Friday, October 3, 2014

Unabridged by Melinda De Ross Blog Tour

Ironically, it all starts with a popular book about BDSM. When Angelina Jameson steps into her boss's office armed with an acid article about 'Billionaires, BDSM and Blah-blah-blah', she thinks her career will take off. But her career aspirations drop into second place when she finds herself face to face with her nemesis.

Blade Spencer is the new editor-in-chief of Unabridged—the literary magazine where his ex-lover Angelina works. For three years, since she fled small town Jamestown without a word of explanation, they haven't heard from one another. Now, when they meet again, the past and all the feelings they once had between them come rushing back, making them realize their love has never died. But can they reconcile their new circumstances and the changes that have occurred during the three years they were apart? Neither is the person the other used to know.

Then there is the faceless shadow who hunts them from the dark, driven by obsession and greed...

***This book contains strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.***

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He stopped right in front of me, his eyes narrowed. For a moment I thought I’d crossed the line. He supported one hand against the door, just next to my head, and stared hard down at me. His nearness was overwhelming as he towered over me, his tall frame placing me in shadow. I raised my chin defiantly to return his stare and the back of my head touched the wooden door.

“Do you have a problem with working under me, Angelina?” he asked huskily, lowering his face to an inch of my own, his dark-brown eyes flashing with heat.

My heart hammered loudly in my ears. My chest rose and fell rapidly with every breath I took. I opened my mouth to reply, but I had no idea what to say. Did I have a problem working under him? As we stood like this, I would have done anything just to be under him. To feel his weight on top of me again, to have his hot, hard body next to my own . . . Oh, the bliss of those memories made shivers of desire run through me.

Involuntarily, I lowered my gaze to his lips. They looked so soft, sensual and alluring, making me wonder if they were still as sweet as I remembered. I must have closed my eyes, torn between the past and the present, because in the next instant I felt his mouth seeking mine.

That first touch of our lips made me feel weightless, and in the same time my entire being seemed to liquefy. I surrendered my mouth to his blindly, kissing him back with all the passion that had burned inside me for a long, long time. When his tongue stroked mine I responded in blissful abandonment, wondering vaguely if one could faint from pure pleasure.

He encircled my waist with one arm, pulling me close to his body, as he pressed me against the door. My hands were tangled in his hair, drawing him closer, and he deepened the kiss. Our bodies were glued, but not close enough, yearning for the intimacy that used to sparkle and burn between us.

I stroked his cheeks, then his chest, frustrated by the barrier of clothes between us. When he slid his hands to cup my bottom and pressed me to him, we both moaned. I could feel him hard and rigid, and my hips pushed against him. We were drawn together like the opposite poles of two powerful magnets, unable to fight the torrent of attraction that flooded each one of us.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆
Unabridged follows the story of Angelina and Blade, two people who grew up in the same town but under different financial and societal circumstances. Blade's family was from the "right" side of town, while Angelina's mom cleaned their houses.

Blade never understood Angelina's misgivings about their dating and her concerns that she was not good enough for him. After a night out and having to defend herself to his friends, she up and left town without a word.

Fast forward and Angelina and her mother are now living in Seattle, she is an editor for Unabridged magazine. She is stunned when Blade is the new managing editor of the magazine.

This was a nice, sweet short read. I did have a few issues with the timelines in the book and some grammar issues.

I think this story had promise to it from the sound of the synopsis and the underlying plot of 'the one who got away' type thing, but for me it was too predictable. I knew exactly where it was going and that made it fairly boring to read. While I think the author had a good flow to the writing, I felt like at times there was a bit of thesaurus overusage or at least words used in a way that most people don't speak or think. Like 'A state of unprecedented optimism and contentment bloomed inside me, as I stretched languorously.' While at other times they were just stilted, like 'I quivered in response to the nearness of this monument of raw sexuality.'

The first moment she lays eyes on Blade, he is her nemesis but only moments later she is dreaming about kissing him, which would never happen with a true nemesis. And after days of seeing the man that you just saw no future with she is stating things like 'my existence was dull and sterile before you reappeared in my life. Now I feel complete.' They were only together for a few months, then three years apart, but just like that they are back deeply in love.

I wish I could've loved the story more, but I just couldn't connect to any of the characters and the flimsy emotions and rapidly changing feelings.

Ever walk into your boss’s office and think you know how the meeting will go? Yeah, Angelina thought she knew….until she walked in and it wasn’t her boss sitting at the desk. This was a fast read about lost love and second chances. The chemistry between Blade and Angelina is evident from the start. Rat the cat cracked me up and I wish we could have seen a picture of Rat all wet from the rain storm. This was a sweet love story and if you love sappy and sweet this one is for you.

Characters: The characters were well written and believable.
Sex: Yes
Religious: No, but God is mentioned several times
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

I am still sitting on the fence trying to decide whether this was written as a parody – which seems likely given the 'article' that Angelina submits, or whether it is meant to be just ironic timing, which the blurb suggests. The story is undoubtedly familiar, and the descriptive passages (of sex in particular) use such superlative adjectives and adverbs, that I believe the first must be true ... and yet I am not sure.

It was a quick read, and there were some comedic gems in the story – Rat the cat for one, and the letters from her distant admirer in New Zealand.

Not long ago, to my surprised delight, somebody described me as being “charming, witty, supremely talented and dangerously fun”. I don’t know how accurate this description is, but I’m curious if the readers will find some of these features reflected in my writing. Speaking of my writing, I must mention that living in Romania – which is considered a projection of the enigmatic and much controversial Shambala, the supposed spiritual center of the Earth – is quite a source of inspiration. I have a native inclination to the occult and paranormal, to mystery and philosophy. The woman in me is a romantic and sensual creature. All these considered, I could describe my writing as being captivating, intriguing, sensual in places and, on the whole, a surreal experience. Enjoy!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much ladies for being part of the tour, and for your reviews of Unabridged!

    Melinda De Ross


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