ROUND 1 of the KAGE Trilogy
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?
Author Name: Maris Black
Book Title: KAGE
Book Length: Full Length Novel (81,549 words)
Genre: Gay Romance, M/M
Book Release Date: 05/25/2015
Publisher: Maris Black Books
Cover Artist: Maris Black
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and suddenly I was sucking hungrily at his tongue, winding my arms around his
neck, and pressing my lower body against his. I was desperate to get closer, to
feel through the barrier of my clothing what he had pressed against me. My
hunger knew no bounds, growing exponentially with each passing second as it
became clearer that this was not some fevered fantasy. This was actually
down to pull my t-shirt over my head so that we were skin to skin. The scrub of
chest hair against my nipples was exquisite torture, and I moaned, pulling back
to catch my breath.
yanked me back against him. “I’ve waited too long for this. Been patient
enough.” He covered my mouth and face with kisses, moved down to my throat, and
bit the sensitive skin there until I cried out. I was overcome with passion, my
breath coming in quick gasps as I fought to keep it together. I had always
thought of myself as a player and a skilled lover, but I swear Kage made me
feel like a virgin all over again.
asked, my voice distant to my own ears as I worked my shorts down my legs,
leaving my boxer briefs on.
at me. Like you’re eating me alive with your eyes.”
back. “Get on your knees, Jamie.”
insanity, and that I wasn’t gay. I wanted to point out that I’d just recently
had a girlfriend whom I’d fucked soundly on a regular basis. But instead I sank
to my knees in front of him and waited, looking up at his unbelievably perfect
body, all muscles and planes and smooth skin. The boyish face with the
five-o’clock shadow, the dark locks of hair that fell loosely around his face…
and that’s when I felt it. He was right. I was devouring him with my eyes,
because God help me I could not get enough.
That being said, I could not put this book down!!! I was almost late getting somewhere I needed to be because “I just need to finish this chapter”. It is not overly graphic in the MMA information, so it was a good way to break me in…I am going to guess that the next one will be a bit more graphic just because of the direction the book was heading. The relationship between these two was a slow burn, lots of babbling, “innocent” touches, flirting through the first half, but it kept me completely engrossed.
I was impressed with Kage’s character. He clearly has a lot of demons, which the reader hasn’t received more than a hint of in Book 1. However, he clearly cares a lot about Jamie, and really wants him to be there, with him, through the beginning stages of his career.
Meanwhile, Jamie has never been with a man, so this is a GFY book. He’s never even entertained the idea, but has been intrigued with Michael Kage from the second he saw him. As they dance around each other, Jamie does everything he can to keep them in the closet, while Michael is slowly inching out.
There is somewhat of a cliffhanger, since this is Book 1 of the trilogy. It is not the nail-biting, “OMG! How will we survive until August” kind of cliffhanger, but it is there. However, I still think this book is worth reading now, as their relationship is quite sweet for most of it. Michael truly becomes a bit of a teddy bear when Jamie is around.
Definitely looking forward to Book 2 in August. This book was a solid 4 pieces of eye candy for me!
through and through.
creative writing and literary interpretation. After honing my skills
discovering hidden meanings authors probably never intended, I collected
my near-worthless English degree and got a job at a newspaper making
minimum wage. But I soon had to admit that small town reporting
was not going to pay the bills, so I went back to school and
joined the medical field. Logical progression, right? But no matter what
I did, my school notebooks and journals would not stop filling up with
fiction. I was constantly plotting, constantly jotting prose, constantly
casting the people I met as characters in the secret novels in my
myself with my choice of genre. I’d always known I wanted to write romance, but
the first story that popped out was about a couple of guys finding love during
a threesome with a woman. Then I wrote about more guys, and more guys, and more
guys. I was never a reader of gay fiction, and I’d never planned to write it.
The only excuse I have for myself is: Hey, it’s just what comes out!
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