Can their love survive the most shocking revelation?
Sexy college senior Jamie Atwood has fallen hard for MMA dark horse Michael "the Machine" Kage. With his hot muscled body, intoxicating green eyes, and proclivity for rough sex, Kage is a potent aphrodisiac to the innocent boy-next-door. The danger, the intrigue, the feel of his strong hand around his throat, the knowledge that his fighter would kill or die for him. From the moment Kage grabbed onto his hips and channeled all that masculine aggression into claiming his body, Jamie was ruined for anyone else. Passions run high as the lovers try to assimilate into each other's lives: coming out to family and friends, blending into the high-profile MMA world, dealing with Kage's sketchy uncle. But behind Kage's mask of strength and indifference lies a crippling vulnerability, and a devastating secret. As the mask comes off, past traumas surface, dark desires spin out of control, and the damaged fighter is driven to hurt the man he loves more than life itself.
©2015 Maris Black (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
"BEST MMA SERIES"
I have several MMA series in my library but Kage is by far the best I've listened to. I've purchased several M/M books and returned all of them except Kage and one other. I like stories where sex fits into the story instead of trying to fit a story around sex. This is a story of triumph, growth, and acceptance. It also has suspense, thrills, mystery, and Hot-Hot Sex.
I was immediately hooked on Kage and Kage was immediately hooked on Jamie. Kage notices the gay tendencies in Jamie so he takes advantage of an opportunity to hire Jamie as his personal publicist. Kage didn't realize Jamie was straight and had girlfriend until Jamie arrives the first day. Later it comes out that she's an x-girlfriend.
Kage works on building a relationship with Jamie and Jamie finds himself being attracted to Kage and having sexual thoughts and feelings about him. It never crossed Jamie's mind that he could be gay. Everyone in Kage's inner circle knows Kage is gay.
I usually don't give *Spoilers* but I was so happy for Jamie. When Jamie's parents and friends find out that he and Kage are a couple...all of them are accepting. Jamie's dad doesn't like it but he loves Jamie so he has a talk with Kage about his true intentions toward Jamie.
Now for the Villen. Kage's uncle, Santori, owns a hotel/casino where Kage lives and trains. Since only Kage's inner circle knows he's gay, Santori sees Jamie as a vulnerability and hindrance who will keep Kage from winning the MMA championship.
Santori also has two thugs who do his dirty work.
This series is full of mystery, suspense, thrills, fun, sad secrets, and hot-hot M/M sex.
I was drawn in at the very beginning of the story. I listened to all three books back-to-back and was sad when the series was over.
J. F. Harding is now in my top 5 favorite male performers. His voice for Kage was mesimerizing. He of course also did Jamie's voice, Jamie's parents, siblings, and friends. Also Kage's friends, uncle, thugs, and employees. Every voice was distinctively different and never a concern about who was speaking.
This series is absolutely without doubt worth a credit and I recommend this series to anyone who likes MMA.
"Fantastic ending to the series"
Did not read the text
The pantry scene sticks out in my mind :D
I have! I was first introduced to him through Abi Roux Cut and Run series where he took over for the previous narrator which is usually jarring but I loved his work! He always gives such great depth and character to each individual part.
"Great story, great ending"
I am totally a fan of this story, and of Maris Black. This book was awesome. Can't wait to read/listen to more.
I love the first book, the second one was great, but this was my fave! I love the the last 2 books also gave us a glimpse into Kage's head. To be honest, I got slightly annoyed when it went back to Jamie's POV. Lol
But listening to the stuff going on in Kage's head and past, let's just say, I could actually feel my heart breaking. :,( These books have def left an impression on me. I actually think of them as the M/M version of Fifty Shades, sans all the bondage that I'm told is in it lol.
That being said, it's not all about the sex, there are a lot of other things going on as well: dealing with sexuality, coming out, Kage's career, family drama, to name a few. Such a deep and complex story. Luckily for me, I was driving cross country, so had plenty of time to listen. Not sure if I'd be able to function in RL if I was working or going to school. Couldn't stop listening.
Need more Kage! <taps vein> lol
Seriously one of the best trilogies I've ever listened to - great characters!
Can't think of anything comparable.
The pantry scene... blue hand print (and that's all I can say w/no spoilers)
Seriously? Kage - no question asked.
The narrator did an absolutely incredible job with this series & I'm looking forward to listening to more of his work. Fantastic!
"WOW! So GOOD!!!"
This trilogy was pretty much perfect. I'm absolutely in love with these books and with Jamie and Kage. I could read three more books about them and would still want more. These were the first books I've read by this author and she has become a favorite already! J.F Harding did a 5 star job. Highly HIGHLY recommended!!
"My favorite new trilogy"
I devoured this series with no regard for sleep or responsibilities. It may be a M/M UFC categorically but it is sooooo much more. The entire series is packed with love, romance, suspense, intrigue, action, family drama and some Hawt M/M action.
This was a new author for me and these won't be the last book I pick up by Maris. Her writing was intentional (if that makes sense) and honest.
JF Harding is one of the best narrators I have listened to. He doesn't have that voice that you seek out but I think that's because he was so believable. It wasn't a performance, you felt like you were listening to real life.
Can't say enough good things.
"A Rush to The End"
I am addicted to Jamie and Kage's tale and when I finished the second book this afternoon, I rushed to get the conclusion to their heady love story and didn't slow down all the way til the end. Because the story won't let you. I laughed, I teared up and my heart raced from excitement and fear! The narrator does a great job and I can't wait to read/listen to more stories by Maris Black.
Loved the series. The books were well developed and you couldn't wait to read each book. J.F. Harding did a great job narrating all three books and I will be looking for more books he has done!!!
I cannot tell you how much I love this series as well as the author! Thanks so much for making this available in audio and picking a great narrator :)
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