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Torrent (Condemned Book 1) by [James, Gemma]
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She sent an innocent man to prison. Now, eight years later, he's returning the favor...

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 he's the one driven by obsession.

TORRENT 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 1 of 4 in the CONDEMNED series. This is not a stand-alone read, and it does have a cliffhanger! Approximately 43,000 words.

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  • Print Length: 211 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M0E4T56
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By crashqueen73 TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 March 2015
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Great writing and a great read.

This was twisted and dark in its own unique way but James pulled it off for me. The dark and twisted was balanced by the thin veil of believability.

A brother (step) raping his sister. A friend put in jail for eight years. A kidnapping. Some wicked sex and a love story.

A cliffhanger too. One that I would definitely continue reading! 4 sick stars!
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Torrent was dark and gritty, everything a dark romance should be. I loved it! Read it in a matter of hours! & I for one cannot wait to read the next book in the series!
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Love this can't wait for last book
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It was great
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3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but ... 23 July 2014
By Sarah - Published on
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Alex De Luca was just a teenager when she lied and sent her friend, Rafe Mason, an innocent man, to prison for eight years. Instead of speaking up and doing the right thing, she let him rot in a cell while his hatred for her grew into something uncontrollable.

Now he's out on parole and he has only one objective. To break her in a way that she broke him. He wants her screams, her tears, and he wants to see her shatter into millions of pieces.

Honestly, this is a difficult book for me to review. A part of me disliked it while another part of me was sucked into everything that was happening. I'm not a stranger to darker reads and I rather enjoy stepping outside of my comfort zone and getting truly engrossed in a good work of fiction.
The emotions that this kind of story tends to draw out of me are usually quite strong. They range from anger, disgust, acceptance, and it really forces me to try and understand just what made a character the way that they are.

Now there is a warning that Torrent features sexual scenes and violence that may offend some. I'm pretty sure we all know to expect something like that from a darker read. However, I know that some people have triggers and I want to let you know that there is rape between step-siblings in this book. If that hits home for you and will trigger a horrific memory, then you may want to pass on this one.

I did find it really hard to feel for Alex. I understand, to an extent, why she did what she did. But honestly, her actions once she was kidnapped baffled me. There wasn't enough of their past in this first book to make me form a connection. To make me understand how she could care for Rafe as he was hurting her. Torturing her. Violating her.

If I really reflect on the situation I can see where Rafe was coming from. He cared for a girl who essentially threw him away and let him rot for eight years. Things happen when you're locked up that change you. He had a lot of time to allow his anger to turn into an inferno like rage that would destroy everything around it, and of course he had his eyes set on one girl in particular.

This was a really quick read for me. There were some areas of the story that I felt like the execution was a little off, but Gemma's writing is captivating enough that I was able to overlook that fact.

I will admit that the ending drove me absolutely CRAZY. Not because it's a cliffhanger. I have no issues with those kinds of endings. However, I found the change of direction in the very last chapter to feel more like a cop-out than anything.

Overall I would have to give Torrent 3 stars. It wasn't what I was expecting, and I do hope to see more character development and more glimpses into their past.

**This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. The fact that it was given to me in no way changes the way that I feel, and this review is based solely on the story itself**
54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad, I refused to waste another moment reading it 30 December 2014
By Rad Ryder - Published on
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So bad, I refused to waste another moment reading it!

First of all, the whole set up was too ridiculous to believe. Alex was being raped by her step brother, forced to have an abortion, forced to claim Rafe, the love of her life had raced her and forced to remain quiet while he gets convicted and spends 8 years in prison. All the while she continues to be the unwilling submissive to her step brother. Rafe gets out, kidnaps Alex and then he begins to rape her all while trying to find out why she accused him.

Alex and Rafe were not well fleshed out. Too many character contradictions. He loves her but hates her...well okay that could be done but the author just didn't pull it off. The poor little rich girl syndrome just didn't work. The dialogue didn't work, the sex scenes didn't work.

I stopped reading when towards the end, Rafe and the step brother Zach duke it out and some preposterously stupid moves are made. I cannot tolerate stupid characters doing stupid things.

