Book Reviews

XU by A.J. Llewellyn at eXtasy Books

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Athletes/Coaches / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-April-2018

Book Blurb

Fight or flight? This has always been the way of Lindo Santiago’s life, and he has always chosen to fight. He has prepared for world championship boxing glory his entire career. From the Mexican slums to the hard streets of Hollywood, he gave it everything. Lindo thought he was ready until his world title shot arrived and almost killed him. Now, forced to retire by the California State Athletic Commission, he has defied the odds by surviving a three-month coma and severe brain injury.

Forced to choose a new path, to live a different life, Lindo is certain he can do it, with the help of Xu, a mysterious spirit force of a man who emerged in the darkest days of Lindo’s coma. Xu and Lindo’s homosexuality are his biggest secrets. Encouraged to take his first vacation ever, Lindo flies to Honolulu where Xu becomes more potent, yet more mysterious. Signs are everywhere that Lindo must choose between love and death, and he also must decide whether to enter into a relationship with a hot local, Turner Cypriano. But if he does, what will that mean for Xu?

First edition published by Amber Allure in October 2010.

Book Review

This is such a fascinating book on so many levels. There is the spiritual element of a very close encounter with death and how Lindo deals with that. There is the mystery of Xu, and Lindo's emotions as he desperately tries to reclaim some sort of a life after 3 months in a coma. It had me spellbound. Overcoming almost-death like that can't be easy, and his struggle is told so vividly that I was involved from the very first page.

Lindo is an amazing character. A true fighter who came up from the Mexican slums, even if he is no longer fit to work as a boxer, he is in desperate need for his life to make some sort of sense again. I loved that he went for a vacation in Hawaii, which is a very spiritual place. The little details that I remember liking so much when I visited years ago were all there: how friendly people are, the colors and scents, the food, and some of the wonderful sights. It felt as if I was really there again.

The emotions as Lindo learns to return to reality and the secret of Xu is revealed are heart-wrenching. I can’t say much more without spoiling the secret, but it’s a big one. I absolutely loved this book and hope you will give it a chance – it’s truly imaginative.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 104 pages/30148 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-April-2018
Price $4.99 ebook
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