Rating: 5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in a Series
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Blurb: Can their love survive the most shocking revelation?
Sexy college senior Jamie Atwood has fallen hard for MMA dark horse Michael “the Machine” Kage. With his hot muscled body, intoxicating green eyes, and proclivity for rough sex, Kage is a potent aphrodisiac to the innocent boy-next-door. The danger, the intrigue, the feel of his strong hand around his throat, the knowledge that his fighter would kill or die for him. From the moment Kage grabbed onto his hips and channeled all that masculine aggression into claiming his body, Jamie was ruined for anyone else.
Passions run high as the lovers try to assimilate into each other’s lives: coming out to family and friends, blending into the high-profile MMA world, dealing with Kage’s sketchy uncle. But behind Kage’s mask of strength and indifference lies a crippling vulnerability, and a devastating secret. As the mask comes off, past traumas surface, dark desires spin out of control, and the damaged fighter is driven to hurt the man he loves more than life itself.
Review: I couldn’t wait to start the final book of this book-crack like series. Everything in the last two books have lead to the events that go down. Hence the title Kage Unmasked. Kage finally acknowledges or is allowed to acknowledge what happened in his past. He vows to keep Michael by his side no matter what it costs him. He’s ready to take on the fame he deserves because of his abilities in the ring but on his terms. I think that’s part of what I love about this story. Kage is a confident dynamic storm of a man but he’s always been under the thumb of his uncle. Being a successful celebrity fighter has been their goal his entire life and they finally have it in their grasps. Kage loves to fight but he finally understands he wants to be loved and free to be himself more. This journey has been intense and I’ve loved every minute of it.
Just when I thought this book pushed my comfort zone with the rough sex play it pushes it a little further. It’s not just for the hot factor in this book though. Michael and Kage like to push the limits. They find it in this book I think. Michael for the most part loves to be bossed around and taken care of by Kage. They have a dynamic that works for them. Michael by no means is a pushover and I think that’s what makes their relationship work. They give each other what they need. The passion between these two is like an inferno that burns so hot you as the read feel it too. I LOVE how this book so completely pulls me in emotionally. I’m totally infested in Michael and Kage’s relationship. So many highs and lows but I loved every minute of it.
The ending was suspenseful and lived up to he build IMO. You knew all along the uncle was a bad man but we finally get to know just how evil he really is. The tragic past that put Kage in the care of a madman is sad and explains so much about why Kage is the way he is. It’s amazing he’s as sane as he is. You also understand why and how he’s so vulnerable and volatile at the same time. His character is so complex I could go on and on. Michael finally realizes that not only has he fallen for a man like Kage, he’s also inherited his ugly past. Along with all the problems his fame and uncle bring with him. This series has been a wild ride. It’s intense. Probably one of the sexiest series I’ve read in a long time. It’s not just lust. It’s need and a crazy kind of love they found despite everything going against them. I can not express enough how much I loved this series. I’m sad it’s over but I’m also happy with the way it ends. Amazing series! Must read if you ask me.