In a battle of the heart, who will be the first to submit?
My name is Jamie Atwood, and I am an idiot. Against all odds, I got the attention of Michael Kage, the hottest MMA fighter on the planet. To say he rocked my world would be an understatement. He transformed me completely, made me depend on him, and made me love him. And the sex? Let me put it this way: I'd never been with a guy before I met Kage, but I'd gladly spend the rest of my life on my knees for him. He is my obsession and my addiction. But I did something stupid, and now I'm paying for it. I don't know if I'll ever see Kage again.
Being Michael Kage was never easy. Too many demons, too much anger, and not enough to live for. And then I met Jamie Atwood. He's got this innocence about him that speaks to something deep down inside me - in a place that's never been touched by anyone. He's beautiful, smart, and courageous, and he hasn't been tainted by the darkness that's ruled my life. I wanted him from the first second I laid eyes on him. It's selfish, I know. Because you can't bring an innocent thing into the darkness and not expect something to rub off.
©2015 Maris Black (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
I just have to roll my eyes and say 'really' when someone writes in a review that a fiction book was not realistic...come on now 'really'
I have several MMA series in my library but Kage is by far the best I've listened to. I've purchased several M/M books and returned all of them except Kage and one other. I like stories where sex fits into the story instead of trying to fit a story around sex. This is a story of triumph, growth, and acceptance. It also has suspense, thrills, mystery, and Hot-Hot Sex.
I was immediately hooked on Kage and Kage was immediately hooked on Jamie. Kage notices the gay tendencies in Jamie so he takes advantage of an opportunity to hire Jamie as his personal publicist. Kage didn't realize Jamie was straight and had girlfriend until Jamie arrives the first day. Later it comes out that she's an x-girlfriend.
Kage works on building a relationship with Jamie and Jamie finds himself being attracted to Kage and having sexual thoughts and feelings about him. It never crossed Jamie's mind that he could be gay. Everyone in Kage's inner circle knows Kage is gay.
I usually don't give *Spoilers* but I was so happy for Jamie. When Jamie's parents and friends find out that he and Kage are a couple...all of them are accepting. Jamie's dad doesn't like it but he loves Jamie so he has a talk with Kage about his true intentions toward Jamie.
Now for the Villen. Kage's uncle, Santori, owns a hotel/casino where Kage lives and trains. Since only Kage's inner circle knows he's gay, Santori sees Jamie as a vulnerability and hindrance who will keep Kage from winning the MMA championship.
Santori also has two thugs who do his dirty work.
This series is full of mystery, suspense, thrills, fun, sad secrets, and hot-hot M/M sex.
I was drawn in at the very beginning of the story. I listened to all three books back-to-back and was sad when the series was over.
J. F. Harding is now in my top 5 favorite male performers. His voice for Kage was mesimerizing. He of course also did Jamie's voice, Jamie's parents, siblings, and friends. Also Kage's friends, uncle, thugs, and employees. Every voice was distinctively different and never a concern about who was speaking.
This series is absolutely without doubt worth a credit and I recommend this series to anyone who likes MMA.
Audible Addict!!! My Favorite books have change since joining Audible and my taste for erotic has enhanced! Follow me to the dark side. ;)
I'm not sure how I ended up with this book but... OMG ITS HOT. I'm so surprised at myself but I never considered myself a LBGT activist but if this book is true insight WOW. Count me in. I really did enjoy the banter and chemistry that Kage and Jimmy had. It's sooooo hot so sweet and what most people really want . Just listen to the story and you can see the romance the love and what could be. I'm starting book two because hell this is a great listen and GREAT NARRATION. LOVED IT!!!!!
Addicted to any type of Romance/Erotica audio books.
I'm really enjoying this trilogy! It was recommended to me by a friend. The author and narrator were both new to me and they both have a new fan now! Book 2 picks up right where Book 1 left off! Kage and Jamie are so hot together and the author writes it so you can actually feel the attraction between them! Kage is an MMA fighter, Jamie is a college student doing an internship as a PR Rep for Kage. Their relationship has a lot of secrets but also at lot of love! There is a secretive backstory going on that I still haven't figured out. I'm jumping right into book 3! This book has it all...excitement, love, drama and seriously hot sex!
I'm becoming a huge fan of J.F. Harding, his narration is perfect and that's voice....yep it is hot too!
I love Kage and Jamie! Their relationship may be a roller coaster, but they always wind up where they both need to be. In each others arms. But Maris Black still leaves me desperate to find out what is going to happen next. I think I have a new favorite romance author. I can't wait to read more of her books and conclude Jamie and Kage's story. Also the narrator, J F Harding does a fantastic job. I will be looking into more of his audiobooks as well.
The intensity of honest emotion Maris Black skillfully manages to create between Kage and his naive obsession, Jamie, is honestly equal to anything I've read in modern fiction, and surpasses the cardboard characterizations in most erotic writing by a country mile. Ms. Black is an artist who'll take your breath away!
No question, the efforts the inexperienced Jamie makes to keep abreast of his flooding passion for Kage, not only his first homoerotic experience, but a love far surpassing any other he's known, surprise and touch the reader as they do Jamie himself. Rare indeed to see this kind of fiction reach the heart as quickly as the groin!
His vocal characterizations here are amazingly versatile. Kage is a simmering masterpiece of sexual growling; hard to believe that Jamie, aching to explore the heretofore-unimaginable delights of male/male love, could be voiced so convincingly by the same actor! Superb work, Mr. Harding!
The very last line's killer. "Breathtaking" is an adjective sadly overused, and rarely earned. Harding and Black honestly nail it here. When you read this book, make sure you schedule yourself some free time after you've completed it -- you'll surely need to pick yourself up and dust yourself off!
Galloping quickly to the third and final volume now. Can't wait to see what surprises these masterful artists have in store for us here in the finale. I keep thinking what a shame most current gay erotic cinema is so denatured and bloodless. This material has the potential to inspire films to rival Genet!
I love Maris Black books. I have listen to 100's of books and Kage Unleashed is in my top 10 books. I have listen to this book several times now. I just love the chemistry between Kage and Jaime. This is the second book in the series so please start with book 1. All 3 books is a must read so what are you waiting for.
The trilogy started out fantastic! Loved the pace the story was going at in the first book but as the story progressed, it felt like the sex scenes became too much and took away from the plot. Everything was suddenly about sex which was hot but I ended up having to skip through a bunch because there was just too much. Sex scenes should come naturally and enhance the story; not clutter it. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator did a fantastic job! Just wished it didn't turn into a porno which is essentially how it sounded like when all the main characters could think about was sex.
"Should all be one book!!"
They are not stand alone books it's one story chopped up! This is not a TV series so shoukd have a natural ending! Very frustrating! I would not have started them if I had known I would have to purchase three to find an ending!
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