Review: Torrent by Gemma James

Title: Torrent (Condemned #1)

Author: Gemma James

Date Published: July 22, 2014

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform



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 turned…now 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 one of the CONDEMNED series. This is not a stand-alone read.



Rafe is betrayed by someone he considered his friend, Alex, as a result of that betrayal he is sent to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. His sentence, eight years. Plenty of time for Alex to come clean and tell the truth, thus saving Rafe from a terrible future. But she kept her mouth shut. Now she’s got to pay the price.


“I’m coming for you”


I had seen the cover of this book some time ago and I knew this was one I needed to read….yes I am easily persuaded by a hot cover, don’t judge. But aside from the hot cover, “Torrent” truly is a great start of this series. It’s short, fast paced but oh so intense. I love the concept and the way it’s build up, it doesn’t weaken but only gets stronger throughout the book. And the set of messed characters it has is so intriguing, I’m not only talking about the main characters either. Not to mention the sexiness that goes through the roof.

The main characters are Rafe and Alex. Poor, sexy Rafe. He’s filled with anger, anger he has every right to. Eight years have been stolen from him, he has lost opportunities and his credibility has been washed down the drain. Even when he has done his time in jail, once outside he has to face the disgust on people’s faces.

Yes, Rafe wants to make Alex pay for all that. Hurt her. Make her suffer like he has suffered all those years, how he is still suffering.
But hot damn, Rafe. It doesn’t help that she’s a victim herself, or that her body has learned to get off on rough treatment. Though Alex is a victim and I do feel sorry for the scarred woman she has become. I still can’t completely forgive her for keeping her mouth shut, not yet. Maybe I’ll get to that point in the next (few) book(s).
This twisted story is filled with hurt, vengeance and hate. And I really liked it, don’t know what that says about me but okay….
There are some twists mixed in there and unfortunately also a cliffhanger. Gemma James you are one evil woman.

I do have to warn you about the explicit nature of this book. For those who can’t handle or enjoy that, this is not your read. But if you’re like me and you like your reads hot, cruel and a little bit insane then look no further!




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