Unraveled

Unraveled

The sharpest ache comes from wanting what you think you can't haveMaybe Dolan has lived independent, free-spirited and unattached since leaving home at sixteen. Whiskey Sharp, Seattle's sexy vintage-styled barbershop and whiskey bar, gave her a job and a reason to put down roots. Cutting hair by day, losing herself drumming in a punk rock band by night, she's got it good.B...

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Title:Unraveled
Author:Lauren Dane
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Unraveled Reviews

  • Wit & Wonder Books

    ***ARC provided by the author for a honest review***

    Lauren Dane begins her new series

    will having you laughing, crying, feeling awe and wanting to kick some behind. In the first book,

    you will feel for Maybe, you will love Maybe and you will fall in love with Alexsei. In a word, you will be hooked.

    Maybe is independent, outspoken and protective. Maybe has no issues telling you what is on her mind, yet to protect her sister, she lets some people speak to her in any which wa

    ***ARC provided by the author for a honest review***

    Lauren Dane begins her new series

    will having you laughing, crying, feeling awe and wanting to kick some behind. In the first book,

    you will feel for Maybe, you will love Maybe and you will fall in love with Alexsei. In a word, you will be hooked.

    Maybe is independent, outspoken and protective. Maybe has no issues telling you what is on her mind, yet to protect her sister, she lets some people speak to her in any which way. Why? For love, of course.

    Alexsei is a gentleman, family oriented, protective and a softy. Alexsei will do anything in his power to protect Maybe.

    When they give in, will Maybe be able to push her independence aside and let Alexsei in? Will Alexsei be able to protect Maybe from her past? Will Maybe stand up to those who treat her badly?

    Lauren Dane has a new forever fan in me. Her writing is spectacular, she really knows how to keep you hooked. Alexsei and Maybe have such great chemistry, it’s amazing. These two cannot keep their hands to themselves it seems. Although, there were a few questions that were not answered, but it ends in a good place. Five stars.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    4.5 stars

    Sisters Maybe and Rachel Dolan and their small group of friends are very appealing, but it’s Alexsei Petrov’s family, the Orlovs, a boisterous, nosy, but loving family of Russian immigrants, and next door neighbors of the Dolan sisters, that really sucked me in. The matriarch of the family, Alexsei’s Aunt Irena, not only “adopts” the Dolan sisters into her home and family, but she sends Maybe to Whiskey Sharp, Alexsei’s upscale barbershop and whiskey bar for a job. Alexsei and Maybe hav

    4.5 stars

    Sisters Maybe and Rachel Dolan and their small group of friends are very appealing, but it’s Alexsei Petrov’s family, the Orlovs, a boisterous, nosy, but loving family of Russian immigrants, and next door neighbors of the Dolan sisters, that really sucked me in. The matriarch of the family, Alexsei’s Aunt Irena, not only “adopts” the Dolan sisters into her home and family, but she sends Maybe to Whiskey Sharp, Alexsei’s upscale barbershop and whiskey bar for a job. Alexsei and Maybe have spent two years working together and building a solid friendship before taking their relationship to a romantic level. Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, so I was totally onboard. I found Maybe impossible to resist. She’s friendly, chatty, funny, and fiercely protective of her older sister, Rachel. Rachel, a former FBI agent with a very intriguing and somewhat mysterious backstory, is key to Maybe’s story. Maybe’s determined cheerfulness is especially admirable considering her difficult childhood. The Dolan sisters’ parents add drama and conflict to the story, in the bes/worst possible way. As much as I love Maybe, Alexsei is just as appealing. He’s quiet, taciturn, kind of grouchy, but loyal, sweet, and protective of those he loves. He packs quite a punch. I kept picturing him dressed for work in his trousers, button down shirt with his sleeves rolled up and held in place with garters. Damn, Ms. Dane paints quite a picture! I want to go to Seattle, visit Whiskey Sharp, and sit drinking whiskey while watching sexy barbers with Russian accents go about their business. I know they’re not real and Whiskey Sharp doesn’t exist, but Ms. Dane makes me believe otherwise. Alexsei and Maybe are hot, sweet, and very funny. Their story, and their family and friends are very entertaining. I know this is one series I will be re-reading again and again.

  • Dali

    Lauren Dane launches her Whiskey Sharp series with Unraveled, a sweet and sexy tale about dark and brooding Russian Alexsei Petrov and independent and free-spirited Maybe Dolan.

    After a year of hiring Maybe to work at his vintage-styled barbershop, Alexsei is ready to take their attraction to fruition, but even though Maybe has crushed on the delicious Russian, her independence and natural inclination to put others before herself makes his desire to protect her and make her his a bit of a challe

    Lauren Dane launches her Whiskey Sharp series with Unraveled, a sweet and sexy tale about dark and brooding Russian Alexsei Petrov and independent and free-spirited Maybe Dolan.

