I’m a fan of paranormal romance, erotica, science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. So once I jumped into “Relentless” by Lauren Dane, I simply could not stop reading. The plot and characters of her latest Berkley release combine bits of each of these genres into something totally different and definitely entertaining.
In some ways this is almost a Romeo and Juliet kind of story starring Roman and Abigail–two people who shouldn’t be together, yet can’t stay apart. The story is set in an interesting melange of the future yet socially structured much like the dynastic, medieval past. The ‘haves’ are those WITH paranormal abilities, the ‘have-nots’…well, haven’t; and never the twain shall meet! Or at least they may meet, but certainly not mingle bloodlines! Into this mix, stir in a ‘have-not’ female lawyer who is agitating for more rights for all have-nots and the head of the whole ‘haves’ ruling conglomerate. Now, just how more ‘wrong’ could this relationship be? Except for the fact that they are perfect for each other, bring out the best in each other, have sizzling sexual attraction, and want nothing more than to BE with each other.
Added to their quandary is the assumed requirement that he marry and breed the next generation of strong talents, a possible mutiny among some families in the conglomerate’s ruling council, a violent ‘history’ between the heroine and one of the ruling council families, equal rights, and public scrutiny. Do you see how hard it is to try to get a handle on the scope of the plot without giving anything away?
There’s even appearances and plot devices involving characters and situations from “Undercover” although it’s not necessary to have read it first…it just made the whole all the more enticing to me! I loved “Relentless”. If paranormal, romantic, fantastic, erotic stories with a hint of mystery set against a science fiction backdrop sounds interesting to you…pick up a copy of “Relentless” by Lauren Dane, coming out in May09. I won’t even laugh when you run out to buy “Undercover” when you’re done!