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This contemporary romance, erotic romance, historical romance is a paperback edition that was published by Berkley on December 2, 2008 and has 464 pages.
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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Mountain Moonlight, Riding on Instinct, The Perfect Play, Riding the Night, Fall Fury, Changing the Game, Heart of a Killer, Forbidden Fantasies, Taking a Shot, Playing to Win, Nautier and Wilder, Wild, Wicked, & Wanton, Thrown by a Curve, One Sweet Ride, Straddling the Line, Melting the Ice, All Wound Up, "Hot Holiday Nights", Unexpected Rush, Unrestrained, Holding the Cards, Ice Queen
A very nice collection of four short romances with a common theme of a corset and love ranging from sweet to erotic to historical.
In 2008, Unlaced won the Cupid and Psyche Awards from The Romance Studio for Best Erotic Anthology and the OKRWA National Readers Choice Award for Novella (Undone).
“Controlled Response” (Knights of the Board Room, 2)
Jaci Burton‘s “Ties That Bind” is a very sweet story of a couple who married too young, divorced as a coping mechanism, and, with their daughter graduating and off to college, want to start again. My only quibble is “why did they wait??”
Jasmine Haynes‘ “Undone” is a lovely story of affirmation. Dirk Araman intends to enter a national contest showing the female form in all its glory and wants to work on practice shots — posing the model, getting the lighting right, etc. But he wants a real woman. Margo is still hurting over her ex-boyfriend’s remarks and decides to refute them by taking Dirk up on his ad. Although 12 years younger, Dirk falls in love with Margo during the shoot and pursues her, ignoring her evasions, figuring he has a chance until she says no.
Joey W. Hill‘s “Controlled Response” is a different perspective on bondage and control. Cassandra Moira is all about control and wearing a corset helps her maintain her cool during corporate negotiations. She’s about to have that control tested when she encounters Lucas Adler CFO for K&A and its Knights of the Board: Ben O’Callahan is K&A’s legal adviser; Jon Forte with his degrees in finance and engineering and genius-level mechanical skills; Matthew Lord Kensington, CEO; and, Peter Winston. They are a kinky bunch but with hearts of gold. As Cassandra finds out when Lucas insists on worming his way into her life and her family of five.
Denise Rossetti‘s “Rubies and Black Velvet” is the historical romance revolving around a young farm girl whose lover goes off to ensure his younger brother signs up safely for a mercenary unit. Only, he doesn’t come home. When her father dies and the farm is foreclosed on, Meg heads off to the city to find out what happened to him where, six years later, she encounters a black velvet corset sprinkled with five blood red rubies.
The Cover and Title
The cover is all in pink from the draped background to the back of the corset with its pink cord and the satin ribbon barely encasing the blonde. The title is certainly appropriate as the ladies do get Unlaced.