Thursday, October 9, 2014

[Review] Degradation (The Kane Trilogy #1) and Separation (The Kane Trilolgy #2) by Stylo Fantome

Release date: July 21, 2014
Published by: Author
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Eighteen year old Tatum O'Shea is a naive, shy, little rich girl. Twenty-three year old Jameson Kane is smart, seductive, and richer. They come together for one night, one explosion, one mistake, and Tate is hurled into space – no family, no money, and no Jameson.  Seven years later, life is going pretty good for Tate, when she runs into Jameson again. This time, she thinks she's ready for him. She doesn't have a naive bone left in her body, and she can't even remember what shy feels like. Jameson has evolved into Satan – sharp teeth, sharper claws, and a tongue that can cut her in half. It all sounds like fun to a girl like Tate, and she is ready to play, determined to prove that she isn't the same girl he conquered once before. A series of games start, each one more devious than the last.  But the devil likes to play dirty, and she learns that playing for souls is playing for keeps. The lines between games and reality, heaven and hell, get blurry. Can she beat Jameson at his own game before someone gets hurt? Or will he leave her soulless, making him the winner, once and for all?  WARNING: contains a wannabe B-rate porn star, an impersonal personal assistant, and the F-word, A LOT. Also graphic sexual situations and sadomasochistic themes

Release date: September 19, 2014
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Can the Devil be Forgiven?  Everything is fun and games until someone gets hurt, and what Jameson Kane did to Tatum O'Shea goes so far beyond hurt, he is well into the realm of unforgivable. Tate says she wants him gone for good, and he quickly learns that the old saying, “you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone”, is most definitely true.  But Jameson has never been very good at following instructions, and when Satan decides to seek redemption, he'll go to great lengths to get it. He proposes one last game – one to end them all, if she agrees to play. He is very confident that he can win, but Tate warns him that it's not possible; she will not lose again. Little does she know, Jameson is prepared to do whatever it takes. Prepared to lay the entire world at her feet. Prepared to bear his soul.  What he didn't count on, though, was handing the damn thing over.  Now Jameson can only pray that his evil ways haven't rubbed off on Tate too much. Sometimes, it's very difficult to tell who the Devil really is …

WARNING: contains a semi-reformed devil, a woman scorned, and more Sanders than anyone has a right to witness. Also graphic sexual situations and strong language.

Whew!  I decided to write a review of these two books since I read them so quickly back-to-back.  About halfway through Degradation, I thought I wasn't going to like this series.  Hello!  This is a series that you must not give up on.  The last third of Degradation and all of Separation were fantastic!  But I'll tell you up front - if you have a problem with a class-A asshole hero, a heroine that is a bit of a whore, and issues with rough, dirty sex, then don't even bother to pick this series up.  

Jameson and Tatum have a past that began when she was 18 years old, and Jameson was her sister's boyfriend.  Jameson and Tate come from families that are wealthy.  Tate was always the good, sweet, smart younger sister who was never quite allowed to be herself.  That all changed one night during an encounter with Jameson that left both characters scarred for the rest of their lives.

Flash forward several years later and Tate has undergone a huge change.  She is not the sweet young girl we first met.  After running into Jameson by chance, she is manipulated into interacting with him again and again.  Tate likes to be treated a certain way and Jameson likes to be a rough, dirty, alpha male.  No matter what happens, these two can always find common ground in each others' bodies.  They both enjoy playing games, up until it goes too far.  Tate and Jameson are both jealous types, yet both fighting the feelings they develop for one another.  

There are great scenes in this book, from the wild sex scenes to Tate's encounter with her family.  I love how each scene is written and how this story flows together.  I also love the scenes where we see Jameson's soul becoming more and more attached to Tate.  

The end of Degradation is epic.  Due to miscommunication and a burning jealousy, something terrible happens to Tate.  Something horrendous.  There are so many things at play - Tate's and Jameson's jealousy, too much attention from Jameson's work associate, Tate's insecurities and a shit ton of alcohol and drugs.  Tate almost loses her life because of a "game."  She makes a big decision at the end of Degradation regarding her relationship with Jameson.

Separation begins where the first book left off.  Tate and Jameson are living separate lives.  Tate is very close with Jameson's former assistant, Sanders.  Sanders is a wonderfully written character.  Loyal to Jameson, but wanting only the best for Tate, he takes matters into his own hands.  Jameson offers one last game to Tate, and although she is duped into it, she accepts.  

There were times throughout Separation that I wanted to wring Tate's neck.  Jameson did her wrong in Degradation - no doubt about it.  But what I didn't like was that Tate was very comfortable playing the victim.  She did not ask for all of the awful things that happened to her in the past, but she needs to shoulder some of the responsibility.  She drank to excess, she dabbled in drugs and she was aware she was not sober when she left Jameson at the end of Degradation.  I was hoping that she would show some character growth in Separation  and accept some responsibility.

Separation is a fun and sexy read.  We see a completely different side of Jameson.  The man has grown and adapted - he admits his mistakes, the motivations behind them and apologizes profusely.  He's not quite the devil he was made out to be.  He acts completely out of character in an attempt to win back Tate's love and trust.  I really fell a bit in love with his character over the course of this book, especially his awesome smackdown of his ex-girlfriend.

Tate was understandably slow to warm up to Jameson.  I loved her scenes with his ex-girlfriend!  That's the Tate I love!  However, Tate begins to unravel at the end of this book.  I think the poor girl has just had enough to deal with.  When her BFF Ang comes to visit her, we learn about his girlfriend, and Tate vehemently disapproves.  Tate goes a bit psychotic in her own right.  She has this idea that everything revolves around her.  She has become paranoid, and I don't like the place she is in at the end of this book.

I freaking love the character of Sanders.  He is one of the absolute best parts of this story.  He was a key character in many scenes, and his influence on Tate has only grown.  Tate's best friend, Ang, is a bit of a dick.  Where I initially likes him, he began to get on my nerves and I pretty much can't stand him by the end of Separation.  

Ok - that was long.  Anyways...if you enjoy dark romances with hot and dirty alpha men and slutty girls, this is a book you need to pick up.  There is so much more to both of these main characters than these brief descriptions and it was enjoyable to learn more about them.  I am in dire need to book three which doesn't release until December.  Be forewarned, there are cliff hangers at the end of each book, so be prepared.  I can't wait for my next Jameson and Tate fix!


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