brian, Evan’s brother and an all-around bad boy – think tattoos, pierced … everything, dyed hair, etc. – and Candace, a sheltered good girl who has been drawn to Brian for several years. Now that he and her cousin are no longer together, maybe it’s time for them to pair up – if they can overcome her family’s strong resistance, that is. { One of My Favorite Quotes }“Evan …” she murmured, wrapping her soft arms around his neck. Their position had her lips near his ear. She’d lost her headband somewhere. He could smell the strawberry of her shampoo, feel the tickle of her sluggish breath stirring his hair. “Evan.” “Kelsey. Move over here, lie down.” She pulled back slightly, her bleary eyes trying to focus on his. The weight of her head still seemed too much for her neck to support and her hair flowed over his arm. “Evan, I always liked you.” “I always liked you, too, honey.” The way she kept saying his name in that intoxicated purr, savoring the v between her teeth and her bottom lip, was unnerving. Unnerving, hell. It had his dick twitching in his pants. “Come on, girl, you need to sleep it off.” “I mean I like liked you.” […] Her hands caught his face, surprising him. He should have moved away from her long ago, before she could get her hands on him. As it was, he felt like a fly caught in the sticky gossamer of a spider’s den. “Always wanted to fuck you, y’know that? Even when I was a virgin.” He drew in a breath, exhaled it shakily. So much for prudish. Note to self: Kelsey now gets unbelievably horny when drunk. Read my review on the Fiction Vixen website.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Unleashed was, for the most part, an entertaining read. It's a bona fide friends-to-lovers storyline with all the typical, annoying, and at times, frustrating cliché scenarios. The hero was likable and swoon worthy, but I often found myself annoyed with the heroine. She was just a little too martyr-ish for my liking. The chemistry between hero and heroine, however, made for some deliciously hot sex scenes. And that alone made reading this book worthwhile.  Overall, Unleashed is a somewhat forgetta Unleashed was, for the most part, an entertaining read. It's a bona fide friends-to-lovers storyline with all the typical, annoying, and at times, frustrating cliché scenarios. The hero was likable and swoon worthy, but I often found myself annoyed with the heroine. She was just a little too martyr-ish for my liking. The chemistry between hero and heroine, however, made for some deliciously hot sex scenes. And that alone made reading this book worthwhile.  Overall, Unleashed is a somewhat forgettable book but it still held my interest while reading. 

