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Unrestrained [Kindle Edition]

Joey W. Hill
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Book Description

From Joey W. Hill—author of the Knights of the Boardroom series—comes a novel of erotic games and power plays, in which an adventurous woman attempts to break down her own barriers…

Athena is an accomplished businesswoman in control of every aspect of her life. But since the death of her husband, she’s had the desire to explore submissive cravings she’s had for some time. Unfortunately, Athena is known as a Mistress, because that’s the role she’s always played.

Her type A personality was strong enough to serve her husband as a Domme because that’s what he needed. It’s not until she meets Dale, a retired Navy SEAL, that she attempts to discover what her own submissive desires are. But letting go of her control is not so easy.

Fortunately, Dale is an accomplished Master who can help Athena live out her fantasies. And as she slowly surrenders to his touch, both of them will learn more about the nature of love between Dominant and submissive, and how it defies all expectations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1391 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (3 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite torture 24 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a soul deep meaningful story about Athena a woman who's lost the love of her life and coming to terms with finding a new love who's about to take her well out of her comfort zone.
Athena's a rich, middle aged classy lady who's known in the world of business. She also known in the world of BDSM but there her name is Lady Mistress. After the death of her husband she doesn't do the BDSM scene that is until she decides to give her old stomping ground a visit. It's there that she watches Master 'Craftsman' dishing out some pretty hefty punishment to a Sub. Athena is mesmerized and starts wondering about what being an actual sub could do for her.
Oh yes! Let the fun begin.
Master (craftsman) Dale is a retired navy seal. He's a man of many talents. Dog rescuer, gardener and a youth worker but being a Dom was his greatest talent. This man could strip you bare and bring you to orgasm with just a few words and Athena wasn't immune to him even though she had doubts about being his submissive.
Master Dale showed dedication and love towards Athena which she did eventually reciprocate.
Plenty of quality bdsm play and even vanilla their relationship was so easy to grasp.
The emotions of these two were true.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and romance 12 Dec. 2013
By blondie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting on another level to many I have read due to the suspense in the story line- I only wish it was a little longer!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 26 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just love Joey's writing I have read all knights of the boardroom that was extremely hot and always a gripping story line. I always love a hot dominating SEAL and that they
are a mature couple. Makes me think there might be some hope yeah in my dreams. Brilliant book thank you .
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joey W Hill at her Best!! 3 Dec. 2013
By DSmamarose - Published on
Joey W Hill has done it again! She is the undisputed Mistress of the BDSM romance genre. Her characters are always fully developed, multi-dimensional people, with relatable, believable story lines. If this is your first time reading a Joey W Hill novel, you will not be disappointed.
Such a beautiful love story. I think what I loved most about it was it's, (and I DON'T mean this in a bad way) simplicity.
2 middle-aged people fall in Love.
No major dramas, no car chases, no subterfuge, no games, just that journey 2 people take when their hearts recognize their soul mate. Athena's self-discovery, Dale's absolute Mastery....sigh.....
He's such a compelling character. You immediately sense that his Domination, his absolute ability as a Master, isn't just bone deep, but a part of his DNA. As I first started reading their story I was struck by how little internal dialog we had from Dale's perspective. But once I finished reading I realized it wasn't necessary. Dale's thoughts, feelings were already there in every encounter he had with Athena. Honest, straightforward, absolute. Dale is every noble ideal we have of what a Knight is. I LOVE him!
Watching Athena embrace ALL of her submissive feelings, as well as watching her struggle to reconcile who she was with Roy and who she was always meant to be added so much to their journey. So many of us live our lives like Athena had. Especially when we have no outlet for what our submission really means to us. We serve, we're the caretakers, the organizers....we put everyone elses needs before our own. For most of us, that's enough. But how much more wonderful could our lives be if we grab hold of the fantasy as Athena did and make it our reality.

The encounters between Dale and Athena are incredibly Hot and Steamy!! Dale's ability to build Athena's need for release and the creative ways he achieves that are mind blowing. This is a Master fully in control of Athena's desire. A Love story definitely worth experiencing!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautifully crafted story that will draw you in and bring you to places you’ve never been before. 3 Dec. 2013
By D. Antonio - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Joey W. Hill does it again! This spin-off of her Knights of the Boardroom series is another incredible erotic journey. Athena is known at the club as Lady Mistress. She was her husbands Domme until the day he surrendered to the cancer that took his life. Now three years later she is back at the club and cannot convince herself to take another sub. When she sees the new Dom at the club she becomes fascinated by him and the way he makes her feel. Dale is attracted to Athena and intrigued by the submissive in Dommes clothing. Together they help her discover her inner submissive.
If you have ever had any curiosity about the D/s lifestyle you need to read Joey W. Hill. It is not a play by play or how to but you cannot help but get an appreciation for the beauty of a shared erotic experience. Joey W. Hill writes a beautifully crafted story that will draw you in and bring you to places you’ve never been before.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, Sexy Story 23 Dec. 2013
By Andrea T - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
First Impression ...That cover is so gorgeous. I've heard great things about Hill's books.

