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No warning. No mercy. No way out. The men holding us prisoner won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Rafe for something he has no memory of, and I’m their weapon of choice. Tortured and defiled, they make me wish I were back in that cabin where death was favorable to drawing another breath, but this time our captors can’t break what’s already broken. What scares me is the madnes No warning. No mercy. No way out. The men holding us prisoner won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Rafe for something he has no memory of, and I’m their weapon of choice. Tortured and defiled, they make me wish I were back in that cabin where death was favorable to drawing another breath, but this time our captors can’t break what’s already broken. What scares me is the madness I see festering inside the only man I’ve ever loved. I’ve taken his freedom, his career, and his reputation. Yet despite all I’ve done, he’s determined to fight for me, kill for me, give everything he is for me… He’ll even die for me. NOTE TO READERS: Fervent is a dark romance with kidnapping and other disturbing themes. Intended for mature readers. Not for the faint of heart. You’ve been warned. Part 3 in the Condemned series.


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No warning. No mercy. No way out. The men holding us prisoner won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Rafe for something he has no memory of, and I’m their weapon of choice. Tortured and defiled, they make me wish I were back in that cabin where death was favorable to drawing another breath, but this time our captors can’t break what’s already broken. What scares me is the madnes No warning. No mercy. No way out. The men holding us prisoner won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Rafe for something he has no memory of, and I’m their weapon of choice. Tortured and defiled, they make me wish I were back in that cabin where death was favorable to drawing another breath, but this time our captors can’t break what’s already broken. What scares me is the madness I see festering inside the only man I’ve ever loved. I’ve taken his freedom, his career, and his reputation. Yet despite all I’ve done, he’s determined to fight for me, kill for me, give everything he is for me… He’ll even die for me. NOTE TO READERS: Fervent is a dark romance with kidnapping and other disturbing themes. Intended for mature readers. Not for the faint of heart. You’ve been warned. Part 3 in the Condemned series.

30 review for Fervent

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    Book – Fervent (Condemned #3) Author – Gemma James Publication Date – April 30, 2015 Genre – Romance/Dark Type – Part of Series Cliffhanger - Yes Rating – 4.25 out of 5 Stars Complimentary Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.   My Thoughts - Story I have anticipated this book for so long that when I got a hold of it, I couldn’t put it down for a minute. This is definitely one of the darkest books in the series and if you have any sort of triggers, this is definitel Book – Fervent (Condemned #3) Author – Gemma James Publication Date – April 30, 2015 Genre – Romance/Dark Type – Part of Series Cliffhanger - Yes Rating – 4.25 out of 5 Stars Complimentary Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.   My Thoughts - Story I have anticipated this book for so long that when I got a hold of it, I couldn’t put it down for a minute. This is definitely one of the darkest books in the series and if you have any sort of triggers, this is definitely not the book for you to read. There were scenes where even I drew a few deep breaths to get my bearings straight. And if you know me…it takes a lot to affect me like that. I was so hoping this was going to be the last in the series because I don’t know if I can take anymore of Alex and Rafe finding each other just to be torn apart. These two have been through some really tough times and it just keeps getting worse and worse. Re-Cap Rafe and Alex find themselves captured without any clue who may have them or what their future holds. The two of them will be tested on their love for each other – begging their capturers to spare the other. Between mental and physical abuse, the walls start to break down between these two and the last person you would think will be the one who betrays them.   Reason for Reading – Release Blitz/Review Story Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars Steam Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars Angst Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars Writing Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars Content Flow Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars Told in – Dual POV Hero – Rafe – still can’t remember the past and continuously blames himself for hurting Alex Heroine – Alex – confused about Rafe and her desire to be hurt HEA? – Ends with a Cliffhanger Would Read More from Author? Yes Recommend To – Readers who enjoy total angst and a dark theme For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    5 dark & delicious stars **arc won in a contest!** Holy shit. Let me just start off by saying that this series just gets better and better! I feel like I have been waiting on baited breathe for this book since finished Rampant, and let me tell you- his book did NOT disappoint me in the least! It's equally, if not more, darker than Rampant- which is ALWAYS a plus for me! Not to mention the many twists and turns in the book that have you wondering which of the many characters you have gotten to know 5 dark & delicious stars **arc won in a contest!** Holy shit. Let me just start off by saying that this series just gets better and better! I feel like I have been waiting on baited breathe for this book since finished Rampant, and let me tell you- his book did NOT disappoint me in the least! It's equally, if not more, darker than Rampant- which is ALWAYS a plus for me! Not to mention the many twists and turns in the book that have you wondering which of the many characters you have gotten to know throughout the series are actually who you thought they were! Reading order: Torrent Rampant Fervent Vagrant (to be released August 13, 2015) This book had so many quotable lines, I really couldn't pick just one of favorite quotes. So I compiled a list! Enjoy! Favorite Quotes: "But I needed his kiss. No matter what came next, I wanted the taste of him with me, on my tongue, branded in my memory. Maybe I could survive if I had that to hold on to." "They had everything they needed to tear me apart, all wrapped up in Alex De Luca" "Some people believe in that old adage, 'an eye for an eye'. I'm underwhelmed with that saying. When someone wrongs me or mine, I don't stop at the eye" "She trusted me with her life. But was she wise in trusting me with her heart?" "That's what I love about you. I love you for your strength, because I have none. I love you for the way you make me feel, because I feel nothing when I'm not with you." Do yourself a favor and READ THIS BOOK! It will stay with you days after you read it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ✿kawehi.reviews

