Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review of Unsurpassed by Charity Parkerson

Unsurpassed by Charity Parkerson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I want to start by saying that while I enjoyed the book, I feel like the author tried to put too much into the story and it actually took away from how good the book could have been. To me, it appears that in an effort to appeal to a wider audience, Ms. Parkerson included sexual elements that actually interfered with the story. If you've read my reviews, you know I love ménages, with MFM being my preferred. That said, the ménage scenes were underwhelming and really didn't add to the book. They felt rushed and I found the one-on-one foreplay interactions between Aubree and Ryan and Aubree and Max far more stimulating than their actual sex scenes. I feel the inclusion of the scene at the end between Ryan and Max falls into the same category - being included to simply to appeal to a wider reading audience. Unless the sequel is about Max and Ryan exploring this new facet of their relationship, this scene, too, was unnecessary to the storyline and didn't live up to the level of hotness the "Inside Scoop" warning promised. While these elements of the story didn't work for me that does not mean that I didn't enjoy the book.

The relationship between Drew and Aubree is great. As a successful championship MMA fighter, Drew can have his pick of women ... that is, women who want something from him, whether it be his money, his fame, or his body. Having grown up around the fight world, Aubree recognizes Drew for the player he is and effortlessly deflects his advances. Of course this means that Drew must have her, but not in the typical "I'm a famous alpha male and I get what I want" mentality, but rather a "this is a woman who wants nothing from me so I have to get to know her better" mindset. As Drew knows who Aubree's father was, he knows that she knows who and what he is and finds her lack of exploiting interest refreshing. As an added benefit, Drew finds Aubree beautiful and fun to be around, so he decides that she will be his. It is this relationship that makes the book. The interactions between Drew and Aubree are real and their banter is entertaining because they are comfortable with one another and feel free to be themselves. This level of trust is even more obvious when they're intimate and it makes for some really hot sex scenes (the intensity of which is why I found the ménage and M/M scenes lacking).

Unsurpassed is an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick read with a sexy alpha fighter. However, if you're looking for a book with hot MFM ménage scenes or steamy M/M scenes, you may be disappointed. Based upon this book, I would say that Ms. Parkerson's talent lies in writing MF sex scenes and romances because she writes them VERY well. I'm looking forward to the next book in her No Rival series.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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