[note color=”#E0C4BF”]This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.[/note]
Complete Me (Stark Trilogy #3)
By J. Kenner
Published July 30th, 2013
Contemporary Romance | Erotica “Lite”
Source: Received from Bantam (via NetGalley) in exchange for an unbiased review – Thank you!
About the Book:
This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms.
Our desire runs deep. But our secrets cut close. Beautiful, strong, and commanding, Damien Stark fills a void in me that no other man can touch. His fierce cravings push me beyond the brink of bliss—and unleash a wild passion that utterly consumes us both.
Yet beneath his need for dominance, he carries the wounds of a painful past. Haunted by a legacy of dark secrets and broken trust, he seeks release in our shared ecstasy, the heat between us burning stronger each day.
Our attraction is undeniable, our obsession inevitable. Yet not even Damien can run from his ghosts, or shield us from the dangers yet to come.
This is the trilogy I should have read before Fifty Shades of Grey. Nikki and Damien are what I really look for in a couple. Damien wants Nikki, needs Nikki, protects Nikki (no matter the cost), and believe it or not, Nikki loves Damien. Sounds like a boring trilogy, huh? Well, not so fast, cowboy. Two messed up lives don’t add up to make one perfect life together, despite what Nikki and Damien want. And this is the crux of the trilogy – down to the basics – can they rely on each other to weather the storm their lives have turned into? Will they accept that they are perfect for each other?
This was the ending we all needed for Nikki and Damien. It was worth the torture 😉
Story / Tempo
This is going to be a (relatively) short review for me because I’m finding it hard to find things to say about this series that I haven’t already said in my previous two reviews! You can check them out HERE and HERE. Being a trilogy, this book is the grand finale to story of Nikki and Damien. And although it took a bit to get to their HEA (we’re talking all the way to the very last word!), every minute was an exciting ride. And NO, it wasn’t all about the sex! Yes, there IS that.
But the story was really good! It flowed well, didn’t lull, drove me bonkers a few times (characters are known to do that sometimes), and I enjoyed every minute of it. Ms. Kenner, you wrote a great ending to the book. I liked it, corny as it was, it fit them so well after how far they journeyed. Thank you.
Meh… I’m not going to go into too much detail here. Haven’t changed my mind on Nikki or Damien. Love them to pieces. Additional characters needed to be throttled at various times in the story but other than that, I have no changes to my opinions of the characters of the story(s). Carry on.
If you’ve read the first two books in the series, run out and grab Complete Me TODAY. You will not be sorry you did. If you haven’t started this trilogy and are looking for something to feed your need for some comfort reading of the smutty-romance variety (no offense but that’s what I call romance with extra loving added), seriously… RUN and start reading the first book, Release Me ASAP.
I’m not that controlling, am I?
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) has published over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. is also a two-time RITA finalist, the winner of Romantic Times‘ Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Contemporary Paranormal of 2001, the winner of the Reviewers International Organization’s award for best romantic suspense of 2004 and best paranormal of 2005, and the winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award for best mainstream book of 2005.
She writes a range of stories including sexy and quirky romances, young adult novels, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures. Her current book, Release Me by J. Kenner, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller and has sold to over a dozen territories/sub-rights.
Julie lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.