    ☆ I received an ARC via Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!☆ The second to the last installment to this series, Fervent was one of those reads where you keep thinking to yourself that things can’t possibly get worse but they do. Those of you who already read the first two books, should be well aware that author Gemma James doesn’t hold back on the punches, so expect the unexpected! Rafe and Alex will be tried and tried again in the most pleasurable but insurmountable bru ☆ I received an ARC via Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!☆ The second to the last installment to this series, Fervent was one of those reads where you keep thinking to yourself that things can’t possibly get worse but they do. Those of you who already read the first two books, should be well aware that author Gemma James doesn’t hold back on the punches, so expect the unexpected! Rafe and Alex will be tried and tried again in the most pleasurable but insurmountable brutality of quests for love, salvation, redemption, and attempting to survive their most trying of tests. Sorry, I normally would outline the general plot and character's mindframes and inner-conflicts, but I feel as if I would spoil and ruin what's to come in this read! Anyway, awesome, awesome read!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Philomena Callan Cheekypee

    In two days I've sat and read these three books ending with Fervent. I couldn't resist re-reading book one as this is a fantastic series. Ok so im not gonna tell you anything about the storyline just in case you haven't read any of these books. Let me just say these are brilliant dark reads. There are so many twists you won't know what way to look. I read this book in two hours. Yes I inhaled every word of it. Cliffhangers. Yes I hate them. I thought I was on a roll as each book ended in a cliffhan In two days I've sat and read these three books ending with Fervent. I couldn't resist re-reading book one as this is a fantastic series. Ok so im not gonna tell you anything about the storyline just in case you haven't read any of these books. Let me just say these are brilliant dark reads. There are so many twists you won't know what way to look. I read this book in two hours. Yes I inhaled every word of it. Cliffhangers. Yes I hate them. I thought I was on a roll as each book ended in a cliffhanger I jumped right into the next book, not realising that there is a book four. Face palm!! I need Vagrant now... Pretty please. Brilliant series. So looking forward to book four.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    Darker Than Dark Kidnapped, violated and abused, Alex and Rafe seem to be in a hopeless situation. Taken by a man that has played a role in each of their pasts, unknowingly or not, revenge is a primary motivator. As the days drag on and the torture increases, the situation only becomes more dire. With more plot twists and shocking moments than the earlier two books in this series, this was one ride to remember! I can't say much without giving something away. Just trust me. If you're a fan of this Darker Than Dark Kidnapped, violated and abused, Alex and Rafe seem to be in a hopeless situation. Taken by a man that has played a role in each of their pasts, unknowingly or not, revenge is a primary motivator. As the days drag on and the torture increases, the situation only becomes more dire. With more plot twists and shocking moments than the earlier two books in this series, this was one ride to remember! I can't say much without giving something away. Just trust me. If you're a fan of this series, you'll want to read this book. This one does end with another cliffhanger, so if you haven't started the series, you may want to wait until they're all out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jamie ♡♡ submits to books ♡♡

    ***** 5 "Destroy You" Stars ***** Book 3 in the Condemned Series and this book will NOT disappoint. This one is a true battle of love trying to win out over evil. Again, this series is a must read for anyone who loves dark, gritty, raw love! Fighting for each other proves to be nearly impossible when the lie keeps growing into a web of truths that neither Rafe and Alex can stand alone and fight against. The amount of regret and sorrow will push down until Rafe and Alex are no longer ab ***** 5 "Destroy You" Stars ***** Book 3 in the Condemned Series and this book will NOT disappoint. This one is a true battle of love trying to win out over evil. Again, this series is a must read for anyone who loves dark, gritty, raw love! Fighting for each other proves to be nearly impossible when the lie keeps growing into a web of truths that neither Rafe and Alex can stand alone and fight against. The amount of regret and sorrow will push down until Rafe and Alex are no longer able to stand alone, no matter how much love flows between the two. "I love you for your strength, because I have none. I love you for the way you make me feel, because I feel nothing when I'm not with you." Rafe literally ripped my heart out at the end of this one!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim BookJunkie ~ Editor & Proofreader

    OMG the ending on this book.... kill me now!!!! Gemma James, you are torturing us with these cliffhangers! PLEASE, please, please tell me you're spending every waking moment working on the next book!?!? Or even better, tell me you've already FINISHED book #4!?!?! Obviously, I was shocked by the ending of this book…... such torture! I thought this book was the final installment but apparently it is not so I never saw that ending coming. Although it is painfully frustrating to once again be left ha OMG the ending on this book.... kill me now!!!! Gemma James, you are torturing us with these cliffhangers! PLEASE, please, please tell me you're spending every waking moment working on the next book!?!? Or even better, tell me you've already FINISHED book #4!?!?! Obviously, I was shocked by the ending of this book…... such torture! I thought this book was the final installment but apparently it is not so I never saw that ending coming. Although it is painfully frustrating to once again be left hanging, I am beyond ecstatic to learn that there will be more of Rafe and Alex! Yay!!!! Now for the serious part of my review… This book was my favorite of the series so far. In the beginning, I thought it was a bit much; In the real world, fortunately for us, it is extremely unlikely that one woman would endure even half of the horrific things Alex goes through. Alex had already suffered through countless amounts of trauma in prior books yet things only get worse for her in this one. Although the amount of bad luck Alex has faced is a bit much, this book was so provocative that it was easy to overlook the unlikelihood of Alex having such bad luck. We learn quite a bit information in this book, finding out who the bad guy(s) really are. Things are not always as they seem to be either; I was blown away by more than one curveball in this book! Basically, I was totally consumed by this book, unable to put it down and sad when it ended (which is obvious from the first part of this review). +5 stars for FERVENT!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    ~ Cariad ~

    A solid 4.5 brutal stars Come see my Sizzling Pages Review!... PRE-REVIEW: Whoo who!!! So happy to receive this ARC! A solid 4.5 brutal stars Come see my Sizzling Pages Review!... PRE-REVIEW: Whoo who!!! So happy to receive this ARC!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*

