*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Gemma James...what have you done to me? This book....this book was INSANE! Just like Torrent, it left me in a puddle of what-the-hell-did-I-just-read mixed with a bit of I-shouldn't-like-this-but-I-do-and-now-I-need-a-shower-after-that-hot-mess!
***WARNING: There may be spoilers from this point forward if you have not read Torrent, yet! (So, get to 1-clicking! You won't regret it!)
Rampant continues on right were Torrent left off. Alex has been taken by her crazy step-brother, Zach, and to make matters worse, Rafe has amnesia and the last thing he remembers....happened 8 years ago! So who is going to rescue from Zach's evil hands if everyone thinks Alex is dead?!?!
Alex has been through A LOT. Now that Zach has her, things take a turn for the worse. You have to admire Alex's strength. This woman has been through hell and back more than once, but doesn't let any of that bring her down and she's braver than ever before. It was hard to see all the things Zach was putting her through. Just when I was thinking that things would get better for her, they actually got worse. The situation with Rafe had me on the edge of my seat. If he doesn't remember what happened with Alex, how will he rescue her?
I have met many, many villains in books through the years and Zach has definitely earned a spot in my top 3. He's a disgusting, ball of crazy and evilness. His "love" for Alex is a crazy obsession and he won't stop until things go back to how they were before Rafe came into the picture. I am looking forward to see his demise and I hope he suffers like he made Alex suffer.
This story is no for the faint of heart. It is dark, twisted, and at times, brutal. I could not put this book down even though I kinda felt weird for enjoying it. These books have quickly become one of my favorite dark romance series. If you think you can handle it, go for it! I cannot wait to see what comes next!
“Zach was still out there, and everyone around me was nuts. Rafe had done horrible things to me, but he was the crazy I knew, the crazy I loved, the crazy I trusted with my heart and my life.”
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
This story… Oh Em Gee, this story. It’s a little ball of messed up crazy and I kinda liked it!
Rampant immediately follows on from book one and poor Alex is back in the clutches of crazy Zach. He’s a horrible character but when I say that I mean he’s playing the part of the villain well. I’ve only wished for two characters to die in a story before and Zach is one of them. I’m kinda hoping Gemma makes all my dreams come true in the final book ;-).
Alex is experiencing torture she could have never imagined, and even though I hated the situation she was in, it did make me admire her character. She was a survivor and just when she thought she had no fight left in her, she fought for herself until the very end.
Simultaneously, Rafe wasn’t having an easy time of things either. After waking up in hospital, he had to piece his life back together and he had to learn some horrible truths, this not only altered his life, but made him question his actions and what kind of person he had become.
A lot happened in this instalment, as it was action packed. There were revelations, twists and of course, another nail biting cliffhanger. I have many theories for the next book (especially where Zach’s father is concerned) but I am praying Gemma James doesn’t attempt to make Zach redeemable, no matter what the circumstances are. He plays the baddie well and it should stay that way.
I found the writing very easy to read, it did remind me of another popular serial, with a certain character and situation but I think the author did a great job of making me yearn for Rafe and Alex to be together even if their story is one messed up ball of torture!
Rampant may not be for everyone’s tastes. It is a dark read, especially the first half of the book and some readers may find it disturbing. But if you loved Torrent or want to push your reading boundaries then you should really try this series. I can’t wait to see how it ends as I have a feeling the surprises aren’t over yet.
Rampant is the second book in the Condemned series by Gemma James, and like the last it was, crazy, dark, twisted, edgy, violent and raw and I loved it. I won’t say much more about the storyline as I don’t want to give anything away as I feel like the first book in the series you really need to read it to understand.
“I'd been kidnapped..Twice..I'd survived the first time, because my captor had harbored a sadistic streak and a conscience. My chances of getting through this were nada”
Rampant picks up where Torrent left off with Alex been kidnapped again. But this time someone who she knows well, someone she despised, and who is twisted and sick, and who no bounds in his torture, to make her, his. Alex’s ordeal at the hands of her Kidnapper was horrifying and hard to read. I just wanted her to not give up hope, to find a way to get free, and a way back to Rafe.
“We’d done so much to hurt each other, but we were the only ones who could fix each other”
Rafe my poor Rafe, hot, sexy, and now confused, as he has no memory of the last eight years. You see a different side to him his only memory is of when he and Alex were younger, their friendship, and the special bond they shared. He is trying to fill in the pieces of the puzzle to what he was hearing seeing and feeling.
“My attention cut to the cage again. Had I built it? It was sturdy, the sort of prison that wouldn’t be easy to escape from, and I didn’t miss the hook in the ceiling or the cuff dangling from it. What the fuck had I done? Who had I become?”
Once I started, I couldn’t put it down; there were parts that I didn’t want to read, but I couldn’t help myself. I was desperate to find out what was going to happen, would they find each other again, what would happen when they did, just when you think all could be okay, there is the cliffhanger ending!! One that left me wanting the next book now!! As I have questions, and I want answers now!! I can’t for the final book in the series, Fervent, and seeing how it all ends for Alex and Rafe, and for one or two other characters.
“How can you feel safe around me! …Because I’m as twisted as you are”
Again Gemma James has captured me with her writing style, her dark romance, and violent scenes. Rampant was a quick read that packs a punch. I liked the pace of the story. Like I said at the start it crazy, dark, angsty, twisted, edgy, violent and raw. I still want to know if Jax is going a story, as there was a development in his that I didn’t see coming.
I would recommend that you 1- click the series now. If twisted dark romance stories are your thing then, you won’t be disappointed.
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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