The Gate (Dark Path Series #1)
Author: KT Grant
Publisher: KT Grant (self-published)
Date of Publication: October 15, 2013
Synopsis: Erika Walsh has carried a torch for Christopher Milton, heir to her father’s publishing empire for years. After one steamy make out session she begins to wonder if it might develop into something more. But when M. L. Crawford, better known as Max, her father’s publishing rival, seeks her out at a society event, she’s drawn to his magnetic charisma and powerful demeanor. Their verbal bantering and innuendo laced overtones stir feelings she never knew existed, and soon Erika is consumed with knowing the real man under Max’s restrained public façade.
Erika’s sweet nature and naivety excites Max to near madness. He wants to train her in the art of seduction and make her succumb to his every wish and command…as his perfect submissive. Yet, Christopher is determined to keep Erika from becoming the latest victim of Max’s sinister sexual hungers. He knows all too well what Max hides in his black soul and will stop at nothing to reveal all of Max’s secrets in order to protect the one thing he holds dear above all else- Erika.
Max’s dark desires scare yet arouse Erika, as he opens her eyes to a new bold world full of passion and ecstasy she never imagined until him. But the biggest question remains: Is Erika’s craving for Max just an illusion that transpires behind the walls of The Gate?
I can’t discuss what bothered me so much in this book without including certain details which aren’t revealed until late in the book, hence the warning about spoilers. Please avoid this review if you don’t want to be, er, spoiled about things.
This review will be really short because I ended up not caring for this book very much. Don’t get me wrong, some of the sex was great and there were some great moments between Max and Erika. I felt there was a real passion between them and it could have had a long, healthy relationship.
I had real issues (as in my emotional connections) with the characters. I felt like secondary Catherine was in an abusive relationship (yes and no, and I know there are many depths to a master/slave relationship, but she seemed to become a major doormat to her Frenchman). I didn’t like the fact that Chris practically rapes Erika but then part way through his decidedly unwanted (in the beginning) assault, she suddenly massively gets turned on and is willing to bounce him. I really didn’t like that Catherine supposedly loved her Frenchman (no matter my previously mentioned feelings about the issue) yet she went and had sex with Bryan.
The ending, for me, utterly didn’t work. I liked some of it, when Max and Erika were possibly moving past their problems and healing the relationship. And then …. the ending came, out of the blue, and apparently this is an ongoing series about Erika’s relationship with Max and Chris. I went into the book expecting a romance (erotic romance, but romance just the same), and I got no happily ever after in this book. Not even a Happily For Now ending. I feel that’s a fundamental betrayal of the author/reader bargain. Because of that, I will be very hesitant to try Ms. Grant’s work again, no matter how much I enjoyed the great sex scenes (and there were some great ones, my issues with the characters involved notwithstanding).
I appreciate Ms. Grant’s work and her in-depth knowledge of her subject, but this book just really didn’t work for me.
Thank you for allowing me to read this.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.