Kage by Maris Black: Blog Tour and Review


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?

For me, Kage is everything.

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
Good Read Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25282503-kage?ac=1


Book 2: Kage Unleashed

Available for preorder: http://amzn.to/1K02kyA

R-Rated Excerpt:
Kage pushed his tongue deeper into my mouth,
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
And I was going to let it.
He unwound my arms from his neck and reached
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.
“Fuck no, you’re not going anywhere!” Kage
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.
“Take off your pants,” he said.
“What are you planning on doing to me?” I
asked, my voice distant to my own ears as I worked my shorts down my legs,
leaving my boxer briefs on.
“What I should have done when you first got
“How did you know I’d let you?”
He chuckled. “I could tell by the way you look
at me. Like you’re eating me alive with your eyes.”
“I don’t do that,” I protested. “I don’t even
like guys.”
“Liar.” Kage shook his head and took a step
back. “Get on your knees, Jamie.”
“Pardon me?”
“Don’t give me that look. I said get on your
I wanted to tell him no, that this was
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.
Denise’s Review:What can I say about this book? In all honesty, if it were not for the blog tour, I likely would not have picked this book up to read it. I have never enjoyed boxing, which my father used to watch all the time, and MMA really, really would not do it for me. I just don’t like fighting. So, I likely would have passed on this book if I saw it as a recommendation in Amazon.

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!

Author: Bio:

My name is Maris Black (sort of), and I’m a Southern Girl
through and through.
In college, I majored in English and discovered the joys of
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
Yep. I can blame my creative mother for that one!
When I finally started writing fiction for a living, I surprised
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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Tour Schedule:
5/25/2015        Cia’s Stories
5/25/2015            Rainbow Gold Reviews 
5/26/2015            Love Bytes
5/26/2015            Sue Brown
5/27/2015            Multitaskingmommas Book Reviews
5/27/2015            Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends   
5/28/2015            RJ Scott
5/28/2015            Wicked Faerie’s Tales and
5/29/2015            Diverse Reader
5/29/2015            Joyfully Jay
5/30/2015            Nessa’s Book Reviews
5/30/2015            The Land of Make Believe
5/30/2015            Foxylutely Books
5/31/2015            Man2ManTastic
5/31/2015            Cravin “I” Candy
6/1/2015              MM Good Book Reviews
6/1/2015              Sid Love Writes
6/2/2015              Bayou Book Junkie
6/2/2015              Scattered Thoughts and
Rogue Words
6/3/2015              Drops of Ink
6/3/2015              BFD Book Blog  
6/4/2015              The Novel Approach
6/5/2015              Fangirl Moments and My
Two Cents
6/5/2015              Hearts On Fire Reviews



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