Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: The Devil's Kiss Trilogy by Gemma James

Title: The Devil's Kiss Trilogy
Author: Gemma James
Genre: Adult, Erotica (Dark BDSM)
Publish Date: May 8, 2013
Review Source: Review eARC provided by The Book Enthusiest

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SYNOPSIS:

"Who am I, Kayla?"

I met his gaze--maniacal eyes possessing me--and shuddered. My heart feared him, but the gate of my sexual need was manned by him, owned by him. And he knew it.

"You're my Master."

His ultimatum

Kayla Sutton faces a question no mother wants to face: what would you do to save your daughter? Broke and desperate, she siphons thousands from the company she works for to pay for her daughter's life-saving treatment, but when Gage Channing discovers her theft, she is shocked to learn that her domineering boss has no intention of turning her over to the police. Instead he issues an ultimatum--submit to him, or go to jail.

Enslaved by the devil

As her daughter's life hangs in the balance, Kayla must dig deep to find the strength to fully submit, to travel down the path of pain and pleasure. But when her past catches up to her, prompting a free fall into forbidden territory with a man she once fiercely loved, she knows her only recourse is to come clean about her transgression and beg her Master's forgiveness . . . only she never imagined he'd have such a horrifying punishment awaiting her.

Retribution isn't so black and white

She faced sexual servitude in Ultimatum. In Enslaved she was seduced into craving it. Now she must find the strength to either accept the part of her that craves him still, or walk away for good . . .

Includes all three novellas in the DEVIL'S KISS TRILOGY:

ULTIMATUM
ENSLAVED
RETRIBUTION

NOTE TO READERS: THE DEVIL'S KISS TRILOGY is a novel with a BDSM edge and contains material that is only suitable for adult readers. If dark and edgy erotic fiction isn't your kind of read, you might not enjoy this story.



REVIEW:

I’ve been sitting here for quite some time wondering what to say about this book. Good? Bad? Hmmmmm still……words aren’t coming. Let me start with the synopsis.

Characters are:

Kayla who works at Channing Enterprises.

Rick, Kayla’s ex-husband.

Eve, Kayla & Rick’s 3-year old daughter.

Gabe Channing, boss & owner of Channing Enterprises.

Ian, Kayla’s true love even after 7 years, there is still powerful love there.

Jody, Kayla’s friend and the person who recommended her for the job.

The book begins very strong, diving right into the story, which I appreciate. Kayla has stolen money from Gage and he has come up with what seems like it could be very…..satisfying for them both. Of course she is reluctant and I can understand why. Unless she agrees to be his slave (in the worst manner) he will report her to the police. This really isn’t a choice since she has a restraining order on her ex, Rick, for almost killing her and her daughter is in the hospital fighting cancer. Her daughter’s cancer being the reason for taking the money in the first place. She is in a no win situation and he knows it. Gage exploits her, manuliplates her and blackmails her constantly through the majority of this book.

I have never wanted to hop in a book and slap the shit out of a character so badly. Gage is mean. Just plain mean. He uses severe BDSM punishments for the slightest things right from the beginning. Within minutes of arriving he has her gagged & strung up to her toes and left for an hour. That same weekend he brutally whips her and gives her 50 awful spankings. He makes her clean his bathrooms with a toothbrush (naked with a butt plug in) and he doesn’t do any after-care for her at all. He even treats the “safe-word” process as blackmail by saying that if she uses her safe-word she’ll go to jail and her daughter will die. Hence the reason I wanted to slap him so badly.

However, after pushing forward and reading the entire book I do get what the author has done with this story. It’s different. Gage goes about his quest for Kayla, which I think he actually really likes and wants her, in a terrible way. He could have had her a lot easier if he had followed normal BDSM rules and left out the just plain meanness in the way he treated her. The way all these complex characters connect is shocking and unexpected. The writing is wonderful and the characters are very deep and complicated individuals.

I think I would have enjoyed this book a little better (and could have given it more bars) if Gage could have at least followed basic BDSM rules. Safe words, after care and a general respect of your submissive is the line between BDSM and abuse. Gage crosses that line numerous times with Kayla. With that being said, the author has accomplished a book unlike the many other similar books out nowadays. I can safely tell you that you will yell & scream at this book over and over for many different reasons.

The Devil’s Kiss Trilogy is three parts and there is an epilogue. There will be another final epilogue coming out in December 2013 and I will read it! So even though this review might not be great…..it did hook me to find out what happens with these characters. If you’re an avid reader it’s a quick read, 2 days at most, the writing is really good and the complexity of the characters allows me to recommend this book. But be advised, it’s not for the hearts & flowers romantic.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gemma James (a pseudonym for Christina Jean Michaels) loves to explore the darker side of sex in her fiction. She's morbidly curious about anything dark and edgy and enjoys exploring the deviant side of human nature. Her stories have been described as being "not for the faint of heart."

She lives 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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1 comment:

  1. Hi Gretchen,

    Thank you so much for your honest review. I'm flattered that you thought the writing was good, and I completely understand the issues you found with the Devil's Kiss Trilogy--feedback has been all over the place with this one and I must admit that I was basically the same while writing it. I had certain ideas for it when I began writing the first novella, but the story took on a life of its own. I do think you might enjoy the sequel more. ;)

    I appreciate you reading and reviewing!

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