Monday, April 7, 2014

The Devil's Salvation Blog Tour

It's been a year since Kayla Sutton walked away from Gage Channing, the man who blackmailed her into sexual slavery. Now he's back, and so is Ian Kaplan, Kayla's one-time lover from her college days. Both men want her, but only one holds the power to make her submit—to her own dark desires and to the truth she still denies, even to herself.

But Gage's jealousy is his worst enemy, and when he thinks Kayla has chosen Ian, he sets in motion a drastic plan to claim what's his. Only Kayla never expects him to infiltrate her heart so effortlessly; and she never dreamed there would come a day when he wouldn't want her—when the mere sight of her turns him away in disgust.

He believes she’s committed the ultimate sin, but will she use his mistake to finally escape the cage of his obsession? Or will she do whatever it takes to make him see he can entrust his heart to her...just as she's already lost the core of her being to him?

My breath grew shallow, from arousal, from fear. Gage was good at that—eliciting strong emotions that contrasted so sharply, they knocked a person on their ass in total confusion. I shouldn’t want him. I should scream at him to get the hell out of my house and never come back. I should get a freaking restraining order. 

As if the turmoil inside me didn’t exist, I set our omelets on the table and calmly took a seat across from him. “What did you mean by boundaries?” I stabbed a bite and shoved it in my mouth. Raising my eyes to his turned out to be a mistake. His hypnotic stare paralyzed me; I couldn’t look away if my life depended on it. I fell into the ocean of his gaze and almost missed the satisfied quirk of his lips. Almost.

“You know by now that a relationship with me won’t be your standard variety. You’ll have rules that govern your behavior.”

“My behavior?” 

“Yes. I expect you to obey me.” He set his fork down and winced. “But last year I was cruel to you and that’s not how I normally treat a woman. Not even when they beg me to hurt them beyond what I’m comfortable with.”

“Then why?” I choked out. Everything he’d done hit me square in the chest, and his admission that he’d been exceptionally cruel hurt more than it should.

“I wanted to destroy what was his.” He lowered his head with a frown. At least he had the grace to look ashamed.

“Congratulations.” I let my fork drop, satisfied with the clatter it made. “You succeeded.”

“No, I didn’t. Your strength is both my frustration and my undoing. There’s nothing more irritating or sexier on a woman.” He took a bite, and his gaze veered up to mine. “And to clarify on what I mean by boundaries, we’ll set limits this time. You’ll have a safe word.”

“You’re talking as if we’re going to be together.”

“I’m not leaving here without you, Kayla.”

Alrighty…so, I get since the whole 50 Shades thing, that there’s been an ongoing trend of BDSM books…with no end in sight.  And I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m a little intrigued by the Dom/Sub & bondage side of it, just not so much the S/M or Sadist/Masochism part.  I’m just not a fan of pain…yep, I take Tylenol when I’ve got a headache, buy the Neosporin with the added pain relief meds in it and made sure EVERY medical staff person that walked into my room when I went into labor with my son, knew I needed the epidural as soon as it was possible to get it…I think I even told someone from the janitorial dept.  This is probably the reason why I kept going back and forth with really liking and really disliking this book. 
Ok, as far as the writing goes…character and plot development, I give high snaps to the author, Gemma James.  Gemma can definitely write the hell outta of a sex scene too!  And I was really hooked with the entire concept of the female lead, Kayla, having to decide between jail or becoming a sex slave to her scorching hot boss, Gage, after he caught her embezzling money from his company in order to pay for experimental medical treatments for her 3 year old daughter diagnosed with Leukemia.  What I didn’t like and for me, was an absolute turn-off, was when the BDSM play between Kayla and Gage didn’t just border on abuse…but crossed the line, way, way over it.  I understand that there’s a certain blend of pleasure/pain involved in this type of sexual activity, but it just seems that when the end result leaves a participant with bruises, welts and possible scarring, both physically and mentally, then it just doesn’t translate into mutually satisfying and positive experience to me. 
3 stars ~Kathy

The Devil's Kiss Trilogy (The first book) 

Gemma James (a pseudonym for Christina Jean Michaels) loves to explore the darker side of sex in her fiction. She's morbidly curious about anything dark and edgy and enjoys exploring the deviant side of human nature. Her stories have been described as being "not for the faint of heart." 

She lives 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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