Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Book Review: Unhinged (Unlikely Series #1) by J.B. Schroeder

Tori Radnor’s future is looking brighter after scoring a big break with her start-up venture. Mega-successful Aiden Miller has agreed to help. Although business isn’t the only thing drawing Tori to her new partner, she determines to keep it strictly business. She owes that to her teenager, after letting her almost-ex nearly destroy them. When she and her son become an elusive villain’s target, her carefully constructed plans begin to unravel. Is Aiden somehow involved—or is he the safest bet?

Aiden is facing a cross-roads personally and professionally when the police discover his Poconos store is part of a well-established drug ring. Alluring Tori and her employees are not complications he needs. And inexplicably, as his desire for the kind-hearted social worker increases, so does the danger—leaving protective Aiden is between a rock and a hard place.

As the villain’s taunts escalate into terrifying attacks, Tori and Aiden must confront their worst fears—before it all becomes Unhinged.


When I was approached by the author to read this book, I jumped on it. I'm always looking for new romantic suspense authors because it's my absolute favorite little genre. Anyway ... you never really know what you're going to get when you read a new (to you) author and this one most definitely did not disappoint. 

Right off the bat, there were exciting things happening within the pages of this one. I immediately loved Tori and her son and that fact alone built up a lot of momentum getting into the book. When you love characters that an author has created, you just want to keep reading! Speaking of characters ... I did have a bit of a back and forth thing going with the antagonist of the story. Here's the deal ... the first (approx) half of the book, you don't know ANYTHING about the antagonist. You don't know if they are male or female, you don't know how old they are or what their name is ... like I said, NOTHING. Now that's not a bad thing, but it does make it a little difficult to form that character in your head when you're reading. That being said, if I had the power to change this, would I? Absolutely not. The mystery surrounding the bad dude/dudette really ratchets up the suspense and I found myself loving every second of the mysterious psycho plaguing these pages. But it did throw me off a bit, and it was worth mentioning. 

I think that the way that this story came together quickly shot the book up to the top of my favorites list. There are quite a few things going on but the fast paced way in which it was written doesn't leave you feeling weighed down with all of the details that you'll find yourself quickly consuming. There were a couple of things that the characters talked about needing/wanting to do and then you don't really know if that happened or not but it doesn't detract from the story too much. 

All in all, I adored this book and I'm excited to see what the next book in the series has to offer because this one was buttoned up pretty tightly! I can't believe how lucky I was to get asked to read this one. Great author, great book and now I'm a lifelong fan. 

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review *

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