Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Gemma James' Rampant! My stop includes all the pertinent information for the book and series, my review, and a giveaway.
Life is twisted. Cruel. After being ripped from the safe haven of Rafe’s arms, my new kidnapper is waging a sick game. Unable to make my body do his bidding, he’s resorting to psychological warfare. He’ll bend my mind until I break, and when I do, that just might be my saving grace.
I’ll forge through hell to get back to Rafe, body and spirit broken and bleeding, but I’m unprepared for what I find. He’s done what I can’t: he’s erased eight years of pain and betrayal. I don’t know how to bring him back to me, because bringing him back means ripping him to shreds all over again.
RAMPANT is a new adult dark romance with disturbing themes and explicit content, including sexual scenes and violence that may offend some. Intended for mature audiences. Part two of the CONDEMNED series. I recommend beginning with TORRENT first. This is not a stand-alone read.
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About Torrent (Book #1)
I’ve been obsessed with Rafe Mason since I was thirteen. The twisted part of this story is that I still want him, even now.
Now that he’s holding me captive on an island.
Rafe has his reasons for doing what he’s doing, and if I’m honest, I can’t blame him. I’m the girl who sent him to prison for a heinous crime he didn’t commit.
But now he’s free and the tables have turned…now he’s the one driven by obsession.
TORRENT is a new adult dark romance with disturbing themes and explicit content that includes sexual situations and violence. Intended for adult readers 18+ only. Part one of the CONDEMNED series. This is not a stand-alone read.
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Gemma James is the multi-genre author of several novels and novellas, from new adult suspense to dark erotic romance. She loves to explore the darker side of human nature in her fiction. 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 lives in Oregon with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.
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Rampant was just as dark, twisty, suspenseful, and riveting as I was hoping it would be. Ms. James hit her stride in conveying this story - it flowed well and the new twists and possibilities had me flying through the pages.
In my review of Torrent, I mentioned that I had difficulty in connecting with the characters due to some of the quiestionable actions. Ms. James rectified that issue in Rampant. In fact, I'm almost mad her her for making see this tiny glimmer of redeem-ability in one of them. I don't want to like him...he's awful. But she revealed this detail that could - just maybe - provide reason for his awfulness. But still...
With his memory loss, Rafe is not the same person he was before. He has no memory of being in prison, whether or not he deserved to be there, or any of the events following his release. He's appalled at what he's been told and despite a gut feeling of wrongness, decides it's better to stay away from Alex. Seeing this other side of Rafe, who he used to be, softened me towards him. This Rafe wants to protect Alex - even if it's from himself.
Zach - I didn't soften towards him. Well, maybe the tiniest bit when there was the teeny-tiny, itty-bitty shimmer of redeem-ability. But I'm just not sure. His actions, feelings towards Alex are - gah, they make my gut twist. His view of love and his expressions of it are warped. However, there was a hint about why he is the way he is, and I'm anxious to see where that goes. Honestly, I knew there might be something there, but I am shocked by what I think it might lead to.
I feel for Alex. She has endured - suffered - so much. And she's never had anyone to confide in - to support her. That she survived the events herein are a testament to her inner strength. In Rampant, her vulnerability is more obvious. Her determination to make amends for the wrongs she feels guilty for - her desire to escape the prison she's lived in - did much to sway my feelings for her. Seeing firsthand that she really has no one to rely on - save Rafe - saddened me. It's no wonder this girl has mixed-up feelings when it comes to intimate relationships.
Ms. James has drawn me deeper into this dark world. The hints at possible plot twists ramped up the tension and suspense. And I'm eager to know where the story is going as well as which characters played/will play what roles. I said after finishing Torrent this story feels like a psychological thriller...after Rampant, it feels even more so. Fervent can't get here soon enough!
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Squee! Thank you for the fabulous review! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks it's psychologically twisted. ;)ReplyDelete
Oh gosh, Gemma. I'm still kinda reeling from this one! I finished it over a week ago and I'm still thinking and processing. I'm loving all the twists! :)ReplyDelete
You know I love discombobulating reads, the more crazy the more I love it! You got me curious ;)ReplyDelete
This is definitely discombobulating, Braine. It has dark and twisty in spades!ReplyDelete
WOW this story sounds messed up. I must read it. Awesome review and I'm glad some of the issues you had with the first book didn't carry over into the second book.ReplyDelete
LOL Yes, you MUST read it! What I most struggled with in the first book was feeling for the characters...I wanted to, and some feeling would be there, but then I'd feel almost guilty for it because their actions were so awful. But it's such a psychological thriller. It really is - and this second book really helped me realize it's okay to care for these characters. :) Gah! I'm still thinking about it...ReplyDelete
Fantastic review Brandee! I agree with everything you said! It really is a suspenseful, emotional read! Bring on the next book!!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Naomi! I'm so glad you're reading this series as well...so we can chat about it! I can't wait for Fervent!!!ReplyDelete