Relentless Pursuit by Ella Jade
Published by Inc. on June 20, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Desire unlocks the door to a new world, but she never expected to find him on the other side.
Julian Anders has a way of making women drop to their knees. He's fierce, domineering, and knows what he wants in the bedroom. He craves total submission. His busy life doesn't allow him the luxury of traditional dating. He doesn't want it and doesn't need it. He makes no apologies until Kayla Quinn, his best friend's younger sister, shows up at the exclusive club where he finds his companions.
Kayla has been unsuccessful in love and is tired of waiting for the one. When a friend introduces her to an upscale club that caters in matchmaking without the commitment, she decides to try it. She requests a mature, dominant man, but she never bargained for what happens next.
Julian is enraged to find Kayla interested in men like him. Men who have no desire to commit. She's not the club's typical client. He's known her for years but stayed away despite his strong attraction to her. He decides the only way to save her from a potential disaster is to pursue her himself. Can she handle his darker side? The one she never knew existed? Perhaps he's finally met his match…both in and out of the bedroom.
Content Warning: contains explicit sex, adult content, and BDSM themes
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I wish authors (and their publicity people) would be straightforward when a book is not a complete standalone or finished story. Relentless Pursuit is a great BDSM light book that I really enjoyed, but getting a HFN without any notice really ticked me off and diminished, if not killed off completely, the happy book buzz I was riding. That the epilogue started with them going into a BDSM club should have clued me in, but it didn’t, so now I’m all grumpy and shit.
Now let’s get right to it. Kayla has always crushed on her big brother’s best friend Julian, but with him being 10 years her senior, it never amounted to anything. Julian noticed when Kayla turned into a woman but he rightfully never let it develop because not only was he too old for her, a man with his tastes would never be a good fit for a girl like her. However, when Kayla steps into Julian’s kinky matching club all bets are off.
“She’s a good kid, but she is a little lost right now.”
“She’s not a kid anymore.” She’s an incredibly sexy, attractive woman who I’d like to fuck six ways to Sunday.”
I liked how the author handled Kayla’s newbie status and how Julian understood if he wanted for them to explore anything together successfully he would need to educate and teach her very patiently. I can’t say the story line or even the plot conflicts were overly original, but Relentless Pursuit was a solidly good read. It was well paced, engaging and interesting. It has lots of steamy scenes, hot love making and some light kinky fuckery but nothing hard core… Now I know the author was saving that for the next book -_- (totally grumpy face).
I liked Kayla. While she really was a bit lost, she had just finished college and wasn’t sure what she wanted out of life, so it was perfectly understandable. Her having two mediocre relationships I’m not sure warranted her exploring the BDSM lifestyle, but I felt the situation and her mind set were written in a clever and believable way.
I really enjoyed Julian and how we got to witness him reassessing his own believes and what he thought about himself. When what he always believed he didn’t want was in front of him, he didn’t hesitate to grab for it.
Sure, there was a bit of miscommunication between them at the start, but I liked that neither was prone to overreacting and the few times there was some angst, they acted like normal people and soon resolved their issues without a lot of theatrics.
Now, while I liked this story the lack of HEA really bothered me. Here I was, hoping that all her fidgeting was because she was about to say “I’m pregnant!” The fact that all her fidgeting was only because they were going to a club just killed me. It killed me.
Yes, I’ll be eagerly waiting for the next book because I want to know what happens between Julian and Kayla, but I really hope the author either finishes the story or lets me know beforehand that I’ll have to wait for the HEA.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3.5 “If I’d known about the HFN there’d me more stars” Stars
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