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Relentless by Kaylea Cross
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5+ stars.*****Re-read December 2012

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Rhys is a spectacular anatomical specimen. Yum!

Luke's son, Rayne, is getting married in Vancouver. Therefore he needs a prime security detail to protect the people at the wedding and at the same time he is determined to look out for Nev as well. There is a medical conference in Vancouver the same weekend, and she will attend it to give a keynote speech. In fact, Nev wants to attend the conference to honor the memory of those good men who died in Afghanistan and of those who saved her.

"You are the most amazing man I've ever met in my life."


Neveah recently returned from Afghanistan where she worked with three other doctors as a member of Doctors Without Borders. Only Nev and another one came back alive though. Rhys and his team rescued her in time before Assoud, one of Tehrazzi's minions, could execute her too. Nev is suffering from PTSD, and she still has nightmares about what Assoud did to her friends.

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Tehrazzi got his hands on a laptop during the mission when Rhys (view spoiler) It had intelligence and e-mails on it. That's the reason why he knew about the wedding and Nev's conference in Vancouver. Hence, after surviving her captivity in Afghanistan, Neveah is in danger again. To get rid of her once and for all, a sleeper cell in Vancouver has been activated on direct order from Tehrazzi. On top of that, Luke's presence at his son's wedding puts everyone at risk too.

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So true. I smiled, loved and cried.

Since meeting Nev for the first time in Paris six months ago, Rhys felt attracted to her and even more so after the Afghanistan "incidents". After rescuing Nev in the Afghan mountains (view spoiler) (book 3 No Turning Back). Rhys (view spoiler) and providing protection was the least he could do. With that said, Rhys and Nev's attraction is mutual because (view spoiler) feels a deep personal attachment to him.

Yeah, Rhys, it's about time to capture it Nev.

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"If your heart did stop, I bet I could (view spoiler)
In response, he lowered his head until his mouth brushed her ear, sending shivers across her skin. "I bet you could too. But if it's (view spoiler) I'm inside you."


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She stared at the half infinity symbol and upraised dagger, the mirror image to what Ben had on his left shoulder. One half of a whole. The eternal bond they shared as twins.


I just realized that I might need to do a re-read of No Turning Back as well. One word: Ben. Loved the banter between Ben and Rhys.

"Wonder how a surgeon plays doctor," he mused. "Could be hot."


"He's the best shot I've seen and he's a walking encyclopedia, I'll give him that, but he never lets himself have any fun."


"You have enough fun for both of us."
"Yeah, because you're socially retarded."


Neveah. She is one of my all-time favorite heroines. I'm a reader who constantly finds something to criticize about a heroine but…not Nev. She is a picture of strength, courage, and bravery. She cracked Rhys's so-called "hard" shell. I adore this woman!

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His hand went to the back of her neck and wrapped around it. Nev closed her eyes to absorb the feel of it. Strong. Comforting. Protective. Just like the man before her. "I want to make you happy, Nev."


Most people think that Rhys is kinda callous and remote but he is so much more. He felt empty and cold for quite some time now and Neveah was the heat he needed to melt the core of ice inside him. Oh, and did she ever melt it! Rhys is highly intellectual, well-educated and a total gentleman. In fact, the combination of brains, confidence and looks made him to die for. This guy is an incredible sweetheart and I'm happy for him that he found his true half in Nev--they made a very memorable couple, that's for sure.

The smexy times are very well written, passionate and…HOT! Sex against a wall…sex in the shower and in bed. Believe me, I'm not complaining at all, I loved it!

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One of the best aspects of Relentless are the final 15 % of the story. It was freakin' A-mazing with a capital A! That's RS at its very best coz the action is incredibly thrilling, very dramatic and well executed. What was happening there kept me at the edge of my seat and I had a knot in my throat. Oh, and I have to admit that I was close to bawling my eyes out too.

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Relentless provides one of the best--probably the best--male meltdown that I've read to date.

The guilt continued to pile up on Rhys like an avalanche. Smothering him. He covered his head with his arms to save himself. To hide. A sob worked its way up from his chest where it felt like someone was crushing his heart in a vise. He thought he might split apart from the pain.
Ben's hand slid to Rhys's shoulder and tugged. "C'mere."


Rhys totally lost it and Ben was right there to comfort his twin brother, but at the same time Ben would not be Ben if he wouldn't make fun out of this interlude. Yeah, that's one of the reasons why we love the affectionate little shit.

