Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Barb's Book Review... Rampant

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. This is not a stand-alone read.



First off, thank you to Give Me Books and Gemma James for providing me a copy of Rampant to read in exchange for an honest review.

Alright, so, this is book 2 in the Condemned series.. and since it is picking up where Torrent stopped I am stoked. Gemma has a wicked sense of adventure and her little muse and truthfully I want to pet her muse and give it a soul to eat. (not mine but someones… lol) so it will keep up the good work! The detail in the acts of aggression and the things that happen in this books will not only get your FULL attention but you get to ride the roller coaster of emotions right along with the characters. The turmoil, the longing, the need, the desires.. its all a lot to keep them from crushing you as they crash through the pages of this novel.. and that is one of the reasons its an AMAZING read!! I loved it!!!

***small spoiler alert***

Well if Alex ever had any good luck the world my implode. Not only is she in the grips of her a**hat of a monkey hater step-brother but he has taken her to the middle of no where, deep in the damn boonies to a cabin and is now holding her hostage there. He is of course, pissy as hell that he can’t get to her. Sexually I mean. She is repulsed by his touch. The time that she was with Rafe in a way fixed what Zach had broken inside of her. His fine tuning of her body is now back to normal and instead of him touching her turning her on it makes her feel sick inside. He is a monster and she knew this but having him take her, and kill Rafe (or at least for her to believe that he is dead) is almost her undoing. Alex is determined to escape though. And try she does but with it being a new place, dark and her in almost no clothing all she manages to do is hurt herself, get dirty and get caught. And for that she is then punished. Badly. (shudders) Zach is truly one vile S.O.B.. Someone really needs to cut his nuts off and choke him with them. Just saying.


As time passes Zach’s need to make her submit and give into his desires gets him no closer to the old Alex until he takes matters into his own hands. (No pun intended.) The silly bastard decides to drug her. Yes, he is the master of assholes that he has to drug her to get her off. What a f**king winner, right? So how he does it kind of blew my mind. He shoves ecstasy up her ass. LITERALLY!!! he puts a little ‘x’ on his finger, bends her over shoved his nasty finger up her ass and... oh hello look its a high Alex. She is then willing to give in and do whatever the sick prick wants.. But what the f*cktard doesn’t figure out until a couple days later when she calls out RAFE’S name while she comes is that she is in la la land with Rafe while he does his dirty deeds. To say he was pissed would be putting it lightly. Zach decides to ‘brand’ her with his God forsaken name on her body,t o remind her who she belongs to. Um, hell asshole she’s not a effing COW! Ugh, I can’t stand the prick. (laughs)

Well that, and the fact that every time she comes down from a high she freaks out makes her snap. She locks herself in the bathroom and manages to break the mirror. Then she slits her wrists. By the time he breaks in she has lost a lot of blood. Zach's need to love her and make her love him almost killed her. Even if all she wanted was to escape. He calls for help but the next thing Alex knows is she is waking up in a strange room with her step father hanging around shit goes to hell I. A hand-basket with a one way ticket to shitsville. He knew what was happening and covered for Zach. Now, he's doing it again. He sent Zach away and orders her to tell the cops she did this herself. He wants her to say she went 'crazy' in a way. She had a breakdown... Yeah he's a cunt too. But what gets her to go along with it is... He threatens Rafe. Her one true weakness. And then things spiral into a no mans land.

Finally Alex fights her fear of the water and goes to Rafe. Secrets that he has forgotten come back to light and just when they think things may settle... Some all hell breaks loose... Both Rafe and Alex are attacked. Bound and carted off....

Now... Who did it and why??

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