Title: Relentless Passion (Relentless Series #2)
Author: AJ Llewellyn
Publisher: Fireborn Publishing
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novella (99 PDF pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A guest review by Tj
Summary Review: A well written, and fun to read tale of twins switching identities and the unexpected consequences.
The Blurb: Twins Alex and Zeca love to switch identities. It’s harmless fun until Alex wants to date a hot tourist visiting their home of Capri, and asks Zeca to take his place on a date with Alex’s current beau, Antonio. After a day in Antonio’s arms—followed by a long, lusty weekend in his bed during a trip to Naples—Zeca discovers switching places with Alex isn’t so harmless after all. Especially when he realizes he’s falling hard for his brother’s boyfriend.
While struggling with his feelings for Antonio, consoling his semi-celebrity father (who’s having woman troubles) and trying not to upset Alex (who might be in love with Antonio…or his tourist tryst…or maybe the neighbor lady), Zeca wonders how any of them will make it through all the relationship woes with hearts intact.
As Antonio says, “Love has a way of fixing things itself.”
The Review: I’ve heard intriguing stories of twins switching places for laughs, but this would be the first time that I’ve read a twin story with this premise – and I’m very happy that I took a chance on Relentless Passion. The story is well written and entertaining, as we follow the adventures of twins Zeca and Alex and their actor/father on the beautiful island of Capri.
Although Zeca and Alex are physically identical, they are as different as night and day in personality. Alex is a party boy, outgoing and gregarious who can pretty much land any man he sets his sights on. Whereas Zeca is the shy and responsible one, who carries more than his share of responsibility in helping their father run his restaurant, and hasn’t had a boyfriend in quite some time. Their father is a former TV actor, who trades on his celebrity and is quite a colorful character himself.
We meet the twins as Alex is trying to persuade Zeca to go on a date with Alex’s current boyfriend (Antonio) so that Alex can go out with a new, even hotter hottie who he just met (and coincidently Zeca had been eyeing himself). Despite his misgivings about deceiving Antonio, he reluctantly agrees. Of course Antonio turns out to be kind and fun and smokin’ hot and Zeca finds himself really enjoying their time together, and disturbingly starts to feel a real attraction for the man.
Since Zeca had only met Antonio a few times before, he really knew nothing about him, and soon discovers that everything Alex told him about Antonio is completely wrong. I really enjoyed Zeca’s confusion and watching him scramble to not look like an idiot, though his nervousness does lead to a few mishaps. But to Zeca’s surprise, Antonio finds him funny and sweet.
I really grew to care about the characters of Zeca and Antonio. They were so good together that I was rooting for their HEA almost from the start. I wanted Antonio to realize who Zeca was and see how a much better boyfriend he was than Alex. On the other hand I was also rooting for Alex’s comeuppance for being so self centered and callous to both his family and the men he dates. And the author delivers very satisfactorily on both counts.
Although mostly really fun and lighthearted, there is also a tragic back story about the boys’ mother and how this affected all three men in her life. I liked how the author integrated that into the story to explain some of the character’s feelings and actions, as it made them seem more real. I must also mention the island of Capri, which is nicely used as the setting for the story. There were lots of details that added greatly to my enjoyment, from the sights and smells to the description of the way the people live day-to-day. I was having serious homemade bread, limoncello and cappuccino cravings while reading!
Overall, I really enjoyed Relentless Passion, and highly recommend it.