Saturday, February 20, 2016


Title: Relentless
Author: Cheyenne Meadows
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781634768726
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal          
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Jag thought he had everything he ever wanted.  He had a job he was good at, he loved his husband and the fact that they spent so much time together, and he was able to let his cat out to run on a regular basis.  Then the unspeakable happens and Jag doesn’t know if he will ever be the same again.

Relentless is a new paranormal romance by author Cheyenne Meadows.  This is a story that is full of action right from the beginning. In fact, the violence is at times a little over the top, but given the premise of the story it is called for.  Jag, a Jaguar shifter, is also a sniper for a specialized military group.  At the time of the story Jag is married to a human who meets a tragic end.  The death is unexpected and I could not help thinking “OMG, I can’t believe the author just did that.”  Then to see what Jag had to do immediately afterward, it is not surprising that the man would have changed.

Sonar is an Ocelot shifter.  Unlike Jag, Sonar is a member of the regular military and has to keep his cat hidden.  When it is learned that an old enemy is killing again, it is up to Jag to take him down and Sonar is partnered with him to make sure he gets the job done.  These two men don’t hit it off right away, mostly because Jag has become used to working on his own after three years.  It is easy to see that there is an attraction between the two men and I like that the author does not drag this part of the story out.  I also like that the author has allowed Jag to come to terms with his husband’s death, rather than wallowing in guilt.  That is not to say that Jag is not out for revenge, because he is.  It is this journey that allows Jag and Sonar to learn about each other and for Jag to start living again.  Many of the scenes between the two men in their shifter forms had me laughing.  Once the men come together as a couple they really heat up the pages.  Their new relationship also ends up making them a solid sniper pair.  

The author puts these two through their paces.  The action is intense and, at times, there are a few twists and turns that the reader may not see coming.  To keep the story from being too dark and heavy, the author does throw in some wonderful secondary characters.  It would be fun to see some of these characters get their own stories as Relentless would make a good first book to a series.  

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