Review: Unbridled by Lauren Grimley

unbridled coverSource: Author – I received this from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Series: Alex Crocker
Edition: ebook, 184 Pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5/5

“Think Law and Order SUV meets The Breakfast Club” was Ellie’s trite explanation of what Alex had been dragged into. Add a few fangs, Fifty Shades of Oversharing, and a dash of Dr. Phil, and she was in for quite a Thursday night.

Alex couldn’t deny she had become the pint-sized poster child for PTSD lately, but she didn’t exactly expect to find a support group for teachers turned vampire chew toys in Bristol, MA. Listening to the tales of the four other females gathered to help her heal, however, she accepts that perhaps both the worst and the best of life can blossom from the unexpected.

Unbridled is a novella-length collection of four connected stories focusing on the unlikely friendships and less likely lovers of the female characters from the Alex Crocker series.

Proceeds from the sale of these stories are being donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and V-Day. See the author’s website for more information:

“Grace and Dignity”
Even a female whose mating has been arranged most of her life still thinks about what she wants in a mate. Not one of the qualities Sarah had hoped for were easily evident in her betrothed, the future Regan of the Rectinatti coven. Perhaps, though, there were more layers to Darian than he liked to reveal, but how does a subject unmask a prince?

“Rules and Recollections”
You can’t fall in love with someone you barely recall, but that, Vivian supposed, was the point. After a terse meeting with the Knower, a mind reader, memory manipulator, and the coven’s most notorious lecher, Vivian isn’t herself. She can’t shake the feeling that the solution to her mood lurks just below the surface of her consciousness. Only plunging into darkness, though, will bring everything to light.

“Blood and Secrecy”
The shared need for blood brought them together, but individual desires for secrecy are keeping them apart. Each already left behind a life of privilege for reasons the other likely couldn’t understand. Now both Rocky and Ellie need to decide if they’re willing to open up about their pasts in order to ensure a future.

Unbridled is a collection of three short stories set in the Alex Crocker, Seer Series, each highlighting one of the female’s lives and part of their lives with their mates. Each story has a bit of a overall story connecting each story, so if you choose to buy them separately then just keep that in mind. Also these do reference the happenings of Unforeseen and Unveiled, and while it’s not entirely necessary to read these before I do recommend it as there are some spoiler-y bits.

I’m quite the fan of Lauren’s series. It has some incredible and unique vampire lore, as well as top-notch characters that are really varied in personality. Some of the best characters are the females and that’s what Unbridled treats us too. We get to see what Sarah and Darain were like when they were first betrothed, just how Vivian and Sage got together, and the dangers Rocky and Ellie went through to be together. Each story has it’s own mountain for the female to climb and each shows their individual strength. The stories are told in a setting where Alex is the point of interest, as her recent experiences have put her in a place where the females see that she needs support. So they offer it along with their experience in dealing with violence and subjugation. I thought it was great to see another side of each character and I enjoyed learning a bit of their history.  Of course the romance is also incredibly worth it as well.

I think I enjoyed Grace and Dignity the most, because it shows how Sarah earned her place by Darian’s side. The woman has a backbone and she handles things in a way that show her strength all the while maintaining that graceful dignity that she is know for.

Overall I really enjoyed it and I recommend it to those who are looking for a great paranormal romance series. If you’ve already read Unforeseen and Unveiled then what are you waiting for?!

4.5 Stars

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To top that off Lauren is also donated proceeds from the purchase of this book to two charities, The Breast Cancer Foundation and V-Day. If you want to find out more info and enter a giveaway for one of two awesome prize packs then I urge you to check out my post: Romance for A Reason.

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