KAGE (KAGE Trilogy #1)

Author: Maris Black

 Publisher: Self

 Rating: 4 stars

 Buy Links: Amazon

 Type: Novel

Purchased by Reviewer


Blurb: My name is Jamie Atwood, and I’m an addict. I never thought I’d say such a thing. Never had a problem being overly-attached to anything in my life. I came from a perfectly middle-class family, made good grades, and had a hot cheerleader girlfriend… but the truth is, nothing ever really moved me. So how did a guy like me become an addict?

I met Michael Kage.

Kage is an MMA fighter. A famous one. I like to think I helped him get that way.

He’s charming as hell, with looks to rival any movie star and talent to back it up. So why did he need to hire me as an intern Publicist? Simple. He has a darkness in him– like a black hole so deep it could swallow him, and me, and everyone we know– and that’s not good for business.

The first time I met him, I felt the pull. I think the addiction began at that very moment. And even if I’d known then what I know now, I would have fallen for him. How could I not?

For me, Kage is everything.


Review: This trilogy is a freaking addiction! Warning once you start it you will want to binge read the other two. It’s an intense and sexy experience. I bought book one a while back. The second I finished book one I bought book two. Same with book three. I can’t believe I waited so long. I’ll warn you to clear your plate for these books. You won’t want to stop reading. I loved them! Book crack in the best way possible.

I don’t want to spoil any of the events that happen in later books as everything is revealed a little at a time. Jamie is a college journalism student. He’s got a cheerleader girlfriend. Gets decent grades. His life takes a huge turn when he interviews Michael Kage. There’s something about him that Jamie can’t resist. He’s drawn to him. It’s like a sexual awakening Jamie doesn’t want but can’t deny. Jamie has never been into guys but he’s certainly attracted to Kage. Kage takes notice of Jamie too. In a moment of panic Jamie boasts he’s top notch PR rep and could do wonders for Kage’s career. A month or so later Jamie’s professor calls him saying he’s been hired as a summer intern to be the PR rep for a fighter from Vegas. Jamie is reunited with Kage and the spark is still there. Jamie resists it because he won’t admit to himself he’s gay. It’s also totally unprofessional to sleep with your maybe gay boss. Not to mention what being a gay athlete would mean if the public found out. Problem is Kage turns him on like he’s never felt before. It’s more than that though. Jamie just wants to be near him in whatever way he can.

This book is extremely sexy. The sexual tension is so damn good. Kage is constantly giving some pretty obvious hints at what he wants from Jamie. Jamie tries to resist but it was inevitable. Kage is this gruff violent force that can’t be ignored. He’s also damaged and has his very kind moments. I loved his character. I’d be drawn to him too. Powerful but vulnerable does it for me. He’s a machine in the MMA cage but just wants to be loved. He’s no teddy bear though. He likes it rough and his way. I’ll admit I have a thing for alpha men. Jamie had no chance at denying him really. I think Kage’s character could have come off as cliché but for me he wasn’t. His character is well developed over the course of the books. This book is from Jamie’s POV. You get Kage’s POV in the next two books and he doesn’t disappoint. Kage #1 does end on a cliffhanger so be prepared to have book 2 handy. I absolutely recommend these books. I raved and told all my friends about it the minute I finished.

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