Series: The Stark Trilogy #3
Author: J. Kenner
Format: Uncorrected ARC
Review by: Onnica
Basic story: Nikki Fairchild and Damien Stark are back in this final instalment. Damien’s in trouble – he’s been ordered to appear in court in Germany, facing charges of the murder of his former coach and abuser, Richter. Nikki has rushed to Damien’s side, knowing that he cannot face the trial without her support, despite his trying to break up with her before he left. Facing an uncertain future, the pair are desperate to spend each and every moment together (usually horizontally) and they explore their submissive-dominant relationship in greater depth. As the case draws to a close, Nikki and Damien face even greater challenges. No sooner has one problem been solved but another seems to spring up in its place. This time, Nikki is the one in the firing line. Damien is determined to protect her but what if the only way for them both to survive is apart?
Why you should read it: if you’ve been on board this train since Release Me and Claim Me, then you owe it to yourself to find out what happened next for team Damikki – as the ups and downs of their relationship come to a satisfying conclusion.
What you might hate: OK – I know this is erotica, you know that it’s erotica and having read the last two books you know what you’re getting. HOWEVER, two thirds of the book were just plain old nasty monkey sex, which got a little exhausting if I’m honest. I’m not complaining, but when they actually came up for air, I was actually interested in the twist near the end as we found out who Nikki’s persecutor actually was. It was a pretty nifty plot – it would have been nice to see more of that creativity earlier in the book.
Rating: Difficult – I was wavering, but I give it a generous 3/5, due mainly to the plot device near the end which was surprising and the fact that Damien’s a pretty decent, sexy chap. (We won’t dwell on the fact that they’re incapable of breathing without each other…) Complete Me is out on 30th July.