Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Devil's Kiss Series, Gemma James

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BLURB BOOK 1 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 in order to pay for her daughter’s experimental 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.

Backed into a corner, Kayla signs his contract and spends her first weekend at his home, at his mercy, and is stunned when he awakens the desire she’d believed long dead.

NOTE TO READERS: ULTIMATUM is a novelette 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. Part one of a three-part series. Approximately 12,000 words.

Freedom is but an illusion . . . 

BLURB BOOK 2 ENSLAVED---Kayla Sutton finds out the hard way that Gage Channing’s dominance doesn’t end once she leaves the confines of his basement. His rules dictate her days and nights, his watchful eye keeps her in line at work, and the memories of her weekend with him, spent under his absolute control and his firm hand, keeps her on her toes. Having been blackmailed into submitting to him, Kayla doesn’t fully understand what it means to relinquish control of her body and free will, and she doesn’t understand how a man who derives pleasure in whipping and humiliating her is capable of awakening the desire she hadn’t known existed. 

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 to her Master and beg his forgiveness . . . only she never imagined he’d have such a horrifying punishment awaiting her, or that his jealousy would send her life into a further tailspin.

 REVIEW ULTIMATUM---Kayla Sutton has been stealing money from work to pay for her 3 year old daughters treatment for leukemia. Her boss Gage Channing has found out and is now giving her the option to either be turned in to the police for embezzlement or sign a contract to be his 'slave' for 6 weeks. 
She chooses to be his slave......

What follows is actually really good considering it's not even 40 pages long, if you have ever considered reading a story with dubious-consent or BDSM then this will be a good read to test the waters. 
Kayla ignores all of Gage's requests/demands at first by going to visit her daughter and his treatment of her really makes him quite the bastard. 

It's a nice fun read and the content is quite thorough considering it's so fast paced. We see little carrots dangling as to where the story is going to go and how the characters will progress. We learnt a lot about Kayla in this book which I wasn't anticipating because it is so short. But no, it's got a little depth actually! 

I don't know how it settled with me though with the 3 year old daughter Eve being in hospital, I just didn't like it. Probably just because I'm a mum and i don't want to be thinking about that, but yeah....I just kept thinking about the poor baby! Asking for her mummy! Shit head Gage wouldn't let Kayla call her daughter.....NAUGHTY BOY!!!!!

Don't read it expecting anything other than what it is...... BDSM/slave contracts/shitty men. 
It's a great choice though if you are wanting to experiment with boundaries or are just in the mood for a quick half an hour intense burst of a twat-man who you want to slap.Slap Reaaaalllyyyyyyy hard

REVIEW ENSLAVED---4 *. Now Kayla is under contract to be Gage's slave for 6 weeks, It's getting harsh! God he's a prick, really. Gage is the oddest man ever.

This was MUCH better than the first! Now I want to know what happens!

I have not read many novella's and have learnt that I need to read them in a different way.
I was frustrated with the shortness, the speed to which Kayla adapted to her role. Then I changed the way I was reading because it's unfair to expect so much from such a short book.
They are interesting enough to make me want to know a lot more detail. A lot of the time you have to just accept what is happening. I love Gemma's writing style and would love a full length book.
I have lots of things I would think deeply about in this book and detail in this review, because it's all there- character development, interesting plot and such. But it would not be fair to criticize a lack of background detail when this is not what that is. It is not a long thorough book and should not be judged in this way. It is a fast intense burst which hits the spot.

As a novella, it is incredibly packed and rich with detail. I really enjoyed reading it and it was a great way to spend half an hour. There is so much in it and the last 10 pages or so were a game changer for me. I have never been so shocked by the creativity of an ending that didn't feel like a cheap random twist. It makes sense! And really upped how much I enjoyed it.

If you can just not ask too many questions, accept where this is going and not expect to much from it. This is really fun and again a nice way to test the waters with BDSM Non-con/dub-con.

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