Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Blog Tour: Unraveled by K. M. Neuhold (Review + Giveaway)

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RELEASE DATE: 02.08.18
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My mind and body are full of chaos; the only time I can truly feel free is when my hands, arms, and legs are secured. Just because I want to be bound, able to give over my pleasure entirely to another person, doesn’t mean I want to be controlled, humiliated, or made to endure pain. I’m a successful, happy, confident adult man who wants a lover to tie him up. Why is that so scandalous? And why is it so difficult to find? It doesn’t help that I’ve developed a hopeless crush on my straight roommate. Maybe a fulfilling relationship isn’t in the cards for me.

I’m completely out of control of my life. My ex is trying to take my daughter away from me... again, my dream of owning my own motorcycle repair shop seems out of reach, and somehow, I find myself a thirty-two-year-old man who can’t afford to have a place without a roommate. So, it’s no huge surprise that the idea of being given complete control over someone’s body and pleasure is a major turn-on. I never had any inkling I might be into guys, until my best friend told me he likes to be tied up. Now I’m losing sleep, imagining him bound and begging for me. I can’t figure out if it’s just the kink or if it’s possible I’m falling for him.

**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

Unravaled is book 5 in K.M. Neuhold’s Heathens Ink series. Regardless of whether this book can be read as a standalone or not, this series is fantastic and you really need to read every book. Personally, I think you’ll get more pleasure if you read the books in the appropriate order.

Clay was introduced in book 4 as Beck’s best friend and business partner. It took me a few minutes to figure out who Clay was since he’s not part of the Heathen Ink's crew. Clay is who he is and makes no apologies for it. He has his kinks but struggles to find someone to indulge in those kinks. He’s settled into his life and afraid to step outside of his comfort zone and make changes. Clay is in love with his straight roommate Max and they have a very couply, non-couply relationship. Max works with his father and brothers, and they are very stereotypical mechanics. Max has a great relationship with his daughter, and thanks to Beck, he and Clay get to spend quality time with her. Max notices Clay and enjoys being with him, and everything changes when he discovers a picture of Clay.

As with this whole series, I like the characters in it. I thought Clay, Max and Max’s daughter were great additions to this series. I enjoyed the added Shibari in this story, which is not something I’ve read in MM books before. I have read a series involving Shibari before from a mainstream male/female author so I knew what to expect. I don’t enjoy reading BDSM but I thought this was the perfect level for me. My only concern with reading this book was I felt that Shibari wasn’t something you could just jump into. All I kept thinking while reading was, here’s this newbie picking up ropes, does he know to pay attention to tightness and if there’s numbness? And, it doesn’t seem like a newbie can just jump into patterns and doing it the right way without causing damage. So, for me, I’d like it to be more realistic than a beginner being an expert immediately.

Something I’ve really started noticing is how authors handle the dialogue regarding female and female anatomy and this author handled it perfectly. The characters mentioned not being into women, and the author didn’t make it about women and their anatomy being gross. So, thank you to the author!!

If you haven’t read the books in this series, I highly recommend it! I’ve loved every book and character introduced, though, I’m sorry to Clay and Max, I love you, but Beck is still my favorite character! This is a great series that covers a lot of emotional topics but keeps from drowning you in depression.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Every dish in the kitchen is piled on the table, while I stand on a chair to scrub the insides of the cabinets.

Maybe I can strip and re-stain the wood; that would look nice. Although, I doubt there’s any stripper or stain in the house, so I’d have to go to the hardware store. I glance at the clock on the stove. There probably aren’t any hardware stores open at three in the morning.

Something soft bounces off the back of my head, pulling me from my thoughts. I glance down to see what hit me, and I frown in confusion. I must be more tired than I thought because I can’t for the life of me figure out what a random sock is doing lying at my feet.

“What the hell?” I mutter, trying to suppress a yawn.

“I figured you must be a house elf on crack, so I was trying to set you free.”

I snort a laugh and glance over my shoulder to see Max standing behind me in nothing but a pair of pajama pants. I force myself not to let my gaze linger on his toned chest or his adorable, sleep rumpled hair.

“Very funny.” I roll my eyes and yawn before turning back to continue my task.

Strong hands grasp my waist and, before I know it, I’m being scooped up into Max’s arms and carried to my bedroom. I’m more excited than I have any right to be when Max lowers me onto my bed without so much as jostling me.

“Sleep,” he says with authority. I roll my eyes at him.

“I can’t sleep; that’s why I was cleaning.”

He sighs and looks down at me with a conflicted expression.

“What would help?”

A release— something to calm my mind for a few minutes.

“Nothing you can help me with,” I toss back with agitation. “What if I climb into bed with you—”

“Keep talking,” I encourage with a salacious grin.

“Dirty mind,” Max accuses with a chuckle. “What I was saying was, why don’t I climb into bed, and we can pull up something boring on your laptop. I bet that’ll help you fall asleep.”

He’s not wrong. It’s the only thing that helps some nights. And, truth be told, it’s more about the feeling of Max’s warmth beside me and the steady rhythm of his breath as he sleeps.

“Thank you.”

“Anytime,” Max assures me before grabbing my laptop off my desk and climbing into bed beside me.

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I'm an author of m/m and new adult romance. I have a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well.


  1. I really enjoy reading about shibari.

  2. I don't have a favorite kink; I just like learning about them.