Review of Unfiltered and Unraveled (Unfiltered #6) by Payge Galvin and Danni Pleasance

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Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA

Book Length (Est.): 160 Pages 

Book Description/Synopsis: 

After a night-shift shooting of a drug dealer in The Coffee Cave, twelve strangers each walk out with more than $100,000 in dirty money, a pact never to meet again, and the chance to start over… As usual, Violet Laswell’s lifelong friend, Allie, had gotten her into a mess. It started out with Allie following tradition by getting Violet drunk for her twenty-first birthday . . . and ended with illegally disposing of a dead body and racking up her very first DWI.

Violet’s first unwitting walk on the wild side lands her in court, and – at her parents’ insistence – rehab. She has thirty days to resolve her non-existent issues with alcohol or she’ll be pruned from the family tree. Ever-helpful, Allie researches the very best and most expensive recovery center in the state, New Beginnings, where twelve-step meetings are mixed with spa treatments and equine therapy.

But Violet’s refusal to lie about past step one, admitting that she’s an alcoholic, labels her a “problem case” among the staff, particularly recovery counselor Cameron Wentworth. Violet is a puzzle to Cameron–someone who truly doesn’t have a substance abuse problem, stuck in rehab. He’s perversely drawn to her snarky irreverence for the work he’s so passionate about. And Cameron’s grumpy professor persona makes crawling into his lap and asking for “tutoring” seem like a perfectly reasonable option to Violet. But, even though Violet is technically assigned to another therapist, relationships between all staff and patients are strictly forbidden.

Can Violet face her actual addiction – chronic people-pleasing? Can her friendship with Allie ever be repaired? Or does Violet simply need the kind of deep therapy Cameron and his all-too inviting lap seem quite happy to provide?

 

YAY ~ Double Review!

 

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Violet Laswell helped her lifelong friend Allie dispose of a body on her twenty first birthday after a night of drinking and ending up at the The Coffee Cave where the shooting had taken place. As if that is not bad enough, she also receives her first DWI. Her parents insist on her entering rehab. Violet does not have a drinking problem, but must go into New Beginnings rehab to keep her secrets and to not be disowned from her family.

Violet is instantly drawn to her new counselor Cameron Wentworth but refuses to admit that she has a drinking problem. This denial instantly labels her as a “problem case” but Cameron sees her more as a puzzle that he really wants to know how to put together.

Relationships between patient and staff are strictly forbidden. But a movie night can change it all.

“I probably should have checked with him before shoving a Fish-wich into his mouth. Choking your counselor with movie snacks is probably a one-way ticket to permanent rehab internment. But I had one in my hand and his lips were parted and it just seemed like the right thing to do.” 

After Violet gets transferred to another therapist she finally starts to open up about her life and figuring out what her true problem is. She has a chronic disease of pleasing people. While trying to deal with her problem she actually determines she might have a bigger one with Cameron when their relationship starts to cross the line.

“I threaded my fingers through his hair, almost petting him, because I couldn’t come up with a proper thank you for “orally rocking my freaking world.” 

“That was…” he huffed. “That was…” “Thank you,” I muttered, snuggling into his shoulder. “We should consider that line crossed.” “Baby, I crossed that line the minute I met you,” he muttered into my hair.” 

The chemistry between Violet and Cameron is very sweet. They know they are not suppose to cross a line but really cannot help themselves. When they both confide in each other about their past you can sense the passion in their relationship. Too bad one of the nurses at New Beginnings is all in Violet and Cameron’s business and is out to expose the forbidden relationship. If Nurse Sarah cannot have Cameron she will make damn sure that Violet does not have him either. 

I cannot say this enough but I truly love this series. I think the authors really bring these characters to life on an individual basis with each book that tells their story after the shooting at the coffee shop. The struggles you go through to protect a secret between strangers is strong with each character and just gets better and better.

If you have read the series as they release you are really in for a great ride. Unfiltered and Unraveled does not disappoint in any way. I am impatiently waiting for the next installment, Unfiltered and Undressed. Come on July!! 

My Favorite Moment: One of my favorite moments was when Violet found out she was being transferred to a new therapist and she decided she was going to go straight to Cameron’s office and call him out. You go girl! 

Mindy 4 Star

 

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This is a wonderful series so far and because of that my standards and expectations for it are high. Saying that… I felt there was something missing in this book. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great story, but it just wasn’t one of my favorites.

Violet was the one whose family owned the funeral home. It was her who had to watch the dead man’s body burn into ash. But that event wasn’t what ended her up in rehab. No, it was a one-time screw up that caused her family to stand united against her. An intervention they had labeled it. Only her rehab experience does more than heal her ‘non-existent’ addiction…it also cures her heart. Of course, a certain New Beginnings staff member may have had a small hand in that.

“And if it wasn’t illegal, I was writing my Congressman, because I was willing to sponsor the “Mandatory Nudity for Hot Rehab Employees” Bill.”

Cam considers himself a professional, but one look at Violet tests that in every way imaginable. It doesn’t help that there’s a shower incident that has him fighting against every male urge he has. No matter how much he tries or how much space he puts between them he just cannot help the desire and intense need to be with her. To hell with the consequences! Some people are worth them, as he’ll discover.

“I’m glad I’m frustrating you. I might make it my new hobby, an entry on my rehab day planner. Ten-thirty a.m., annoy Cameron, CHECK.”

Each has a past that scares them to share, but once all the barriers are gone between them there’s no denying the electricity. Add in an ungrateful family, a rocky friendship, a stalkerish nurse, an always naked roommate, and some hot barn activity and you’ve got Violet’s interesting ‘after The Coffee Cave” story.

“At this point, I’d gotten over the weirdness of Cam seeing me naked and was enjoying the fact that Cam freaked out every time I walked into a room. Rehab was bringing out some really twisted aspects of my personality.”

My Favorite Moment: Movie Night. I loved the entire night. Swedish Fish-wich. Unwanted yet delightful sharing. And the comment Violet makes about what the popcorn machine could be used for. It was the funniest part of the entire book.

“Swedish Fish-which. It’s the Holy Grail of movie snacks, the perfect combination of salty and sweet.” 

My Favorite ‘Hot Damn’ Moment: Definitely the spa massage. Talk about a body feeling like jelly after that afternoon. Now that’s how you end a massage!

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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One response to “Review of Unfiltered and Unraveled (Unfiltered #6) by Payge Galvin and Danni Pleasance

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