The Story... Two years after the death of her husband, Athena is searching. Serving as a Domme to her husband, now the role doesn't seem to fit. As she slowly wades back in to the BDSM lifestyle she and her husband enjoyed, Athena is changed when she sees a dynamic Dom, Dale, in a scene. Athena is drawn to him, as a submissive. A highly respected Domme, this change within Athena is a struggle. How can she reconcile her past with her needs for the future? With Dale's care, she is willing to explore the life of a submissive, move forward from her past role, and find a new way with her Master.

The Characters ... Honestly, the characters made Unrestrained. I've often mentioned that I find the world of BDSM and all the different roles and dynamics within that life to be fascinating. What drew me to this story was Athena's shift from Domme to submissive, and how thoroughly the author examined the desires and emotions and thoughts that result from the switch. I have to admit, I will not be able to give Athena's journey it's due. It would require a very lengthy review with more knowledge than I have. Hers was a complicated, thoughtful and ultimately freeing change. It was truly fascinating.

"You were trained, so to speak, to run things, to handle things. An ultimate service sub, if you want to think of it that way, trained by your husband to be his Mistress. As such, you equate your worth with service. It's a fine, noble thing in ninety-nine percent of that incredible, amazing life of yours that gives so much to others. But that's not what I want from you. That's not what you came to me for. We both know it. I'm your Master, Athena. With me, you let go of all of it."
"But...what does that give you?"
"I've told you." He chuckled, but it was a grim sound. "It gives me everything, sweetheart. That's the way I'm made. When you surrender, when you look at me with that dazzling, mindless trust in your expression, when I feel how you hand over every part of yourself to me, and you accept pleasure and pain at my hand...That's like a drug to me."

Dale, her Master, friend, and lover, was a complex and fascinating character as well. A retired SEAL, he hasn't let the partial amputation that changed his world, change him. He was a self-assured and powerful character. His pleasure is hers, and his complete control and care for Athena was inspiring. Though Dale was commanding, he wasn't an unlikable character like many Doms I've found in books. It was always apparent that his ultimate goal was Athena's happiness, which in turn brings his own.

The Writing ... The writing in Unrestrained fully immersed me into Athena's life, thoughts and desires. Though I own a few, this is the first of Hill's books I've read. I'm no expert on the subject of BDSM, but I feel as if Hill is, or at least an expert of depicting the life. I appreciate how thoroughly the characters are examined, how multi-faceted they were, and that the story was thoughtful, and not just out to shock and awe.

My one and only complaint: Dale's use of the word "girl" when talking to or directing Athena. I could be complete off base, but every time Dale called Athena "girl", I thought about the "Hey Girl" meme, and I giggle. Or I think of Justin Bieber. And I frown.

The Heat ... Was plentiful and delicious. Dale and Athena were uninhibited and honest in the wants, needs, and reactions to one another. With their having the type of relationship they did, the physical picked up almost immediately, but only enhanced the relationship and help progress it, rather than take it over. Unfortunately, I "had" to read much of Unrestrained in a semi-public setting. It was wicked hot and I had a few Awwwwkward moments. Fortunately, I love awkward.

Could I Put Unrestrained Down? The opening was intriguing, very much so, and quick to pull me on board. Though I never struggled with the story, it did have a bit of a slower pace and I found that my mind would wander at points. I do think the pace was necessary, but it did allow me to drift. The fascinating characters and subject always managed pulled me back.

In the End... At this point, it is a bit redundant for me to say that I found Unrestrained to be extremely fascinating. But it's honestly an absolute fact. Unrestrained appealed to me on a cerebral level, but also emotionally and physically. It was an excellent experience and I am so glad I gave Athena and Dale's book a chance.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written BDSM story, but too much punishment and not enough romance for me. 12 Jan. 2014
By Casey M. Britton - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Review for Ramblings From This Chick.

Unrestrained is the first book I have ever read by Joey W. Hill, but I had heard great things and felt like this book was one I really needed to read. Even though I knew this book was about BDSM before I read it, I feel like this book was completely different than what I was expecting. There were a few things that I had problems with, and those kept me from really being able to get behind this story. While this story wasn't for me, there are a lot of people that I think will really enjoy this book. I thought that Joey W. Hill did a really great job of writing though, and it was clear throughout the entire book that she really knows a ton about the BDSM world. Her scenes were all extremely detailed and I was impressed with how well done they were.

Athena is a successful business woman, and she is used to being in charge. She was her husband's Mistress until he passed away, and was used to being the one who ran things. After two years of mourning and going to the club that they were members of, one night she comes across a Master with a sub. She is immediately drawn to him even though he has his face covered. She watches the scene and then leaves the club. After she exits, she goes to fill her car with gas across the street from the club and is attacked. The mysterious Master rescues her, and they both quickly realize that there is a connection between them. As Athena gets to know Dale better, he gets her to realize that she was really a submissive all along. Dale helps Athena get over the loss of her husband while introducing her to what its like to accept her submissive nature and enter into a Master/sub relationship. Can Athena leave behind her pain and loss to move forward with Dale? What happens when everyone that supported her after her husband died learns about her new status as a sub?

