Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Maris Black
Series: KAGE Trilogy #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 304 Pages
Publisher: Maris Black
Release Date: May 25, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review: This story started out a little iffy for me. I wasn’t sold on certain aspects, but it didn’t take very long for the other things to take over and make me forget all about those issues.
Jamie is a college guy who decides to use coverage of an MMA fight as his journalism project. There, he meets Kage, a fighter who is there spectating. Jamie fakes it ’til he makes it, making an impression on Kage and gaining him a successful grade in class. Kage offers Jamie a summer internship as his publicist, and the sparks that were felt when the two met don’t take long to start crackling.
Kage is quite the character. He’s a mysterious, sexy, dirty talking bad boy with a heart. From very early on, we get the idea that there is so much more to what is going on behind Kage’s actions and issues. He is a fighter, undefeated and looking to fight officially in the UFC when, up until now, he has been fighting underground. His uncle who raised him appears to be a real shady individual, and I really think he is at the heart of all of Kage’s issues. Time will tell. But, Kage’s loneliness ends when he meets Jamie, even though he has to sit back and wait quite a while for Jamie to be on board.
Jamie meanwhile, is trying to take the job seriously but cannot help but be blown away by Kage. When they go for it, holy smokes, is it hot stuff. There is plenty of build up and lots of sexual tension as these two get to know each other.
Things aren’t always rosy though, as there are a few downs to go with all the ups. Kage is a bit complicated and hiding things that I think are going to become very important when they come to light. So far, Jamie has shown he wants and is capable of helping Kage and has his best interests in mind. Unfortunately, I think keeping his best interests in mind ends up hurting them in the long run. Let’s just say that, by the end of this story, I was on the edge of my seat. It does end on a cliffhanger, but the wait won’t be long for the follow up, and I’m counting down the days already. I need to see how this is all going to play out and cannot wait for KAGE Unleashed to continue with this exciting story.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*