Book Reviews

XU Again by A.J. Llewellyn at eXtasy Books

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Athletes/Coaches / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 11-May-2018

Book Blurb

Lindo Santiago is finding a rich new life after being forced to give up his dreams of becoming a world boxing champion. He and his lover, Turner, have a wonderful relationship and their lifestyle in Hawaii is idyllic. Lindo has saved his money and now enjoys good health... his only problem is finding a passion apart from the man he loves. Having dedicated his whole life to the "sport of kings," he has no real ambition but makes money doing TV commentary for boxing shows. Content to let his path find him, he is surprised when boxing knocks on his door again...

His ex-lover, Bayani, a Filipino boxer, is training for a world title fight and Lindo's former trainer enlists Lindo's help in preparing the fighter for war...except that Bayani is in no shape to take a single punch, let alone win a world title fight. Lindo declines to help until Xu returns to his world, infiltrating his dreams and urging Lindo to intervene and prevent Bayani's certain death.

But can Bayani be saved? Only a dramatic, otherworldly force that is Xu can help...

First edition published by Amber Allure in November 2011.

Book Review

I loved this second Xu book as much as the first. Well, maybe even a little more, if that is even possible. While the first volume was special because it revealed the whole idea of Xu and introduced me to Lindo and Turner, this second one was amazing because it captured the spirit of the first, including all the richness of the spiritual world A.J. created, and added a lot of depth. There was also a whole new set of secondary characters whom I loved, and I also got to see some from the first book again. What more could I possibly want? Oh, yeah, a great story – and I got that as well!

Lindo is trying very hard to adjust to a life without boxing. He is very much in love with Turner, and has promised not to go back, but it is still hard. His ties to the world of boxing are considerable, and how can he resist helping others whose health is in danger? When Xu asks him for help, especially, he decides to act and I admired him for that. It isn’t easy for Lindo to return to situations and people who remind him of his own catastrophic encounter with severe brain injury, but I have to admire him for doing so anyway.

Turner continues to be a great guy. I regretted that I didn’t get to know him better in the first book, so I was very happy to see him again in this story. He really comes into his own here as Lindo’s lover, supporter and a great help in what Lindo needs to do. Their love means everything to him and he treats Lindo accordingly. I loved that!

This is a great love story and a touching account of some of the stuff that goes on behind the official face of boxing. The severity of the competition and the cruelty, in some cases, of those involved shocked me. Of course, like in any sport, money plays a huge role as well. All of that came across really well. If you like a love story rooted in reality, some amazing passion and a lot of suspense as the main characters figure out what is going on, then solve the problem, you will probably love this story as much as I do.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 118 pages/34726 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-May-2018
Price $4.99 ebook
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