Review: The Unicorn (Escape #2) by Delphine Dryden

February 23, 2016 Review 4

Review: The Unicorn (Escape #2) by Delphine Dryden

Delia and Daniel have a picture-perfect life. They like their jobs. They love their house. Everything is coming up roses . . . but in private, they’d rather have the thorns. Their recent forays into kink have brought them closer than ever, but there’s still something missing, and they can’t quite work it out.

Mara knows what she’s missing: a significant other. She tried vanilla, and it was a total bust. But when she and her last girlfriend took things out of the kink club and into the “real” world, they fizzled. Even their friendship is on the rocks now. Mara feels like a lost stray, looking for a forever home.

When the three of them meet up at the brand-new club Escape, their connection is instant. And surprising—none of them were expecting more than a few hot nights. But now they might be ready to bring their kinky threesome into the light of day and build a life together.


Publisher's note: This title is a heavily revised re-issue of a prior story, Roses and Chains, originally released in 2011.

Title: The Unicorn
Author: Delphine Dryden
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Ride 'Em, Intermezzo, Rope 'Em
Series: Escape #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Dom Around the Corner
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: February 22nd 2016
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Menage, Romance
Pages: 143 pages
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Riptide Publishing

Beginnings…. this book is loaded with them. Our main characters, Daniel and Delia, are a married couple who is seeking more in their marriage. The are beginning to add kink by way of a Dom/sub relationship. Mara is in a funk looking for a new relationship outside a BDSM club. And the new club in town, Escape, is newly open and actively seeking members. What’s it all mean? Change. It happens and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t-but change is beginnings.

Daniel and Delia are in a happy marriage. They are very open and honest about what they want from each other and how they see their marriage. They both would like a change. Not knowing what that exactly should be, they go to the BDSM club to do some exploring.

Mara is having a tough time herself. She’s had a Domme in the club, but the relationship failed once taken beyond the club walls. Mara, a true sub, isn’t really sure what she wants or needs either.

Her friend sets her up with Daniel and Delia to help with Daniel’s Dom skills. Daniel is quick to see Delia’s interest in Mara so he wants to explore her bi-sexuality a bit too. Mara is straight-up attracted to both of them. The chemistry is high powered and the scenes seem spellbinding for all! The author did a great job of making them sizzle but never making them outrageous. They worked for the characters that they were.

The Unicorn was a very enjoyable read! I liked seeing how a couple starts this type of relationship. Daniel was a pretty cool Dom. He was very caring and was spot on assessing the girls and their behaviors. A lot of Doms feel they need to be cocky, arrogant asses to cover up their own insecurities. I never felt that. Mara even remarked that she was surprised by his quick learning ability. Most of all, we get treated to each person’s fears-what makes them vulnerable, and that’s the appeal. They are normal just like we are, trying to navigate life. I loved that there were no big secrets to expose, something horrendous to find out, or someone from the outside trying to cause trouble. It was refreshing that we have normal people who find something that needed to be explored further. They decided to try to see if this type of relationship could work.

Overall, Delphine Dryden created a BDSM story about real people. It wasn’t in your face heavy, but appears thoughtful and loving. I enjoyed the epilogue but I would have liked to read about the in between time. When was the decision made and how was it handled? I was vested in these characters and just wanted more! I wanted to be a part of the time before the epilogue! It is not a bad thing, I just enjoyed the characters and their story immensely!




Hi! I’m Delphine Dryden, touring the internet to talk about my latest book, The Unicorn. It’s a geeky, kinky M/F/F romp, it’s part of Riptide’s “Escape” universe, and it’s a much-expanded version of an earlier story called Roses and Chains. Thanks so much to all the blogs hosting the tour! Be sure to comment on tour posts for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate and your choice of two books from my backlist.



About Delphine Dryden


Delphine Dryden probably should have gone ahead and become an English professor like she planned. Instead, she took a detour through law school, another detour through the wonderful world of working in special education, and took an extra fifteen years to end up where she belonged: writing kinky romances.


Del’s writing has earned an Award of Excellence and Reviewers’ Choice Award from Romantic Times Book Reviews, an EPIC Award, and a Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence.  When not writing or editing, she can be found binge-watching television shows, playing tabletop games, and tweeting to excess.


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