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For years, Blake the Snake, as he was known to his Alpha Chi Gamma brothers, took pictures of the conquests of auction winners having sex with their “prizes” at the fraternity’s annual Spring Bacchanalia. It was all in fun, until he stopped a young woman from being raped by the football player who had won her.
From that moment on, Blake Bombay’s life changed forever. He became obsessed with Kendra Kensington, and worked tirelessly to keep her safe. While watching her from afar, he plotted and planned for the day when she would be his. Trouble was, she didn’t know it. She never saw his face that night or learned his name. But that didn’t matter to Blake. She was his. She had always been his, and one day she would be with him forever.
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Relentless by Ravenna Tate
Relentless is the third book in the Tortured Love series by Ravenna Tate. As with the first two books in this series, it's an extraordinary love story but also a thriller/mystery that will keep you wondering throughout the entire book!
Kendra Kensington was an average college freshman until the night of the annual Alpha Chi Gamma Spring Bacchanalia. She'd been honored to be a Little Sister to the fraternity. Honored, that is, until she was auctioned off to the highest bidder, Derek, and subjected to a near rape. The one thing that had stopped Derek from raping her was a unknown man, a photographer, who had barged into the room and pushed her attacker from her body. Kendra grabbed her clothes and ran, never looking back. But she was scarred by the experience and now found it hard to trust men or enjoy sex.
Blake Bombay was a photographer, attended the same college as Kendra but graduated years before she had been a student. He was also a member of Alpha Chi Gamma. The annual Spring Bacchanalia was a time of fun and debauchery for the men of the fraternity, and Blake had made money throughout the years taking pictures of various couples having sex in the frat house, even long after he graduated. It was Blake who had thrown Derek off Kendra that night. And, even though Blake had married after he left college because it was expected of him and then went through a very messy divorce, he had never forgotten Kendra. In fact, he had watched over her for the ten years since their first encounter, waiting for his chance to be with her. When Blake's divorce is complete and Kendra is finally free, Blake engineers a meeting with her.
Since leaving college, Kendra has become a diabetes educator. And Blake has become a world-famous photographer. She is delighted to meet the incredibly famous Blake Bombay. They talk while sitting on a park bench and make plans to have dinner. But Blake has to be careful. He doesn't want Kendra to know his secret. If she ever finds out that he was the man with the camera ten years earlier, he wouldn't have a chance with her at all, and rightfully so. Dinner leads to more dates, which lead to the beginning of a friendship. Kendra is enchanted by Blake and for the first time feels as if this could be a real relationship in her life. But she's never told anyone about what happened at the Spring Bacchanalia and she desperately tries to keep that part of her life from Blake.
Blake knows he has to be extra careful. He can never let Kendra know it was him that saved her that night. But is he a good enough actor to pull this off? Will Kendra have the ability to sense Blake's deceptions? Can he be the man she needs while still keeping this secret? If she finds out, what will happen to their relationship? And there are other players in the mix, other events, which have profound effects on both Kendra and Blake. How will their story end?
Once again, it's hard to find new words to describe the plot and characters of this novel. From the very beginning, I wondered how this story could possibly work. I didn't see any way the author could create a believable story with the initial facts at hand. Then, bit by bit, I began to see the total story emerge, like a butterfly from a chrysalis. You will be totally pulled into the story and won't want to put it down once you start reading. As is the case with her other books, Ms. Tate has created a story that is full of twists, turns, and totally unexpected events. Although I wondered if the characters would be convincing when I first started the book, it wasn't long before I was totally hooked. This is truly one of Ms. Tate's most riveting stories. Once I started reading, I didn't stop until the end (and this time I did stay up all night)! Again, this is the third book in this particular series but each book is a complete standalone book. If you've never read anything by Ravenna Tate, I would highly recommend Unyielding and Irrefutable (the first two books in the series), as well as Relentless. If you have read her other books, you will not be surprised at the way you are pulled into this fascinating story.
One final note. This is an amazing but also ADULT book. It contains explicit language and explicit sexual scenes with some elements of BDSM included. If you do not enjoy thriller/mysteries with erotic romance and sexual scenes then please carefully consider your purchase before starting this series. PLEASE DO NOT BUY ANY BOOK IN A GENRE YOU KNOW YOU WILL NOT ENJOY AND THEN LEAVE A NEGATIVE REVIEW OF THE BOOK AS IT IS NOT FAIR TO THE AUTHOR! She works hard to provide a quality work product and if you know before you purchase a book that you will object to the subject matter contained therein, you will be doing not only yourself, but the author, an extreme disservice.
Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!