Unprison by Yamila Abraham ~ Book Review by Queue

UnprisonTitle: Unprison

Author: Yamila Abraham

Publisher: *Not Listed

Cover Artist: Archie the Redcat

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/18/2014

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


A scrawny Princeton freshman gets sent to prison where he becomes the property of a powerful yet compassionate inmate.

My View:

I actually read this book awhile back and remembered enjoying it so when a reader requested we review it I was more than willing. I liked the book just as much as the first time even though this time I did it with a more discerning eye.

The story is written extremely well and all the characters are vivid and realistic. The main character here is Ryan who gets sent to prison for selling drugs. On the inside he finds a whole different world. Ironically its one that is more dangerous and involves more illegal dealings than on the other side of the wall. Ryan gets connected to a long time con named Harrison and becomes his kid. Part of that involves Ryan handling drugs and which inmate owes what amount of money.

The relationship between Ryan and Harrison is very intriguing. Neither one describes themselves as gay, but Harrison has been down so long he does what he has to. What I’ve heard described as gay for the stay. Harrison isn’t quiet about his attraction to Ryan but swears he will never force him to do anything sexual. He wants Ryan to be ready and willing when it happens. Something Ryan swears won’t ever happen.

Over time, however, Ryan gets closer to Harrison. It’s not sexual at first, but eventually it does turn that way. Ryan resists his feelings at first, but Harrison wears him down.

Ironically, Ryan and Harrison’s relationship grows as they deal with Harrison’s drug dealing operation. It made me think and created somewhat of a moral quandary. These were drug dealers I was reading about but I liked them and wanted them to succeed. Props to Yamila Abraham for making me fall in love with guys I normally despise.

The first time Ryan and Harrison have sex is sweet and gentle and absolutely perfect.

Talking dirty was no fair. My whimper turned into a quaking pleasure-sob and my dick convulsed harder than it had since before my trial.

The entire scene is written with the right enough of sexiness and erotica and romance and emotions. It is Ryan’s first time after all.

One complaint is that Ryan and Harrison’s sex goes from sweet and gentle to ultra-rough and BDSM-ish in no time. I would’ve liked to see more of a progression instead of going from mutual masturbation to fisting in such a short time.

That being said, the sex is still raging hot. Very erotic to say the least.

This book was really close to a 4.5 star rating but a few things knocked it down. And those niggles are probably things other readers wouldn’t mind. The first is the sex issue I mentioned above. The second is the use of parenthesis.

I walked with Jacobs to the furniture factory the next morning (despite Donnie’s bullshit race warnings).

The use of parenthesis is a personal pet peeve of mine and it totally pulls me out of the story. There wasn’t a lot of parenthesis used but it was enough to catch my attention.

I would whole heartedly recommend this book. The author is very talented and I would say she did her research for this book. I know some shit about prisons and almost everything in this book seemed correct.

Great short read with a setting not seen all the time in the genre.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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