Review, Romance

Unchained Melody by Cynthia Roberts


Unchained Melody is a short, sweet book about two people who seem destined to communicate no better than teenagers. They have an instant attraction when they meet in a restaurant. Immediately, he is called away and she watches as his car is involved in a horrific accident. Unable to stop herself, she rescues him, putting herself in danger.

Their relationship scrapes along with the occasional misunderstanding. When I say scrapes I am likening it to nails on a chalkboard. I found their miscommunications immature and aggravating. It also has the obligatory sex scenes. In one scene Pamela discovers Gavin likes to go commando, which makes her quiver with lust. All it made me think was the man was too slow to do his laundry. Another scene that gave me hope that the author was attempting to be humorous was when they were inclosed in the driver’s glass cubicle of a tractor. Gavin drives it across the field, Pamela bouncing along in her glorious nudity as she rides him with abandon during the sexiest moment of her life.

After the first half of the book it gains momentum and there is quite a bit of action to go along with the inability to communicate. The other characters’, all family members, extreme joy in one another is somewhat off-putting. No family is free of someone putting their fat foot inside their mouth at one time or another. These people have such loving, mellow personalities they barely exist.

I found this book to be for beginning romance enthusiasts: expected beautiful, successful woman meets a handsome, rich man. The author did a good job of incorporating some story on Pamela’s job, but it was written with a sense of racing to the finish line, leaving this story feeling occasionally choppy. Our author is definitely talented, but the romance genre is a difficult one to write and there are so many that they tend to run together like a watercolor painting; hard to see where the good sections start, yet easy to see when it’s straight-up bad all over.

The grading:

  • Genre and general reading age – Romance, of course, for adults and maybe older teens.
  • Level of sexuality – High, although this is less graphic than almost all other romance novels. It still made a valiant effort.
  • Is there graphic language? I was surprised by how contained it was. The most that I remember is someone giving the one-finger salute.
  • Did I cry? No.
  • Did I laugh? Yes. There was the memorable ride across the field.
  • Is this part of a series? Yes, the Love Song Standards Series.
  • Level of character development – None.

I give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars for effort.

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