ARC Review: Complete Me (Stark Trilogy #3) by J. Kenner


Title:  Complete Me
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year: Random House Publishing Group 7/30/13
Length:  320 pages
Series: Stark Trilogy #3


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.

My Thoughts

you guys have no idea how excited i was to come across this ARC since i wasn’t sure that i’d be able to survive the wait until the end of July for this finale of the trilogy.  Let me tell you – you will NOT be disappointed.

What we get here is the resolution to quite a bit, and while you are pretty certain how things will go, J Kenner does an amazing job bringing this story to life in a way that doesn’t make us want to flip through the pages too quickly.

When we left of in Claim Me, Nikki had flown to Germany to be at Damian’s side while he stands trial for the murder of his old tennis coach.  At the tail end of book 2, Damian finally says those words to Nikki that she so wanted~ ‘I Love You’ and that puts Nikki on cloud nine.

What we know that we can always expect from hot steamy novels like this is that it’s never going to be that easy.  We know that Damian tends to push people away when he’s trying to protect himself and others, and the fear here is that the trial is going to take it’s toll on him.  I think that our fear here is that he’ll be convicted and go to jail – leaving Nikki alone to face the world, he’ll get off but only by testifying about what he went through, meaning this his past will come out in public or something completely unexpected.  I don’t know which could be worse though.

I don’t want to give away too much, but there’s something to be said for sure about an author who knows that we know what the outcomes are going to be in certain situations and gets to the point quickly so that we can pick up another plot line.  That’s exactly what happens here.  There’s so much suspense once one story line is wrapped up that we’re trying to figure out who the stalker is, who’s being targeted and what’s going to happen.

There are a few folks that i’m not sure that i trust fully.  Ollie – i don’t know why but he’s been rubbing me the wrong way even after the cheating on his fiance thing.  Giselle – i think at times she’s still interested in Damian and i don’t know what she’s going to do.  Lisa – the timing that she meets Nikki is just too coincidental that i don’t know what to think here.    And don’t forget about Sofia.

Jamie is definitely here in full face – being the bestie that Nikki needs at the exact right moments.  We see Nikki grow and become savvy in her own skin, and we want nothing more than to root for the relationship that has been growing.

The other thing to note is that we don’t go more than a couple pages without an amazingly HOT steamy scene between Nikki and Damian.  Their chemistry is palpable and so intense that i literally felt the need to turn on my A/C last night.

i hope you guys enjoy this read when it comes out – you certainly won’t be disappointed at all.

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