Unwrapped - Ainsley St Claire

Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from Booksprout

Official Blurb:

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year…
My holidays don’t seem like they can get any worse. As San Francisco’s preeminent fixer I don’t have time to celebrate, until Bash Pontius convinces me to embrace the season. He may have solved my holiday blues, but he’s created another problem. With a washboard stomach and his push to protect me, I’ve managed to fall for a man who doesn’t do long-term relationships.
I work hard as a senior member of Clear Security with plenty of hard work and determination, but when Fiona McPhee’s father’s past transgressions threaten to take her down, I can’t help but step in and help. I see beyond the Irish siren’s leather veneer and she has me reevaluating long term relationships.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the one book I read by this author this time last year so when this popped up on Booksprout, and I realised it was the next in the series I grabbed the chance to read it.
Even though it covers some tough topics, it is still quite a light read. The feel of the book was much darker, however than the one I read last year. That was all holiday spirit and romance, whereas this was crime and BDSM!
The first chapter had me a bit befuddled; there was a lot of terminologies that I didn’t understand. I don’t know if it was a culture thing (I might be too naive and innocent to have got all the BDSM references) or a slight language difference between the US and UK English? I persevered through it, and once I was into the story, I became familiar with the author’s style of writing. There were still a few events that I didn’t follow when Fiona was getting technical about some of the cases she was covering, but I decided these intricate details weren’t essential for me enjoying the book as a whole.
The book is fast-paced, and there is so much drama going on it doesn’t let up. I devoured this so fast as I wanted to know what was going to happen with Fiona and whether she could get her happy ever after with Bash.
There are plenty of blush moments, but they are fitting to the story, and overall this was a fantastic read. I look forward to next year’s offering when I can delve back into this world once more!

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by Ainsley St Claire
Date Started
8th November 2020
Date Finished
9th November 2020
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