Author: Gemma James
Series: Condemned #3
Release Date: April 30, 2015
I never imagined things could get worse, but they do. The men who took us show no mercy. They won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Rafe for something he has no memory of, and I’m their weapon of choice.
Tortured and defiled, they make me wish I was back in that cabin where death was favorable to drawing another breath, but our captors can’t break what’s already broken.
What scares me is the madness I see festering inside Rafe. I’ve taken his freedom, his career, his reputation, yet despite all I’ve done, he’s determined to fight for me, kill for me, give everything he is for me.
He’ll even die for me.
NOTE TO READERS : FERVENT 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 three of the CONDEMNED series. This is not a stand-alone read! Please begin with TORRENT and RAMPANT, otherwise, FERVENT might not make much sense.
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== Barb’s Review ==
Well first off I have to say thank you to Give Me Books and Gemma James for allowing me a copy of Fervent to read in exchange for an honest review.
Secondly... this story has grown into one twisted tale of 'what the f**cks and Oh. My. Gods" to the point where I was just staring at it slack jawed as I read. (Laughs hard) My God, I'm as twisted as they were cause just... Yeah… to say say ‘I love it’ is putting it mildly. The emotional roller coaster that you are on is demanding of you. There were a few times I laughed, cringed and gasped. Yes literally gasped like a fish out of water. This story is truly dark and luscious. Tantalizing and sinister. A true mix of dark and thrilling.
This story would really make a great movie. Just Saying. Jesus, can you just imagine… (dies a little from happiness) Oh the fun that would be. I am anxiously awaiting the final book. The last look into the effed up lives of Rafe and Alex.
***small spoiler alert***
Alex and Rafe are in a hell all their own until they are taken 'underground' and shown just how sick and twisted some motherf**ckers can be. I mean sweet baby Jesu!! They not only tie them up.. Well wait they chain them up, but when we meet the ass behind this all I was shocked. Lucas. The sick old man that Alex was 'dating' was behind their kidnapping. Seems nothing was keeping him from getting Alex.
He (Lucas) has an unhealthy obsession with her. He really thinks she will fold into herself and let him do the vile things he wants to her. I’m sorry but she is not that kind of girl, even on a bad day. She is a rebel and she proves that by refusing to suck him off. Slimy bastard. But then her refusal gets her ‘punished’ by his men. They are told to ‘break her’. And they do it in front of Rafe. Its a way to break her and him. These assholes are playing games with their heads. Trying to break Rafe by going hard on Alex. Trying to break Ale by threatening Rafe. But what they do is make their bond stronger and the need for retribution grow stronger. There is one thing to say about pissing off someone so much that they snap… run or die. Those are your only choices by that time.
But what made my heart stop was who came in to stop the assholes from raping Rafe. Yes they were really going to do it. Sick puppies they are. I swear. His savior, someone I hadn’t guessed was in this mix if effed up crap. JAX! He strolls in and barks out orders and I just blinked. The hurt and confusion that Rafe feels, then turns t anger. How could Jax, his friend of all people do this to him. All Jax will say (once they are alone) is that Rafe needs to trust him, he has his back. Uh huh. You want his back..side. Any fool can see that! But Jax does take him to Alex after he allows Rafe to clean himself up. Alex and Rafe are locked in a pitch black dungeon of a room and they just wait. Hours turn to days.. days to weeks. Or at least that is how it feels. Without the sun or a clock who knows how long they are there.
They are both tortured, then separated.. and when it seems all hope is lost… Jax comes through. He not only gets Rafe out but Alex as well. Seems the dark spots in Rafes’ memory are mere flashes at times that make no sense to him but he knows one thing. They will all pay for what they had done to Alex, and him. They would get revenge. But for now he had to get her away. Some place safe. Jasx drives the to their safe house. A place that was made when they were planning for the kidnapping of Alex. Incase the Island was compromised. A place that only he and Jax know if. Well only Jax, since Rafe’s memory is still in la la land.
As things progress a plan is made. They will go after Lucas. Take him out and hopefully be able to get the cops to the location of the tunnel leading underground. Rescue anyone else that is there. But what happens after are in the house.. changes everything. Rafe’s full memory comes back. A slap in the face as he tries to sort it all out. He had forgotten so many things, even things from prison. Things he wished he hadn’t. There is only one thing to do no. He tells Jax to go back to Alex… he can’t. He has to get away from her to keep himself from hurting her. He thinks its the only way.
The Rafe Mason she knew was dead… but would he stay that way?
Barb’s Review of Torrent: HERE
Barb’s Review of Rampant: HERE
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.