I liked Dale. I thought that he was determined and stubborn, and extremely alpha. But I feel like despite reading this entire book that I really didn't get to know him. I know that he was a SEAL and that he had a lot of pride and honor. But beyond that and a few other details that were shared as well as his sexual preferences, his character felt sort of flat to me. I liked how protective he was of Athena and I was really glad to see how he never gave up on her. Athena was strong and successful, and yet there were several times that she was extremely vulnerable and seemed almost insecure. I couldn't quite reconcile the fact that she was so successful and was used to taking care of everyone to the woman who would be so afraid to be who she was and would run so easily. She was just too unsure of herself and felt weak for most of this story. I never was able to connect with her character. I think part of my problem is that both Dale and Athena were in their mid to late forties, and for me the age just didn't work. I think that Dale and Athena had a lot of chemistry though, and they definitely had a ton of really steamy scenes.

One of my problems with this story was the pacing. Because Athena's husband had died and this was her first relationship after, there was a lot for her to get over and it really slowed down the whole story. I found myself becoming bored and wanting to put the book down and walk away. I have never been in the same situation as Athena, but I thought that the story focused too much on her husband and not enough on her growing relationship with Dale. It also bugged me that Dale constantly called her girl. I know it was meant to be a term of endearment, but with their age and circumstances it just didn't work for me. Another thing that bothered me with this story was how accepting she was of everything that Dale did. Having read some BDSM books before, I am familiar with that world enough to know that there are many situations where there are safeguards to protect the sub. Dale knowingly took those away at times in this book, and yet Athena just went along with it and never said anything. I just didn't understand how a new submissive wouldn't possibly question numerous things that he did. I found it to be pretty disrespectful that Dale would not give Athena a safe word or safe gesture by restricting her movements completely by tying her up and gagging her. I realize that he is an experienced Master and is used to dealing with subs, but he really didn't know Athena for long before this point and yet he supposedly knew her well enough to know what would be too far for her. That just didn't work for me. I also thought that there were a few things that were flat out ridiculous in this story. There was a part of the story where she has to wear skirts with liners and keeps tissues handy because she has a constant flow of arousal...umm what?

Overall, I felt like there was more pain and punishments in this book than true love and trust. It would have been nice to see more of their growth as a couple beyond just him trying to teach her how to be the proper sub according to his standards. I think that this just wasn't the book for me. I was never able to become invested in Athena and Dale's relationship, and I never really felt their connection beyond the physical. I think that the emotions just weren't really there beyond those experienced as a result of the punishments. The reason I gave this one three stars was because I really did think that it was well written. Even though the content of the story wasn't to my liking, the story was very detailed and I thought that Joey W. Hill did a great job of bringing the BDSM portions to life. I think that there are a lot of people who read Erotica that will find this story to be not only extremely well written, but also very enjoyable. I think that if you don't mind the darker aspects of BDSM and can handle the punishment side of things that you should give this one a shot. However if you are looking for the lighter side of BDSM with a lot of romance and an emotional love connection, this one might not be for you.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unrestrained Is One 'Dale'icious Story! 6 Dec. 2013
By Delilah - Published on
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One of the hardest things about reviewing such a fabulous book as Unrestrained is that I want to tell you every last beautiful, moving, heart pounding, cold shower moment there is but I can’t. And believe me I REALLY, REALLY want to!

Athena Summers is strong, vibrant, beautiful middle aged woman who runs Summers Industries and spends a wealth of her time fundraising for various charities. She is also a widower of two years since her beloved husband of over twenty years Roy passed away. When Roy was alive they frequented Club Surreal where she was a Mistress to Roy. But ever since he passed she can’t seem to bring herself to take that role on with anyone else. While she relished playing that part for Roy because he needed that and she loved him it really wasn’t her true nature. It isn’t until she sees Master Dale weaving his magic around the sub Willow at Club Surreal one evening that she suddenly feels the pull toward exploring her long suppressed submissive cravings. And when an unfortunate incident suddenly brings the two of them together she realizes that she might just be able to reach out and grab what she has always desired.

Dale Rousseau is one hot-as-hell retired Navy SEAL and Master that we all first met in Joey’s previous book Willing Sacrifice. Dale lives a happy and comfortable life running Eddie’s Junkyard and Temporary Home for Good Dogs which he inherited when his friend Ed Senior passed away. He splits his time between trying to keep up with hunky Max on the workout trails, caring for and adopting dogs out of the shelter with the help of his SEAL friends, gardening and being a Master in Club Surreal among others. Having already fallen in love with Dale’s character it surprised me how much I harder I fell for him after reading Unrestrained. Athena describes Dale perfectly. “Former military, gardener, dog trainer and junkyard operator. As well as an extra-ordinary Dom. A man guaranteed to pique the interest of any intelligent, breathing woman….” I couldn’t have said it better myself. This man is just ‘dale’icious! I mean who knew that gardening could be so damn sexy? You can sign me up to the list of women who would be willing to take Athena’s place any day of the week.

The fact that Dale and Athena are both middle aged adds such a wonderful depth and richness to their characters. Not only does Unrestrained have a beautiful cover but it is a beautiful story between to extraordinary people brought together by fate but kept together by want, need, trust and love.
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