    Find This and Other Reviews At Craves The Angst. 4.5 “Fervent” Stars! Dark, Twisted, Intense and Totally Messed Up! And... FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! The Review: I knew before going in, this book was going to consume me. It was going to take me down a dark, inescapable path that would totally leave me mind-fucked. I wasn’t wrong. It was just as disturbing as I thought it would be... and I loved every minute of it! Story/Characters... This book picks up right where the one before it left off as t Find This and Other Reviews At Craves The Angst. 4.5 “Fervent” Stars! Dark, Twisted, Intense and Totally Messed Up! And... FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! The Review: I knew before going in, this book was going to consume me. It was going to take me down a dark, inescapable path that would totally leave me mind-fucked. I wasn’t wrong. It was just as disturbing as I thought it would be... and I loved every minute of it! Story/Characters... This book picks up right where the one before it left off as the author takes us into a sinister, scary world of people trying to survive horrific circumstances at the frightening hands of others. Rafe and Alex have been taken. Bound and drugged, they’ve been shoved into the back of a vehicle to be taken to a destination unknown. Rafe is still missing vital parts of his memory and Alex is still running from a painful life she can’t seem to escape. When they arrive to their destination, it’s worse than anything Rafe could have imagined and the people who have taken them are using Alex against him... including the one ally he thought he had in all this. With his memory missing, he can’t recall the events he’s being charged with but time is running out for both of them and when the unthinkable happens, their world shifts violently. In the beginning, Alex pulled Rafe into her uncontrollable life, setting in motion a chain of events that are now rebounding, coming full circle. Her inaction's have landed her where she is, in the clutches of men with no conscience, all in an attempt at retribution from Rafe for something he can’t even remember. The things these two have to endure, the humiliation, the pain, the suffering, it broke my heart. Rafe and Alex love each other and outside forces are always keeping them from being happy. I love how the author isn’t afraid to put her characters in appalling situations or afraid to cause them pain, all the while giving them the strength and fortitude to overcome instead of crumble. Rafe and Alex’s love for one another, their heroic strength and their determination kept them going... but that ending? Wow! Totally left my heart pounding and completely speechless. The Wrap Up: I can’t wait to see what happens next. Just when I think things can’t get any worse for these to, the unbelievable happens, the roller coaster twists and turns and everything is upside down! So I know the next installment of their journey is going to be just as intense but also just as amazing!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Gemma James amps the intensity with Fervent, the rawest and grittiest book in the Condemned Series, and I’m more than ready to see what becomes of Rafe and Alex in the next and final installment. I rarely read erotica anymore, but Gemma James is an automatic must-read for me, and this series has held me captive from the beginning. Fervent is chilling in its delivery with a magnitude of fury inflicted upon Alex and Rafe. Encapsulated in corruption, and an ending you won't foresee, you will become Gemma James amps the intensity with Fervent, the rawest and grittiest book in the Condemned Series, and I’m more than ready to see what becomes of Rafe and Alex in the next and final installment. I rarely read erotica anymore, but Gemma James is an automatic must-read for me, and this series has held me captive from the beginning. Fervent is chilling in its delivery with a magnitude of fury inflicted upon Alex and Rafe. Encapsulated in corruption, and an ending you won't foresee, you will become a stalker of the author for any telling of the final installment, Vagrant. It's virtually impossible to recap this story and remain spoiler-free for those who haven't read the first two books in the series, so I will not touch on the themes, which could easily give away the answers of what became of Rafe and Alex. Fervent immediately begins where the last book ends with action-packed scenes and a strong curiosity about who is calling the shots or pulling the strings of fate that have attached to Alex and Rafe. I tried my best guess and was wrong on almost all accounts. The heightened momentum doesn't ease for the entire book, making it impossible to put down. The circumstances for Rafe and Alex are dire, and I was completely shocked at some of the events that took place in this book. I couldn't have possibly predicted what was happening and the tie-ins with the characters who were introduced in the other books. I'm willing to guess that you will be taken by surprise as well. The plot is thick with energy and excitement from beginning to end; the rising action will take hold of you and not let go until you near the end, at which time your heart will scream in denial of the potential direction the author is taking with this story. My advice is to remember to breathe. Of course, Gemma James is known for her trickery in leading the readers in one direction and surprising them with a detour that leads to literary nirvana. While Fervent could essentially be read as a standalone, you will be lost in the background of the events and character importance without having read the previous books, so I recommend that you begin with Torrent. I truly loved this book and only took one issue with it. One of the introduced themes and the events depicting that theme were similar to another story I had read about a year ago, taking away the shock value and originality, albeit briefly, that Gemma James has always provided for me. If you are looking for a suspenseful thriller laced in erotica with strong writing, characters, and plot; this series is certainly for you.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shayna

