Desire Unleashed

Layne Macadam
Desire Unleashed
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Liquid Silver Books
Release Date
March 2013
Book 1 of Desire
Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

When schoolteacher Kathy Bellamy moved from Louisiana to Coronado, she didn't expect her secret dream or her worst nightmare to become a reality.

Kathy longs for the fairytale. An old-fashioned girl saving herself for the right guy, after one date with Navy SEAL Shane Jackson, she trashes her values and willingly tumbles into the sack without a thought for the consequences.

Confirmed bachelor and relationship cynic, Jackson has no room in his life for a permanent woman. Temporary liaisons are all he is up for. Cocky and self-assured, he believes he can pick a like minded player at a glance. So when he discovers Kathy is the complete antithesis of what he believed her to be, he is thrown into a tailspin.

But before long and way out of his comfort zone, he finds himself knee deep in a relationship he can't quite seem to end.

Kathy's love life is evolving parallel with a nightmare. The object of a maniac's obsession, when she throws caution to the wind and acts out of character, her actions are seen as a betrayal by her stalker that demand retribution in blood. Abducted at knife-point and taken to a secret location, can Shane, who is the ultimate predator, find and rescue her before it's too late.

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Jul 11, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
277 people found the following review helpful
A desire so profound that it can't be denied any longer, a passion that consumes both characters to the brink of explosion.

This is my first read of Layne Macadam and I have to say that I love her writing style. The story is vividly written and I got so drawn in that I lost track of time. DESIRE UNLEASHED is a story about finding out that love comes unexpectedly. Shane needs to understand that not everyone will walk out on him, that some people will stay at his side, no matter what.

Kathy Bellamy has just lost her mother to cancer and needs to get away from her home town, in Louisiana. She decides to move to Colorado and gets hired as a first grade teacher. She really doesn't have very many friends, but sometimes, she and two co-workers would go to the movies and have coffee. Oh, and that one date with Navy Seal Shane Jackson.

However, her thoughts were soon occupied with the breather calls she's been receiving, and her life devolved into a nightmare. In time, things escalate to an attempted kidnapping, and Shane knows he needs to get the team together because in a few days he has to leave on assignment. The guys of course were there to help, but the villain is always one step ahead of them. He meant to get Kathy and make her pay for fooling around with someone else. She would pay deeply.

DESIRE UNLEASHED is a thrilling, suspenseful read with twists and turns that were unexpected. The characters in this book are intriguing, especially Zach "Wolf", and the flow of the story is perfect. It has enough detail to make it seem that you could actually be in the book. Michael "Hawk", Lucas "Havoc", Wolf and Patrick "Frosty" are entertaining characters that will have you laughing out loud. I will definitely store this book in my library to pull it again to read in the future.

Kathy is a very strong willed woman that has a big heart, kind and sweet. Shane is an alpha male, a very protective, passionate alpha male but also a pig-headed, stubborn man. The love scenes in this story are extremely hot, and the details of the passion between Shane and Kathy are juicy and explicit. All I can say is that Shane is a man with amazing talents but the sweetest part was when his jealousy flared. I loved how he wanted to beat the crap out of the guys for either taking a glance at Kathy or making a wrong remark. This couple could easily burn the sheets.

If you are looking for a story filled with suspense, twist and turns, but also with lots of erotic passion, DESIRE UNLEASHED is for you.
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Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Oct 30, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
226 people found the following review helpful
Cross an innocent schoolteacher with a sexy Navy SEAL, toss in a crazy stalker and mix it all with a playful group of SEAL team members, and you've got one wild book. DESIRE UNLEASHED gives you all that and more as the first book in the Desire series.

Schoolteacher Kathy Bellamy doesn't "do" hookups. Call her old-fashioned, but she's looking for the fairy-tale white picket fence life. But when she meets Navy SEAL Shane Jackson, her good intentions fly out the window. Shane doesn't "do" relationships, preferring to keep company with women who know the score.

But Shane just can't resist his lusciously innocent next door neighbor, and he seduces her without hesitation. Despite not being the kind of guy who wants long-term, he can't help but be smitten with Kathy. He knows he needs to end their liaisons, but his mouth can't seem to form the words.

Shane isn't the only one who has taken notice of Kathy. Even though she's only been in town for a few months, it seems she's picked up a stalker. Shane and his fellow SEAL team members feel certain that something isn't right with the guy stalking her, and all of the guys make it a priority to protect her. But who is going to protect her from a broken heart when Shane inevitably ends their relationship?

DESIRE UNLEASHED is the first book in the forthcoming Desire series by Ms Macadam and is a standalone novel. I thought the writing was dry and unexciting, and so long-winded that I had a really tough time encouraging my eyes to continue reading. I have no idea what Shane saw in Kathy; she was weak and naive and a bit annoying, but Shane was even worse. His character was such a creepy and cocky perv that wanted nothing more than to get her into bed no matter what the consequences. I didn't find their relationship to have any chemistry; however when Shane bantered with Kathy's friend Liz, there did seem to be some there.

There were a few other things that had me mentally struggling to finish this book. The editing left a lot to be desired (there's a difference between "quiet" and "quite"), and the verbiage throughout is extremely dated. I'm talking like 1956 dated, with words like coquettishly, kerfluffle, keen, and "strapping males" making me shake my head.

That said, I did like the other characters in this book, primarily the other members of the SEAL team. They had a good rapport and had me smiling once in awhile at their antics. It's clear that they have a good relationship with one another.

I also liked the story line overall, particularly the suspense element of the novel. Unfortunately, the climax of the stalker incident was a huge letdown and so rushed through that I was very disappointed. Ms Macadam tries to make up for it by throwing a few other random suspense elements in there, but those only frustrated me and made me wish for this book to end.

I've read other reviews of DESIRE UNLEASHED that point out how awesome this read is, but for me it dragged on and on with no end in sight.
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