Thursday, November 20, 2014
Review of Undaunted by Charity Parkerson
Undaunted by Charity Parkerson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Somehow I got my reading order mixed up and read Unequaled (book 3) before reading this, so I went in knowing which brother Mandy winds up with. Did this knowledge reduce my enjoyment of Undaunted at all? That would be an unequivocal NO! This was a great story and knowing who gets the girl didn’t make it any less enjoyable, or any less heartbreaking.
Mandy has been in love with Rhys for years. While Rhys loves Mandy, he’s never felt like he was good enough for her and they’ve kept each other firmly in the friend-zone deciding that having the other as a friend was better than not having him or her in their life at all. Unfortunately for Mandy, this means she has to witness the parade of women that Rhys indulges in and as an MMA fighter, there are a LOT of them. Her torture is worsened when, in a moment of grief coupled with alcohol, Rhys reveals his love and claims her physically but fails to remember it the next day. After Rhys’s brother Dane manhandles Mandy in a drug-induced state while looking for Rhys, she realizes that she has to let Rhys go – she can no longer deal with the destruction and heartbreak his presence in her life brings with it. This opens the door for Knox to step up and be the friend and stabilizing presence in her life that Mandy so desperately needs. Because they all feel that Mandy is Rhys’s girl, Knox fights his feelings for her until she makes it known that HE is what she wants. Let me just say that Ms. Parkerson certainly knows how to write sex scenes – whether it be M/F, M/M, or M/F/M, she writes extremely stimulating sex scenes.
There are definitely some twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting that made the story that much more intense. Even knowing some of the events that would play out after having read Unequaled before this took me by surprise. As I have read all three books in the series and read them out of order, I can confirm that you can indeed read them as stand-alone books and you can read them out of order without any problems. However, I do recommend reading them in order as it makes for a richer reading experience. I am looking forward to more books in the series and hope that Dane and Kerry get their own book soon (hint, hint).
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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