KAGE (KAGE Trilogy #1) by Maris Black

KAGE (KAGE Trilogy #1) by Maris BlackSeries: KAGE Trilogy #1
on 2015-05-25
Pages: 306
AmazonB&NNarrator: J. F. Harding
Round 1 of the KAGE Trilogy A Gay MMA Fighter Romance 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.
three-stars

I am torn on how I feel. The story has potential, but felt forced in certain instances.

20 year old James Atwood “Jamie” was a journalism major who got an opportunity of a lifetime. He would be marketing and public relation intern representation upcoming MMA fighter Michael Cage “Cage”. This summer job couldn’t have come at a better time as Jamie and his longtime girlfriend broke up. Jamie needed a fresh start and his Las Vegas internship was the distraction he needed to focus on his career.

Working with Cage made me sing the Jeffersons’ Theme song: “Now we up in the big leagues, it’s my turn at bat…” because Jamie was definitely out his depth. It was clear to me that Cage always intended to seduce Jamie. He would be nice, then abrupt, then sweet with physical caresses and then withhold conversation, which all worked to keep Cage discombobulated. Cage toyed with Jamie a lot until Jamie was wide open. Then Cage went in for the kill.
Then Jamie had to address his sexuality and how his family, friends and Cage’s fans would feel about. That’s when things got dicey.

My issues: It never ceases to amaze me how newbies (Jamie) are such pros at sex. (*side eye). Cage was definitely not tender in bed. Also, mentally Cage was very ‘cagey’, pun intended. He didn’t communicate well but expected Jamie to be completely transparent. It felt a tad predatory.
Jamie was very adamant about his heterosexuality but later admitted to being intrigued by gay advertisement. Also the ease which Cage turned him out made give Jamie’s claim of the being straight seem like Jamie just didn’t know what he wanted.
The build up of the dad & Cage’s pissing contest, the ex-girlfriends’ secret, the diabolical uncle, Cage’s supposed rages weren’t really realized so the audience was left hanging. This story did end on a cliff hanger and I have an idea of will happen. I plan to continue to series because it has potential. I want to see it meet those expectations.

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