You never forget your first love. Mechanic Ronnie Lang is tired of being “one of the guys”. Chasing the fantasy of finding a dominant male to help her explore her sexuality she applies to Overwatch, a members-only club where her eyes are opened to a world that’s more than she ever imagined, and the man she’s never forgotten.
Unfettered is a whole lot of goodness and a perfect introduction to Sasha White’s Overwatch world. It has loads of things I enjoy in a naughty read including, a second-chance romance, a tough girl looking for her mate/match and, just enough naughty to get me all excited about the continuation of the series.
Ronnie Lang has long yearned for a partner who is unfazed by her tomboy ways, a man who is not threatened by her mechanical abilities. The flip side to Ronnie’s rather masculine day job is her far less dominant and far more submissive sexual side. In all her years, Ronnie has never been able to find a man who is confident enough in his own masculinity and sexuality to be secure with a woman like Ronnie. In a last-ditch effort to find a true and lasting partner, Ronnie applies to and is accepted into the Overwatch club, a place that specializes in BDSM and is a safe environment for all members.
Every new member of Overwatch is required to undergo a series of training sessions meant to introduce them to the world of BDSM and Overwatch. Senior members of the club, both male and female lead the sessions and help new members become more comfortable with themselves and the rules of the club. In one of her earliest training sessions Ronnie is confronted head on with her past and Ian, the man who broke her heart years ago. The instant Ian sees Ronnie among the new members all of his instincts kick in and he knows, even after all these years that Ronnie is meant to be his. As a Dom and a trainer, he and Ronnie have the perfect opportunity to reacquaint themselves with one another and build a solid future based on their mutual interests.
The Bottom Line: Ronnie and Ian are really the perfect introduction to the Overwatch world and though you certainly don’t have to read their story first, I would recommend doing so. Ian is a long-time member of Overwatch, good friends with the club owner and, Ronnie’s partner and Dom. The two really do set the stage for the first full-length read in the series and enhanced my reading of the first book. I like Ronnie’s toughness that is tempered by her softer side and with Ian as her Dom, she has finally has a man capable of handling her on every level. I like Ian’s strength on every level – he is able to take control in the way Ronnie craves and is in no way threatened by her skills and abilities. In all, Unfettered is a fine start to the Overwatch series.
BDSM club owner Adam Kessler is no one’s hero. He joined the army to get away from the gang-life that had taken his brother, only to come home to heartache. He doesn’t hide his dominant side, and he doesn’t hesitate in his need to protect or enforce his particular brand of retribution on those who’ve earned it. There’s no way in hell he could walk past a man hassling a woman in an empty parking lot and do nothing. Only when the confrontation is over and the voluptuous blonde turns eyes filled with desire to him, does Adam realize he’s in trouble. Psychologist Olivia Lang grew up with the proverbial silver spoon, and has never regretted spending more time on her career than on romance, until she meets Adam Kessler. He’s dark, he’s dangerous, and he’s deliciously dominant… and she wants him. Passion burns quick and hot between them and soon they’re caught up in an intensely carnal relationship that neither can deny. But when Olivia’s life is threatened and Adam shows her just how dangerous he can be, will it be too much for the civilized psychologist to handle, or will she truly accept the man and win her hero’s heart?
Adam Kessler is not what the world thinks he is. As far as anyone knows, Adam is an ex-soldier who owns Overwatch and stays mostly to himself. What the world doesn’t see is Adam’s fiercely loyal streak that began when he was young and has only increased in intensity as he has grown older. To those Adam calls his own, there is never any questioning his loyalty and to what lengths he will go to in order to protect those he cares for. Adam calls very, very few his own and he is always up front and honest with the women he takes to his bed.
Adam is a decided Dominant, he is not relationship material and yet should he so desire, he would never, ever sleep alone. Adam is very conscientious about his rules and his standards not only in his personal life but also in his club. He looks out for the members of Overwatch, ensures their safety and, ensures each member is properly trained. Adam’s protective nature doesn’t end when he leaves the confines of his club and it is those instincts that kick in and have him stepping in the night he sees a woman being attacked by her car.
Olivia Lang is an attractive, intelligent, psychologist who has built a nice practice and quiet life for herself. She cares for her patients, is very good at her job and though she is lonely from time to time, she just hasn’t met the right man. The night Olivia is attacked, she is justifiably afraid but not willing to go down without a fight. In the midst of her struggle, Olivia is relieved to see a tall, dark, extremely well-built and, phenomenally capable man come to her rescue. After the “Are you OKs?” and “Thank yous” are out of the way, Olivia has a moment to really assess her savior and discovers he is a man she absolutely wants to know more about.
The time in between meeting Adam and going to his place just a few days later are filled with moments of trepidation, nervous energy, excitement and, a tiny bit of anxiety. Adam is wholly different from the man she pictured herself ending up with and the difference is absolutely intoxicating. Olivia feels certain she will end up in Adam’s bed but she has no idea how profound the experience will be. Though he intends to keep the experience as all his experiences are, brief, superficial and completely satisfying, Adam finds himself doing something he never thought he would do, offering Olivia a place in his world as his sub.
The Bottom Line: Adam is just delightful in a large caged animal sort of way. Adam is protective, aggressive, self-assured, successful and, totally devoted to his life. When Olivia comes into Adam’s world, she changes things for Adam on so many levels. For the first time in many, many years Adam has found someone he can open up to, divulge his secrets (and he has secrets!) yet still be the Dominant that is so much a part of his life. Olivia is really one of the few personalities that would ever be able to satisfy Adam for the long term. Though Olivia is willing to explore a submissive role with Adam she is also a strong and independent woman who has a life outside of the bedroom. The dynamic between the two is strong, intensely sexual, cerebral and, perfect. In all, Primal is an excellent second step in the Overwatch world and I am thrilled White dealt with the club’s owner in the first full-length read of this series. Adam and Olivia are a solid foundation for what is sure to be a very strong, very sexy series!!