    ~*~ 4.5 STARS ~*~ With a first chapter that will have your heart pounding faster than ever, and an ending that will leave you with your jaw to the floor, Gemma James takes us on her darkest journey yet in FERVENT. A brutal beginning and with no happily ever after in sight, we find our main characters in the fight for their life. Fighting against an enemy that asks the question, "What would you be willing to do to save the man/woman you love?" A man fighting a war with the enemy and himself, trying ~*~ 4.5 STARS ~*~ With a first chapter that will have your heart pounding faster than ever, and an ending that will leave you with your jaw to the floor, Gemma James takes us on her darkest journey yet in FERVENT. A brutal beginning and with no happily ever after in sight, we find our main characters in the fight for their life. Fighting against an enemy that asks the question, "What would you be willing to do to save the man/woman you love?" A man fighting a war with the enemy and himself, trying to hold back the monster that's deep inside. With bits and pieces of a memory returned, cravings sliver to the surface, reminding him of what he really is capable of. WOW! I was completely consumed by this installment of the Condemned series! A thrilling, intriguing, and mysterious dark romance that will have you begging for more. Dark Romance junkies will DEVOUR this book and this series. FERVENT is everything you crave and everything you didn't know you needed in a high anxiety, hard-core, gritty romance. Alex and Rafe have been through Hell and back. There love is so strong, so resilient, so intense that you can't help feel the emotions flying off the pages. Since the beginning we have wanted their Happily Ever After. Even with all of the events that have happened between them, I yearn for their love story to be filled with nothing but beauty and happiness. But when the light fades once again on their happy ending, the darkness that once surrounded their love, becomes darker and more vast than ever before. Will their love make it through this darker than dark times? How much longer will they have to fight for what they've worked for? The question is yet again, "What would you be willing to do to save the man/woman you love?" When all is said and done, maybe the right answer to that question is to simply to walk away. FERVENT immediately brings us back into this dark, intense, and gritty world that the amazing Gemma James has created. The emotions, the feelings, the intensity of it all will blow you away. Every whip jerked me forward, every scream hurt my throat, and every tear tore at my heart. This right here, is a series no dark romance fan can deny. It's an absolute must read, and I can't recommend this book or this series enough. *Gifted copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel BookJunky Author Services

    I was SO lucky to beta read this for Author Gemma James. fervent [ ˈfərvənt ] ADJECTIVE having or displaying a passionate intensity: synonyms: impassioned · passionate · intense · vehement · ardent I loved Torrent, book 1, which is currently free! Then along comes Rampant, that was really good, another 5 star read...but now, FERVENT...Oh my! This was fabulous! It was constant. There was ALWAYS something going on. The storyline is a torrential downpour of dark n dangerous and deliciously wicked dialo I was SO lucky to beta read this for Author Gemma James. fervent [ ˈfərvənt ] ADJECTIVE having or displaying a passionate intensity: synonyms: impassioned · passionate · intense · vehement · ardent I loved Torrent, book 1, which is currently free! Then along comes Rampant, that was really good, another 5 star read...but now, FERVENT...Oh my! This was fabulous! It was constant. There was ALWAYS something going on. The storyline is a torrential downpour of dark n dangerous and deliciously wicked dialogue and evil deeds running rampantly throughout the ENTIRE book causing a fervent read! I cannot delve too far..there is only so much I can say without leaving spoilers. So.. can you imagine being strung up by your arms and having to watch someone force your girlfriend? how about being in chains and watching another man trying to fu** your man? Now, I'm not a spoiler kinda girl, I'm just giving you a "for instance" here. I'm not kidding when I say it's dark and devious and wholly awesome. At the end??? can you say "OH HELL NO" don't you dare go there..ugh.. now I'm impatiently awaiting Vagrant! If I could give this a gazillion stars I would...but since the scale stops at 5...so be it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ♣️ Lynda ♣️

    This is by far the darkest book so far. Rafe and Alex taken, but by who and what do they want? The first 60% of the book I found really difficult to read. There are a lot of twists and turns developing in the plot that I didn't see coming. Some answers are given but you are left with more questions. How could I fix her if I couldn't fix myself? Then the last line of the book? Are we talking literally or figuratively? Either one will bring ruin but one lie will destroy much worse than the other This is by far the darkest book so far. Rafe and Alex taken, but by who and what do they want? The first 60% of the book I found really difficult to read. There are a lot of twists and turns developing in the plot that I didn't see coming. Some answers are given but you are left with more questions. How could I fix her if I couldn't fix myself? Then the last line of the book? Are we talking literally or figuratively? Either one will bring ruin but one lie will destroy much worse than the other. Is Hope lost?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    I received an arc of this book through Obsessed By Books for an honest review. How far can true love be tested? Alex and Rafe have been to hell and back, or so they thought! This book is the best so far. Events that are unforeseen occur. This is truly a nail biter and I couldn't put it down! I wish I didn't have to wait until August for the final installment, Vagrant. I received an arc of this book through Obsessed By Books for an honest review. How far can true love be tested? Alex and Rafe have been to hell and back, or so they thought! This book is the best so far. Events that are unforeseen occur. This is truly a nail biter and I couldn't put it down! I wish I didn't have to wait until August for the final installment, Vagrant.

  15. 4 out of 5

    DW

    I'm not going to lie, this series is kind of sick and twisted but I'm hooked. I can't stop reading it. I don't know how Alex hasn't completely shoot down. She has been tortured and raped but all she wants to do is take care of Rafe. Make sure he is ok. Bad boy Rafe is getting his memory back and I don't know what he is going to do now. Ready for Vagrant now I'm not going to lie, this series is kind of sick and twisted but I'm hooked. I can't stop reading it. I don't know how Alex hasn't completely shoot down. She has been tortured and raped but all she wants to do is take care of Rafe. Make sure he is ok. Bad boy Rafe is getting his memory back and I don't know what he is going to do now. Ready for Vagrant now

