***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***Untangle Me by Chelle Bliss
Series: Love at Last, #1
Published by Self-Published on September 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Romance
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Kayden is a bad boy that never played by the rules. Sophia has always been the quintessential good girl, living a life filled with disappointment. Everything changes when their lives become intertwined through a chance encounter online.
Hundreds of miles separate them, but the connection that draws them together is too much to be denied. As the layers of their lives peel back, Kayden keeps the dangerous parts of his past hidden to protect the woman who is becoming more important to him than he should allow. What starts as a pursuit of carnal pleasure turns into a complicated love story. His past is a tangled web filled with addiction, an obsessed ex-girlfriend, and problems with the law.
One mistake he thought he had left behind may end up ruining it all.
Kayden has a past filled with drugs, booze, addiction and arrests. He hasn’t lead the life of a saint but after a big blow up with a poisonous ex-girlfriend, this gives him a sort of wake up call that forces Kayden to take a look at his life. Sophia is a good girl. She’s a librarian, shy and sweet. She’s dated some mediocre men and has had mediocre sex and wishes more color in her life. One day she gets a friend request via Facebook from Kayden. Kayden and Sophia grew up in the same town but Kayden was older and ran around with friends of her brother. Kayden happens to see a post from Sophia via Facebook on a mutual friend’s page and can’t resist wanting to get to know the sweet innocent looking Sophia! What started off with Facebook messages, turns into phone calls, turns into video chatting and then into a consuming love and need for each other that neither expected. With a crazy ex, long distance and Kayden’s dark past these two have a lot of Untangling to do.
REAL – That’s the first word that popped into my head after finishing the last pages of Untangle Me! These two characters are your average everyday people living their lives. Kayden doesn’t have a fancy job and he’s not a billionaire. He works in an everyday job and struggles with money and demons from his past. After his ex screwed him big time, Kayden is living the life of the love’em and leave’em. Kayden – oh Kayden how you struggle buddy. The thing that I loved most was his imperfections. Kayden is a hero with demons. Chelle doesn’t paint him in rose colored glasses. His character definitely doesn’t have his shit together. He goes through things that I don’t think I’ve read in a book ever. We see the ugliness in life that lots of people currently go through in real life. Reading Kayden’s struggle and seeing him at some of his low point endeared him to me. His struggle I think got to my heart more than his sexiness. Believe me Kayden is dominate in the bedroom and gives Sophia the banging of her life but reading his imperfections I think made the bigger impression on me.
Sophia is shy and sweet. She didn’t take crap from Kayden. She was fierce when she needed to be and she was his soft landing place when he fell. I loved her determination and her fierce love for Kayden. She stood by her man and supported him through the lows and highs. Sophia was the kind of heroine I’d love to be friends with. She is loyal and definitely has your back when you need it. Watching her support Kayden and stick by him with her encouragement and love, made me fall for character. She is definitely the back bone and the strength of this relationship.
Let’s get to the sex. OMG…the sex in this book is smoking. There is airport sex, car sex, public sex and just sex galore! Chelle definitely knows how to write her sex scenes. They had me panting right along with Sophia as Kayden gave it to her! I’ve never been to New Orleans but through Chelle’s writing I felt like I was there on Bourbon Street getting drunk and partying right along with the characters.
As much I liked the flawed characters and the sexy melt your panties sex scenes, there were some things in this book that kept pulling me out of the story-line at times. The transition from one scene to the next was at times confusing and abrupt. It wasn’t smooth and effortless. It felt like I was reading one scene and the next thing you know it moved to another scene and I had to stop and go back to make sure I didn’t skip a page or something. There were things in the first half of the book also that just seemed random. The second half of this book was much stronger than the first half. The story really gelled for me in that second half and I really got sucked into Kayden and Sophia. Overall this was a good read. I enjoyed the characters of Kayden and Sophia. They are imperfectly flawed people who were perfect for each other. I believed in their happiness and I like that Chelle kept them REAL! I’m not sure how I feel about reading a book about Kayden’s past but I will definitely be picking it up. I hope Chelle will give us more of a peek into Kayden and Sophia’s future. I struggled with what rating to give this book. I more than liked it but it wasn’t exactly at 4 Pages Turned for me yet.
★★ Book was read in October 2013. I own my own personal paperback and eBook copy. ★★
Books in this Series:
✾ Character Guest Post ✾
How to Keep a Long Distance Relationship Strong
Kayden: Honesty, communication, and masturbation.
Sophia: Kayden gives the simplified answer, but there is so much more to making a long distance relationship work. Honesty and communication are keys to a long distance relationship. Men need to remember that women want to always know they are at least in your thoughts. Don’t go out with the guys and not at least text her a little something during the hours you are at a bar. She’ll think you’ve found someone else.
At the core, we are all vulnerable and worry about our importance in the mind of our partner. We want to know that we are the most important thing and that we are always being thought of. If you don’t pay attention to her, someone else may give her the attention she craves.
When you do see your partner again, give them your full attention. No phones, no internet, just each other. Leave a lasting mark upon them to carry them over until the next visit. Long distance relationships take work and commitment. There is no room for jealousy; it’s the kiss of death.