Unbound by Cara McKenna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Merry has gone through some significant changes in her life and is hiking solo through the Highlands to celebrate her new physical self and possibly connect with her mother's country of origin. Two weeks into her trip, she catches a stomach bug and then falls and injures her head. She finds her way to a cabin seeking some help. Rob has exiled himself to the Highlands after becoming so self-destructive he felt his only option was to live alone away from society. For the past two years he has avoided almost all human contact, but when he sees that Merry is injured he feels he needs to offer her assistance.
Merry is quickly attracted to the handsome recluse and finds him and his simple existence, and mysterious past fascinating. Rob finds that he is lonelier than he realized as Merry's kindness and company begins to make him feel things for the first time in a long time. It doesn't take long for their chemistry to lead them into a sexual relationship, but Rob has some proclivities that have caused him mostly shame and pain throughout his life. Merry catches on, and finds that by fulfilling Rob's fantasies, she is also fulfilling her own. Their brief but intense relationship before Merry has to head back to her real life in the US leaves them both with a lot of new understandings about themselves as well as questions about what this will mean for their futures.
I found the pacing of this book just about perfect. Even though the amount of time the characters spent together was not long, the circumstances of their situation provide a realistic feel to the events that transpire. The chemistry between Merry and Rob is sweet, and hot. Getting to experience them both finding true sexual fulfillment for the first time in their lives was very satisfying. The way they complimented each other and truly took pleasure in the pleasure of the other was fantastic. This book really had me feeling along with both characters. Their honesty with one another in the face of their insecurities was very charming. It was sometimes difficult to go through the pain and challenges that the characters had and were still facing, but it made the parts where they grow and move forward all the more rewarding. I have read and enjoyed other books by this author, and was delighted to really connect with this one as well. I would highly recommend this title.
*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review
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