Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: Unequaled by Charity Parkerson

Title: Unequaled by Charity Parkerson
Series: No Rival #3
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Erotica
Published July 2nd 2014 by Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.
Length: 287 pages

Rating: 2 Stars
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Kerry has hated Rhys from the moment she set eyes on him. They’ve never had an encounter that didn’t end with them both enraged. Paired up at his brother’s wedding, their clashing personalities come to a head and a daring wager is made. Rhys agrees to submit to Kerry for a single evening if she will do the same. Considering the sexual flavors Rhys has enjoyed in his past, it’s one bet Rhys is sure he can’t lose. But Kerry has a few secrets of her own and her plans for him land Rhys in a place he never expected, the arms of sexy Italian solicitor, Asher D’Ettore.

Asher becomes an obsession Rhys can’t shake. His alpha ways and confident mannerisms render all of Rhys’ usual charm useless. With his hard-earned reputation in the media spotlight, Rhys is forced to make a choice between his public persona and true love.

Inside Scoop: This sexy tale includes graphic sexual male on male encounters and fetish club references which could have you searching for one in your area.

A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

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Ever though this is the third book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. Rhys is the new middleweight champion in the boxing ring. He wants Kerry, but she sets him up with Asher, a sexy, Italian solicitor.

The first meeting between Rhys and Asher is intriguing and takes place in a fetish club. Asher is in the submissive position, but he's an Alpha male like Rhys. Asher knows his own worth and seems emotionally stronger than Rhys. The juxtaposition and their honeymoon period is interesting.

However, before Rhys and Asher's first meeting, there is too much background info with the side characters telling the story instead of the main characters. There is no major difference between the side characters. They are all sexy with high sexual tension and do a lot of busy work in the story.

Rhys is complicated and he's not easy to sympathize with. He desires Kerry but doesn't know the she's already married to his brother. He desired both his brothers' wives at some point and was in denial over family issues. These background info into his character doesn't help the readers relate to him nor further his and Asher's relationship.

They are a sexy couple but it's almost too perfect. Their only hurdle is making their relationship public and the emotional turmoil written in the story isn't enough. The characters' feelings aren't analyzed and everything seems rushed. There's a stark contrast in character between the scenes when Rhys and Asher are being a happy couple and their break-up due to miscommunication. The resolution is rushed.

The story line isn't perfect and the story doesn't flow smoothly. Pacing issues are the main turn off for me. Nevertheless, there are some really great scenes like Rhys and Asher at the club and when they merge they social circles that I enjoyed reading. Overall, this is an okay erotic story.

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