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The Devil's Kiss (Volume 1) Paperback – June 4, 2015
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Gemma James is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of a blend of genres, from new adult suspense to dark erotic romance. She loves to explore the darker side of human nature in her fiction, and she’s morbidly curious about anything dark and edgy, from deviant sex to serial killers. Readers have described her stories as being “not for the faint of heart.”
She warns you to heed their words! Her playground isn’t full of rainbows and kittens, though she likes both. She lives in Oregon with her husband and their four children–three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.
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Series: The Devil's Kiss
Designation: Book One of Serial, Not A Standalone, Contains Cliffhanger
Author: Gemma James
My Rating: FIVE SINFULLY WICKED STARS *****
***Content Warning: I would like to preface my review by saying, if you have sexual triggers and object to explicit adult content and disturbing subject matter including bondage, domination, sadism, masochism, extreme acts of punishment, nonconsensual sex and rape, this is probably NOT the book for you. However, although the author does give the reader a very realistic accounting of the subject matter, it's written tactfully and skillfully. Make no mistake, this is a deliciously dark and sinfully wicked erotic romance with elements of suspense and multiple plot twists that will both shock and surprise you. And I loved every single minute. Also, please be aware, this is a two hundred page novel that is the first book of a serial. It is not a standalone read and does end in a cliffhanger.
Okay, I admit, I was somewhat undecided about the rating for this book. No, I was actually conflicted over the entire series which to date, consists of three books, The Devil's Kiss(Book One), The Devil's Claim(Book Two) and The Devil's Wife(Book Three). Having never read anything written by Gemma James, I had no idea what to expect but I'm a real sucker for a freebie. I'm a voracious reader and there's nothing I enjoy more than discovering a great new author so after reading the blurb and the free sample, I was intrigued and decided since the book was offered as a free download by Amazon, I would give it a whirl. And I'm really glad I did. James is a skilled wordsmith and a gifted storyteller as evidenced by the fact I not only read the first free book, but ran back to Amazon and purchased the second and third. I found some of the content rather disturbing but I will concede, it's very realistically portrayed. I was immediately drawn into this story by the two protagonists, Kayla Sutton and Gage Channing. These two characters were absolutely fascinating, completely mesmerizing and played off each other brilliantly. Wealthy businessman, Gage Channing is a sadist in the truest sense of the word, deriving sexual pleasure from the pain and punishment of others and more specifically Kayla Sutton, his personal assistant. The cast includes several other very intriguing characters, all of whom are pivotal to the story. These characters are dark, complex and engaging but the author does an exceptional job of building and developing each player perfectly. And just when you think you have an understanding of both them and their nature - WHAM - the author blows your mind with another revelation. I was glued to my seat, gasping for my next breath with my heart hammering in my chest, and turning the pages so fast, my Kindle couldn't keep up! I hated it...I loved it...I abhorred it...I was enthralled by it...I was sickened by it...I was fascinated by it. I wanted to throw my Kindle against the wall....but couldn't stop reading it! Please allow me to make something perfectly clear, this is not just erotica but so much more. It is an erotic romance with a hypnotic underlying story of heartache and pain featuring a very complex and psychologically damaged cast of players. They are quite simply magnificent. The story is enthralling, spellbinding, addictive, suspenseful and erotic. The dialogue is shocking, seductive, exceptionally well executed and flowed effortlessly. The entire narrative is beautifully written in the first person from the perspective of Kayla Sutton, a beautiful twenty eight year old divorcee and single mother with a very painful and troubled past who has a three year old daughter named Eve suffering from a life threatening illness. All the traditional treatments have failed and Eve is in desperate need of a costly experimental treatment not covered by insurance which forces Kayla to resort to the theft of company funds in order to pay for her daughter's treatment expenses. Her crime is discovered by her boss, Gage Channing, owner of Channing Enterprises. Gage confronts Kayla with evidence of her crime but rather than report her to the police, he offers