Saturday, October 25, 2014

ARC Review:Rampant by Gemma James



Synopsis:

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.


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What I thought about Rampant

It's going to be difficult to review this book because a big part of what I liked about Rampant was the tension and suspense.  I was on the edge of my seat, turning the pages, wanting to know what was going to happen next. 

Rampant picks up where Torrent left off, and you need to read that one before you read Rampant.  Alex has been kidnapped. She has no idea what's happened to Rafe, whether he is alive or not. She mostly thinks he's dead, whenever she isn't drugged by her kidnapper. There is no mistaking the cruelty that is inflicted on her in this first part of the book, including rape.

Meanwhile, Rafe is dealing with his own issues and learns something curious about his buddy Jax.  I think there's more story to tell about Jax and I can't wait to hear it.

When Alex finally escapes her tormenter, it becomes clear that her options are limited.  It's hard to know who to trust, especially when her family won't believe her when she tells the truth.  I really felt for her and wondered how it was that she had absolutely no one to turn to.  

Her tormentor pushes her one more time, and she finds the courage to face Rafe, helping him face some past demons of his own. I liked the glimpse of Rafe that we get here and the sanity that starts filtering into the story. But just when things started looking up, they all go south again, leaving the reader with another WTF? ending.

I really enjoyed the pacing and anticipation in Rampant as much as I did the with the first book.  i'm looking forward to finding out how Alex and Rafe get out of their current mess and seeing some of the characters get their due.  And what about Jax?  Hmmm... lots of questions left to answer and I like that about this series. 

Recommended for fans of dark erotic suspense.

ARC provided for review.


About the Author

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.

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1 comment:

Gemma James said...

Thanks so much for your review! Jax seems to be a favorite among fans. He hasn't told me his story yet, and even I'm intrigued. :)