  16. 4 out of 5

    Derna

    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest review* ***3.5 stars*** Fervent is the 3rd book in the Condemned series by Gemma James. It picks up where Rampant ended. Things have gone from bad to worst for Alex and Rafe with both being kidnapped, and not knowing why. I have to admit I was a little surprised when I found out that it wasn’t going to be the final book. As I was sure the way, the last book ended that Alex and Rafe had one last fight on their hands until they get their happy e *I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest review* ***3.5 stars*** Fervent is the 3rd book in the Condemned series by Gemma James. It picks up where Rampant ended. Things have gone from bad to worst for Alex and Rafe with both being kidnapped, and not knowing why. I have to admit I was a little surprised when I found out that it wasn’t going to be the final book. As I was sure the way, the last book ended that Alex and Rafe had one last fight on their hands until they get their happy ever after. It's not that I didn't enjoy this book because I did. I loved that it was still dark, intense, painful and twisted. It was another quick read that packed a punch, and once I started, I didn’t put it down. Loved the deep connection that Alex and Rafe have for each other, and with all that was happening their love for each other never waived. “I’d die before leaving him to face this alone” "That's what I love about you. I love you for your strength, because I have none. I love you for the way you make me feel, because I feel nothing when I'm not with you." We do get a few new interesting twists, especially regarding those connected and involvement in Alex and Rafe’s kidnapping. We had insight into what happen to Rafe while in prison, and learn more about Jax. Overall as I said I enjoy this installment, but I enjoyed the first two more. I was just slightly frustrated because I was originally expecting them to get their happy ever after, but obviously from the cliffhanger ending they still have a way to go. However, with that being said, I’m looking forward to reading the last book I can’t wait to see what Gemma has in store for us in the final episode of the Condemned series. I just wish I didn’t have to wait till August. If you love this series, then you won’t want to miss this one. But if you haven't started, it I would maybe wait until August so that you can read all four books back to back. So that you can fully immerse yourself in this crazy, dark, angsty, twisted, edgy, violent and raw romance series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shabby -BookBistroBlog

    Pain....is my Painkiller !!! A man can fall from the highest peak and stand back up again, but falling into his own eyes....cripples him. *sigh* that's what happen to Rafe . He’s disgusted at himself , from not being able to protect Alex, yet again. From not being able to resist her. And being so helplessly tied up while she pays for his sins. The story is pretty violent and graphic. Doesn't effect me at all, but it may have triggers for sensitive people !! Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. Pain....is my Painkiller !!! A man can fall from the highest peak and stand back up again, but falling into his own eyes....cripples him. *sigh* that's what happen to Rafe . He’s disgusted at himself , from not being able to protect Alex, yet again. From not being able to resist her. And being so helplessly tied up while she pays for his sins. The story is pretty violent and graphic. Doesn't effect me at all, but it may have triggers for sensitive people !! Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. What a predicament What a train crash of a story, I don't wanna read, but I can't walk away. This story is like a runaway train hurtling at a breakneck speed, I know it's gonna crumple, I know it's gonna overturn and upend, yet I'm so invested in these tragic characters , I can't put it down Started Vagrant already !!! It's gonna be along night *sigh* 5 stars #BookBistroBlogApproved Follow us on FB - https://www.facebook.com/groups/BookB... Blog -https://bookbistroblogcom.wordpress.com Blog -https://bookbistroblogger.blogspot.com Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/BookBistro Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/BookBistroBlog

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    You guessed it another kidnapping happens in this book in the series. This time stemming from Rafes past. The two are kidnapped and held in a trafficking center and have horrible abuse leveled on them. They rely on one another and come to terms with the fact that the love one another through it all. Eventually they escape with some help and decide to take the organization down. The scenes at the bunker were top notch and you don’t have that unstoppable alpha male nonsense. Rafe is helpless in th You guessed it another kidnapping happens in this book in the series. This time stemming from Rafes past. The two are kidnapped and held in a trafficking center and have horrible abuse leveled on them. They rely on one another and come to terms with the fact that the love one another through it all. Eventually they escape with some help and decide to take the organization down. The scenes at the bunker were top notch and you don’t have that unstoppable alpha male nonsense. Rafe is helpless in the situation to stop them. Which was a breath of fresh air in a romance novel. While he still is a bad ass he still is powerless to stop certain things. Ends in a cliffhanger for book 4

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rough Draft Book Blog

    Fervent by Gemma James Rafe & Alex continued I DO BELIEVE I JUST DIED A LITTLE 5 Mutha effin' stars!!! Well, I'd like to tell you that this was wrapped up in a pretty little nutshell... BUT I CAN'T!!! I can't even hardly breathe after this mayhem and bedlam. Gemma does an bang up job of sucking your ass in (AGAIN), chewing you up, and spitting you out so your insides are like a pile a goo! Rafe and Alex's story is one of havoc, turmoil, and disorder, but rest assured, Gemma just needs to drag us thr Fervent by Gemma James Rafe & Alex continued I DO BELIEVE I JUST DIED A LITTLE 5 Mutha effin' stars!!! Well, I'd like to tell you that this was wrapped up in a pretty little nutshell... BUT I CAN'T!!! I can't even hardly breathe after this mayhem and bedlam. Gemma does an bang up job of sucking your ass in (AGAIN), chewing you up, and spitting you out so your insides are like a pile a goo! Rafe and Alex's story is one of havoc, turmoil, and disorder, but rest assured, Gemma just needs to drag us through the mud a little while longer before she concludes this dreadful tale. Rafe is still suffering memory loss and I'm fairly certain I wanna kick him in the head until it comes back. I'm not saying that I don't like the Rafe that's kinder and gentler, but I do (with all my nasty tainted heart) miss that sinister and destructive Rafe that wants to hurt Alex (in a good way) and in turn hurt me! Ahhhh... so good!! Rafe is faced with so many hindrances in this book not only for himself but for Alex. What will he do? How will he save himself this time and more importantly, how will he save Alex from herself? So many questions, so little time. Alex is one tough cookie. Rapes, beatings, and torture are just scratching the surface of what she needs to deal with. Death almost seems like a welcome mat in her world! I cringed every time I saw "Alex" at the top of the chapter heading. I knew some bad shit was coming down the pike and I wasn't sure my soul could handle anymore. This girl would sell her soul to the devil before she'd ever give up on Rafe. Now that's love people. The supporting character cast in this book is mostly made up of villains and creepy people. Not really sure I wanna mention any names cause that would give some good shit away... but know this... People are not who you think they are... So many faces on one person. So, much hatred and disgust emanating off our villains in waves. So much death, so much pain, and so many shocking revelations that I am biting my fingernails down to the bone until Gemma gives me that last installment so pleasantly titled Vagrant! This was fast paced with dialogue that even made me blush. The main characters have become a part of me and therefore their every move and each word has become my main concern. Fervent is dark and disturbing. You won't want to put it down till you've uttered it's last words. Trust me... I chain smoked, I drank on a weekday, and I ate tons of chocolate to get me through this one! Bravo Gemma, you seem to know right where to hit me!! Muah... I loved it! ARC provided by Gemma for an honest review... I seriously think she just loves torturing me