Shit, he'd never live this down. Not if he lived to be a hundred.
"Better?"
Rhys nodded, bracing for the inevitable ribbing he knew was coming.
Ben didn't disappoint. "See?" You lost it and lived to tell about it." His voice dropped to a conspiratorial whisper. "You even survived a man hug." He rounded his eyes in feigned astonishment.
Wiping at his puffy eyes with his fingers, a watery laugh escaped him. "You always were an affectionate little shit."
Ben clapped him on the back. "Yeah. Don't feel bad, though--we can't all have the gift.(…)"


Overall Kaylea Cross has written a fabulous and utterly engaging story that provides strong, relentless and very likable MCs. Rhys finally feeling and living his love for Neveah is absolutely powerful as well as emotional. As a matter of fact, I think that Relentless is the best book in this series, and while Rhys gave Luke a run for his money, he will always be my favorite hero in Kaylea's suspense series. As I see it, Luke totally made Absolution and in a way he also made this whole series. Irrevocably. Read it. Chances are that you might end up loving it too.

Rhys and Neveah will have a special place in my heart. Forever.

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"We all have light and dark in us, Rhys. All of us." She knew he was afraid of losing control of that part of himself. "You saw that in me when you came in for the extraction. (…) "What's important is how strong the light is."
"You're my light, Nev."

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12/23/2012
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I'm doing a re-read of Relentless. Rhys…you'll have a special place in my heart. Always. Best male meltdown. Ever. Very manly. :) <3 <3 <3" 7 comments
12/23/2012
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I'm happy to be back!A drop-dead gorgeous hero, a strong heroine, good suspense and steamy sex. What more could a heart desire? It's even better the second time around!" 4 comments
12/24/2012
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Oh my, it's getting hot in here. A steamy sex scene...deliciously good! Can't get enough of Rhys. *Le sigh*"
12/24/2012
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Luke and Rhys...*waves* this gif is for you! *Le sigh*" 2 comments
12/25/2012
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Nev closed her eyes to absorb the feel of it. Strong. Comforting. Protective. Just like the man before. her. <3<3<3"

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 ~V~ Great review Baba! I'm just about done w/ Dec and Bryn's book then i'm moving right onto Ben's..can't wait to read Rhys' now!! :)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter ~V~ wrote: "Great review Baba! I'm just about done w/ Dec and Bryn's book then i'm moving right onto Ben's..can't wait to read Rhys' now!! :)"

Thank you, V! Well, I do envy you because you're in for a treat! Enjoy!


KindleRomance Reviews Great review! Sounds wonderful;-)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Kris (KindleRomance) wrote: "Great review! Sounds wonderful;-)"

Thanks, Kris! It's a great story but my favorite is Absolution--Luke. Forever. :-)


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Whitney Baba, do I need to read these in order or just pick a favorite? What do you think?


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Whitney wrote: "Baba, do I need to read these in order or just pick a favorite? What do you think?"

Basically you can read it as a stand alone. But I tell you that because I read out of order all the time. Do you have a serious case of OCD, Whitney? If yes, then it'd be best to start with book 2 or at least you should be reading book 3 before you give Relentless a go.

My favorite books in this series are Absolution (Luke. Always) and Relentless. Enjoy!


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Whitney Good to know. No, not OCD. Character connected books aren't my fav, so I prefer skipping around to be honest. Thanks for your help!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Whitney wrote: "Good to know. No, not OCD. Character connected books aren't my fav, so I prefer skipping around to be honest. Thanks for your help!"

You're welcome, Whitney.


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Sammy Beautiful pic Baba, begs to be touched!


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Karla Awesome tattoo!


 ~V~ I looooovvvved these books!! Yay for the re-read! :)


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Gina oh my my.....what a pic!


Lise *friends don't flag* Some serious beautiful ink!


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Dd Ooh..the love that pic!!Waiting for your review!!:))


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Sammy wrote: "Beautiful pic Baba, begs to be touched!"

Thanks, Sam! Agreed!! I suppose it would feel great to touch that guy's back! :DDD


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Karla wrote: "Awesome tattoo!"

I couldn't agree more, Karla! Thanks! :)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Denise wrote: "Yum!"

Very yummy, Denise. And the hero, Rhys, is so deliciously amazing too!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter ~V~ wrote: "I looooovvvved these books!! Yay for the re-read! :)"

Yes, I know, V! I'm really looking forward to my re-read. Well, I'm not reading the whole series again, just my very favorite books (Relentless and Absolution).


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Gina wrote: "oh my my.....what a pic!"

You can say that aloud, Gina. :DDD


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Lise wrote: "Some serious beautiful ink!"

Absolutely. Thanks, Lise.


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Dd wrote: "Ooh..the love that pic!!Waiting for your review!!:))"

Lol Patience, D! Lovin' that pic too. *Le sigh*


Kelly Wow, love that pic, B! YUM!!! :)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Kelly wrote: "Wow, love that pic, B! YUM!!! :)"

Thanks, Kels. Me too! :DDD


Isabella Francesca THAT is very yummy :)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Isabella Francesca wrote: "THAT is very yummy :)"

Yeah, definitely. We're in sync, Isabella. :)


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Richa Love the pic, Baba!! Will wait for the review. :)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Em - everybody's got a dark side ;) wrote: "This sounds really good, do I have to read the first 3 before this? ;)"

Difficult question. If you have an OCD then it would be good to start with book 2 Cover of Darkness. If you're a laid-back reader like me then it's all right to read this one here as a standalone, although I'm sure that you will move on to Absolution after reading Relentless. Luke plays quite an important part in Relentless and the final highlight is his story (Absolution). Hope that helps, hon. :)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Richa wrote: "Love the pic, Baba!! Will wait for the review. :)"

Thanks, Richa! I'm only 20 % done now. Patience please... :)


Straight Shootin' Book Reviews I put this on my read again and READ SOON shelves thanks to you. I LOVED this one!!!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Mandy wrote: "I put this on my read again and READ SOON shelves thanks to you. I LOVED this one!!!"