    After a year of hiring Maybe to work at his vintage-styled barbershop, Alexsei is ready to take their attraction to fruition, but even though Maybe has crushed on the delicious Russian, her independence and natural inclination to put others before herself makes his desire to protect her and make her his a bit of a challenge. But hot nights make getting to a place where they find a balance a very enjoyable journey.

    Both the main characters were equally appealing. Maybe, with all her issues was lively, warm and passionate caring for others, particularly her older sister, with fierce determination. Alexsei doesn’t just exude confidence and sexiness, he’s a family man whose tendencies to dominate and guard never overwhelm the Maybe’s free-spirited nature and finds her generosity absolutely intoxicating. The supporting characters were equally interesting and I can’t wait to read more about them, and although at times they threatened to overcome the main plot, Dane preserved the focus on the main couple.

    is book #1 of the Whiskey Sharp series by

    . It is an engaging contemporary romance, told in third person from both points of view with a happy ending.

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    * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. *

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  • Beth

    Maybe was a hair dresser at a local barbershop/whiskey bar. After years of watching women circle Alexsei, they hook up because they are both unattached at the same time.

    Maybe challenges Alexsei to see the world through her eyes, while Maybe needs the security Alexsei can offer. They truly are friends before they become more.

    Maybe goes through some very difficult times with her parents and in the end, I pretty much hated them…

    The flip side to that is Alexsei’s family. They are loud, lots of food

    Maybe was a hair dresser at a local barbershop/whiskey bar. After years of watching women circle Alexsei, they hook up because they are both unattached at the same time.

    Maybe challenges Alexsei to see the world through her eyes, while Maybe needs the security Alexsei can offer. They truly are friends before they become more.

    Maybe goes through some very difficult times with her parents and in the end, I pretty much hated them…

    The flip side to that is Alexsei’s family. They are loud, lots of food and adopted both Maybe and her sister, Rachel, even before Alexsei knew what was happening.

    I liked

    . Hot Russian, rocker/hair dresser drums and family.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Harlequin -HQN. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication Jan. 30, 2018

    My Rating: 3.5 stars

    Written by: Lauren Dane

    Series: Whiskey Sharp (Book 1)

    Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages

    Publisher: HQN

    Publication Date: January 30, 2018

    ISBN-10: 0373799381

    ISBN-13: 978-0373799381

    Genre: Contemporary Romance

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  • Zoe

    Intense, complex, and full of angst!

    Whiskey Sharp Unraveled is an emotional, friends-to-lovers romance that reminds you that your true family is composed of those that love, care, support, and accept you and not necessarily those that are related by blood.

    The prose is smooth and fluid. The characters are colourful, dependable, and passionate. And the plot is a sexy and steamy ride about love, life, familial drama, abuse, sexual tension, friendship, and romance.

    I have to admit that even though I

    Intense, complex, and full of angst!

    Whiskey Sharp Unraveled is an emotional, friends-to-lovers romance that reminds you that your true family is composed of those that love, care, support, and accept you and not necessarily those that are related by blood.

    The prose is smooth and fluid. The characters are colourful, dependable, and passionate. And the plot is a sexy and steamy ride about love, life, familial drama, abuse, sexual tension, friendship, and romance.

    I have to admit that even though I didn't have a great connection with the characters in Whiskey Sharp Unraveled and I found the heroine's name, Maybe, a little disruptive to the flow at times it is still an entertaining read with intriguing supporting characters that I look forward to reading more about in Whiskey Sharp Jagged, the next novel in the series.

    Thank you to Harlequin Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

    All my reviews can be found on my blog at

  • Lyndi loathes love triangles

    I am seriously considering creating a "are-you-fucking-kidding-me" shelf. This book would be the first to grace that shelf. *sigh* What the hell are you doing here, Lauren Dane?

    First of all, reading a story about a character named "Maybe" is really difficult. Every single sentence that began with her name was a sentence I had to reread. Fuck that annoying shit.

    Second, Maybe is a freaking dumbass. Total. Dumbass. Okay so, she comes across totally badass in the beginning, but then we learn more ab

    I am seriously considering creating a "are-you-fucking-kidding-me" shelf. This book would be the first to grace that shelf. *sigh* What the hell are you doing here, Lauren Dane?

    First of all, reading a story about a character named "Maybe" is really difficult. Every single sentence that began with her name was a sentence I had to reread. Fuck that annoying shit.

    Second, Maybe is a freaking dumbass. Total. Dumbass. Okay so, she comes across totally badass in the beginning, but then we learn more about her choices with her sister and parents and the whole time I'm just like "Seriously? That's a terrible choice. Uh huh. That also is a terrible choice. That one, too." The way she chooses to protect her sister is nonsensical and ineffective. It literally makes zero sense and I feel like Lauren Dane (WHO I FUCKING ADORE) absolutely phoned this one in. I don't think she thought this through at all because the logic ain't sound, baby. Not even close. Maybe is a lame af martyr that says she doesn't want to be a martyr, then insists on being one. That's super annoying and stupid.

