Adult Fiction, Dark Romance, Romance, Suspense

Review: Relentless | Skulls Renegade Series by Elizabeth Knox

My life was supposed to be so simple; getting the rest of my inheritance at 25. I would invest it in my music career and become history, literally. What I didn’t expect was to find out that everything I believed to be true about my family was a complete lie. I didn’t expect to find out that I had a half-sister by my real father; a man that was the devil reincarnate. I didn’t expect to find that I had family who had run a criminal MC club in Texas. And I sure as heck didn’t expect to be thrown full force into the MC life from the time I walked into Bubba’s and revealed who I was.

I was no longer a daughter, friend, and singer. I was Bellamy Mason, sister-in-law of the Skulls Renegade MC Prez, and I had a target on my back. But there was something else that hit me like a ton of bricks too, and his name was Abe “Butch” Warren. And let me tell you, he was a pleasant surprise. 

She walked through that fuckin’ bar just like her sister did. Her red hair flowing down her back, that ass that I wanna take a bite out of. Those were the thoughts I had about her before I got to know Bellamy. I don’t know what it was, but the fuckin’ second my eyes locked on hers she was mine. She was pure, she was innocent – she wasn’t cut for this lifestyle, and I knew that.

Here’s the thing, I’m not cut out for relationships and Bellamy Mason is not a girl you just fuck. She’s the real deal, the girl you take home to your momma, the one you lock down as soon as you can.

I was bringing danger to her doorstep, and she had no idea. I knew the risks, and I ignored them. Selfishly, I wanted her. What will destroy us first; my enemies, or my need to not define us? 

2 Stars

Romance | Dark Romance | Suspense | Adult Fiction

***Received Review Copy through a blog tour hosted by Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review***

And we are back! Dun dun dun! It is a hectic reading month comrades and I am getting a little fearful with this series. I hate to say that too because from the previous two, this series was really picking up in the right direction I had hoped to see more of, however Relentless was not gooey pleasing to me for several saddening reasons. 

Before I really chime in on things I will admit that I really wanted to like Butch and a Bellamy’s love story. Oh I mean that cliffhanger at the end of Revenge left me with so much hope. Their characters honestly had decent personalities. Butch was probably the part that I favored the most, though it is probably because I am a sucker for a broody, grump of a caveman. But because Bellamy came across as a forced personality really irked me. She was portrayed as what meant to be a naive, sweet innocent character I for one did not like her at all. I think I would have been more on board with her character in a more believable sense if she didn’t go from this innocent, very inexperienced sexual woman to practically a sexual fiend gearing up for a porn shoot.  

I just couldn’t…. I like a good sexual awakening in romances as much as the next person but they need to have some credibility, some substance, some type of depth to create any type of believability for the transition. 

And because we are talking about Bellamy becoming one with her sexual nature, this is all due to her budding relationship with Butch, because without his expertise, she would be nothing.

The romance between Butch and Bellamy wasn’t my favorite. I unfortunately had a similar affect as I did previously with Reign. There was this insta-lust factor that ultimately turned into this all consuming insta-love between the two characters. On top of this it slightly irked me that on many scenes with Bellamy was solo, she almost never even considered Butch as a person yet when they were together he was her everything. At many points the chemistry seemed one sided. 

Also there were points where I felt the development of their dynamic shifted without any level of substance. It was as if the author was telling me to trust her, that Butch and Bellamy were in fact in love with no further build needed – it just seemed like their were plot holes to just their overall romance and not enough for me to invest, to connect with their characters. 

Definitely thinking that my biggest pet peeve with this series has been that the writing style has been slightly off set. The character development seems lacking in many attributes and more than one occasion there is too many unresolved conflicts while more twists continue to pile on. I assume that majority of this is due to the suspenseful setting the author is trying to create but for me, it is making thinking too choppy and I cannot connect long enough to fully appreciate the plot or the romances. Just feels cluttered. 

Reckoning is next in line and I am really hoping for more of the better side of this series…

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