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Author: Gemma James
Genre: Erotica BDSM
Published: May 8, 2013
Length: book 1: novelette; book 2: short novella; book 3: short novella
“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.
Ultimatum, for 12,000 words, is a novelette yet so big in bang. I admit I went into it expecting whips and pain and erotic sex scene after scene with no story but…
…stupid me didn’t count on Gemma James planting a seed of a twisted, engrossing story that would take me through this trilogy.
It was a few things that got me hooked in this book. Mother, Kayla and terminally ill daughter, Eve are in a situation to make any person feel heavy and sad. This then is in the forefront of your mind when Kayla—ultimately—has no choice but to start a contract with Gage for cruel, twisted, sex for his own self-pleasing sexual desires because it gives her the money she needs. It’s crazy and Gemma made me squirm exactly how I think she intended me to. She also made me feel the confusing pleasure at times, when after the beating Kayla endured, she received sexual gratification.
Then there was Gage who had my emotions tumbling as if in a dryer. Man, he is a character I’ll never forget. He’s intense—sadistic and sexual, he’s damn intense.
A light read, Ultimatum almost made the coveted 5 stars, but was a tad short to completely satisfy me.
If Ultimatum felt like a paper-cut, Enslaved was like a deep cut. So much more intense.
The sex was hotter, the BDSM was crueller, and so was Kayla’s feelings for her boss and Master, Gage. Her daughter, Eve received a large lump of money to help with cancer treatment in book one, but now comes a huge deal. There’s a new treatment available with extreme benefits to combat her cancer and give her a strong chance to live, but it’s a huge sum to pay.
Kayla has no choice. She goes right back into Gage’s torture dungeon (seems that way) and submits herself to his wicked ways. Meanwhile, when she’s out in the world afterwards, she keeps running into her ex, Ian, so she still loves.
This book is hot and capturing to read, and also a bit longer than Ultimatum, but it’s the huge twist at the end that had me choking on my breath and trying to tap away at my Kindle pages faster to devour every word until the end to find out what happened.
Enslaved is a huge step up from book one. It satisfied me and then knocked me off my feet in a good way and had me shouting at my lungs over social media for my friends to buy it.
The title says it all really. It’s stepped up to the max in this last instalment. We finally see the prospect of Gage, her sexual torturer and pleaser, getting his comeuppance.
I love that Kayla now has the upper hand. I felt like chanting, “Go girl power!” in my head while reading, but it wasn’t all like that. Gage is evil through and through, and Kayla is questioning soon enough if she had any power over their contract and his hold on her at all.
In this last instalment, I really connected with the three main characters, Gage, Kayla, and Ian. Part of it was another bombshell that Gemma James hit me with, and I saw these characters becoming real in my head. With so much on the line between Eve’s recovery, Kayla’s choice to walk away from Gage or not, her retribution, more dark and dangerous secrets, and Ian’s presence in her life, I couldn’t help but chant, “perfect, perfect, perfect,” over in my head as I finished up this book.
Gemma James threw some crazy shit at me, and I feel proud I survived this book. My only disappointment is the ending. It’s not a cliff-hanger and given the type of series, it isn’t a sweet HEA; it’s something else. But it fitted the series.
Wow. I am floored. All in all, the length of these books put together barely total a small novel, yet each standing on their own grow to a huge satisfactory read.
I highly recommend this series. I get peeved at features in BDSM erotica books, and this one had them, too, but as a non-reader of the genre I rate the series in total 4.5 stars and totally mind-blowing. LOVE. And highly recommended.
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