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KAGE Reviews

I’ll TRY to keep these updated regularly with some of my favorite reviews. 🙂 At least during the first few weeks after release.


Dana Piazzi

Rainbow Gold Reviews

I am a huge fan of Maris Black and the SSU boys series. While KAGE is not directly part of the series, Jamie is a student at the same university. I love that the author created a universe and that there is a correlation between all of her books.

KAGE is an interesting book, different than the others by this author, where most of her characters were gay or questioning at the very least. Jamie seems to have this unwavering belief that he is straight, he doesn’t even question himself when he checks out a guy at the gym, or when he cuddles up to Michael Kage when he didn’t do that with his girlfriend. After some time with spent with Michael, Jamie submits to his attraction for the MMA fighter but there is still a question of his sexuality.

Michael Kage is a tough, no holds barred fighter. At one point in time he drags out a fight just to end it in the way and time decided by Jamie. Yet he is clearly troubled by his past and I had to wonder if becoming a UFC fighter is really his dream or someone elses.

The two have combustible chemistry and it is fascinating to watch them try to figure each other out. They also blow out spectacularly when they fight. There is a pretty big cliffhanger ending and I know some people have trouble with those. Michael and Jamie are worth the wait, though. August will feel like it takes forever to get here, but I don’t regret reading the first book. A good writer can create a cliffhanger that will leave you wanting more without the anger, and I think Maris Black did that.



Toni FGMAMTC‘s review

May 25, 15

bookshelves: alpha-male, fighter, m-m, extreme-sport, athlete,college

Read from May 24 to 25, 2015


I just finished reading this a few minutes ago, and I am so wound up. Wow, I was definitely excited to read about a fighter, but I had no idea what I was getting into with this book.Jamie has always dated girls. It isn’t a passionate kind of love, but rather a safe and comfortable agreement. He enjoys sex, but there’s no fire behind it. Warning there is a M/F sex scene, but it isn’t very graphic or long. It stresses the difference between sex with a woman and man for Jamie.Kage is sex on a stick. He’s also wealthy and dangerous. He’s an underground fighter on the verge of breaking into the UFC. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding him.

Both characters were great in my opinion. Jamie has the perfect personality. He’s smart, über charming, cute and talented at talking his way into getting what he wants. Others are attracted to him everywhere he goes, and he uses it. Kage is literally a machine. He has the perfect body, works out all the time, eats right. He’s large, muscled and sexy. Also he’s majorly alpha. I looooved his alphaness over Jamie. Like I basically melted into a pile of goo on the floor moaning yes like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally.

I can’t wait for more!

Maggie Simms’s review

May 28, 15

bookshelves: bisexual, damaged-hero, dirty-talk, endearing-character, favorites, in-the-closet, jock-mc, m-f, romance-done-right, sexual-tension, waiting-for-sequel, worth-rereading,possessive-obsessive, angst


5 lovely, steamy, hot stars!!

This book is my favorite kind: the one that I decide to read even though I feel skeptical about all the awesome reviews but ends knocking my sucks off.

This book ticked all my hot buttons:

possessive, obsessive hero. check

previous hetero male going GFY or at least Bi. check

slow building romance that is shown not told. check

palpable sexual tension.check

some delicious and I mean DELISH dirty talking. check

I cannot wait to see what happens next. August feels like ages from now. This book had the right amount of angst, with hot, HOT, HOT steamy scenes when they finally got to them. They sure had me all hot and bothered.

The author lets us in Kage’s world but it is also clear that there is more to it than what we have seen so far. I bet the uncle is an evil bastard.

I like both Jamie and Kage. Can’t wait till the next book. Did I mention already the awesome dirty talking?

This book is certainly deserving of all the great reviews.


Tracy‘s review

May 26, 15
Read from May 25 to 26, 2015
I have to start out by saying “oh god the ending” That was not what I was expecting…
Jamie Atwood is a 20 year old college student with a girlfriend who he just can’t seem to really connect with. He gets an opportunity to attend an MMA fight as part of his Journalism project. He then meets MMA fighter Michael Kage who is there as a spectator. Jamie notices him right away and is drawn to his commanding presence. They engage in some conversation and Jamie mentions that he really hopes to be a publicist. Kage shows some interest and some time later Jamie finds himself being invited to Las Vegas to act as an intern/publicist for Michael Kage.
Jamie is so pumped and jumps at the chance to go to Vegas for the summer and get hands on experience. He definitely gets more than he bargained for.
Michael Kage is one intriguing character. He has so many layers. He is funny, gorgeous and mysterious. I loved how descriptive the author is in describing Kage’s looks. I definitely had this lovely picture in my head of muscles on top of muscles with gorgeous skin. We get glimpses of sweetness and anger. He’s pretty vague about his background and drops little bits of information about himself that leads the reader to believe there is more to him than meets the eye. He’s not just a fighter and he’s not just a hot guy with a great body. He seems like he knows what it is to struggle and work hard to get what he wants.
Jamie and Kage have such great chemistry when they are together. Jamie can’t help but check him out and study him at every opportunity. I liked the banter between them and I enjoyed their “work out” sessions. Jamie has always been aware of how good looking he is and isn’t averse to using his looks to his benefit whether it be with women or men.
I think that awareness of how his looks affect men made him not freak out so much when Kage and Jamie find themselves having a sleep over with one of Kage’s old friends.
When their relationship becomes physical the hotness literally leaps off the pages. Jamie’s way of describing Kage’s physicality rang true. He admired every muscle, every drop of sweat on Kage.
Jamie is so accepting to being physical with Kage once he decides to go for it. He’s never been with a guy before and that really turns Kage on. The first time they actually have sex is off the charts hot. It was hot, hard and dirty. Kage I think is a much darker character than any other character that Maris has written. It kind of threw me off (his aggressiveness) but it was also a turn on for Kage to be so forceful. I think it threw me because as I said I haven’t read a character like this in any of Maris’ books…but it worked because Kage is rough and tough but he has this sweet and fun side to him. He is a huge flirt and he knows that his looks totally push Jamie’s buttons. I was literally squirming in my seat reading their scene together but it was definitely hot and Jamie fell into submission so beautifully. He would do whatever Kage wanted him to and he was ok with that.
I wanted to shake Jamie and Kage towards the end of the story. Some misunderstandings happen and Kage completely blows up…
Ugh! The ending was just ugh crazy. I was so upset. I wanted some type of resolution. My heart broke for the both of them and I don’t know how they’re going to fix it. I loved the glimpses of Kage’s vulnerability throughout the book…It humanized him and made him not be just “the machine”. He is a scary guy when he gets angry and I need to know why he is the way he is.
I loved this book. I really did. I loved that it took me out of my comfort zone a little because it’s not like Maris’ other books and because of that fact I will definitely be biting my nails til August. Ugh! August??!! Really?

Okay, I’ve been terrible about keeping the reviews updated… There are just soooo many on this book, so fast. Here below are the links from the blog tour, and most of them contain a review if you click on the link.

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