October 20, 2013

Book Review: The Devil's Kiss Trilogy by Gemma James

Title: The Devil's Kiss Trilogy (Includes Book #1 "Ultimatum", Book #2 "Enslaved", Book #3 "Retribution")
Author: Gemma James
Genre: Dark Erotica
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Includes all three novellas in the DEVIL'S KISS TRILOGY:

“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.”

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 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.

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.

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 . . .

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. Approximately 52,000 words.

The Devil's Kiss Trilogy (The Devil's Kiss, #1-3)The Devil's Kiss Trilogy by Gemma James

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really like dark, edgy, psychologically challenging books. Especially if they throw in a heavy dose of romance/erotica. This book (or three novellas that make up the trilogy) fit the bill just fine, but for me were just a little bit lacking.

This isn't your usual kidnapping, blackmailing, Stockholm Syndrome, dark erotica book. It has a nice twist to it at the first that makes it interesting. Kayla has a 3-year old daughter that is dying from leukemia. Desperate to pay for her very expensive experimental treatments, Kayla resorts to embezzling ten thousand dollars from the company she works with. When her boss, Gage, finds out, instead of firing her, he manipulates her into signing a contract to be his sex slave for six weeks. If she signs and submits, he will not press charges and will pay for all of her daughter's medical bills and treatments. If she refuses to sign, he will turn her over to the cops immediately. Well, of course, what would any decent mother in the world choose? She signs the contract and begins her six weeks of being Gage's submissive sex slave.

There is a lot of pretty heavy BDSM in this book, but for some reason it just didn't ring completely true with me. I'm not really sure of all of the terms, but Gage comes across more as a sadist to me, rather than a Dom. Maybe that's what Gemma James was going for, but to me there is a problem with that. A controlling and possessive Dom is sexy, and exciting, and loveable. A sadist that is only out to cause pain and humiliation is not a character that I can connect with or root for. There were one or two very tiny moments in the book where I saw the promise of something more developing in Gage, but for me there needed to be more. I guess really he walked a fine line between sadist and Dom, but for some reason it just didn't feel right to me. I wanted to love him as the main male character, but he was just too flawed and lacking. In case you can't tell, I have very conflicting feelings about Gage.

By the end of the book, I really wanted Kayla and Gage to end up together, but mostly I think it was just because I didn't like Ian. He seemed too weak, too much of a pushover for Kayla. Kayla is a fighter - strong, stubborn, independent and fierce. Ian is soft. At least with Gage there is a real man that Kayla can hang on too. A man that we can always hope will let go of some of his demons and be able to accept and give love. And with the few flashes we saw of a decent human being, or at least a person who is capable of feeling remorse, anguish, vulnerability, maybe he could grow into even more.

There was a nice little surprise towards the end of the book that I didn't see coming. It explained a couple of things, but I'm not sure that it made the story any better. It was kind of unbelievable, but it didn't necessarily hurt the story. And the end of this book had a cliffhanger and a half. However, it felt like maybe Gemma James just couldn't make up her mind who Kayla needed to end up with and so left it open ended. There will be a fourth and final installment to this series at the end of the year, so hopefully things will be resolved the way they need to be (or at least the way I think they need to be, lol).

Overall, it was an enjoyable read. It was quick - only took me about 3 hours, just didn't quite live up to all I thought it was going to be.

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Author Bio:
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. Hi Jessica,

    Thank you for your honest review. I had to smile toward the end when you thought that maybe I couldn't make up my mind because you were right, lol. I was very conflicted while writing these stories, though I did have a lot of fun with them. I'm having even more fun with the sequel, and I suspect you'll enjoy that one more. I appreciate you reading and reviewing!

    1. Thank you for allowing me to review your book! I feel like if a book has me as conflicted as this one did, then it is definitely a good story! Most books I don't like, I just end up not caring what happens one way or another. I definitely cared what happened in this one, and I will certainly pick up the sequel to see who ends up together. Thanks again!


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