  9. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Evan Ross knows how to treat his woman right! First off, I need to thank Elena, my smut librarian for this recommendation! Love ya! Unleashed is a great friends to lovers story. I thought Evan was just the sweetest guy in the entire world. Under terrible times, Evan and Kelsey fly off to Hawaii to escape their fuck-up lives. I will admit, some parts that were a little too mushy for my taste, but it also made the romance believable. And the sex? The sex was HAWT! Like I said, Evan know how to eat Evan Ross knows how to treat his woman right! First off, I need to thank Elena, my smut librarian for this recommendation! Love ya! Unleashed is a great friends to lovers story. I thought Evan was just the sweetest guy in the entire world. Under terrible times, Evan and Kelsey fly off to Hawaii to escape their fuck-up lives. I will admit, some parts that were a little too mushy for my taste, but it also made the romance believable. And the sex? The sex was HAWT! Like I said, Evan know how to eat his woman right! There was one thing that pissed me off about Kelsey. I know this is going to sound weird, but she’s so fucking NICE! I wish she was a little more of a bitch. If I saw some chick on my husband, there is no way I would even pretend to be civilized around her. The bitch is going down! My favourite person of this entire book was Lisa, the pregnant chick. She stole the show for me. Hands down hilarious whenever she spoke and I love her for it! Now I’m on to Rock Me with my sexy Brian! Holly, Elena... where’s my visual aid?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Evan and Kelsey are old friends. Kelsey caught her husband with Evan's fiancee in their bed. Obviously Kelsey gets divorced and Evan breaks off the engagement. There is just a matter of Evan's nonrefundable Hawaii honeymoon... he decides to take his old friend Kelsey. Sparks fly and they realize they are much more than friends... due to other issues they get called back from trip early, some drama there but the ending does not dissapoint. I have to say If you like this PLEASE read 'Rock Me' abou Evan and Kelsey are old friends. Kelsey caught her husband with Evan's fiancee in their bed. Obviously Kelsey gets divorced and Evan breaks off the engagement. There is just a matter of Evan's nonrefundable Hawaii honeymoon... he decides to take his old friend Kelsey. Sparks fly and they realize they are much more than friends... due to other issues they get called back from trip early, some drama there but the ending does not dissapoint. I have to say If you like this PLEASE read 'Rock Me' about Evan's brother Brian... my literary boyfriend love him!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This book has been on my TBR list for a while, and it was worth the wait. I loved this book. I read Rock Me, not knowing there was another book related to it. Evan and Kelsey were a great couple, but was a little irritated with Kelsey's ex-husband and the interference his presence played in Evan and Kelsey's relationship. Other than that, I had no complaints. I had a hard time putting the book down, and stayed up way to late reading it. I can't wait to read other books from this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    I ended up reading the Ross books backwards, Starting with Rock Me. And I must say, I didn't expect to love Evan so much. But his relationship with Kelsey just felt so right...from the first page of their story, I felt good about them. And when they get their sexy on, whew! **Fanning myself** Evan is the older Ross brother. He has no self esteem hangups. He's a lawyer, so his situation is set. Now all he needs is a wife and 2.5 kids. His best friend since college is Kelsey, who used to be marrie I ended up reading the Ross books backwards, Starting with Rock Me. And I must say, I didn't expect to love Evan so much. But his relationship with Kelsey just felt so right...from the first page of their story, I felt good about them. And when they get their sexy on, whew! **Fanning myself** Evan is the older Ross brother. He has no self esteem hangups. He's a lawyer, so his situation is set. Now all he needs is a wife and 2.5 kids. His best friend since college is Kelsey, who used to be married to his best friend since childhood until she caught her husband in bed with Evan's fiancee...good grief! That right there is what you call fubar... Needless to say, the friendship that remained strong for nearly ten years was a bit strained after finding their significant others boinking each other. When Evan realized that his honeymoon tickets to Hawaii are just going to go unused, he decided that both he and Kelsey need to get away from it all. Lemme tell you...the sparks are evident from the beginning, but from the moment they get on that island, there is enough sexual tension to frost a cake. And when Evan and Kelsey finally give in, yummy! This man packs a powerful punch, with enough stamina to make me jealous. Once again, Cherrie Lynn hits all the right sexual buttons. There is playfulness and passion and intensity. Just enough of everything that it never got boring, no matter how much time they spent in their hotel room...or the hot tub...or the car...or on the desk... One thing I loved is how likeable both Evan and Kelsey were. Kelsey is somewhat shy, and has always been just awkward enough to never put the moves on Evan. He's always treated her like a kid sister. But it doesn't take her long to catch on when Evan starts turning on the charm. No eye rolls from me! When she realizes that he's ready to see her as a woman, she's ALL FOR THAT!! You go, girl! Evan, also, is such a stand up guy. He's known since college that he has some strong feelings for Kelsey. But at 22 years old, thinking thoughts of marriage and what a wonderful wife she would make was more scary than romantic. So he let her slip through his fingers and decided to watch her be happy with someone else. When the opportunity finally presents itself to show her the attraction he's always felt for her, he doesn't hesitate. Wonderful book, wonderful series so far, and I'm for sure looking forward to more by Cherrie Lynn. This is another great contemporary erotic romance for those of us who like a little more heat with our romance.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    smutazing? Is that a thing? It should be. Unleashed is a story about two friends who turned into lovers. They also got a second chance at love. How? Well, Kelsey and Evan went to the same school and met during a class when they were forced to be partners on a project. From then they were sort of inseparable. Little did they know that they both had cute little crushes on each other. Everything changed when she was introduced to his best friends because they eventually married. Of course Evan ended smutazing? Is that a thing? It should be. Unleashed is a story about two friends who turned into lovers. They also got a second chance at love. How? Well, Kelsey and Evan went to the same school and met during a class when they were forced to be partners on a project. From then they were sort of inseparable. Little did they know that they both had cute little crushes on each other. Everything changed when she was introduced to his best friends because they eventually married. Of course Evan ended up meeting someone as well.. but before they went down the marriage lane well shit hit the fan. Kelsey's marriage ended abruptly due to her walking in on her husband sleeping with Evan's fiancée. Two relationship ruined instantly. Of course Evan and Kelsey ended up not talking for a while which ended up hurting them more than they thought. So they go on Evan's honeymoon trip to Hawaii because he doesn't want to waste it. Throughout the book their chemistry, hearts, crushes, feelings, and everything else basically exploded. They became one and trust me the smut was AHHHHMAZING. However, it was kind of boring since this book mostly was in Hawaii.. and nowhere else. Things ended up getting in the way when Kelsey's ex gets hurt - so they go back home for some bizarre reason. I totally get that her ex-mother-in-law was kind of the only parental figure her in life because her real parents where two states away and annoying twatwaffles BUT I still don't understand her reasoning. I'm glad that she finally got closure over him and everything that happened.. AND I'm beyond happy that Kelsey and Evan finally got their happy ending. The one thing that definitely threw me and twin off was the title. What exactly was Unleashed? Their love? Their hearts? Their emotions? I'm so confused.. and I also think that the book was way too short. I would've liked something to happen - maybe some action? more drama? more lovely smut? I don't know.. but I still ended up liking the book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laz the Sailor

