Relentless by Cheyenne Meadows ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

RelentlessLGTitle: Relentless

Author: Cheyenne Meadows

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/29/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

Jaguar shifter and sniper extraordinaire, Jag, is tasked with his most difficult and dangerous mission to date—take out the man responsible for his spotter and husband’s violent death. Again.

Sonar, an ocelot shifter, is assigned as the new spotter to the surly and scowling feline alpha. He’s impressed with Jag’s skills but sees more beneath the surface: a grief-stricken and furious man on a trail of vengeance.

Together Sonar and Jag face perils and challenges that test their skills, resolve, and the budding feelings they have for each other. As the death toll rises, so does the heat between them. Their longings could give them the strength needed to persevere, but it also might force them to succumb and sacrifice everything. One thing’s for certain: someone won’t be making it back alive.

My View:

I will admit I wasn’t expecting a whole lot going into my reading of Relentless by Cheyenne Meadows. My experience with the author’s work has been a mixed bag. I will say, however, that I was pleasantly surprised by Relentless. It had it’s scenes that could use improvement, but for the most part is kept me engrossed.

I liked Sonar and Jag. Sonar is playful but sharp and loyal. Exactly who Jag needs by his side. Jag is sober, grave, and focused. He is heartbroken. He is the best of what he does and needs someone he can trust implicitly at his side. Meadows does an admirable job proving to both the reader and Jag that Sonar is just the shifter to fill that role (and more) in Jag’s life.

So where did I see areas for improvement? First the prologue is little more than in info dump. It could have been an emotional hook into the story. Instead, we are told of past key events rather than shown them. Please don’t let this prologue scare you off, however. Meadows switches gears once she gets to present time.

Second, there were a number of phrases littered throughout the story that could be considered purple prose and pulled me from the story Meadows was intending to tell. Phrases such as

Come already, babe. Let me feel your ass dance on my cock as you do.

left me rolling my eyes more than enjoying the story. That may just be me, however. Your mileage may vary.

Finally, I think the book would have been better served as two novellas. There is a point the baddy, the reason for the Jag and Sonar to be together is dealt with by about the halfway point. Though from a relationship perspective, Jag and Sonar still have a long way to go, the overall pace of the story dragged from that point until almost the end.

Yes, it is an author’s choice to expand the story. I don’t disagree that Jag and Sonar needed longer to find their happily ever after. I don’t disagree that the work they did to that end was essential to that HEA. It just didn’t fit well with the first half of the story well.

If you take the story in two parts, however, it is a pleasant read. I would certainly enjoy visiting these two and their co-workers again.

Links

Relentless on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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