BOOK REVIEW: UnMeasured (UnMatched book #1) by Alyssa Turner
Publisher: St. Martins
SynopsisSHE’s a good girl, or at least she tries to be. People think Samantha Hunter lives a fairytale life. Only this young, wealthy American in Paris has a secret. If she lets it free, there’s no telling what she’ll do. Being the wild child is one thing. Letting her dark fantasies run wild is quite another. How could she? The better question is…how could she not?
HE wears a suit, but he is not entirely civilized. Oleg Balashov is often hungry for something he'll probably never find. His closest friends have similar appetites and the private club they own is the perfect place to feed their desires. Oleg is ready to pay an old debt with an arranged marriage, mafia style. Then Samantha appears on a bar stool with just enough curiosity to get her into trouble. She's in way over her pretty head. Or is it the other way around? The Masters of Club Duval have a new pet and she isn’t so easy to tame. Samantha Hunter is about to rewrite all the rules for these Doms and nothing will ever be the same.
Trigger warning: Oleg owns a whip, and he knows how to use it. After the happily ever after ending, the epilogue of this book will be an introduction to the prologue of book 2, Unleashed.
I received this book from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
This is not your average BDSM romance. Samantha is not your average sub. She has a medical condition that keeps her from feeling fear. In truth she gets excited by it instead. The 4 kings who own the most prestigious BDSM club in Paris soon learn that this is a dangerous combination. With no fear there is no boundary, no line that can be crossed before Samantha will safe word. It is up to them to control themselves, putting her more in charge than a sub should be. As they struggle to figure out how to handle Samantha and themselves Oleg, one of the kings finds himself struggling with his feelings, as he falls deeper into his relationship with Sam but his family mafia connections may put her in danger.
I really enjoyed this book, it is definitely different than most of the other bdsm books out there. I think it may be more intense in some ways due to Samantha's condition. One thing that did bother me is that the Taylor they all used for their Fetish gear, Maurice was often referred to by the pronouns she/her which it was stated she preferred but then halfway through it was switched to referring Maurice as he. I applaud the author wanting to show inclusion but it needed to be carried throughout the book.
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