    This is a strong 3-stars. Well developed characters and only slightly outrageous angst. Long-time friends to lovers - why did we wait so long? Friends and family confuse everything. Moderately hot sex scenes, with lots of warmth and snuggling. I'll read the next in the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    edzkie♥§*.*§♥

    Ive read Rock Me before Unleashed. And i had this impression that Evan was stiff, too strict and too bossy with a big brother attitude... but i love him in this one! I'm a sucker of bff turns to lover thing...i love their drama and discovering that what you've searching all along is right by your side...yay!!!LOL Evan was Kelsey's bestfriend who is also the bestfriend of his husband Todd, who kelsey caught having sex with Evan's fiancee Courtney.. Then there's the divorce, cancelled wedding & Ive read Rock Me before Unleashed. And i had this impression that Evan was stiff, too strict and too bossy with a big brother attitude... but i love him in this one! I'm a sucker of bff turns to lover thing...i love their drama and discovering that what you've searching all along is right by your side...yay!!!LOL Evan was Kelsey's bestfriend who is also the bestfriend of his husband Todd, who kelsey caught having sex with Evan's fiancee Courtney.. Then there's the divorce, cancelled wedding & honeymoon ticket to Hawaii...in which Evan decided to invite Kelsey to spend with him than go to waste..and together they unleashed all the secrets that they hold from the past and all the tension that they feel for each other..LOL A lot of steamy actions between friends and a bunch of chessy stuff to make you want a best friend like Evan..a must read!♥

  16. 5 out of 5

    ~V~

    Omg, i loved this book!! It was sooooo sweet and sexy as all get out!! Loved the whole friends to lovers theme. Loved that Evan and Kelsie had secretly been pining away for each other for ten years but remained nothing more than super close friends through other relationships, and a failed marriage. Everything they suffered through made their HEA, in the end, sooo much sweeter!! Loved it!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    December 2013 reread. Don't get me wrong. My love for Brian Ross and his bad ass, fierce ways means Candace is one lucky bitch! I sometimes forget just how much Evan Ross rocked my world with this first book, though. Great time for a re-read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This is such a great and beautiful story. I couldn't help but fall in love with Evan Ross. The chemistry he and Kelsey share, just blew me away, and it certainly got the little heartstring into a flutter. Girls, you were so right, I did love this one!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

