Friday, August 12, 2011

Review: Relentless Love by A.J. Llewellyn

Relentless Love by A.J. Llewellyn

Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Alternative Romance

Heat Rating: 3



Sequel to Relentless Passion.

Alex has already lost one lover to his brother Zeca. Now his fickle shenanigans have driven Hugh, his other lover, away as well. Alex desperately wants what his brother has, an intensely passionate relationship, so Zeca shares their father Toppy’s advice—you have to love before you can be relentless. Good advice, if Alex weren’t so afraid to follow it.

When Toppy’s own love life gets a little, um…strange, he escapes to St. Tropez. He takes Alex with him, who finds himself face-to-face with Hugh. Too bad Hugh is already lip-to-lip with someone else. But Alex has come too far to turn back now.

The game is on, and while Toppy gets up to his own sexual shenanigans under the St. Tropez sun, Alex will do anything to get back into Hugh’s life…his bed…his body. He’ll first have to learn to face his fears. Only then can he find relentless love.

Dodie's Review

While this book is a sequel, you don't have to have read Relentless Passion to understand what is going on in Relentless Love. Zeca and Antonio have a strong presence in this book, so their fans from Renltless Passion will be able to follow their story here as well. Toppy and his shenanigans feature prominently in the book as well; however, this is truly Alex and Hugh's story.

As a preliminary warning, there are numerous steamy scenes between Alex and Hugh, and between other characters as well. So apart from being a great love story, the sex scenes are detailed and erotic.

There were events in Alex's past, as in all of our pasts, that strongly shaped his world view and the way he approaches life. Hugh proposed to Alex, and Alex panicked. He never doubted his feelings for Hugh, but until then, he had a superficial take on life. He tried to keep things light and casual as he was scared of anything more permanent. Needless to say the fact that Alex panicked, did not sit well with Hugh, who returned to St. Tropez and to his family.

Relentless Love is the story of first Alex gets a handle how his past has shaped his world view, and then goes to St. Tropez to try to get Hugh back. Along the way, as on any true quest, he encountered several obstacles. Some of his making, some of Hugh's making, and of course, some of Toppy's. I enjoyed Alex's journey, but I especially appreciated the extra chapters letting us know what happens after Alex and Hugh's dramatic showdown. I liked the author taking the extra step to show us how their life begins to take shape and on into the future.

4 1/2 Tea Cups!

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