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Heroine: Athena – Former Domme, Submissive
Hero: Dale – Former SEAL, Dominant
I have been looking forward to Dale’s book since he appeared in Janet and Max's, Willing Sacrifice. There was something about his very alpha male personality, combined with the added emotional vulnerability of being a paraplegic. And the Dale in this book did not disappoint. This ex-SEAL is alpha to the extreme. Dale is sexy and seriously dominant. And quite inventive with his toys and other implements.
Simply, I liked Dale and his way of being a Master. He's a very firm and demanding Dom, who loves to give out punishments, but he's also understanding and patient. (Which is the best kind, right?) I wish I had connected to Athena the way I did Dale, but... I didn't.
The main problem being Athena's age. Forty six isn't my ideal age group. I don't mind reading older than myself, but a widow and closer to my mother’s age was harder for me to relate to. Don’t get me wrong, I liked her as a woman and I enjoyed seeing her grow and heal. I also loved that she was a Domme, only to discover that isn’t what she truly needed. It was an interesting dynamic.
One of my other issues was the fact that this was Athena's first relationship since her husband passing away. It made for a very slow pacing. Dale has to handle her with kid gloves, which I understand completely, it just slowed things down. A lot. That combined with the first few chapters, which felt like BDSM 101, made the beginning of the book feel drawn out.
Unrestrained didn't send my insides fluttering like I had expected. And while Dale was everything I had hoped for and more… I didn’t feel a spark between him and Athena. But Joey is, as always, a Mistress of her craft. She writes authentic BDSM romances with so much heart and emotion in them. I love that each couple she writes, each Dom or sub, is unique. They all show a different facet of BDSM. Unfortunately, this duo didn't work for me personally. I think there are many it will work for though.