Title: Separation (Kane Trilogy, #2)
Author: Stylo Fantôme
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: September 19 2014
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.
Can the Devil be forgiven?
Separation picks up where Stylo Fantôme so cruelly left us hanging at the end of Degradation. Pretty much, Tate with her life slipping away, a victim of Jameson’s cruel vengeance for her perceived misdemeanour. His misplaced anger and the consequences of his spiteful revenge, his lashing out in fury to hurt Tate have had far-reaching consequences. Everyone is altered and everyone seems to be in a place of pain. Nothing that’s been said or done can be unsaid or undone but Jameson has now had time to take a long, hard look at himself and his actions in the cold light of day and doesn’t like what he sees. He knows he needs to make amends and sorry might be the hardest word to say but Tate will find it even harder to accept that apology.
It’s safe to say that Tate is a shell of her former self. Jameson’s actions and her brush with death have removed a lot of her natural sparkle and she’s a little lost and is kind of plodding through life when she used to skip. Her friends are worried about her an she’s forged a special relationship with Sanders who is like a child who’s parents are divorcing and is desperate to get them back together and he contrives to reconcile them. Jameson, for his part, goes along with it all – he’s keen to make amends for what he has done, trying so hard to apologise to Tate and wants to get them back to where they were before in that deliciously dark and dirty sexual relationship. He can’t let her go and will go all out to get her back.
I so very much enjoyed this second outing with Jameson and Tate. The middle book of a trilogy can end up being ‘filler’ – it’s neither a beginning or an ending but Stylo Fantôme does a fantastic job of moving the story on significantly and giving all the characters emotional growth. Despite considering Jameson to be the actual devil incarnate at the end of Degradation, I ended Separation feeling more than a little sorry for him and was just fizzing at Tate. Yes, the man has done wrong, very wrong in fact but he apologises relentlessly and is deeply sincere in his own way but Tate just cannot find it in her heart to forgive him and firmly believe that revenge is a dish best served cold and she is cooking all sorts of nefarious plans to equal his and Jameson had better watch out. She’s constantly throwing that night back in his face and it appears that she can neither forgive, nor forget He had best remember that hell hath no fury like a women scorned and Tate is no average woman. Oh boy, does this girl know how to hold a grudge!
Despite his apologies, Jameson is absolutely no saint. Expect the same kind of edginess, especially in the sex scenes, that made Degradation such a stunning debut. He’s still very dominant, very sadistic and Tate is still his perfect foil, whatever she may think. This very much walks the line of an edgy erotic romance and I found it another compelling, irresistible read even if I wanted to bitchslap Tate a time or two!
I’d like to touch a little on the genre of this trilogy. I very much considered Degradation to be ‘dark romance’ when I finished it. The title gives away what you can expect inside – very much dark, edgy sex scenes with plenty of humiliation and an apparent lack of emotional connection, at least at first but Separation brings us to a much more emotional part of the whole story. Now, as I look back at the two books as a whole, I see it far more as an erotic romance with a strong side dish of kink. These are two people who have strong feelings for one another who enjoy a robust and salacious sex life and Separation takes us much further into their hearts and feelings for one another whereas Degradation mostly explored their initial attraction and their physical connection all leading up to that fateful night which will change the way both of them feel.
A HUGE shout out must go to Sanders – what an amazing character he has turned out to be. I thought him a cold fish at first and definitely Jameson’s demonic sidekick but I was so wrong and, now his background and character have been given some exposure, I love him so very much. His story really is heartbreaking and I so very much need to see this man find some happiness and, please Stylo, write a book for him!
This was a great second book from Stylo which I devoured in pretty much the same way I did the first and must now endure the endless wait for book three! It’s flawlessly written – dry, witty and totally compelling. It’s sexy, angsty and will leave you desperate for the conclusion of this very fucked-up couple’s story. This trilogy and this author have been one of my greatest discoveries this year – one of the most exciting new voices in erotic romance. I can’t wait for the conclusion for this trilogy and really do expect great things in the future.
4.5 vengeful stars
Kane Trilogy Series Reading Order
3. Reparation – December 8th
Crazy woman living in an undisclosed location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ..., forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.
I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.
Yeah. I think that about sums me up.