About Rampant (Condemned #2):
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. I recommend beginning with TORRENT first. This is not a stand-alone read.
My review of Torrent, Book 1 can be read here:
If you haven't read Torrent, Book 1, stop right now. The Condemned Series is not meant to be read out of order. If you want to completely understand Rampant, Torrent must be read first.
That being said - just as I stated in my review of Torrent - Rampant is all sorts of a fucked up novel. I've found that a lot of my descriptive segments of the Torrent review are fitting for Rampant, as well. If you dare open Rampant (see my disclaimer below) what follows is a dark and twisted tale of abuse. It's a tale sexual in nature and humiliating. Above all, Rampant, just like Torrent, is hard core! It starts tough and ends tough - nothing is woven in to soften the pain.
Rampant continues where Torrent left off: Alex has been kidnapped from Rafe by her step-brother Zach. The abuse she endured at the hands of Zach begins again after a very short reprieve. He's resorting to other methods to get his rocks off, however. Zach's abuse is physical, psychological, emotional, and now he's resorting to drugs to turn Alex into the compliant sex toy that he wants.
Each time Zach beats her, hits her, rapes her, or abuses her in any way he proclaims that he loves her and he'll do whatever it takes to make her love him again, the way she used to. No one knows where she is but Zach and when she's sure she's out of options, Alex follows in the footsteps of her mother. Only, Alex finds that when she's no longer in danger from Zach, she has a much worse enemy at her door - one that knows all about Zach and what he does to her but hides it and turns it all around, making it Alex's fault. The monster at Alex's door should be ashamed of everything that's been allowed to happen and deserves to rot in hell.
Unfortunately, Alex now has to deal with the man she loves having amnesia. After being shot by Zach, Rafe awakens in the hospital with absolutely no memories of the last 8 years. Rafe no longer knows the abuse that Alex has suffered at the hands of Zach, nor does he remember even being sent to prison for Alex's lies. Just when things might have a chance to unravel in his brain, a huge cliffhanger ending stops the momentum.
Content warning - if this isn't your type of genre, I DO NOT recommend that you read it. I'm pretty flexible in what I like to read and Torrent & Rampant almost cross that line. I don't prefer to read about rape or sexual abuse.
Gemma James' writing is fluid and strikingly powerful. Her story is gritty and hardcore and not at all for the faint of heart. The descriptions and emotions evoke responses in the reader - and that's part of what makes any story a great story. I'm still pissed off 24 hours later at everything Alex has endured for so long.
If you decide to jump on this ride, please be seated, put your seatbelt on, and hold on for dear life - what you are about to undertake will continue to rock you to your core. And once you've dipped your toes into the Condemned Series, there's no going back. Even when the characters disgust you to the point of hatred and a cliffhanger ending slams the door in your face - You Will Be Back for the next round. I will be on board for Book 3. I have to know what happens to the main characters!!
Purchase Your Copy:
Amazon Rampant (Condemned Book 2)
About Torrent (Book #1):
I’ve been obsessed with Rafe Mason since I was thirteen. The twisted part of this story is that I still want him, even now.
Now that he’s holding me captive on an island.
Rafe has his reasons for doing what he’s doing, and if I’m honest, I can’t blame him. I’m the girl who sent him to prison for a heinous crime he didn’t commit.
But now he’s free and the tables have turned…now he’s the one driven by obsession.
TORRENT is a new adult dark romance with disturbing themes and explicit content that includes sexual situations and violence. Intended for adult readers 18+ only. Part one of the CONDEMNED series. This is not a stand-alone read.
Amazon Torrent (Condemned Book 1)
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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