I think Relentless is the best book in this series, however, Luke will always be my favorite hero. He made Absolution and I think he made the whole series--sort of.

Neveah is among my all-time favorite heroines. She is a picture of bravery, strength and courage. Happens not every week that I can say that about a heroine. I adore this woman!


Blacky *Romance Addict* Awesome review Baba! This sounds so great! Love to have a great heroine :) One question, is this series as great from the beginning, I mean could I start with this one, or should I just read them all if they're good?


Glamdring Great review and beautiful pics, Baba! I have to add this one :)


Anna (Bobs Her Hair) This sounds so good, Baba! :)


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Dd Fabulous review Baba!!Love it!!:))


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Blacky wrote: "Awesome review Baba! This sounds so great! Love to have a great heroine :) One question, is this series as great from the beginning, I mean could I start with this one, or should I just read them a..."

Thanks, Blacky! Darn, what a question. I honestly can't tell you for sure what would be best for you. I always tell everyone that Relentless and Absolution are the best books in this series. Even the author said so. The weakest is definitely the first one Out Of Her League. I'd say you can skip the first.

Right now I started with my re-read of No Turning Back and I have a feeling that OCD readers should be starting with book 2 Cover of Darkness. Frankly, it's up to you to make a decision.

I have read this series out of order and it worked for me but what may suit me will not suit you.


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Glamdring wrote: "Great review and beautiful pics, Baba! I have to add this one :)"

Thanks, Glamdring. It's a great read and you might enjoy it too. Fair warning, read my message number 37. :)


Glamdring Baba wrote: "Glamdring wrote: "Great review and beautiful pics, Baba! I have to add this one :)"

Thanks, Glamdring. It's a great read and you might enjoy it too. Fair warning, read my message number 37. :)"


Thank you! :-*


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Anna (Bobs Her Hair) wrote: "This sounds so good, Baba! :)"

Yep, it is a great read, Anna! This book and Absolution are the best in this series. Then again, read my message number 37. If you have an OCD tendency then you might want to start with book 2. However, I am still convinced that you could read it as a standalone, although I'm rather sure that you might want to read the other books too after enjoying Relentless. Oh well.


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Dd wrote: "Fabulous review Baba!!Love it!!:))"

Thanks, D! :)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Em - everybody's got a dark side ;) wrote: "Baba wrote: "Em - everybody's got a dark side ;) wrote: "This sounds really good, do I have to read the first 3 before this? ;)"

Difficult question. If you have an OCD then it would be good to sta..."


You're welcome, hon. :) xxx


Blacky *Romance Addict* Baba wrote: "Thanks, Blacky! Darn, what a question. I honestly can't tell you for sure what would be best for you. I always tell everyone that Relentless and Absolution are the best books in this series. Even the author said so. The weakest is definitely the first one Out Of Her League. I'd say you can skip the first.

Right now I started with my re-read of No Turning Back and I have a feeling that OCD readers should be starting with book 2 Cover of Darkness. Frankly, it's up to you to make a decision.

I have read this series out of order and it worked for me but what may suit me will not suit you. "


Hm. I think I'll start with the second book then :D Thanks Baba :)


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Penny Watson Baba, how violent is this book? I have a hard time with ultra-violent scenes. It sounds awesome, but I'm a little bit skeert. What do you think?


Kelly Amazing review, B! You totally did the book, and Neveah, justice. :)


Alexis *RealityBites! Let's Get Lost!* Awesome review, Baba!!!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Blacky wrote: "Baba wrote: "Thanks, Blacky! Darn, what a question. I honestly can't tell you for sure what would be best for you. I always tell everyone that Relentless and Absolution are the best books in this s..."

You're welcome, Blacky. :)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Penny wrote: "Baba, how violent is this book? I have a hard time with ultra-violent scenes. It sounds awesome, but I'm a little bit skeert. What do you think?"

This story is not all that violent, Penny. I'd say there is only one scene that is a bit gory (view spoiler)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Kelly wrote: "Amazing review, B! You totally did the book, and Neveah, justice. :)"

Thanks, Kels! Whew. I'm glad. :DDD


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter Alexis wrote: "Awesome review, Baba!!!"

Thank you, Alexis! :)


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Richa Wonderful review, Baba!! :)) Love the gifs! :)


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