Dana reviews KAGE Unleashed (Kage Trilogy book 2) by Maris Black (Published by Maris Black Books August 24, 2015, 197 pages)
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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Maris Black is one of my auto-buy authors. I started as a fan of her SSU Boys series and absolutely love what she’s created with the KAGE trilogy. In book 1, the story seemed to be focused mostly on Jamie the college journalism major who was thrust into the bright glittering world of Michael Kage, a MMA fighter living in Las Vegas. It is mostly about his journey into adulthood and discovery of his feelings for another man. It ended on a cliffhanger that nearly tore my heart apart, but I knew the author would fix it for me.
Luckily, it does not take long for Kage and Jamie to reunite in KAGE Unleashed. Not to say that it was easy on either of them, or the reader. I was very angry with Kage, and mildly annoyed at Jamie. But soon, we were drawn more into Michael Kage’s world. There are flashbacks from his past, and we see more of the toll that the fighting and the prepping for a fight takes on his mind and body.
We also see his uncle for the first time in this book. Previously we learned he was in charge of Kage’s career, and there were hints that he might not be on the straight and narrow. Not completely. He is shaping up to be the villain of this story for sure, and he has some help in unexpected places. It makes me truly worried what might happen to Kage when the people he trusted most before meeting Jamie aren’t looking out for his best interests.
KAGE Unleashed definitely set the tone for the next book, and I have a feeling it’s gonna be pretty dark as Kage faces his past, and Jamie is definitely not someone people want in the fighter’s life. There is another cliffhanger in this book, though there was a lot of foreshadowing to it, so it didn’t knock me over with surprise. It also didn’t frustrate me as bad as the first book’s ending did. I am intrigued though. I definitely am going to be on the edge of my seat waiting for KAGE Unmasked, the third book in the trilogy.
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