The Gate (Dark Path Series #1)

The Gate (Dark Path Series #1)

by KT Grant

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BN ID: 2940148692287
Publisher: KT Grant
Publication date: 10/13/2013
Series: Dark Path Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 255
File size: 825 KB

About the Author

KT Grant is a self-proclaimed eccentric redhead who not only loves to read a wide variety of romances, but also loves writing it. Under her alter-ego, Katiebabs, she’s a former book blogger and entertainment columnist who still doesn’t shy away from voicing her opinion.

A proud native of New Jersey, KT is multi-published and writes Gay, Lesbian and Straight romance. KT has also been a top ten best-selling author at Amazon.

KT loves to hear from readers. You can drop KT an email at .

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The Gate 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I liked it, but it's not really my thing. This book was definitely an extreme look at the S & M lifestyle. This book goes into sex with pain, and an extreme master relationship; which basically has a master just badgering his woman until she gives in. I found It disappointing. I also found some of the lead females actions horrible; without giving anything away, her taking any of the blame for a situation towards the end of the book is ridiculous! An S&M book shouldn't be about having weak individuals; if you are feeling bad about it afterwards and you didn't have the strength to say what you want; then you shouldn't be in an S&M relationship! That being said, I liked the parts in between the sex parts, so that redeemed it a bit for me. In the upcoming books in the series I would like to see the female characters grow and find their strength.
Bookeroo More than 1 year ago
Max is planning a hostile takeover of Erika's father's company. When he sees Erika, he's instantly attracted to her, but at first he doesn't realize exactly who she is. He only knows he wants her and wonders if she'll be able to fit into his world at The Gate. When he finds out who she is, he puts his takeover plans on hold, not wanting to drive her away from him. Instead he focuses on introducing her to the other, more important part of his life, The Gate. Overall, I liked The Gate and gave it 3.5 stars.  The characters did need to grow on me because I really wasn't liking the hero and heroine at the very beginning. Erika doesn't strike me as ever fitting into the BDSM world and it was very difficult for me to put her into that role, even as it was happening. As the story progressed, I kind of just went with the flow until it started to work for me a little bit more. The sex seemed a bit  more harsh than I'm used to reading, stretching the BDSM to the far end of the realm in my opinion. Max is not the most likable hero, but seems to truly succumb to Erika's heartfelt emotion. By the end of the story I was really getting more involved in the story, but I felt disappointed the ending left me hanging in the balance. The sex is explicit and most definitely for adult audiences. I'll be back for the continuation of this story and look forward to seeing how it will progress.
AMANDA_BRAT69 More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I loved everything about it. They way it was written made it feel like you were there experiencing it with them. 
AnitaBlakeFan More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. Erika starts off as a weak character, but grows throughout the story.  She tends to have panic attacks when out in large crowds, but is strong enough to face her fears.   Chris, who is her retiring father's right hand man, starts of the story looking like the best guy in the world, but starts to show his true colors pretty quickly when Erika quits following him around with puppy dog eyes. Max, who is her father's and family business's biggest competitor, starts off the book as the lesser of the two men.  He talks about wanting to take over the company.  When he first sees Erika, I'm thinking he was going to use her to help him achieve this goal.  This is not the case. Chris and Max have a past history.  Max had dated Chris's older sister, who is also completely unstable.  The question becomes, was she that way before or just after Max and her split up.  Chris is pretty sure it she is unstable because of the sexual deviant lifestyle that Max introduces her to. There is also Christine, who is Max's business partner in The Gate, a BDSM club in Brooklyn.  She is a great secondary character who I hope will get her own story told at some point.  She has quite a history and I think her story is one that deserves to be told.  I also hope she gets a happily ever after is some way. Overall, I enjoyed this book.  If you like Tiffany Reisz, you will notice many similarities, but no priest (damn).  I could really see the influence that Tiffany had on this book.  I could also see the small part that the Sleepy Beauty Trilogy had on the book as well.  The pony play is very similar, but these are all willing individuals, unlike the Anne Rice books. I give it 3.5 stars instead of 4 only because of the ending.  To me it was not only a cliffhanger, but the ending really felt unfinished.  I have way too many unanswered questions that I felt should've been answered in this book and not pushed to the next book.  I'm not a fan of cliffhangers in any sense.  They drive me crazy, but this seems more to me than that, like I said unfinished.  I can't go into really anymore without spoilers for the ending.  All that being said, I did enjoy the book and can't wait for the next one.  I hope see where all the characters go.  I have some ideas in my head, where I think they are going.  With some, I hope I'm right and with others, I hope I'm wrong. **Book was provided to me by the author.  This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