    Third, the bad guy. Sorry, The Bad Guy, is frothing at the mouth insane and everyone is just like "But you need to listen to me. But you're not listening to me. I told you before, but you just aren't listening!" Like if I were in their shoes, I literally would have pulled a gun and forced the situation to end with lights and sirens, perhaps those belonging to an ambulance as well as the police. I would attempt to avoid a visit from the coroner, but I make no promises. What I'm getting at here in a very round about way (I'm so good at reviewing shit) is that the characters make terrible and illogical choices that don't match the situation. Crazy dude threatening to have you involuntarily committed? "Maybe you should go." Bitch, call the cops. Want your sister to have a good relationship with your parents? "It's okay that they psychologically terrorize me as long as you can have Thanksgiving dinner with them, sis!" I wanted to rip my hair out of my head reading these dumbasses react like ... dumbasses! Lobotomies. Lobotomies for everyone.

    Fourth, because yes there is a fourth, the story drags and drags and drags until things ramp up at the end a little bit before THE CLIFFHANGER. Fucking A, why? WHY? And the next book doesn't even focus on the same characters, so you get a "happily for now" and zero resolution to any of the conflict. WHY DID I READ THIS? WHY DID SOMEBODY PUBLISH IT?

    *grinds teeth* I love this author, y'all. But I dunno what this mess is. This book's saving grace was Alexsei, because of course our H/h both have to have stupid or overly long names because fucking hipsters. Anyway, he was a great character. A little misstep here and there, but I dug him hard. Lauren Dane wrote a poetic and dominant hero, so there is a silver lining here. But is Alexsei worth the read? I say no, unfortunately. If you want to bore yourself to death and get angry at fictional characters and their terrible choices, then please by all means give this book a shot. However... I think it's kinda shit compared to

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  • Laura

    ***ARC Provided by the Author/Publisher via NetGalley***

    I was excited about this title, I thought it would be interesting and different. I liked the idea of hairstylists working in a salon that was also a bar.

    There were parts of it that did work for me, and I did enjoy the relationship between Alexsei and Maybe. I liked that there was an attraction there, and that it was not pursued...until it was and then both of the characters were all in to the relationship and that it moved forward with the

    ***ARC Provided by the Author/Publisher via NetGalley***

    I was excited about this title, I thought it would be interesting and different. I liked the idea of hairstylists working in a salon that was also a bar.

    There were parts of it that did work for me, and I did enjoy the relationship between Alexsei and Maybe. I liked that there was an attraction there, and that it was not pursued...until it was and then both of the characters were all in to the relationship and that it moved forward with the idea that both of them were invested in the relationship.

    Unfortunately, I thought the secondary characters got in the way of the story and there was too much time spent on the development of their story arc. I also thought Alexsie's ex was unnecessary and not a very believable character, and this impacted my ability to engage with the story.

    I do think the series has potential and I am interested to see where it goes from here. Hopefully, there will be less focus on the introduction of the secondary characters as the series moves from the first book.

    I am not able to recommend this title.

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  • Angela James

    Pulled this hot kiss between Alexsei and Maybe while I was editing.

    “Being with you is like riding a rollercoaster.”

    “Do you like rollercoasters?” she asked.

    He nodded.

    “All right then.”

    He stood, meaning to settle on her bed with her until his phone buzzed in his pocket and he remembered he was only going to take a walk and he’d been there for at least an hour.

    And a look at the screen told him he was correct that they’d noticed his absence.

    “Is everything all right?” Maybe asked as she stood as we

    Pulled this hot kiss between Alexsei and Maybe while I was editing.

    “Being with you is like riding a rollercoaster.”

    “Do you like rollercoasters?” she asked.

    He nodded.

    “All right then.”

    He stood, meaning to settle on her bed with her until his phone buzzed in his pocket and he remembered he was only going to take a walk and he’d been there for at least an hour.

    And a look at the screen told him he was correct that they’d noticed his absence.

    “Is everything all right?” Maybe asked as she stood as well.

    He typed that he’d be right back and put the phone away before taking her face in his hands and kissing her.

    He didn't want to go back over there. He wanted to stay here, with her scent all around him. So he could watch her face as she spoke, animated and so freaking full of energy.

    He really didn’t want to break the kiss he’d started to delay leaving and now felt like the best thing he’d ever experienced. She seemed to melt against him, her body snugged up against his, her curves called to him so he gave in, sliding his hands down her body to her hips. She gasped and he sucked in the sound.

    Need seemed to gather low in his belly as his cock throbbed in time with his thundering pulse.

    She was fire. Her skin seemed to sear the palms of his hands as they roamed. This was what he’d needed. What he’d wanted from the first he’d met her. Her taste, her body against his.

    He could have fucked women for years and not felt this level of intimacy and connection and that humbled him.

    Once he was able to drag his mouth from hers, he touched his forehead to hers a moment before stepping back.

  • Missy's Book World

    Overall Whisky sharp was an okay read for me. A lot of the story was the back story of side characters I wished the story was more focused on the main couple Maybe and Alexsei. I did like how the Maybe and Alexsei romance progressed throughout the book it was more realistic. 3/5 stars.

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