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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.

©2015 Maris Black (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Be Warned

This series is freaking awesome. Absolutely engrossing. Just wow. There are no words.
I admit I did get frustrated with the main characters quite a few times for angst that is everywhere in these books. I tell you your heart will be shredded. But somehow just when I think, "There is no way they are going to do this because of a misunderstanding..." Bam something happens I totally did not see coming and I'm lost in this wonderful, horrible, lovely, gritty, cuddly, sad world. Jeez my heart is going to be stitched together with duck tape and floss. That is just how amazing this story is.

Not to mention the narrator. Ya, I could listen to his voice all day long just because it's that awesome. His voices for Cage and Jamie where so perfect it hurt. And when he brought the heat to a love scene it was panty melting.

****All that said I totally recommend this series. Hands down so worth every penny. HOWEVER you must have ALL three books before you start reading/ listening, because the cliff hangers at the end are absolute murder. Seriously. MURDER. You will die if you do not heed my warning! I know cliffies are hated by many but this series is worth it. You won't be disappointed if your a MxM romance fan.****

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Gay fifty shades with a little mafia vibe included

This is really very much like the mm version of fifty shades, but i think i liked this version better. First, the author writes a lot better (which is not an impossible task at all). Second, it might just be the mm storyline but the characters seems more real. It is of cause a fairytale of a young naive (not-gay) man falling for the rich, troubled and lonely MMA fighter, who needs him to function. It is a comming out story for the college student and sort of a dom-sub story (without the whips) due to the personality of the MMA fighter, mostly. I liked that it is infact the MMA fighter who does not have a problem with being gay (he has too many other issues to deal with). It kind of creates an extra layer to an otherwise straigthforward story and makes it stand out a little. It is however not meant to stand alone so unless you commit to listening to all three of the books it wont make much sence. I liked the narration.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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KAGE INSTANTLY WON ME OVER

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • EJ
  • Pawtucket, RI United States
  • 06-12-16

Amazing!

The author really knows how to write a story. It wasn't all about the sex; there was so much build up. I almost couldn't take the antici....pation, in a good way. The author and narrator really take you on the emotional journey, as corny as it sounds. It was a roller coaster of sexual tension, frustration, awkwardness, and humor. Can't wait to start the next one.

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OMG Probably my new favorite book couple!

These two are probably my new favorite book couple. Not only do I adore Jamie and Kage together, but also their characters more individually. I bought the next book this morning before I was even finished with this one. The narrator does a fantastic job also.

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  • Cyndi
  • Michigan
  • 12-18-16

Why haven't I heard more about this trilogy??? WOW

First things first.... CLIFFY WARNING but totally worth it and all 3 books are out so just make sure you have them all ready!

I'm just diving into the world of m/m romance because I tried a few here and there and never really enjoyed them but this trilogy is awesome! The only thing negative I can say is that it's a slow starter but once it grabs you... your done for. I'm speeding my way through them all! I love the MMA fighter bad boy story line! I haven't gotten far enough into the series to know what is really going on but there is a secret background going on that makes this story very exciting. Both Kage and Jamie are strong smart men and when there lives collide it's like magic. I love that we get a lot of time with the characters so it isn't an insta-love and they are both such interesting characters. This book was fun, exciting and don't let me forget HOT!!!!!!!!!!!

The narration is PERFECT! I've never listened to J.F. Harding but I watching for more of his work!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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The best of its genre – exciting, sexy, satisfying

Where does Kage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This wonderful book is in fact the best gay sexual romance I have ever read. When I refer to the book I mean the trilogy itself, as you will want to read all 3 books to get the full story.

What did you like best about this story?

Quite frankly, the steamy sex scenes, which are unmatched in my experience of reading other books. I loved the way that Jamie was portrayed as a complex character. He can only accept love or sex with a man, which is what he desires but won't acknowledge himself, if it is forced upon him, and in those circumstances he is a joyful recipient.

Which character – as performed by J. F. Harding – was your favorite?

My favorite character was Kage, as he was depicted as the powerful dominant protector.

If you could take any character from Kage out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Kage, Although I'm sure he would order for me from the menu without asking me. He's a very controlling person, but with very kind and vulnerable side.

Any additional comments?

I wish there would be a fourth Kage book, as their situation as it ends at the third novel is rich with potential.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Mind Blowing!

Words can't express how much I loved this book! I laughed...cried...cheered....I adored Kage and Jamie....this author is wonderful! The narrator of this one is perfection...voices are incredible...can't wait to start the next one!

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OK just WOW...

This book was like on Avon Gale book on STEROIDS!!!! I was eating up every word. I typically don't like high intensity books but it sneak up on me so quietly that by the end I immediately bought the second book. The emotion was great. The smexy time was hot. Not quite Damon Suede hot but still very good. This author is now a must buy.

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A Knockout!

If you could sum up Kage in three words, what would they be?

Sexy, Hypnotic, Intelligent

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kage -- constantly surprising and very erotic

Which character – as performed by J. F. Harding – was your favorite?

Kage, no question -- a truly memorable vocal performance

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

An emotional discovery in the final bout of lovemaking -- can't reveal it, spoiler!

Any additional comments?

Exceptionally well-done in every department. Would've said I had no interest in this particular kink, but KAGE convinced me otherwise. Give it a try!<br/>

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr
  • 04-25-16

At last an amazing male fiction

It's about time somebody wrote a male adult fiction which has a credible storyline with depth of characters who really have you liking, disliking, and feeling for throughout the whole book. Don't start listening to this book if you don't have a clear schedule otherwise you'll find yourself cancelling appointments just to finish the book! 100% admiration and respect for the author absolutely superb writing thank you!

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  • BevS
  • 11-15-17

You nailed it J.F. Harding!!

Well, I can honestly say that I'm not usually a great fan of JF Harding's narrations, but he absolutely nailed this one. His carefree, innocent voice for Jamie and the more menacing, deeper one for Kage worked really well, and his female voices have improved a helluva lot in the period since he narrated The Long Way Home by Z A Maxfield.

The story, as I've said below, was OK [3.5 stars] and I'm definitely not into MMA/boxing of any kind; it's pretty dangerous IMHO resulting in frequent serious head injuries despite the care taken, and that certainly doesn't win the fighter any points from me or make them look any hotter [although I know there are people out there that like the caveman look and attitude], BUT it is surprisingly still considered a sport....


***Book Review 2015*** 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. The writing was OK, and the MC's Jamie and Kage were polar opposites really, but that usually makes for an interesting story. Kage ends up practically stalking Jamie as a tiger does it's prey, and well, I'm not giving the storyline away, but suffice to say that there is a huge row at the end of the story and a cliffie...not my favourite way to end a story, but it keeps the interest going into the next book of the trilogy. I need to find out what Kage's deal is...why he's so angry, why he spaces out sometimes AND if they're both going to apologise to each other for what happened at the end of book 1...

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  • Nordic
  • 06-07-17

Fantastic book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Would highly recommend this book, really good story and keeps you interested though out. Cant wait to read the next book in the series!

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  • Mr. J. A. Ball
  • 12-30-16

Good story with good pace

An enjoyable read with well described characters and a good narration. Highly enjoyable and strongly recommended for gay men who like some hot fiction.

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  • ReaderLoves
  • 08-09-16

Awesome

Oh my goodness. I've been in a reading slump for a few weeks and this story just pulled me out of it.

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  • Kadria
  • 06-24-16

a scorching breeze

loved liked and adored it breezed through it
j.f. Harding one of my favourite narrators
am new to this author but loving her so far