her a deal...sign a six week contract to become his sexual slave or go to jail. In Gage Channings's eyes, he's offering Kayla a deal, a choice, but in reality he's a master manipulator who has been searching for a way to blackmail Kayla into becoming his willing submissive and sex slave. Unfortunately, neither Kayla nor Gage expected to be completely drawn in by their explosive yet undeniable attraction to each other and neither planned to ever fall in love. Is it possible to fall in love with someone you hate? And is it possible to truly love someone yet desire to punish and hurt them? Nothing in this story is as it seems. There is so much more at play that is carefully, masterfully and skillfully revealed over the course of the three books. And OMG! I could not stop reading it! I cried! I sobbed! I screamed profanities and shook my fists in anger! And several times, I wanted to throttle the characters and throw my Kindle at the wall but isn't that what entertainment actually is? Engaging with the characters, empathizing with them and becoming so caught up in the story itself that you lose track of time? That's exactly what happened to me when I read this story. So in reviewing this book, I ask myself, what did I love about this story? Pretty much everything, even the parts that were hard to read! What didn't I like? Again, some of the scenes were almost too painful to read but I couldn't stop, I had to continue. I had to know what happened! Would I recommend this book? You bet and I am but only to adult readers! Will I read this author again? Absolutely! As I said, I've already purchased the second and third books. And I'm sure I'll be reading many more books from this author in the future! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!
***I'm not a professional reviewer but I do know what I like, what love and what I don't and I loved this story. And if I truly love a story, I give it five stars. This is only my opinion with my review being based on not only on my enjoyment of this book but also on its exceptional presentation and craftsmanship.
Either way, I finished it, because I was waiting for it to become less sadistic, and more..."normal"? I was waiting for Gage to become more of a human being, instead of just beating the absolute %$ out of Kayla.
I didn't understand the psychology of having an abusive past with a male, and then keep going back to a person just as awful. She cried almost every time after the beatings, yet kept going back. Perhaps it's me, but I just cannot relate to that. I was waiting for either Gage to change, or Kayla to open her eyes.
Her daughter is supposed to be struggling with leukemia, and she's the reason why Kayla agrees to this, yet halfway through the book you - and Kayla too - just forget about the dying little girl. No mother does that...
Overall, this book made me angry, and feel like crap. If you have a taste for hardcore BDSM, and feeling like absolute poop at the end of it, then this is the book for you. Otherwise, I cannot recommend it.
Author: Gemma James
4 uexpected stars
Have you ever just sat motionless, unsure what to do about a book, even more so about how to rate or review it? That's my current dilemma with Gemma James' The Devil's Kiss series. The story is incredibly written; for it to captivate me and finish every single book in a day each is quite the feat. To say that there is drama is an understatement. The Devil's Kiss was all drama between Kayla and Gage. The minute that Kayla stole from Gage, she knew it was a matter of time before he caught what she had done. The last thing she ever expected was for him to offer her the only way out of jail and to save her daughter: to willingly sign a contract that makes her his complete s€x toy.
4 breath taking dreams
So here is where the problem with writing this review came - from the very beginning Gemma James tells reader that this series is far from the sane, safe and consensual BDSM practices that need to be respected in these relationships. And how right she was; any Dom not respecting a submissive's right to use her safe word or neglects her hard limits are what I call 'fake Doms' and far from deserving the submission of these subs. But Gage gets it reluctantly from Kayla, and I wonder, even while she feels as strongly as she does, would she still feel the same way if another man would have done everything right and catered to her darkest desires? I despised Gage's tactics - they are deplorable, yet I can't hate the man after everything he's gone through in life. Karma truly is a monster when you do the things you do, and seeing it happen did give me some satisfaction. My curiosity on this couple's development is so great that I have to keep reading to find out what will happen - I just hope that there is some humanity in this man that will redeem him in the end.
*ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Kathleen, The Small Girl from A small girl, her man and her books