The Gate. Dark Path Series Book 1. KT Grant Arc received via Netgalley. I was looking forward to reading this book, the author mentions being inspired by Tiffany Reisz' Original Sinners series which I love. Sadly Soren and Kingsley would have a fit at some of the BDSM practices in this novel. Anyway, as the book description says the story centres around Erika, Chris and Max mainly. I liked Erika to a degree, she was very open and innocent but sometimes she was just too innocent and its hard to believe anyone could get to nearly thirty and have the juvenile innocence that she shows at times. Then she meets Max and all that gets thrown away? While being annoyed that he holds secrets, and Chris her long held crush, gets thrown by the wayside and he's keeping secrets too – about Max but I suspect he's skewed the truth because of his personal grudge. In all none of these characters were really ones to love, and I couldn't really get on-board and emotional about what happened to them, I felt detached really from the story. The club – well as I said Soren and Kingsley would be ashamed...the first time its mentioned I think is when ?Max goes in one evening and there's a line something like “the familiar smell of sweat and sex” eurgghh. There shouldn't be any unsavoury smells but then when we're later told someone picks up a towel to wipe a seat in case there's anything unsavoury on it, ditto the floor which is described as sticky with semen stains and other fluids.....well I just was totally put off. The BDSM practices as a whole were nothing like the well organised ones of K & S Underground - 8th Circle, but seemed to be done on an ad hoc basis with very little discipline. That really meant the sex scenes were less erotic that they could have been, Tiffany manages to make whips, straps and chains sexy, sadly here they were the opposite for me. So overall I didn't gel really well with this book, didn't really bother that much about the characters as I didn't really understand or like them much. There is a follow up book, and the story had enough interest in that I might read it – I do want to see where the story is going, clearly despite my thinking I didn't enjoy the book it had enough to lure me into book two. That looks to have more drama in it, with some of the secrets being revealed, and given what we've learned and the characters public positions that could be an interesting storyline and make it a better book that this one. Stars: well, I did like parts, and am curious about what happens next so two and a half- to three. Its kind of more than didn't like but a bit less than OK
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My rating: 3 of 5 ¿¿ Writer of children's books and daughter of a publishing mogul, Erika Walsh has always been a bit of a homebody. Uncomfortable in large crowds and prone to panic attacks she has lead a fairly sheltered life surrounded by a small number of friends. Including Christopher Milton, her father's successor and brother of her longtime friend Kim. Erika has always had a bit of a crush on Chris, but that seems to evaporate when she meets Max at the night of an industry event. M. L. Crawford, or Max, is a rival in the publishing industry, one who is ruthless in the way he does business. He is somewhat of an enigma and prefers to stay out of the public view, preferrably at his secondary business interest, The Gate. A club where others like Max can come to live out their alternate and deviant sexual preferences. Max is instantly taken with Erika and spends some time with her at the publishing event, until they are interrupted by Chris. He seems to have some history with Christopher, the two men can't see eye to eye. For all her innocence and inexperience, Erika responds to Max's sexual suggestiveness and prompting with a hunger and passion that is new to her. Max realizes he needs to be careful to ease her into the darkest of his desires, but he is determined to have her ultimately submit to him completely. Erika takes everything he dishes out like a fish to water, and opens herself up without question. Max is convinced he has found his match.  Determined to keep Erika away from Max, Chris attempts to convince her of Max's nefarious intent and his dark secrets, all the while trying to keep Erika for himself. Erika is torn between the comfort of familiar ground, and the passionate high of forbidden pleasures at the Gate. **** An interesting first instalment for what I presume to be a trilogy. People, this is what they call a 'cliff-hanger", be prepared to be left dangling!!! I know there are some of you who prefer to wait until all in a series are available before you start reading......well, this is your warning. Erika is a bit of a mouse, a daddy's girl, who stays at home, doesn't go out much, doesn't socialize much and it surprised me therefore, that when she starts talking to Max, she actually had quite the ability for banter. Something that is not necessarily easy to do when you are not socially exposed all that much, especially when faced with someone you are instantly attracted to.  For someone presumed to be an 'innocent' of sorts she responds quite enthusiastically to whatever Max exposes her to. I had a bit of trouble buying into that. I found the jump from two mediocre lovers at 29 years old, to pretty intense BDSM submission within one or two sexual encounters, a bit of a steep jump.  When Erika's stable home life suddenly crumbles, and she no longer has her solid base to guide her, she feels adrift and finally decides to step back and reassess what she wants for herself, instead of getting swept up iin the wishes and wants of one or the other strong male that is something I can stand behind!! Chris is a creep, I'm sorry. For years he doesn't pay much attention, even ties himself to someone else and then when he gets burned, he turns to nice, available Erika. When he finds her suddenly not there, he gets territorial and wants to stake a claim. Yeah.....nice. Not for me, if you have a real interest in a woman, you don't wait around until someone else moves in and then start pissing around the hydrant, give me a break!! Not liking this guy at all! Plus he goes where he is not wanted, and then prides himself on a physical response he gets? Some physical responses cannot be helped, they are a reaction of a central nervous system in action. Ugh. Max I like, because he seems to be the one character I can get a bit of a read on in this story. His feelings are clearest to me, even though his context is not quite there, his needs and wants are. He also seems to be the most honest and straightforward, although he may not have been immediately forthcoming with all information, he never denied or avoided anything when asked. We get most of a sense of him through his interactions with his business partner, who herself is a bit of a mess, if I may say so. Probably enough so to provide material for another book! But I digress. My issue with Max is his focus on sex, as if the only criteria he looks at Erika with is wanting her beneath him and submitting to him.......nothing else. No mention of what he can do for her, and that disturbs me a bit. I found the book to be well-written from a technical stand point, but was missing some depth in the characters. Perhaps it was me, not connecting with them, but I never quite engaged in the story. It didn't help that it was a cliff hanger.......not my favorite, especially for reviewing.  Some of the BDSM described is fairly hardcore, more S&M than dominance and submission, and involves some cutting. Not really my scene, but that's personal preference. In terms of coupling, you will see a little of everything here, the same with fetishes, there is a lot going on. There is a good story underneath, one that I would have loved to see fleshed out a bit more.  ¿A dark and deviant tale of innocence lost.¿ **ARC courtesy of NetGalley and the author in return for an honest review.**