Title: Torrent (Condemned #1)
Author: Gemma James
Publication date: July 22nd 2014
Genres: Erotica, Romance
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.
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Torrent by author Gemma James is one of those books that left me thinking 'what the hell did I just read!?'. It was a mindfuck; that's for sure. It was also a dark, twisted, messed up tale that involves some dubious content, a tortured, damaged hero out for revenge and a troubled, broken heroine with a guilty conscience.
Eight years ago Alex De Luca sent an innocent man off to prison and now that he's released, this man is out for revenge. Rafe Mason has spent eight years of his life rotting away in a prison cell. He's lost everything that mattered to him; his career, his reputation, his friends and family; all because of a lie told by a girl he once used to know so well. But now that he's free, he's determined to give her the same treatment he's been receiving for the past 8 years of his life.
"I'm coming for you."
What Rafe doesn't know though, is that Alex had a very good reason to lie and falsely accuse him of a crime he didn't commit. Still, she's determined to keep that reason to herself and make him think she lied just out of spite, which in my opinion wasn't a very smart thing to do. I found her reasoning a bit frustrating and hard to comprehend. Both main characters's reasonings and ways of justifying what they did came a bit across as farfetched and unrealistic which is the main reason why I didn't enjoy this book as much.
"Too much of me still hated her...but too much of me still wanted her. How much more messed up could I get?"
The other problem I had with the story was that I didn't fully connect with the characters and I didn't really 'get' their connection. Aside from their obvious sexual chemistry and fierce attraction to each other, they didn't seem to share much of an emotional bond. I think if the characters would have spent more time establishing an actual, deeper connection, I would have been able to understand them better and I could have been more invested in their story.
Still, this author has a very easy flowing writing style and while I wasn't always a fan of the plot and character development, the author most definitely kept me hooked with her writing. Once I got into the story, I just had to know what would happen next in this twisted tale and I was unable to put the book down. Also, the story ended with a major cliffhanger, so I already know I'll be reading the sequel as soon as it comes out!
***ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review***
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.