Saturday, 4 October 2014

Review ~ Unabridged by Melinda De Ross

Unabridgedebook received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 17th 2014

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.

My Opinion

I was going through all of the books on my iPod looking for a romance (I've been reading too much action recently), so when I came across Unabridged, it seemed perfect. I've had it for a few months now, after agreeing to review it, so I thought it was about time I read it as well.

Unabridged was a quick, easy read where the writing flowed and it kept me turning the pages quickly--I was actually surprised by how quickly I got through it. The book was lighthearted and something I would say that is good for relaxing with. It has a simple plot to follow, and the characters are quite laid back. Similarly, there are a few elements of humour. I wouldn't say this book was a laugh-out-loud book as it didn't have me in stitches, but there were a few moments that made me smile--most of which were with Rat the cat.

Saying that, the one thing that annoyed me most with Unabridged was that everything felt too easy and a little underdeveloped. I thought there would be a lot more drama from what the blurb described, but there was virtually nothing--Blade was definitely not a nemesis, and their past wasn't really an issue. I wanted there to be more build up to finally getting back together, and for him to make her work for forgiveness. It felt a little unrealistic how quickly they fell back into each other's lives. Moreover, the twist near the end could have been developed more. I felt the culprit was obvious and that it could have started earlier in the book to make it not feel so random. It was a nice addition in my opinion, just needed more work.

Apart from that I did struggle with the writing at times. I felt some moments were great, but others had too much detail of unnecessary things, and there was also a sight issue with tenses. These happened mostly when Angie was on her own, and it did make me want to skim some description. I felt  it a little superfluous as one sentence could have summed it up.   

Anyway, having said that, overall I did enjoy Unabridged. It's a quick, lighthearted read that's engaging. It's a simple story that's great for not having to think with.


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