ARC Review | Unveiling Chaos (Unveiling #2) by Jeannine Allison

ARC Review | Unveiling Chaos (Unveiling #2) by Jeannine AllisonUnveiling Chaos by Jeannine Allison
Series: Unveiling #2
on October 11th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: via Author
Amazon US

It was just sex…

Naomi’s life had been steady, in order, planned out… just the way she liked it. But when her boyfriend of five years leaves her for another woman and her mother makes a surprise reappearance in her life, she watches her controlled life fall into chaos. Then she meets, and has a one night stand with, Damien. The last thing on her mind is getting a new boyfriend, yet she can’t deny the attraction she feels, so when he offers no strings sex, it seems like the perfection solution. But the more she gets to know Damien, the more she learns all they have in common, and the line between casual and something more starts to blur. For all her planning, she realizes… you can’t plan love.

It was never just sex…

Damien’s life is busy and hardly ever in order. Between working two jobs, taking care of his sister, and saving up for his own tattoo studio, there are always surprises. When he meets Naomi, the last thing on his mind is getting a girlfriend, but he can’t deny the connection he feels. It’s clear she’s not ready for a relationship, though that won’t stop him from pursuing one… even if he has to lie to her about his intentions. But when one of the things that brought them together, slowly tears her apart, Damien has to make her see… the beauty in chaos.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mature Content

Unveiling Chaos is the second standalone in the Unveiling series told in alternating POVs. You don’t have to necessarily read the first to read this book, but it would be nice to read the first book since  most of the characters were introduced there. There is a subplot involving alcoholism and substance abuse.

Naomi’s friends are worried about her when her boyfriend of five years breaks up with her and she doesn’t end up a crying mess because of it. She misses him sometimes, but she’s not that hang up over it. She tells her friends she’s okay, and in a sense, she really is. 

So when she asks her best friend to go with her to get a tattoo, her best friend takes it as a sign of showing weakness after a break-up. There, she mets the rugged tattoo artist, Damien, who although was incredibly good-looking, was also incredibly rude to her. They both feel an instant connection to one another, and soon it leads to a one-night stand they’ll never forget. 

After getting out of a long-term relationship, Naomi thinks she doesn’t need to go into another one; she only wants to get laid. Damien is done with casual relationships and would only enter one if it’s serious. Their FWB relationship turns into so much more, and as they get to know each other, they also face their demons––their parents, pasts, and future.

First of all, I would just like to say that the covers in the Unveiling Series look gorgeous! Especially this one!

Most people know I’m more of a slow-burn relationship fan, so I wasn’t too into Damien and Naomi’s relationship, which was pretty instant. Yes, they started out as friends with benefits, but they seemed to fall in love with each other pretty instantly, too; Damien especially. 

“Of the handful of girls I’d been with, no one had been special, no one had stood out; and yet after only three encounters with Naomi, I felt done for. She was smart, funny, and gorgeous, and I couldn’t imagine how much faster I’d fall after a couple of dates.”

While I wasn’t the biggest fan of Damien and Naomi’s relationship, I loved the whole dynamic between siblings and friends. Damien was more of a father-figure to his sister, Eleanor, but the care and affection is mutual. Naomi’s friendship with her friends was touching since they always look out for each other.

It had its sweet moments, but Unveiling Chaos is not a light read. It deals with addiction and its effects on the addict and the people surrounding him/her. My heart broke for Naomi, and I definitely understood her reluctance to renew a relationship with her now sober mother. I also felt for Damien and Eleanor as they deal with life without the help and support of their parents. 

If you’re a fan of FWB stories with alpha heroes and sassy heroines, you might enjoy this book and series.

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