Don't waste your time or money. This was very poorly written story of a very poorly thought out plot.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of $2.99! 4 November 2014
By ecole - Published on
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I don't know what possessed me to buy this book! (Okay, okay, I admit, the cover had a lot to do with it! ; P) I expected more from this book and was pretty disappointed with the whole thing. The storyline was completely ridiculous, I couldn't stand Alex at all because of how spineless she was and the ending was lame. Even though it ended on a cliffhanger it was so obvious what was going to happen I don't feel the need to buy book two. I'm wishing I hadn't spent the $2.99 on this book because it was a waste of my time and money!
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, definetly. 21 July 2014
By Shirley Quinones - Published on
1.5 stars rounded up for the originality of the concept.

I may be one of the few out there who didn't love this story, but I'll try my best to explain the reasons why it didn't work for me .

I don't mind dark themes nor violent situations. I don't mind troubled characters nor angsty reads. Hell I've read my share of stories that make this one a walk in the park.

Granted, the author made a magnificent attempt in bringing the darker and hardcore elements to the page, she just didn't pair it with anything more substantial than sex.

What this story lacked that those didn't was character development, a connection between the characters that went beyond the physical and a plot that was detailed and well executed.

Violent sexual encounters for the sole purpose of portraying the darker sides of the main characters does not a dark romance make. Having a convenient 'lay' to get your rocks off doesn't lead to strengthening a connection, not even one that was made previously.

And that is where the story failed me.

The blurb makes a reference to the female lead being obsessed with Rafe since she was thirteen and according to Rafe's rambling thoughts he was as obsessed with her as she was. So if that was true, where's that initial connection? What made them so obsessed with each other? I still don't know.

Then there's the issue of him wanting to know why she did it. According to the blurb, she understands why he's doing the things he's doing, so why was she so distraught to find herself in the situation in the first place? Didn't she want him--warts and all? And if all he wanted was for her to tell him the reason why she sent him to prison why does she hold back? If it will allow her to get her kink on faster, why hesitate?

I didn't get the characters, their connection or their way of thinking and it had nothing to do with their individuals kinks.

Now to the plot. If she was enduring such hardship from such a young age--in her house--how could no one notice. NOT.ONE.SINGLE.PERSON. And her reason for not telling was so cliche that it had me rolling my eyes the moment she mentioned it. I understand why she kept quiet when she was younger, but as she grew up she HAD to know that she could find a way out.

Now to the ending. Now mind you, I knew coming into this story that it was not a standalone so the cliffhanger was not unexpected. But c'mon...after all that went down that's what happens?

Nope. Too many things for me to overlook. But more power to those that loved the story.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Never again 30 July 2015
By Heather - Published on
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Okay....where to begin? Young girl is tortured and raped by her insane step brother; ends up pregnant with step brother's baby, has an abortion; only to then have father find out and is then forced to say that the one person who actually could have protected her was the one who did it. Thus sending him (Rafe) to prison. Now if this isn't bad enough. Step Daddy dearest covers for his sick and pathetic son, even after Alex's (Our would be damsel and completely messed up heroine) mother walks in on step brother raping her daughter; reacts in disgust at her DAUGHTER'S actions and commits suicide because of it.

(At this point, I was sighing and literally wanting to scream as I clenched my teeth in anger.)

8 years flies by and his rage and anger gets out of prison. His mission? Kidnap Alex take her to an island out in the middle of no where and ....TORTURE, and RAPE her as repayment for what he suffered because of her lies. Mind you...Alex was 15 at the time with absolutely no one she could trust; who is being literally tortured. But in her mind...she deserves what Rafe does to her. Even after the truth comes out to Rafe; his deep dark desires are still very much in his mind. He wants to hurt her; he wants to relish in her tears of pain before he gives into his need to take her. And she (no surprise) wants and needs the pain he gives and accepts his nature because she loves him and is ohhhh so sorry that she sent him to prison.

The end of this book had me shaking my head. Rafe is a MMA fighter. Had a solid career and was considered one of the best before prison. Zach (The Step brother rapist) is also an MMA fighter..(Daddy dearest promotes and trains these fighters) and yet when Zach shows up wavering a gun drunk of his ass...Rafe couldn't do anything. Oh he tried. BADLY I might add, leaving the book hanging.

By the end of this book; I'm thinking "The girl has suffered and paid enough. There's no way that ending it on a cliff hanger can be a good thing." There is so many things wrong with this book. I expected more from this author as I've read other books and enjoyed them. I know there are other books that follow this book, but I simply can't bring myself to read them.

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