Book Reviews

'Ailani (The Last Warrior 1) by A.J. Llewellyn at eXtasy Books

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Magic / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 07-September-2018

Book Blurb

When Lio's lover cheats on him, he's forced to give up what he thought was an idyllic romance he's lived with Maks, including their stunning, scenic Waikiki apartment. He rents a cheap house on the other side of the island which has magical views so why is it so cheap?

He soon becomes haunted by dreams in which a fearsome yet sexy Hawaiian man begs him to rescue him from the garden. Lio is certain he's going nuts until one night in the midst of a tropical rainstorm he follows the man's urgings and digs a hole in the yard. He finds a gigantic, ancient stone statue with scary eyes… that gives Lio the power of… THE LAST WARRIOR…



First edition published by Silver Publishing, November 2012.

Second edition published by Breathless Press, September 2014.

Third edition published by Amber Allure, November 2015.

Book Review

One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it. ~ French Proverb

For years, Lio of 'Ailani by A.J. Llewellyn had been searching for his true place in life, his Paradise, but kept having one setback after another. It is only when he opens himself up to the extraordinary spiritual guidance he is receiving that he gets a glimpse of what his true purpose is to be, his mission, if he chooses to accept it.

Lio is charming. He is kind, loving, generous, patient, and tolerant. His mother is a bitter, angry woman who thinks everyone else should be as well. Fortunately, Lio isn't influenced as much as she would like him to be. He hasn't given up the dream of having people in his life who love him. When he's old enough, he seeks out and finds his understanding and accepting father, his amazing step-mother, and his very talented, loving little brother. He's a person who really deserves to be loved. Eventually, he hooks up with a lover who admires, respects, and supports him, regardless of what the future may hold for him. Along with his eccentric landlady, they comprise an unusual team, who assist Lio in his quest to fulfill his destiny.

Through Lio's unique narration, we experience Lio's tears, heartbreak, frustration, and confusion as he's trying to sort out what's happening in his life. He's so emotionally vulnerable, so raw, that it made me want to cry with him and protect him from any more hurt. Yet, he's still so hopeful that somehow things will work out. There are amusing elements such as his landlady having a flea circus which keeps escaping into her house, the ancient god statue that throws itself out of the truck, and, when Lio gets it into the house, keeps moving from room to room.
'Ailani is off-beat, clever, funny, and tongue-in-cheek. It's also serious, mysterious, sad, and thought-provoking. I recommend it to everyone who likes a story about ancient gods, ghosts, spirits, spells, and ancient legends, and following your rightful path. Thanks, A.J., for a different, entertaining story of hope and love.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 124 pages/37788 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-September-2018
Price $4.99 ebook
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