Title: Unravel Me (Unravel Me, Book 1)
Author: Kendall Ryan
Reviewer bought own copy of eBook
Psychology student Ashlyn Drake’s neat, orderly life takes a turn for the crazy when she finds the perfect subject for her amnesia thesis – a young man without any memory of his previous life, including the murder he’s accused of committing.
Against all common sense, Ashlyn’s drawn to him like a moth to a flame. Perhaps it’s that he’s so incredibly male, and even handcuffed to his hospital bed he could pass for a cologne ad – Scent de Insanity. Or perhaps it’s because she’s spent too many lonely nights studying. Either way, she’s determined to help him solve the mystery of his past. She begins to unravel who he was before, using his cryptic tattoos, and his paintings that scream of a dark past as her only clues. When she finally learns his secret there’s no telling which one is the real him, the gentle lover she’s fallen for or the troubled man with a dark past.
Sometimes when you read a book where there is an instant connection between the hero and heroine, you can understand it and it makes sense. Other times, it just doesn't sit right.
With Unravel Me, the instant attraction that Ashlyn feels towards Logan is a bit unrealistic. Even though the heat factor was scorching, I can't say that I would have let a stranger who was questioned for murder stay the night at my house. Sexy tatts or not.
Ashlyn is a post graduate psychology student who sets up an interview with an amnesia patient for her doctorate thesis. She enters his room in the hospital and finds the patient asleep and restrained to the bed. This is where I felt the implausibility of the story. Ashlyn asks the nurse to remove the patients handcuffs--and she does. This doesn't happen in real life. There is no way a nurse would do this. ( as an RN, I have taken care of incarcerated patients, and I know this to be factual).
This really was the only scene that bothered me in the book. I chose to overlook it, as this is a fictional story. Also, I wanted to see where the author was going with this story. The plot itself was very intriguing.
The only clue to the patient's past is the tattoo he has--the name Logan inked across his arm. Instead of calling him John Doe, Ashlyn decides to call him Logan.
During her visits, we find out that Logan as no recollection of his past at all. With dissociative amnesia, his memories are there, but are blocked and Ashlyn hopes to find the key to help him regain his memories.
One night as Ashlyn is returning home, she finds Logan outside on a park bench, sleeping. The police could no longer hold him due to lack of evidence, and the hospital had discharged him. He has no place to go. Ashlyn invites him to stay at her place--again, not what I would do with someone the police found passed out cold by a dead body covered in blood with a sledgehammer near him. Just saying.
But I will give kudos to Ryan for making me like Logan with the way he presents himself. When they are together, he is nothing but polite and respectful.
I also enjoyed the build-up between Logan and Ashlyn. Even though Ashlyn makes her intentions known to Logan one night (she wants him to jump her bones), he refuses to sleep with her. He has no memory, no idea what kind of person he is, or if he's even guilty of what the police charged him with.
Over the next few weeks, the two become closer as Ashlyn struggles to unravel (haha) Logan's past. But when they find the answers to who he is, will their budding relationship have a future?
Although there were a few unanswered questions as to what really happened in the warehouse, I still loved the unraveling of Logan's past and hope the author continues with this series.
Unravel Me is an enjoyable read that sizzles with great sexual tension and a sympathetic hero that charms his way into your heart. And because of that, the occasional flaw or two is easier to ignore.