Author: Ella Jade
Genre: Romance, Erotica, BDSM
Rating: 4 Stars
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.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I don’t usually read books that delve into BDSM. It’s not that it makes me uncomfortable (to each his own, right?) I just have no interest in it personally, so usually, I try to avoid books I know have BDSM in them – but when I was given the chance to pick up Relentless Pursuit by Ella Jade, I thought “why not?” I like to read new things now and then, and honestly, I’m glad I gave it a chance.
As far as the technical side of the book went, it was fairly well written. There was one typo that stuck out to me, which is pretty negligible in the grand scheme of things. Overall, the book was clean, flowed well, and the dialogue didn’t sound incredibly hokey. I have no complaints. The only truly niggling little thing that bothered me, was the premise of the book.
Here’s the thing: there were a lot of aspects of this book that were new to me. The club was something I hadn’t particularly seen in another book. The best friend’s kid sister thing… well, I’ve seen that in other romances, but not in romances like this one. However, there was this correlation between the majority of this book and another very popular ‘BDSM’ book that made me a bit uncomfortable. Similar circumstances with the characters. Similar scenes. A similar order of scenes. Even similar occupations. I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but the similarities were so striking that at times it made it hard for me to sink into the book. I started looking for those similarities, and I found a lot of them.
BUT, and it’s a big ‘but’, I think this book did it better. Where the other book-that-shall-not-be-named lacked in strong characters, consent, and proper BDSM practices, this book brought it’s A-game. This is what the other book should have been, and sadly fell devastatingly short of. So, I’m all right with it – and I’m going to leave it at that. Was this the type of book I’d search out to read? No, but that’s just my personal preference. Was it entertaining? Yes. Did it keep my attention? Yes. Was it well written? Yes. Did it live up to the synopsis? Sure. I can’t fault this book for what it was. If you’re looking for a light BDSM themed romance/erotica to sink into – something that may be an introduction into BDSM literature, I’d suggest you start here. It’s a solid read, and not so heavily BDSM that it’s going to scare away the average reader who wants to dabble into reading the genre.