Review: Complete Me (Royals Saga #7) by Geneva Lee

Title: Complete Me
Author: Geneva Lee
Publisher/Year: Geneva Lee 1/8/17
Length:   178 Pages
Series:  Royals Saga #7

Overview
I met Clara Bishop when I least expected. Loving her was nothing I could ever have imagined. We’ve weathered dangerous storms together, but our love has always been a tempest. I’m not a perfect man, but I will fight to protect her and I’ll do everything in my power to keep her. But first I have to prove that she completes me.

Return to the world of the Royals and their intersecting lives, loves, and secrets. When Alexander discovers a shocking mystery in his father’s past, it threatens to divide him and Clara forever. As Belle builds her company, she ignores the pain of last year’s events. Can Smith help her move forward once and for all? Edward shocked everyone when he embraced his love for David, but a wedding seems further away than ever before. Will the couple finally make the leap? It’s going to be a scandalous, steamy holiday season for each of them.

My Thoughts

where this 7th installment takes us is a place full of closure across almost all of our favorite characters.  We see chapters intertwining the stories of Clara/Alexander, Belle/Smith, Edward/David – with each taking us to a complicated point in their lives.

We’re a year in the future and we are seeing how life has settled in for them, yet how it’s still so unsettled.

For Alexander/Clara, they have their daughter, they have their country to run, and they have their relationship, but we see that there are still so many secrets that are being kept that it threatens the happiness of their marriage.  Alexander keeps too many things close to the chest at the detriment of Clara’s feelings.  This means that we spend much of the story seeing a rift in their relationship. Top that off with the fact that we learn there’s a brother that Alexander didn’t know about, and there’s a question as to who he is and why he was kept a secret.

Then there’s Smith and Belle.  they are unsettled in the sense that their relationship is good but there’s still so much that threatens them from the past.  No one has confirmation on who killed Hammond and while they know it wasn’t Smith, the reprive that they have in feeling safe can’t last forever.  Add to that the fact that they both want to expand their family yet are afraid, we see that cause a bit of a ruffle in things.

Then there’s Edward and David, the couple that’s finally been allowed to enjoy each other how they want, yet they have challenges of their own.  Marriage is tough, especially when it’s only recently become accepted.  then there’s the fact that David wants a baby, and he often feels like he comes in second to Belle and Clara – so you know that what’s next for them won’t be something that’s come by easily.

All in all, i think this is the exact finale that we needed for this entire series.  We see so much come full circle and we see so many questions answered but there’s still so much that we don’t know for the future and wish that we could have the crystal ball to see.  Will Alexander and Clara finally be able to liver their happy life sans secrets and will the secrets kept thus far cause too much pain?  will belle and Smith ever get their baby and feel safe from the powers that be?  and will edward and david finally get their happily ever after?

the one thing that i can say i’m hoping for next though is a spinoff with Brex and Georgia and then a story line for Lola since i feel like these are all characters that we spent quite a bit of time with but never got to see their stories play out.  That’s my ask – hopefully it’ll happen.  On that note – enjoy!

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

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

Overview

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.