Unlaced by Lynne Connolly


Unlaced by Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (184 pgs)
Other: M/F, Multiple Partners, Fetish, Toys, Voyeurism, exhibitionism
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Charles, Earl of Woodhouse, loves women in corsets, and Zara Myers loves wearing them, but after one night of fierce passion, it all went wrong. Forced into a marriage of convenience, they have to learn to live with each other out of bed as well as in.

Charlie introduces Zara to the joys of tight lacing, and Zara discovers the Big O, but despite that, she won’t give in and give Charlie complete ownership. If they weren’t married, she could take what he’d given her and walk away, but she can’t do that now. She’ll stay and fight.

As she learns to master the new feelings he’s brought to her, Zara learns how she can use it to bring even greater pleasure to herself and her husband.

Charlie’s not ready for the way Zara blows his mind anytime he’s near her. Used to controlling his life, even down to the women he takes to his bed, he’s not sure he likes losing it so completely. It takes a new kind of bravery for him to face this unexpectedly strong woman.

Zara did not realize the inner strength she had until Charlie introduced her to a life of corsets and power. The type of power that all of us women possess, but many never seem to tap into. This power is something I still cannot truly understand, so it made me root for Zara immediately. This new found womanhood and control is what she needs to in turn be able to help Charlie get past his emotional blockage–if she ever can. Or she may have to use her knew founded power to find a man who can fully appreciate the woman she was and the one she has become.

Charlie was a man who intrigued me immediately because of his emotional restraint as well as his chivalrous nature. He is always so diplomatic even when others seem to lose their cool. It made me want to understand the man behind the masks and find out what made him tick other than seeing a woman in a corset, of course. I have to say that the deeper I dove into the story and the characters the more I wanted to know. Even at the end of the story I felt as if I could continue to learn so much more about the guarded man who has achieved so much in his life.

The storyline was sometimes playful and others deadly serious. This rollercoaster of events and emotions can pique the interest of any reader. Additionally, while this was a modern day setting I had a bit of a vintage feeling to me as well. Maybe it was Zara’s fascination with vintage clothing, or Charles’ need to maintain his family’s historical views, but I could have easily have seen this story set in 1812 and easily as current day. This ability to bridge timelines really made the story even more entertaining. While many other stories I feel almost anyone can enjoy this story is truly one of those stories that everyone will find endearing and I would truly say if you enjoy romance novels you will definitely enjoy this story.

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