Unkinked (It's a Kink Thing #2) by MC Roth

Unkinked is the second book in the series but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone book. This story focuses on Maddy and Derrick.

From the blurb:

Two broken men. One secret addiction. No turning back.

When Derreck stumbles upon Maddy, who is sitting in his car and nearly sweating to death under the summer’s sun, he is at his breaking point.

But Maddy is just as lost, searching for a Dom he only knows by name and waiting in his car outside the club Unkinked on the tiny chance that the Dom might find him. When it is revealed that Derreck is the man Maddy has been searching for from the very beginning, it seems fate couldn’t get any sweeter.

Derreck invites Maddy into Unkinked as his guest, with the promise of the pain that Maddy so desperately craves. A scene that should have been simple opens Maddy’s mind to a new world and community that aren’t riddled with guilt or judgment.

Derreck knows he can’t let his sub slip away, but Maddy is keeping secrets from his new Dom—secrets that could change their relationship forever.

Reader advisory: This book features pain play, edge play and knife play. One character has a history of addiction and self-harm.

Reds Book Reads Review:

I thought this book was quite sweet and I really liked Maddy as he was so much stronger than he gave himself credit for. Derrick was very growly and overprotective at times as well. I did struggle slightly to connect with the characters at first but as the story progressed, I found I became more engaged and hooked on their relationship. 

I haven’t read the other book in this series yet but I would consider going back and reading it now and continuing with the series as new books are released. 

Rating: 4 Stars

Jacquie's Review:

Unkinked follows almost directly after book 1 so I'd recommend reading that first, especially as characters from that feature.

This was heavier in tone for me and I struggled with parts. Maddy seemed so terribly broken that I wondered if kink and Derrick were really right for him. Then I was proven wrong. Maddy comes alive with Derrick's careful pain. They follow safe, sane and consensual well and I loved the kinks shown

I really liked it showing Dom drop and what Derrick gets out of the relationship.

Like others have said, the ending was a tad ubrupt. I'd have liked a little more of that scene or some answers on other story threads.

I'm really interested to continue with the series

Rating: 4 Stars

Janet's Review:

Unkinked is book two in the It’s A Kink Thing series. You really should start with the first book in the series, as Unkinked starts where Kinked Up ended. 

It’s seriously raw and gritty. I wouldn’t call this a romance but it’s definitely a love story. Maddy craves to be hurt. Derrick is just the sadist to help Maddy. Maddy thinks he’s weak, but Derrick helps him to believe he’s not so weak. 

The story is well written and scenes descriptive. The chemistry between Maddy and Derrick is hot and steamy, palpable. We do get a quick revisit with Trick and Nav. I seriously loved this story, but it ended abruptly. 

Overall, a fantastically raw and gritty story. Well written with fantastic pacing.

Rating: 5 Stars

Lesetiger's Review:

After reading the first book in the It's a Kink Thing series, I was excited to read Unkinked by M.C. Roth.

I would almost recommend starting with the first volume, because this book picks up directly from the events of the first volume, albeit with different main protagonists. The writing style is wonderful and the author described everything in great detail so it was easy to picture. Maddy is into pain and so he waits outside a club for Dom Derrick, a sadist who could help him. I found both protagonists likable, but it actually took me a bit to get into the story. I don't even know what it was. But at some point it grabbed me.

Derrick strictly separates Kink from sex and it was nice to watch them both slowly get closer emotionally as well. The chemistry is hot and steamy. I was happy to see Trick and Nav from the first volume make a brief appearance.

The ending, on the other hand, was a bit too quick for me, I would have liked to read a few more pages.
An entertaining book that was a bit dark and not really romantic, but I enjoyed it!

Rating: 4 Stars

Nicole's Review:

Unkinked is the second book in the It’s a Kink Thing series. It can be read as a standalone. 

If you read my previous review, I was not the biggest fan of book 1, but enjoyed the authors style of writing so I chose to give this book a chance, and I’m so glad I did! Derreck was treated so poorly by Trick, and is struggling with Dom drop. Very early in the book he does get an apology, but what he needs most is a sub that can handle him. Maddy is brand new to kink, but no stranger to pain and  masochism. What starts as the perfect kink partnership evolves into a relationship that is unexpected for both.  

There is so much growth for both men as they navigate healing old wounds and learning to trust each other. There’s also a lot of storyline around how mental health can be poorly dealt with in a work setting. I absolutely loved how Maddy gained confidence to stand for himself. The scenes in this book were so hot. I am surprised the direction the author is going for the next.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Lori C's Review:

Maddy is quiet, polite, and wants pain. He just may be perfect for Derreck, who needs to give pain. The relationship between a Dom and his sub is one that is all about honesty and communication. Limits can change and that’s okay if both parties agree ahead of time. Maddy and Derreck talk about all the things and then they play. Maddy’s strength surprises Derreck. These two might just be a match made in heaven. 

I’m enjoying this series so far. While I feel like this book has a different vibe than Kinked Up and a bit of a slower start, I really liked Derreck and Maddy’s chemistry. Derreck had so much patience and kindness for Maddy. Maddy in return worried for Derreck in a way that the Dom wasn’t used to. I also think their Dom/sub dynamic will keep them on their toes. I like seeing Clint again in this book. He’s like the overseer and watches over his friends to keep them all safe. I hope that Clint will find a happily ever after for himself soon especially now that he has Maddy to help him at Unkinked. This series is one that I think I’ll come back to especially if the author continues to build this world around Unkinked. 

Rating: 4 Stars

Autumn's Review:

This book....

There is so much more to this than just the kink. Sure, this book, and series, may be set around certain kinks in the Unkinked Community, but there is so much more depth to the entire story. 

Two broken characters may have started out with a similar kink need, but they end up being what each other needs. 

I'm blown away that this book doesn't have that many reviews. But that explains why I enjoyed it so much. Lately in the past few years, I tend to enjoy the books that have as much popularly. 

Rating: 5 Stars

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