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From Tension to Temptation: A Review of Separation by Stylo Fantome

This is the second book in The Kane Trilogy written by Stylo Fantome. I reread this series this month and here I am writing the review for the second book. This is the Goodreads description of the series.

Everything is fun and games until someone gets hurt, and what Jameson Kane did to Tatum O'Shea goes so far beyond hurt, he is well into the realm of unforgivable. Tate says she wants him gone for good, and he quickly learns that the old saying, “you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone”, is most definitely true.

But Jameson has never been very good at following instructions, and when Satan decides to seek redemption, he'll go to great lengths to get it. He proposes one last game – one to end them all, if she agrees to play. He is very confident that he can win, but Tate warns him that it's not possible; she will not lose again. Little does she know, Jameson is prepared to do whatever it takes. Prepared to lay the entire world at her feet. Prepared to bear his soul.

What he didn't count on, though, was handing the damn thing over.

Now Jameson can only pray that his evil ways haven't rubbed off on Tate too much. Sometimes, it's very difficult to tell who the Devil really is …

WARNING: contains a semi-reformed devil, a woman scorned, and more Sanders than anyone has a right to witness. Also graphic sexual situations and strong language.

Dark Contemporary Romance

Theme and Tone
Dark Romance Vibes

Multilayered characters who tiptoe around their feelings

Language and Writing Style
Mature and very well-written

  • Contemporary
  • Time Gap
  • Age gap
  • Forbidden Love
  • FMC falls head-first
  • MMC is a dark brooding man
  • Misunderstandings
  • Miscommunication
  • Love-Hate Relationship

My Review

So the last book ended on a high note. Some spoilers ahead!!!

Tatum is in hospital after a very public and serious attempt at self-harm. Jameson was out of his element when he heard that Tatum almost died. He tries to meet and talk to her but she doesn't listen and asks him to leave her alone; which Jameson does by going away. Then Tatum recovers and she is now something else. She changes herself completely and tries to cope with the trauma of what she has done to herself. 

There are a lot of Sanders and Tatum scenes in this book and they are wholesome. Sanders is just amazing ❤. The banter between the two is to die for πŸ˜‚. Everyone is babying Tatum at this point and she is annoyed by it all. Sanders gifts her tickets to Spain and Tatum agrees to go on a vacation with him. When they reach Marabella someone else is waiting for them there and Tatum loses it. There was a fight, a lot of shouting a lot of sarcastic banter and that's how the story proceeds.

This second book is nothing less than the first one. It is even better. Jameson is a little bit more caring and Tatum acts like she doesn't care. the back and forth argument was epic in this book.

“Don't forget to put this away, you don't want to lose it.”She looked up to see him holding out her passport. She slowly took it from him, looking it over. “Where did you find it?” Tate asked.“On the deck, last night. Remember? You told me to 'pick up your shit',” “Oh. Yeah. Where's the rest of it?”“Well, since no one has ever said those words to me before, I couldn't quite figure out what they meant. I thought about waking Sanders up so he could explain them to me, but that seemed silly, so I figured I should just sweep it all under a rug,” Jameson replied, strolling across the deck towards the back of the boat. She looked at the floor.“Jameson. You don't have any rugs,” she called out.“I know. So I kicked your shit overboard.”  

My Rating
Overall: ★★★| 5 Stars
Plot: ★★★★ | 5 Stars
Characters: ★★★★| 5 Stars
Ending: ★★★★★| 5 Stars
Fun: ★★| 5 Stars
Spice Level: πŸŒΆπŸŒΆπŸŒΆ| 3/5
Bookcover: | 3 stars (It's perfect according to the genre and the storyline)

The Best Part:
  • The banter between Tatum and Jameson ❤
  • Tatum and Jameson treating Sanders as their child
  • Sanders trying hard to make Tatum and Jameson reconcile
  • Tatum trying very hard to become a tough girl
  • Jameson trying very hard to get into the good graces of Tatum

The Worst Part:

Best Character
Tatum, Jameson, Sanders, Angier

Worst Character
Ellie, Mr and Mrs. O'Shea, Petrushka, Dunn

My Favourite Words

“I wanted to learn about him so I could hate him more. I didn't expect his answer to make me want to forgive him. Cheating bastard !” 

“This motor is a bitch. I finally get you to be compliant, and then something else gives me shit. Story of my life,” he joked, finally turning around.” 

Jameson cooked dinner. Tate thought she was going to have a heart attack. She had never seen him cook before, hadn't ever seen him even operate a microwave. She kept peeking in the kitchen, watching him as he made shrimp scampi. He caught her staring one too many times, though, and stood back from the stove, offering to let her cook. She snorted at him and sat outside.


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