Before I go any further I want to give you the heads up – if you are someone with a sensitive nature, are easily offended and find the idea of hardcore BDSM hard to accept – DO NOT continue reading. This review is STRICTLY aimed at adults of consenting age.
A salacious, tantalising, Dark Erotic Romance that’ll have you palpitating and salivating…
I’ve read my fair share of BDSM romances, from mild to hardcore, but NOTHING … not a single one prepared me for Gemma James’ Devil’s Kiss series. First off let’s get one thing straight – I am NOT passing judgement on The Lifestyle, my aim in no way is to impart a negative view of Gemma, her work or The BSDM lifestyle and its partakers. With that said…
I want your submission … absolute ownership of you and your body. That’s what I want.
When I was given the option of doing a boxset review for the Devil’s Kiss I was quite chipper. It sounded like a mix of Fifty Shades and SE Lund’s Unrestrained series – FML, I was wrong. Gemma James left my morals in tatters. I cannot tell you how hard I tried to hate Gage Channing. He’s nothing short of a monster, truly he is the Devil incarnate. However, his immorality and sadistic tendencies are marred by his fleeting yet striking goodness. Yes, he has this hidden benevolent kindheartedness that leaves you confused and intrigued. He’s no Christian Grey, he makes Grey positively pleasant. But, despite all the unforgivable wrongs he commits toward Kayla you can’t help but cheer for him time and time again.
That was how he’d left me on my doorstep – hot and wanting him … He’d used and abused me, and now that he’d let me go, I couldn’t stop thinking about him.
I don’t know what kind of person this makes me, but there were times that I almost wanted to punish Kayla myself. Look, she’s had a tough life – that’s putting it mildly… the poor girl gets away from an abusive marriage to having to embezzle money from her boss so she can afford Cancer treatment for her daughter to then being blackmailed into becoming a sex slave. That’s a ridiculously hard life if there ever was one. However, she gets off on the sex slave bit and can’t stay away from Gage. I just don’t know where to stand on this. Rape is rape. It’s wrong. But how do I place it within my moral compass when she becomes a willing participant? Does that even make sense?
Someplace deep inside that craved him at my mercy, where he could deny me nothing. Demand nothing … I remembered him beneath me, his hands tied to the headboard… how teasing him to insanity had been the most intoxicating night of my life… He’d given me a piece of himself he’d never planned to give.
James has done a number on me. I guess that’s the cunning in her plot and the skill of her writing. Not to mention her character development is exquisite. Kayla’s light brings out the goodness in Gage and his darkness allows her to be herself, because lets face it, at end when all is said and done she is as much a masochist as he is a sadist. She craves what he gives her like he needs what she offers him. Although he is the dominant, they are very much co-dependant.
It was that foggy-headed reality I hungered for most – a time when thought wasn’t possible, when pain and difficult decisions didn’t exist. Gage had enslaved me, and by doing so he also freed me on some level.
I’m not going to pretend that the series isn’t lewd and salacious. Again this is where Gemma’s skill is awing, because despite the depravity it’s tantamount arousing, sensual and lascivious. The relationship between Gage and Kayla is carnal and lustful, just as it is volatile and soul shattering affectionate. These are two people that life hasn’t been kind to, and yet they’re trying to love in the best way they can. Whether right or wrong.
You don’t need to be fixed. You just need to be loved.
I’ve never quite read anything that has torn me up inside like The Devil’s Kiss has. I don’t know whether another book will come as close to leaving me morally confused. It threw me out of my comfort zone and never let me back in, yet it still made me fall in love with two individuals who I would’ve never thought to make a connection with. In reality Gemma James deserves an ovation for The Devil’s Kiss, because she sold me the Devil and I wouldn’t send him back.
The Devil’s Kiss is NOW AVAILABLE as a BOXSET.
Nothing is black and white when everyone has secrets.
Broke and desperate, Kayla Sutton siphons thousands from her employer to pay for her daughter’s treatment, but when her boss finds out, he demands repayment…in the form of her submission.
What started as a game turns into so much more when the past returns, testing the chains that bind Gage and Kayla’s hearts together.
She fell for his wicked ways after he blackmailed her, stayed after he kidnapped her, went back to him after he almost destroyed them both with his fury. Now she wants to give him her future.
INCLUDES: The Devil’s Kiss, The Devil’s Claim, The Devil’s Wife, The Devil’s Spawn, and over 11,000 words of bonus material, including bonus scenes from Gage’s POV!
NOTE TO READERS: THE DEVIL’S KISS BOX SET is a dark romance with a BDSM edge that does NOT conform to safe, sane, and consensual practices. Includes explicit content and subject matter that may offend some readers. Intended for mature audiences
About the Author
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.