Torrent (Condemned Book 1) Reviews

Torrent (Condemned Book 1)

Torrent (Condemned Book 1)

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



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  1. Sarah
    45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    I liked it, but …, July 22, 2014

    This review is from: Torrent (Condemned Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
    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**


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  2. Rad Ryder
    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    So bad, I refused to waste another moment reading it, December 29, 2014
    Rad Ryder (East coast USA) –

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    This review is from: Torrent (Condemned Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
    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.


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  3. Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Dark Romance that will keep you guessing!, July 22, 2014
    This review is from: Torrent (Condemned Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
    ✩ 4.5 STARS ✩

    ❝I wasn’t a monster. If I told myself that enough times, maybe I’d believe it.❞

    TORRENT by Gemma James is a story about obsession and revenge, and how it can drive people further into the darkness. It can drive a human being mad, and push them in ways you would never even imagine. This well done dark romance will mess with your mind, tear at your heart, and transport you to a state of sympathy and uncertainty. TORRENT comes with a WARNING, so I was prepared for things to unsettle me, but in the end, you can’t really prepare for the feelings that this book brings out of you. The characters in this book will test you. Will you be able to sympathize with an innocent man turned monster? Will you understand the motive behind it all. How fine is the line between LOVE and HATE? I believe fans of the Dark Romance genre will be utterly pleased with TORRENT, not only with the storyline, but with these great characters that you will LOVE to HATE!

    Alex sent the man she loved to prison. Rafe has had EIGHT YEARS to plan his revenge on the girl who sent him away for something he never did. Alex WILL NOT believe that the man holding her captive is the same man she gave her heart to so many years ago. Guilt-ridden and ashamed, Alex knows what she did was wrong. Can she tell Rafe why she did it? Does the shame run so deep that the secret is worth dying for? The moment he sees her, his anger deepens, as does his lust for her. The battle in Rafe’s mind begins. Will he really become the monster that everyone perceives him to be? Or is there a chance in HELL, forgiveness will win out in the end?

    Ms. James takes us on a wild, twisted, powerful journey. Brutal and honest at times, you will not know where your heart will lie until the very end. We get to witness these amazingly complicated characters battle their demons, and it’s heartbreaking and amazing all at once. TORRENT is Book One in Gemma James Condemned Series and I have to warn you, this book comes with the cliffhanger from HELL! So don’t be surprised when you feel the urge to throw your reader out the window. I also know that after reading the synopsis, you can probably figure out in your head, how the plot is going to go, because I thought that very thing. I’m here to tell you, TORRENT will surprise you in many ways. Being a brand new author to me, Gemma James has more than earned her spot at the top of my TBR!

    ❝You’re my beginning, my end. You’re my everything.❞

    *Gifted copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*


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