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Readz

    Holy Smokes Who Has Them Now??? So again Fervent starts off right where Rampant left off, Alex and Rafe drugged in a trunk. Warning, this review will most likely spoil books one and two. Again, Gemma James puts her characters through the ringer so much you're afraid to see what is left of them by the end. Things go from bad to worse as the story line takes quite a twist. Somebody wants Rafe to pay for what he did eight years ago, the only problem is he can't remember what he did. For that, Alex wi Holy Smokes Who Has Them Now??? So again Fervent starts off right where Rampant left off, Alex and Rafe drugged in a trunk. Warning, this review will most likely spoil books one and two. Again, Gemma James puts her characters through the ringer so much you're afraid to see what is left of them by the end. Things go from bad to worse as the story line takes quite a twist. Somebody wants Rafe to pay for what he did eight years ago, the only problem is he can't remember what he did. For that, Alex will pay. Poor Alex is always paying somebody with her fragile little body. "God, I couldn't watch them hurt her. It would kill me. They had everything they needed to tear me apart, all wrapped up in Alex De Luca." ~ Rafe And he is so right. The bad guys know just how far Rafe will go to protect Alex, all the while she is doing the same for him. No too sure who has them and for what at first, they both do what they can to keep the other alive. "I love you for the way you make me feel, because I feel nothing when I'm not with you." ~ Alex Their love for each other is what is going to get them killed, as it's used against them at every single turn. Just when it seems there is no way out, help from the strangest place shows up, but it may be too late. Fervent is well written and is told from various points of view. Again the review is a bit vague as to not spoil any of the story. This third book has a nice twist to it and sets up for a fourth one. While I thought I wanted this to be the last book, I'd like to see how Rafe is going to pull off what he has in mind for Alex. Somewhere these two need a happily ever after for crying out loud. Reviewed for Renee Entress's Blog.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Judy Miracle

    I received this copy for an honest review This is book 3 in the Condemned series and I just cannot get enough. From the beginning my heart was in my throat and had it about to pound out of my body. The ending once again had me speechless.. How Gemma does it I will never know but she is an exceptional author. This whole series has consumed me and left me with emotions all over the place. Alex and Rafe have been to hell and back a few times and with the way Gemma writes you can feel the emotions an I received this copy for an honest review This is book 3 in the Condemned series and I just cannot get enough. From the beginning my heart was in my throat and had it about to pound out of my body. The ending once again had me speechless.. How Gemma does it I will never know but she is an exceptional author. This whole series has consumed me and left me with emotions all over the place. Alex and Rafe have been to hell and back a few times and with the way Gemma writes you can feel the emotions and actions as if you were living it instead. When I finally started this series I thought 3 books was all there was going to be.. boy was I wrong... Vagrant needs to be out now so i can read the rest... This book and series is worth more than 5 stars across he board!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Doreen Barnes

    Omg this book was so worth the wait. It continues Alex and Rafe's story from Rampant and things just get even crazier in Fervent. Gemma James is the queen of wickedness, this story has been one thrill ride filled with twists and turns u couldn't even imagine and it just keeps getting better. if u have read Anything by gemma u know she can take u to dark places, smack u around with her crazy, make u like it and beg for more. Alex and Rafe's continuing story will draw you in and have u on the edge Omg this book was so worth the wait. It continues Alex and Rafe's story from Rampant and things just get even crazier in Fervent. Gemma James is the queen of wickedness, this story has been one thrill ride filled with twists and turns u couldn't even imagine and it just keeps getting better. if u have read Anything by gemma u know she can take u to dark places, smack u around with her crazy, make u like it and beg for more. Alex and Rafe's continuing story will draw you in and have u on the edge of your seat. I can't wait to read Vagrant.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Honey Warren

    Whoa!!! W H O A!! That was so dark and gritty and Freaking GOOD!!! I'm just sitting here with my mouth hanging open. You should have seen me on my lunch break today, shock in my eyes and mouth covered. It was that good!!!! I love it when I can't disguise my reaction whilst reading!:) This is one of those books where you feel absolutely nuts for loving the man. Rafe is so damaged and ruined. He makes you cringe at times. But you will fall for him. Guaranteed. I am so invested in this series and d Whoa!!! W H O A!! That was so dark and gritty and Freaking GOOD!!! I'm just sitting here with my mouth hanging open. You should have seen me on my lunch break today, shock in my eyes and mouth covered. It was that good!!!! I love it when I can't disguise my reaction whilst reading!:) This is one of those books where you feel absolutely nuts for loving the man. Rafe is so damaged and ruined. He makes you cringe at times. But you will fall for him. Guaranteed. I am so invested in this series and died a little at the end. But the promise of another book will keep me going!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diana's