    If the heroine hadn't have spent half the book crying and whining about her ex to the hero this would have been an okay read, but as it was their story felt overshadowed by the past and her 'cry me a river' scenes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    What a sweet romance story!!!! I loved Evan and Kelsey's story. It was the perfect HEA I needed after the emotional roller coasters I've been reading lately. It had everything a really good romance needs. Evan Ross... so swoony... the lighthearted and funny guy, gorgeous and confident, successful in his life, but lacking in his romantic history. As a serial monogamist, Evan, liked attachment but never quite felt fulfilled after long time college friend the beautiful and sweet Kelsey, met and mar What a sweet romance story!!!! I loved Evan and Kelsey's story. It was the perfect HEA I needed after the emotional roller coasters I've been reading lately. It had everything a really good romance needs. Evan Ross... so swoony... the lighthearted and funny guy, gorgeous and confident, successful in his life, but lacking in his romantic history. As a serial monogamist, Evan, liked attachment but never quite felt fulfilled after long time college friend the beautiful and sweet Kelsey, met and married his best friend Todd Jacobs. Settling for second best, Evan finds himself engaged as well to Courtney. Several months before the wedding, Kelsey comes home to find her husband in bed with none other than Evan's fiancé. With Kelsey now divorced and still pining for her supposed unrequited love for Evan... Evan contacts her out of the blue and invites her on an all expense paid trip to Hawaii... which was originally meant to be his honeymoon. Not knowing what to think about this, and naturally being protective of her deep feeling for Evan, Kelsey was skeptical, but after some thought agreed to go with him.... I won't bother with spoilers, but lets just say, that she made the right decision... She soon found that her feelings may not have be unrequited after all. I loved the way the story played out. Evan was so sweet and swoony, not perfect... but just about as close as you could get. I loved the ending, and look forward to reading the next book in the series, Rock Me. Brian, Evan's brother sounds very intriguing as well. Great romantic story, amazing sex scenes, wonderful HEA epilogue!!! I loved the book!!! 4.5 Stars!!! [image error] [image error]

  21. 4 out of 5

    Awilk -never sleeps-

    I was expecting a late night so I could finish this, but instead I made the kids look after themselves so I could get this finished at a reasonable hour. Plus I didn't want to stop reading this. If the main characters had communicated a little better there relationship would have been so much better, and they wouldn't of wasted years apart. That would of made for a very boring story though, and I would of missed out on reading this wonderful, feel good romance. I truly enjoyed this much more than I was expecting a late night so I could finish this, but instead I made the kids look after themselves so I could get this finished at a reasonable hour. Plus I didn't want to stop reading this. If the main characters had communicated a little better there relationship would have been so much better, and they wouldn't of wasted years apart. That would of made for a very boring story though, and I would of missed out on reading this wonderful, feel good romance. I truly enjoyed this much more than I thought I would, and it leaves me wanting to read Brians story again before I read book 3. Actually, I think that is exactly what I will do.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stacia (the 2010 club)

    Lite erotica romance. Eh. I went back and read this because it was the book that came before Rock Me. This book was pretty mediocre and standard, whereas I truly enjoyed the fun and rebellious vibe of Rock Me. I'd say skip this one and go right to Rock Me if you like your boys bad and your settings to be of the tattoo parlor and rock concert variety, rather than being stuck in a stuffy office and Hawaiian hotel room. The books read like stand-alones, so you're not missing much by skipping this o Lite erotica romance. Eh. I went back and read this because it was the book that came before Rock Me. This book was pretty mediocre and standard, whereas I truly enjoyed the fun and rebellious vibe of Rock Me. I'd say skip this one and go right to Rock Me if you like your boys bad and your settings to be of the tattoo parlor and rock concert variety, rather than being stuck in a stuffy office and Hawaiian hotel room. The books read like stand-alones, so you're not missing much by skipping this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I've read this series backwards and am surprised by how different this was from the second and third book. It's pretty conventional and sweet, but forgettable. I liked the friends-to-lovers theme, and enjoyed the dynamic between the two leads, but the history between the two led to too much martyr behavior and weepiness from the heroine. I think I would have enjoyed a longer time period for the romance. Everything felt too quick.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)

