#MBreview “Unbridled” by Nicole Dykes

unbridledreview My musings…

3 Crowns

Unbridled is a second-chance romance that follows the story of Luke Monroe, star football player, and Hannah, reformed preacher’s daughter.

There is a lot about this story that I liked.  Luke isn’t your typical star athlete on campus, yet he is.  He has the cocky, arrogant, sleep with whoever aspect of the sport hero down, but he doesn’t really want to play football.  This was an interesting twist for the reader, something unique.  Similar to Luke, Hannah is also attending college with him, but she is not living the life that she wants.  The restrictions placed on her by her father and the spies he keeps around to keep her in line prevent her from living her life.  So while this story is a romance where the hero and heroine reconnect, it is also one with the theme of living a life that makes a person happy.  The author really hits home that a person can’t live for other people, but that he/she should be following his/her passions and joys in life.

The romance between the two characters was good.  Their relationship is believable, but it doesn’t leap off of the page at me.  I like them as a couple, though, because they make each other better.  The secret that is revealed at about ¾ of the way through the story and Luke’s reaction left me with mixed emotions.  It is the reason communication stopped between them, and the reason she allows her father to control her life, which is believable and helps to develop her characterization.  I understood Luke’s reaction and his need for time when he finds out, but his ultimate decision didn’t make sense to me.  The reader goes back to this state of limbo between the couple, and we just spent a good amount of time there at the beginning of the book. The resolution of the story is fantastic.  I really enjoyed how she wrapped up all their story and the HEA she gives them.

Overall, this story was good.  The author has an engaging story here, there are just some aspects of it that did not speak to me as a reader.  I would still, however, pick up another book by her, as the Monroe family and additional members, Shriller, Jax, and Alex, are interesting too.

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I’m living the dream. I’m the starting wide receiver for a Big 12 college football team. I have a full ride scholarship. On paper, I have it made.
Just one problem with that, though, it’s someone else’s dream.
Now I’m bridled with rules and curfews stuck in a classroom when I would rather be back home, working at my brother’s custom car and motorcycle shop.
To top it all off, she’s back in my life. The one girl that turns me into a total dumbass.
And she wants nothing to do with me.


I’m finally in college. I’m exactly where I want to be. Free of my religious father. Well, for the most part. I’m living my life the right way, and if I fall out of line, I always have my dear friend Rachel right there to correct me.
But then everything changes when I see him again. The man that makes me brave and cowardly all at once.
I know deep down I need to keep him away, but he’s just not taking the hint. He sees it as a challenge.
And I know Lucas Monroe never backs down from a challenge.

*Unsocial is a New Adult Romance novel that contains mature content and is not suitable for anyone under 18.

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About the Author:

I grew up in a small rural town in Kansas and currently live in a suburb of Kansas City. I love to read books that have main characters that are seriously flawed. I love to write and have been writing since I was in grade school. I wrote for my college newspaper and I just published my first book March 2015!

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