    Full Review Here.. I don't know why I thought this was a Trilogy... The closer I kept getting to the end the worst the situation seemed to get I couldn't even fathom a semblance of happy ending or anything close to an ending where anyone remained sane. Well slap me twice cause this wasn't the ending and there's still a whole-lotta-fucked-up-ness awaiting !! Full Review Here.. I don't know why I thought this was a Trilogy... The closer I kept getting to the end the worst the situation seemed to get I couldn't even fathom a semblance of happy ending or anything close to an ending where anyone remained sane. Well slap me twice cause this wasn't the ending and there's still a whole-lotta-fucked-up-ness awaiting !!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sonya

    Ughhhhhhhhhhh!!! I can not with Rafe! Get over yourself and stop being a ish! Loved..loved this installment! EEK Jax! Love Jax!!!! I hope he gets his own book! This is the first time in my history of reading im wishing the friend took the femal from the main character. Especially aftet this ending!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aseel

    **An eARC was provided by author in exchange of an honest review** You know when you think that you've seen and read everything and that you can't cry and hurt anymore and then it turns out you're wrong and you can in fact get hurt and cry your heart out? That was me when I read Fervent. The first two books packed enough emotional turmoil that I thought it was impossible for more bad things to happen to Alex and Rafe and that they can finally be happy. But no, in Fervent Alex and Rafe are kidnap **An eARC was provided by author in exchange of an honest review** You know when you think that you've seen and read everything and that you can't cry and hurt anymore and then it turns out you're wrong and you can in fact get hurt and cry your heart out? That was me when I read Fervent. The first two books packed enough emotional turmoil that I thought it was impossible for more bad things to happen to Alex and Rafe and that they can finally be happy. But no, in Fervent Alex and Rafe are kidnapped. Tortured and abused with betrayals looming over their heads, they don't know who to trust and how to escape alive, what they know is that they can't stand to see the other hurt and Rafe will do anything to spare Alex more agony. Gosh, from the moment I started reading, my heart was in my throat.I was scared out of my mind because I just knew Gemma James was going to make this book hurt extra hard, and I was so very right. Rafe is still without his memories of prison and his reunion with Alex and he's struggling with what his body knows and craves and his horror at what he's done to Alex. No matter how much he craves her, Rafe wants Alex safe and whole and he does everything in his power to do so. Even though I spent most of the book horrified and with tears in my eyes, I couldn't help but swoon over Rafe and his protectivness. The guy can make me fall in love with him even in the ugliest of times. Alex on the other hand had my heart breaking for her. The poor woman can't get a break, and everyone in her life wants a piece of her and is out to hurt her. I couldn't put Fervent down. Though I was scared to flip the pages and read more, I couldn't not flip the pages and read more. I had to know what was going to happen and hope that things didn't get worse for Alex and Rafe.The writing is amazing and makes it impossible not to be sucked into the story and feel the pain of the characters. And in true Gemma James style, Fervent ended in another cliffhanger. I was left with my mouth wide open and gaping at the pages and I can't wait to see what happens next. This book is not for the lighthearted. It's dark and twisted and makes me want to hide in a corner, cover my eyes and ears and rock and cry and shout. If you want a book with roses and rainbows then this series is not it. If you're looking for an emotional roller coaster, a very dark kind of love and flawed characters, then this is the right series for you.

  27. 4 out of 5

    1-Click Addict Support Group

    If there is one word in the English language I dislike most, it’s HATE. But right now Gemma, I hate you. But in the most fucked up, want to cuddle and keep you forever kind of way. This is part three for Alex and Rafe. While the entire ride has been one giant mindfuck, this book takes the cake on dark, twisty suspense, and all out hot. Alex and Rafe start out in a trunk, and the situation only escalates until you are ignoring your family, food and general body necessities, and flipping pages lik If there is one word in the English language I dislike most, it’s HATE. But right now Gemma, I hate you. But in the most fucked up, want to cuddle and keep you forever kind of way. This is part three for Alex and Rafe. While the entire ride has been one giant mindfuck, this book takes the cake on dark, twisty suspense, and all out hot. Alex and Rafe start out in a trunk, and the situation only escalates until you are ignoring your family, food and general body necessities, and flipping pages like the story will disappear if you have to put the book down. As I write this review I am trying to remind myself to be calm and think of puppies and rainbows. But this book isn’t puppies and rainbows… not even close. I was so angry as the last sentence passed through my brain that I actually threw my Kindle against the wall. Yes, that angry. And if you know me at all, my Kindle is like a third child. So, the moral of this review… Read this book. If you made it through the first two books, you know how invested you are in the fictional world Gemma has created. I have now turned into a junkie looking for my next fix. I can feel the tremors of withdrawal starting already. ~ Devlynn, 5 stars ~~~ The queen of cliffhangers is back. Gemma James' writing makes my head spin and my heart pound to the very last page! Call me crazy (you wouldn't be the first) but I love dark, crazy books that some readers might not be able to stomach. It is what keeps me interested. Warning: Fervent has every type of darkness in it. "This wasn't my first ride in the back of a trunk-" Alex, the girl who's "got kahunas," is in for even more abuse and drama in this new book. But, "the pain...is a painkiller." She is tough and spent but not broken. She and Rafe have been to, and put themselves through, hell and back. That doesn't stop this time around either. Rafe, I want to slap you across your hot, little head SO hard! These two are super hot together, always. They have grown a lot in this series, even though times are rougher than ever. "I love you for your strength, because I have none. I love you for the way you make me feel because I feel nothing when I'm not with you." It is hard to find a series where the books become better and better. Most drag on. If I can finish a book (especially the third) in one sitting, like Fervent, it's one I highly recommend! Need the next one! ~ Krissy, 5 stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)