    I just want to start by saying how freaking disturbing that beginning was. I mean come on, cheating on your wife with her best friends fiancé? How freaking low can one get? There’s a special place in hell for Todd and Courtney, that’s for sure! Even Ross is all male. His best friend kept him in place back at school and he’s never let her go since. After the breakup with his fiancé he finds himself with feelings for his best friend but he couldn’t possibly act on them, could he? Kelsey Peterson is I just want to start by saying how freaking disturbing that beginning was. I mean come on, cheating on your wife with her best friends fiancé? How freaking low can one get? There’s a special place in hell for Todd and Courtney, that’s for sure! Even Ross is all male. His best friend kept him in place back at school and he’s never let her go since. After the breakup with his fiancé he finds himself with feelings for his best friend but he couldn’t possibly act on them, could he? Kelsey Peterson is dealing with a heartbreaking after finding her husband sleeping with her best friend’s fiancé. Her heart hurts but all she can think about is her best friend, the friend she’s always had feelings for. With tickets to a honeymoon not going to use even decided to ask his best friend to accompany him. She’s his best friend and the only one he wants around but with feelings from both sides poking around what could possibly happen in a beautiful place, whilst alone in Hawaii? Well you’ll have to read this book to find out because I’m sure glad I did. The storyline was great even with those dumb idiots they were with in it. There’s heartbreak and sadness with loving and tenderness and it was great to read. It’s a book about love and second chances at finding the one who makes your heart beat like crazy. I did end up skipping through some pages as they just weren’t capturing my attention like the others. That’s the only bad thing I have to say, other than that everything was good. This is my first book from Cherrie Lynn and I enjoyed it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    When Kelsey walked in on her husband with her close friend's fiance' going at it, she thought her life had fallen apart. Evan was not worried he had lost his fiance' but he was concerned for his long time friend Kelsey, trying to give her space and yet be there for her he figures enough time has passed that she needs a push to start her life again. Evan invites Kelsey on the honeymoon he never took as friends, but Evan quickly finds that he wants Kelsey a lot more than friends. Kelsey has always When Kelsey walked in on her husband with her close friend's fiance' going at it, she thought her life had fallen apart. Evan was not worried he had lost his fiance' but he was concerned for his long time friend Kelsey, trying to give her space and yet be there for her he figures enough time has passed that she needs a push to start her life again. Evan invites Kelsey on the honeymoon he never took as friends, but Evan quickly finds that he wants Kelsey a lot more than friends. Kelsey has always wanted to be with Evan, but her fears about him seeing her as a sister have always kept her feelings at bay. When they realize they have been missing out on something special all hell breaks loose and loyalties are questioned. I thought this had the makings of a fantastic story. I was a little conflicted with Kelsey at times she was a strong sensual woman and others she was timid. Overall good story and well worth the read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    R.E. Hunter

    I absolutely loved this book. It was a quick read but that didn't change anything for me. I read the Ross Siblings books out of order, so I read Rock Me first. I really didn't think anything/anyone could beat Brian Ross. That book was a lemon bonanza and I immediately fell for Brian. I held off a bit before reading Unleashed because I thought it would pale in comparison to Rock Me, but to me it was actually better! I thought there was such a sweet, amazing story behind Evan and Kelsey's love. It I absolutely loved this book. It was a quick read but that didn't change anything for me. I read the Ross Siblings books out of order, so I read Rock Me first. I really didn't think anything/anyone could beat Brian Ross. That book was a lemon bonanza and I immediately fell for Brian. I held off a bit before reading Unleashed because I thought it would pale in comparison to Rock Me, but to me it was actually better! I thought there was such a sweet, amazing story behind Evan and Kelsey's love. It had all the lemons you could want at all the right spots but I just loved the story underneath and especially the epilogue. This is def a fave :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tina "IRead2Escape"

