Unwrapping Amy

Emily Ryan Davis
Unwrapping Amy
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Publisher
Liquid Silver Books
Release Date
October 2010
ISBN
9781595787361
Genre
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
A wife's dark need and a husband's deep fear threaten to destroy more than a decade of love.

Desperate to share her truth with her husband, Amy Corcoran cooks up a plot to reveal her secret desires to be dominated and exhibited. She fears her scheme has backfired when Mac responds with anger rather than lust - until she learns the two can go hand in hand.

But fear has sharp claws and Mac is almost as afraid of becoming an abuser as he is of losing Amy...and his fear only intensifies when he discovers the pleasure to be had in spanking his wife.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Nov 11, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
126 people found the following review helpful
When need and a fear of desire come to a head, the results can be explosive!

Amy and her husband, Mac, have been having serious problems. She knows this; she just doesn't know how to fix it. She can't deny the need that she has to feel like she belongs to Mac, the need to submit to him. To Mac, being dominant is equivalent to being abusive. He watched first-hand how his mother took everything that his father gave her in the name of love, and he won't be like that to his own wife. He just doesn't know how to reach her. He knows that it's wrong, wanting her submission, even though the thought of her being at his mercy turns him on like nothing else ever has. But when things come to head, they are going to have to figure out how to deal with each other, or ten years of love could be lost forever.

This is an erotic romance novella about a couple who are at a crossroads in their relationship. Here is a couple who has loved each other for all of their adult lives and they just can't seem to talk to each other. An incident at a play-party, in which Amy found herself in deep sub-space brought on by another man, makes things even worse. It was obvious throughout the story that both Amy and Mac love each other. They just won't talk to each other, and that is killing their marriage. It was very frustrating reading the book because I just wanted to shout at them: "Just talk to one another already!!!"

But when things finally do boil over, the passion between them is very hot. Very steamy love scenes in all kinds of places, but I love that they both acknowledge that they want to work in more places than just in the bedroom (or the shower or the car). We don't get a HEA in the novella that is set in stone; instead, we get a promise of good things to come for the couple.

There is some light Dominance/submission in the book and one spanking scene, but I feel like even those that aren't fans of the BDSM genre would be able to read the novella without any difficulty. I also liked that there was discussion on the fact that limits would need to be set in the relationship on both sides, and that they were seeking out others with more experience for guidance. It also had the underlying moral that there needs to be open communication for a relationship to flourish.

I wished that there would have been more of what happened after they accepted each other and started working on their relationship. I felt like the story ended just as it was getting good. There were some parts that I felt were a bit unrealistic, but overall, I felt the theme was good and would resonate with readers no matter what romance sub-genre they usually read.
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Book Review by Nicole
Nov 11, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
123 people found the following review helpful
Unwrapping Amy by Emily Ryan-Davis is a short story about a husband and wife who have come to a crossroads at their marriage: Amy wants a different form of pleasure than Mac is willing to give her. Every marriage hits bumps along the road, however, what Amy is asking from Mac is more difficult because of Mac's tainted past. Even if Mac is hesitant, Amy is bound and determined to keep him in her life. Desperate, she hatches an elaborate plan to introduce him to her newfound desires and prove to him that this ride can please the both of them.

Mac's struggle to discover how to give his wife what she needs and his fears that giving into her desires will make him an abuser are intriguing to read about. While I thought that the plot of this novel could be interesting for a short story, I was somewhat disappointed. I really liked Mac, and felt that he was such a strong, likable character. Amy, on the other hand, bothered me a little bit, because after what Mac had been through, her character came across as selfish to me. If the intent of the story was to question the boundaries of marriage and sacrifice, then I would say, Bravo! It didn't seem to be that type of novel, though.

Therefore, some of the working elements in the story seemed a little too heavy for a 40-page story. If you are looking for some sexy scenes, there is some deliverance, but it didn't really seem like there was true resolution. One little tweak to this story would have made it a 4-star, but that small element made a huge difference in my opinion.
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