    ~*~ Obsessed by Books copy given in exchange for an honest review ~*~ "My thoughts overflowing with chaos, with bloody water and a bathtub full of dead mothers and lost hope." Can you break something that has already been shattered? In this penultimate book in the series things really do go from bloody horrific to mind blowing no words to describe how fate really does want to screw them over! The darkness does not bleed into the edges of their love story, it does not stain their hopefully hearts i ~*~ Obsessed by Books copy given in exchange for an honest review ~*~ "My thoughts overflowing with chaos, with bloody water and a bathtub full of dead mothers and lost hope." Can you break something that has already been shattered? In this penultimate book in the series things really do go from bloody horrific to mind blowing no words to describe how fate really does want to screw them over! The darkness does not bleed into the edges of their love story, it does not stain their hopefully hearts instead the darkness embraces them, becomes them and lurks within their souls. From the previous plot twists we know how the lust and the greed of others has moulded them and yet in this next installment we learn that they have yet to face their worst. Rafe is still at a loss to the last eight years of his life, trying to make sense of the whispered secrets his mind keeps teasing him with. He does know one thing - Alex is his. Waking up to a living nightmare he doesn't know who to trust and fears he can't even trust himself. He is a tortured soul with dark needs that are slowly awoken through his captivity...fighting himself and the enemy will he ever regain his memories and will he be able to accept the man he has now become? Alex, once again kidnapped, is floored by the revelations. It seems she was a pawn in a much bigger game than she imagined. Her whole reality shifts as she realises she never had any chance to experience normality, that was never in the cards that fate had dealt her. Throughout their love keeps thems going, their hope just to claim one perfect moment together. Alex is no longer a silent victim, her twisted need to please is now reserved for one man and she is prepared to fight to be with him, I fell in love with her inner strength. Fervent is an explosive intense read that again will have you squirming with deviant pleasure...Alex is debased, humiliated and used but her longing for Rafe, the depth of their feelings make their forced actions hot hot hot! I loved every page with shocking plot twists that I did not see coming it's an edge of your seat, read between your fingers type read. I am feverishly waiting for Vagrant. A four and a half star adrenaline rush read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kimber Hellmers

    I keep thinking I'm going to get to that 4 star level, but again, I'm left really unsure of this read. I'm not even sure what a review can offer at this point, either you are committed to the series or you aren't. It's worth the read, it is good, but I'm really conflicted over a lot of aspects. Dark....yes. Definitely very dark, but to say 'dark romance with disturbing scenes' isn't quite accurate for me. I get what 'non-consensual' means, but don't sugar coat it; this book should come with the I keep thinking I'm going to get to that 4 star level, but again, I'm left really unsure of this read. I'm not even sure what a review can offer at this point, either you are committed to the series or you aren't. It's worth the read, it is good, but I'm really conflicted over a lot of aspects. Dark....yes. Definitely very dark, but to say 'dark romance with disturbing scenes' isn't quite accurate for me. I get what 'non-consensual' means, but don't sugar coat it; this book should come with the disclaimer of RAPE...over and over RAPE. With that said, book three was a little more organized for me than #2. It was a bit easier to get back into the story line and figure out who’s who. I’m not sure what else they can do to Alex, I’m not sure how she is still alive. Suspended disbelief. That’s all I can think. I just can’t help but feel like this whole story would have been just as good, if not better, with a few less violent scenes and a bit more on how it is Alex is able to endure all this. According to my calculations, she should have bled to death by now. I never could get a handle on why it is she needs Rafe to hurt her. The stuff with Zach in book one was horrid, but how that need is acquired and how it is transferred to Rafe required a stronger connection for me to move forward with the love angle. I’m also struggling with how many times Rafe has lost his memory. 2 or 3 or more? Jax hints that it was a regular occurrence because of concussions? That makes sense, but now I have to go back and try to insert that into the history of the story. Again, I’m working hard as a reader because I feel like this series is on the edge of being great. And then Rafe abandons her. This time very intentionally. It just doesn’t make sense to me. If anything, he should be running back to her. And WTF was all that with Nikki? The whole thing with her having Rafe’s son, and fling with Jax (who is gay?) and then getting kidnapped and killed? Again, jumbled, disconnected, but for some reason, I just keep reading. On to book 4.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cassia Brightmore

    The ending of Rampant left me shattered, dying for the continuation of the Condemned series. Gemma James has created a dark, addictive world that has held me captive since the very first book. Alex and Rafe are not your average couple and they have endured more pain and suffering than anyone in their struggle to battle their enemies and overcome a condemning past. Faced with impossible choices, one thing always remains between the two of them - their love for each other and their fierce need to The ending of Rampant left me shattered, dying for the continuation of the Condemned series. Gemma James has created a dark, addictive world that has held me captive since the very first book. Alex and Rafe are not your average couple and they have endured more pain and suffering than anyone in their struggle to battle their enemies and overcome a condemning past. Faced with impossible choices, one thing always remains between the two of them - their love for each other and their fierce need to fight to the death to save the other. Taken hostage by an unlikely captor has them both caught off guard, Rafe immobilized by drugs and kept restrained - effectively cutting off their escape. Their only hope? To use their wits and endure the torture inflicted on them until a method of escape presents itself. What I love about Gemma’s writing is that she is able to drag you down into the darkness, into the depths of despair, while still offering you hope for a bright future. The twists in this book are setting up for one hell of a conclusion to this series and I can’t wait to get my hands on that last book. Alex still remains one of the strongest female characters. The torture and depravity that she endures is unbelievable. Her strength allows her to not only carry on, but to do so with the spirit to fight back. Tough decisions are thrown at her and Rafe as they fight for their freedom and unlikely alliances are formed. What would you sacrifice to save the one you loved? Except hope was a sword that would slice us into pieces if we let it. I am loving this series, Gemma never ceases to amaze me with the shocking twists and the brilliance of her dark mind. Once again, I’m left on the edge of my seat wanting more! If you are a fan of dark, delicious reads - this series is one you are going to want to check out. xo Cassia

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