Undone by R.E. Hunter did just that, it undid me. I was an emotional mess afterwards, but soaked up and loved every single minute of it.
Spellbound, I did not, DID not want to put this book down. But of course as in life, I was faced with many interruptions; one being of the six year old variety. So I found myself going to great lengths to find some much needed solitude and finish this book. I even took to hiding in the children’s bathtub with the curtain drawn, lights off, and hoping beyond hope they would not spy the glow coming from my phone. Why was I reading on my phone? Because it’s easier to conceal in my pocket. Whereas mom walking through the house toting her Kindle is like wearing a neon sign that blares DISTURB ME with an arrow pointing directly at me. So aside from the cold from the tub seeping through my clothes, I settled in to finish reading about hot, sexy, seductive Luke. Professor hot, sexy, seductive Luke and his taboo romance with Bree.
I honestly fell in love with BOTH characters. Embry, Bree, is a twenty-five year old law student. She is dedicated to her future and is constantly working hard to maintain her high GPA and keep her scholarship. She’s smart and strong. Bree may not see the strength in herself, but I could. She’s got a past that has left marks on her emotional well being. But when she meets Luke, he makes her feel safe and secure. She finally takes a chance at a relationship and love again.
Luke, oh my Lord where do I start? He is intense and seductive. I love a man who looks you in the eye while charming the pants off of you. But he’s patient. He doesn’t want to rush things. He wants to take the time to get to know Bree. Luke cares for her and takes care of her. He’s a nurturer with a sexy, southern accent. Seriously, I could on and on and on and… You get the point.
I could not get enough of these two together. They absolutely fit! But, Luke has kept something from her. It divides them romantically for a while. My heart ached to see them apart. They were hurting, themselves and at some point each other. When they do get back together of course my heart rejoiced. I was elated. We’re on the road to happiness here. But oh no, no no no. R.E. Hunter couldn’t leave it there. Luke has one more secret he’s kept from Bree. A pretty big one. It brought Bree’s world to an absolute halt. My heart split and pieces of it feel into the pit of my stomach. I was literally in tears. As if that wasn’t enough, Ms. Hunter has one more curveball to throw. The last page in the epilogue…the last two sentences…broke me. I was crying for Bree and Luke and the state of their relationship. I was angry at the possibilities over what the last two sentences could bring in the next book. In case you haven’t guessed by now, yes, it’s a cliffhanger ending. But a very, very GOOD cliffhanger. A double cliffhanger! One of the best ones I’ve read.
R.E. Hunter did an amazing job evoking feelings in me, the reader. I felt every sensation there was to feel in this book. Every caress, every heated stare, the frustration and anger; I felt all of it. I love when an author does that to me.
I truly cannot wait for the sequel. Ms. Hunter has made a fan girl out of me.
This can’t be happening. That thought ran on a constant loop through her head as she sat in the cold, uninviting classroom, the smell of antiseptic invading her nostrils. A shiver crept up her spine, and she couldn’t tell if it was from the temperature or her nerves. Maybe both. She sat on a hard plastic chair, hands gripped in her lap, her foot tapping furiously against the linoleum. The anticipation was killing her. She studied the three people at the front of the room, their heads bent together as they whispered amongst themselves.
Her heart thumped in her chest, the dull thud echoing in her ears as she sat silently, waiting. Her head swam, and she struggled to keep herself afloat instead of drowning in the anxiety that threatened to pull her under. She strained forward, hoping to catch even a small piece of their hushed conversation, but all she could hear was the shallow murmur of their voices. She wanted to get it over with. Like a Band-Aid, it would hurt either way. Might as well make it quick. She’d had to pick up the pieces of her broken life and move on once before. But she couldn’t do it again, not after all of her hard work. She wouldn’t accept it, she couldn’t.
How did this happen? They’d been careful. Hadn’t they been careful? She swallowed the lump in her throat and tried in vain to think of something, anything else.
The older gentleman on the end cleared his throat, pulling her from her thoughts. “Miss Jacobs?”
She looked up at the members of the university’s disciplinary committee, taking them in one at a time. She straightened her back and lifted her chin, hoping the outward display of confidence would give her some semblance of the same feeling on the inside. That was shot to hell as soon as she opened her mouth. “Y-yes, sir?” she answered, her voice trembling.
“Do you know why you’re here?” the other man asked, his eyes kind.
“No, sir.” She shook her head, but she was pretty sure she had an idea.
“Let me tell you,” the older man interjected, opening the folder in front of him. He explained the purpose of the hearing and the university’s policies regarding disciplinary sanctions.
She sat back, rubbing her palms on her pants and trying to calm down. As she listened to his words, she was hit with a rush of emotion so strong it almost bowled her over. Good. Bad. Happy. Sad. Betrayal. Rage. Shock. Relief. Relief? She fought to keep focused on the seriousness of the situation before her as a litany of memories assaulted her consciousness.
About the author:
R.E. Hunter is a native New Yorker and lives on Long Island with her husband and their crazy kitten. She works as an attorney by day and writes every spare second she has. She’s currently working on the sequel to Undone, which will be released sometime in 2014. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her somewhere near a beach with a book in her hand.
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