Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Santori (The Santori Trilogy #1) by Maris Black

santoriTitle ~ Santori

Author ~ Maris Black

Published ~ 15th December 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Michael Kage Santori has just inherited a thriving hotel and millions of dollars. He’s poised to become an MMA champion. Things couldn’t be better between him and his college boy lover, Jamie Atwood— especially in the bedroom, where Jamie is more than eager to let Kage take out his aggressions on him.
Kage seems to have it all, but success and happiness have come at a steep price. After all of the childhood trauma he endured at the hands of his controlling uncle, Peter Santori, it’s a miracle Kage has any shred of sanity left. And now, because of him, Jamie is a murderer.
More than anything, Kage wants to be good. He wants the be the kind of man who is worthy of Jamie’s love, but fate has other ideas. His uncle’s legacy has a stranglehold on him, and it keeps dragging him further and further down a rabbit hole from which there seems no escape. Worst of all… Kage knows he’s going to pull Jamie down right along with him, and he would rather die than let that happen.
Previous books in this series:
Kage Unleashed
Kage Unmasked


Jane’s Review

This is the start of a new trilogy but it follows on directly from the Kage saga. You really must have read the Kage series to understand what is happening in this book. If you haven't yet had the pleasure, please go and read them; they are fantastic, as is this one.

College boy Jamie Atwood is now a murderer and Kage is feeling extremely guilty, but they are still together and very much in love. They must now part for six months whilst Jamie finishes college and Kage resumes training for his MMA career and takes over his uncle’s businesses as the sole beneficiary. The meeting at the three month point at Jamie’s parent’s has lots of feels, it's funny, hot and quite emotional. I always like seeing tough MMA fighter Kage being loving, emotional and sincere.

After six months apart Jamie finally moves permanently to Vegas to live with Kage at the Alcazar Hotel. Kage is wary of his uncle’s business dealings and has a fair idea that they were not all legitimate and so purposefully keeps Jamie in the dark. Jamie notices the secrets and growing distance but feels helpless to do anything about it. He misses his tough, sweaty, aggressive MMA fighter with the huge sexual appetite and instead has this distant businessman who is trying but failing to give Jamie the life that Kage thinks he should have. The MMA stuff is completely on the back burner in this book other than a few mentions and this focuses more on Kage and the businesses and the frustrating growing distance between Jamie and Kage.

As things turn more sinister for Kage we are led to his Uncle Peter's’ journals and we find ourselves, for the last 30% of the book, fully immersed in the world of eighteen year old Peter Santori and boy was I totally gripped! I was like Kage, couldn't stop turning the page, and what we get is totally not what I expected at all. The Peter Santori we know was a complete bastard and I for one hated what he’d put Kage and his family through. What I read was a sweet, na├»ve eighteen year old totally in love with Gio Rivera, owner of the Alcazar hotel, with a devilishly sexy helping of Daddy kink.

That's where this book ends, part way through Peter’s journals and I can't wait to reconcile this Peter with the evil, vile man we know he became. What happened to turn him from the sweet, young man into a master manipulator and all round evil son of bitch? That story is going to be so gripping and will pull all of the past and present threads together to weave the whole story. I can’t wait to read more of Peter Santori’s life story and I never thought I’d say that. I also want more Jamie and Kage and them back on track, but I have a feeling things may get worse before they get better as Kage learns all the secrets of his uncle’s past. A truly cracking read and a quite excellent addition to the world of Michael Kage Santori and Jamie Atwood.

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The Kage Trilogy

kageKage (Book 1)

My name is Jamie Atwood, and I’m an addict. I never thought I’d say such a thing. Never had a problem being overly-attached to anything in my life. I came from a perfectly middle-class family, made good grades, and had a hot cheerleader girlfriend... but the truth is, nothing ever really moved me. So how did a guy like me become an addict?
I met Michael Kage.
Kage is an MMA fighter. A famous one. I like to think I helped him get that way.
He’s charming as hell, with looks to rival any movie star and talent to back it up. So why did he need to hire me as an intern Publicist? Simple. He has a darkness in him– like a black hole so deep it could swallow him, and me, and everyone we know– and that’s not good for business.
The first time I met him, I felt the pull. I think the addiction began at that very moment. And even if I’d known then what I know now, I would have fallen for him. How could I not?
For me, Kage is everything.

Review :: Amazon


Kage Unleashed (Book 2)

In a battle of the heart, who will be the first to submit?

My name is Jamie Atwood, and I am an idiot. Against all odds, I got the attention of Michael Kage, the hottest MMA fighter on the planet. To say he rocked my world would be an understatement. He transformed me completely, made me depend on him, and made me love him. And the sex? Let me put it this way: I'd never been with a guy before I met Kage, but I'd gladly spend the rest of my life on my knees for him. He is my obsession and my addiction. But I did something stupid, and now I'm paying for it. I don't know if I'll ever see Kage again.


Being Michael Kage was never easy. Too many demons, too much anger, and not enough to live for. And then I met Jamie Atwood. He's got this innocence about him that speaks to something deep down inside me- in a place that's never been touched by anyone. He's beautiful, smart, and courageous, and he hasn't been tainted by the darkness that's ruled my life. I wanted him from the first second I laid eyes on him. It's selfish, I know. Because you can't bring an innocent thing into the darkness and not expect something to rub off.

Review :: Amazon

kage unmaskedKage Unmasked (Book 3)

The final installation in the KAGE TRILOGY.
Kage and Jamie have finally come to terms with their feelings for each other, but there is still plenty of drama to work through. Friends and family don't want to let them be, and now that Kage has his UFC contract, his uncle is worried that the public will find out about his nephew's boyfriend. Will the drama be too much to handle? Will the stakes be to high?
Discover just how far Kage and Jamie will go for love.



Meet Maris Black

When I finally started writing fiction for a living, I surprised myself with my choice of genre. I’d always known I wanted to write romance, but the first story that popped out was about a couple of guys finding love during a threesome with a woman. Then I wrote about more guys, and more guys, and more guys. I was never a reader of gay fiction, and I’d never planned to write it. The only excuse I have for myself is that when I finally got serious and put pen to paper, or hand to keyboard as it were, M/M is what came out.

I now adore the M/M genre with all my heart. It feels sort of like coming home. I can’t quite explain it. I’ve always had openly gay and bisexual friends and relatives, the rights and acceptance of whom are very important to me, so it feels great to celebrate that. But there’s also something so pure and honest about the love between two men that appeals to me on a romantic level and inspires me to write.



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