UNLEASHED Review!

I got to read an advanced copy of Aaron Bunce’s newest book, Unleashed! I’ve been looking forward to this since I first heard about it. You may know Aaron from his dark and grizzled fantasy series, Overthrown, but in Unleashed he changes it up to sci-fi! Check it out:

Welcome to Hyde Station, a mining platform floating in the backwaters of SOL’s trade route, where the industry of extracting precious metals from asteroids is big business.

Down on his luck and desperate to make quota, Jacoby happens upon a “cherry rock”. The kind that wouldn’t just meet his quota but put him into a sizable financial bonus. But there’s a problem. A scan shows a sizable hollow cavity inside, and company procedures are clear: voids must be drilled and tested for potentially explosive gases. That would mean handing it over to a specialty drilling team, and thus, kissing his payday goodbye. Refusing to hand his financial future away, Jacoby ignores his terminal’s warning and stakes his claim. Except, his saw cuts into more than just rock.

Something was inside…something alive. Jacoby quickly learns that some rocks are hiding more than just precious minerals and trace metals. And when some things are set loose, there is no putting them back.

Mankind will never be the same.

Keep this in mind, folks. This is for readers eighteen and up. There’s enough blood, boobs, bones (and boners) to last you until you get over the rushed final season of Game of Thrones! Let’s get down to business!

The story follows Jacoby, an asteroid driller person who takes a chance on a big pay day by drilling into a risky rock. What happens next tears his world apart. What starts as a simple voice in his head turns into something that changes the way Jacoby reacts to the people and settings around him, and it also changes how others react to him…

Without spoiling much, these changes Jacoby goes through enhance his testosterone to astronomical levels. Enough that certain women he encounters lose certain… inhibitions.

Now things get sexy.

Meet Anna, a super smart technician on the space station and Jacoby’s best friend since they were kids. She thinks quick and acts fast, and I don’t just mean when it comes to her work or fighting to save her friends.

Next up is Soraya, a former athlete with the rockin bod to show for it. I love the inner struggle she goes through during the series of events in this book. While I don’t like some of her decisions, that’s what makes for a good character! I have to say she was my favorite character, for a few reasons…

Then we have Lex! The no-nonsense soldier with a troubled past. She calls it how it is, and bases her decisions on her surroundings. She’s a tried and true leader. Plus, she has a kick ass haircut.

Of course, the sexual encounters were fun to read. This is an easy comment for me to make, but writing a sex scene isn’t easy work! A lot of times when I’ve read sex scenes in books, they’re either so cringe worthy it’s distracting, too cheesy to be serious, or they’re easy fade to black fill-in-your-own-sex here. Unleashed has the best sex I’ve read. Aaron tells it like it is, but doesn’t go overboard with the sticky details. This harem adventure was written in a way that I think readers of all sexes will enjoy.

So we follow these four characters, and the rest of the space station crew, as they battle a threat that can’t be readily identified. I loved this! Who’s the villain? Is this person good? Bad? Something worse? Wait, are they a person anymore? Let’s just go with something worse. Prepare to witness some gruesome concoctions I haven’t seen or read of before. It’s a really unique take on a horror monster that makes you look at yourself a bit differently.

Unleashed is a mix of Venom meets the Evil Dead, but more gruesome and whole lot sexier! It kept me entertained from beginning to end. I kept wondering and trying to figure out why these things were happening. When a book keeps me thinking and asking questions I really enjoy it. I still have questions now that the book has ended, but that’s why this is the first book in the series. I’ll have to wait for book two to have my questions answered, but I’m looking forward to the continuation of this series.

I finished Unleashed in maybe a week or two, which is fast for me! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’ll probably go ahead and give it a reread once the sequel is ready to come out.

Check it out, it’s available for pre-order on Amazon now.

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