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Book Thoughts: Unhinged (Onley James)

(Recommendations from friends #1: a smutty book)

I really should not have enjoyed this one as much as I did!


Title: Unhinged (Necessary Evils #1)
Author: Onley James
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Romance/ Erotica
First published: 2021
Edition: e-Book (Kindle Unlimited)

Adam Mulvaney lives a double life. By day, he’s the spoiled youngest son of an eccentric billionaire. By night, he’s an unrepentant killer, one of seven psychopaths raised to right the wrongs of a justice system that keeps failing. Noah Holt has spent years dreaming of vengeance for the death of his father, but when faced with his killer, he learns a daunting truth he can’t escape. His father was a monster. Unable to ignore his own surfacing memories, Noah embarks on a quest to find the truth about his childhood with the help of an unlikely ally: the very person who murdered his father. Since their confrontation, Adam is obsessed with Noah, and he wants to help him uncover the answers he seeks, however dark they may be.


Sometimes you ask for a recommendation and you get a little bit more than you bargained for. This was one of those. I am notoriously tricky with ‘smutty’ books, but sometimes I feel like they can be a great reset after a mentally challenging book. Not often. Just every now and then. I asked my smutty-book-loving friend for a recommendation and she gave me this one ‘since I am on a Kindle Unlimited trial’.

This was an odd paradox of a book for me. The plot is intriguing, but not quite developed enough, the characters are interesting, but do not feel quite consistant, the sexy times are both sexy and kind of off-putting. I disliked some of the plot devices, but they served their purpose.

The idea of a serial killer romance is a very weird one and you bet I gave my friend a very judgy look when she recommended this one. Also, this is an M/M romance, which is not something I tend to gravitate towards. I don’t mind it, I just don’t tend to seek it out. Yet, I have to say I enjoyed it as a whole. I liked the whole Umbrella Academy slant. Realistic? No. Fun? Sure.

Do I feel this could have been darker? Yes. Some really dark plot points could have gone so much darker still. There are plenty of trigger warnings that you may want to explore before reading this one. Did I want it to be darker? No, I don’t think I did. I think it went just about dark enough for me. I still felt a bit uncomfortable with some of the plot points and more would have made me put it down.

The relationship was ok. I feel Adam could have been made to be a bit more complicated as a person, and it would have made it more interesting. I was indifferent to Noah. Still, there was something strangely wholesome about their relationship, even if it definitely was a bit more messed up than I tend to like.

This is a rather smutty novel, but it has a plot and it was one I kind of enjoyed. I am not quite sure how I feel about liking it as much as I did. I am intrigued enough to consider reading the next one. My friend will be pleased. I just hope the author uses different plot devices.

5 out of 7 stars

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