    Unleashed was an enjoyable friends to lovers read. Both had been cheated on and were dealing with the subsequent fallout in different ways. Evan and Kelsey met in college, became best friends and continued on with their friendship through adulthood. Which was easy enough considering Evan had introduced Kelsey to his best friend and they got married. Once Evan got engaged the couples hung out together. Apparently, some of them were closer than others as Kelsey came home and caught Evans' fiance' i Unleashed was an enjoyable friends to lovers read. Both had been cheated on and were dealing with the subsequent fallout in different ways. Evan and Kelsey met in college, became best friends and continued on with their friendship through adulthood. Which was easy enough considering Evan had introduced Kelsey to his best friend and they got married. Once Evan got engaged the couples hung out together. Apparently, some of them were closer than others as Kelsey came home and caught Evans' fiance' in bed with her husband. She flipped her lid and the first person she called was Evan to get his cheating fiance' out of Kelsey's house. Kelsey got a divorce but kept her friendship with Evan even though now it held an air of awkwardness. Kelsey looked back on that awful day and was embarrassed for the way she called Evan and just couldn't seem to get over it. Not to mention she's always had a huge attraction to Evan but she knew he thought of her as nothing more than a kid sister. Evan was over the awkwardness that hung in the air between he and Kelsey and was on a mission to get them past it. What better way to do it than an all expense paid trip to Hawaii. After all, his honeymoon had already been paid for no use in letting it go to waste. The sexual tension between this couple was smoking. They were actually a really great couple once they got past the holding back and hiding their feelings part. That is always just a bit hard for me because I feel like if people would just be open and honest they wouldn't have half the problems that they do.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    This was a super cute book. With the title being Unleashed, I was expecting some like grand book that was going to have action and adventure as well as smut. Lol. But it was lovey dovey and cute and shit. But still a good book. This is the story of Kelsey and Evan who had been best friends for a decade. They're significant others cheated on Kelsey and Evan with one another. So naturally they ended up single. Kelsey and Evan have had secret feelings for one another forever. They take a trip to Haw This was a super cute book. With the title being Unleashed, I was expecting some like grand book that was going to have action and adventure as well as smut. Lol. But it was lovey dovey and cute and shit. But still a good book. This is the story of Kelsey and Evan who had been best friends for a decade. They're significant others cheated on Kelsey and Evan with one another. So naturally they ended up single. Kelsey and Evan have had secret feelings for one another forever. They take a trip to Hawaii and of course the feelings bloom from there. I did end up getting annoyed with the plot climax because it's like why. Why would she do that? It was seriously aggravating. But it was still cute and I loved the way the book ended.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rika Kali

