Unleashed by Cherrie Lynn

Unleashed by Cherrie Lynn
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (129 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: Best Book
Review by Lilac

One week in paradise will make or break them…

It’s not enough that Kelsey’s husband left her for another woman. Oh, no. The “other woman” had to be her best friend Evan’s fiancée. Not only has she lost her marriage, she fears losing Evan to the lingering awkwardness and humiliation that hangs between them.

Evan has no intention of letting that happen. He’s got plans…namely, an extra plane ticket to Hawaii now his future wife is out of the picture. There’s only one person he wants on the trip with him, the one who’s always been there for him. The one he should never have let slip away into the arms of a traitorous friend who shattered her heart.

Kelsey is anticipating a week of fun in the sun with the man who’s always treated her like a little sister. No one’s more surprised when she discovers that Evan has seduction on his mind—and that she’s more than ready for it.

Love is the most powerful healing force of all. But past demons have a way of ripping open old wounds, and threatening the survival of even the strongest friendship…

Warning: This title contains explicit sex between best friends, graphic language…and a hero who knows how to put the hot in “hot tub”.

This fabulous read features two good friends who pick up the pieces after heartbreak and discover a love they thought could never be.

When Kelsey’s husband had an affair with her best friend’s fiancée, she wasn’t sure her relationship with her friend Evan would ever be the same. So imagine her surprise when Evan calls and invites her to go with him on his “honeymoon” trip to Hawaii. Having been in love with Evan since college and with both of them available now, she cannot help but wonder if this could be her chance to see if something more could develop and agrees to go. Evan realizes that he should have never let Kelsey slip away and is determined to pursue a relationship with her. As the two relax in the exotic locale of Hawaii, they discover a passion that can no longer be ignored, but misunderstandings and past hurts nearly ruin their budding romance before it has a chance to fully bloom.

This was a wonderful story that I couldn’t put down! I was drawn to and touched by the relationship between Evan and Kelsey. Both share a touching friendship as well as a mutual sexual attraction that they’ve never acted on as the timing never seemed to be right for the pair and now that it is they embark on a very sensual and erotic journey as they discover new facets to their relationship. The passion between them sizzles with every kiss and long look and as promised by the blurb for the story they definitely put the “hot” in “hot tub” as they give new meaning to the word.

With Evan and Kelsey, the author has created two very likeable characters that you cannot help but want to see together. The author gradually reveals information about their friendship and their past throughout the story and as the pair reminisces about old times and discovers more about one another you can see how perfect they are for one another, as they seem to understand each other’s quirks and insecurities. It’s amazing, yet understandable, how they never managed to get together before. Yet their old hurts, doubts, and fears could tear them apart for good.

In addition to Evan and Kelsey the great cast of supporting characters also helps to enhance the story and move the fast-paced plot along. These characters include Kelsey’s other best friend who encourages Kelsey to go for it with Evan as well as Evan and Kelsey’s exes. Each of these well-crafted characters plays an important role in Evan and Kelsey’s evolving relationship despite their brief appearances and without them the story would definitely not be the same.

As for the story, with its great characters, touching romance, and scorching passion, Unleashed more than earned Best Book status for me! I was captivated by this touching, yet passionate read and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. This was Ms. Lynn’s first book, but I certainly hope it won’t be her last as I can’t wait to read more by this talented new author.


  1. Wow! Thank you so much for the great review! It made my day. I am so happy you enjoyed the story, and appreciate you taking the time to read and review it. I can’t stop grinning! 🙂

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