    First of all- I hate whiners. I hate heroines who are all broken over a man who left them for someone else. I hate little girls who have harbored a serious crush on a guy friend because that's just tainting friendship. We've all had cute guy friends that we've had puppy crushes over but that was all that was. The lead female character is all- "OMG! I waited so long for you! I have been waiting for you to give me some attention since college! I have always secretly had a crush over you but I settled First of all- I hate whiners. I hate heroines who are all broken over a man who left them for someone else. I hate little girls who have harbored a serious crush on a guy friend because that's just tainting friendship. We've all had cute guy friends that we've had puppy crushes over but that was all that was. The lead female character is all- "OMG! I waited so long for you! I have been waiting for you to give me some attention since college! I have always secretly had a crush over you but I settled for another man who just happens to be your best friend! When were you going to wake up and realize that? When were you going to notice me? I took care of you when you had the flu in college! I did your homework! I got notes for you and you still didn't notice me!" Wha.................???????? If I liked a guy that much who happened to be my 'best friend' I would find the courage to go up to him and confess that I liked him. I would not linger in his life the way a clingy masochistic stalker would. Because that's what Kelsey is. She is a pathetic doormat who didn't have enough sense to propose to Evan when they were in college, and then didn't have enough courage to break it off with him totally, didn't have the guts to say go to the everluvin hell and I hope you burn to the man who was her husband and cheated on her with someone else. If someone I was in a relationship with cheated on me I'd come down on them like the wrath of Hades and then spit on them as they burnt just before I went out clubbing and picked up a man to fuck me senseless. He cheated because he obviously doesn't respect you enough to come up to you and tell you in person. Not to mention the fact that you have no business staying married to a man that can't give you an orgasm when in bed or make you happy. And he is obviously ignorant because he doesn't care whether you are climaxing or not. I don't believe in giving relationships a chance when both the parties are so fucking fed up of each other. Then on top of that she has the gall to up and leave Hawaii when poor ex-husband gets in an accident and his poor mom calls you. Where is your goddamn self-respect? Where is your goddamn spine? Where is your goddamn self-esteem? Where is your goddamn fucking everything? Seriously? You came on a vacation with a guy that you lusted after for forever and then you get this call from his mother and you up and leave so that you can be there for him? If someone cheats on their spouse, the wronged party should celebrate the fact that at least the former had the good sense knocked into them by a passing car. Somebody did them a favor. Upping and leaving? What in the.......??????????? Even if you feel something for a prickless cheating bastard of an ex-husband...it just shows how freaking helpless and spineless are you that you up and leave the supposed man of your dreams from the best vacation you have had in life for a someone like that? This novel was extremely offending. There were technical errors but that's about it. Kelsey is so frigging directionless and helpless all the time it would be laughable if it hadn't rubbed me the wrong way. Every page that I turned made Kelsey look like someone who was about a cm tall. Seriously? Being a submissive and spineless are two very different things. Kelsey is a submissive but that doesn't mean that the author had to demean her like that. I get it that people are broken over someone who cheated on them but to leave everything and go to their bedside??????? Nope. I don't get it. I hope to god that I have better sense next time before picking up a novel.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I've had this book on my Kindle for such a long time, and I wish I had read it sooner because I loved it. I really liked the fact that it was Kelsey and Evan who were friends before their partners came along (that they didn't meet through them). They had been through so much together already, both desperately wanting to be together all these years but both equally afraid to lose their incredible friendship. Now, together they face the aftermath of both of their partners cheating on them, with I've had this book on my Kindle for such a long time, and I wish I had read it sooner because I loved it. I really liked the fact that it was Kelsey and Evan who were friends before their partners came along (that they didn't meet through them). They had been through so much together already, both desperately wanting to be together all these years but both equally afraid to lose their incredible friendship. Now, together they face the aftermath of both of their partners cheating on them, with eachother! They have now been given a second chance at making things work out between them how they both wanted in college, and boy do they make the most of it. Evan was amazing, such a charmer and a smooth talker. Okay so he could be seen as a little too perfect, he can cook, he's rich, hard working, caring, devoted and so much more. He's every woman's dream and I totally fell in love with him. Kelsey was a fantastic heroine. I could relate to her one hundred percent. It was heartbreaking for her to be close to Evan for all those years and never being able to have him how she really wanted. She felt repeatedly rejected (even though that was never his intention) and her self esteem was at rock bottom. So when Todd came along and told her how beautiful she was and how much he wanted her. She jumped in head first and married him. But who can blame her really? This was a beautiful love story of two best friends that mean the absolute world to each other and I loved every second of it. Now the character I hated with every fiber of my being was Courtney. She's the most pathetic, whiney, self centered, cold hearted bitch I have ever read about. First she cheats on her fiance, with his best friends husband. Then months later she's still calling him, crying and whining saying she still cares about him. Then when Evan finally tries to be happy with Kelsey and takes her to Hawaii, she has the f**king cheek to get pissed off and say "I just want her out of my life." Are you serious? She caught you in bed with her husband and you want her out of your life? Holy shit, just slap her please... unbelievable! Ahhh rant over, I feel so much better. LOL I am so happy that Brian's book is next. Just from the few times we see him in this book, I already liked his sense of humour. He's so different from Evan, and I can't wait to read more about him. If you are like me and have this book just lying around waiting to be read, don't put it off any longer. You won't regret it!

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