Complete Me. J. Kenner.
ARC supplied by Netgalley.
I’ve loved this series so far, the first two books were full of drama and sex, but written in an intelligent way. There seems to be a faction in writing that deems words of more than two syllables are not acceptable 😦 Which is a shame as the English language is so versatile and its so much more interesting to read works that use it to the fullest extent.
Anyway- book three. This picks up where book two left off with Damien on trial for murder in Germany. Nikki knows he’s worried but he’s withdrawn back into that shell he has where he tells everyone he’s fine. She’s knows through her own experience that “I’m fine” can meant anything but fine, and feels that getting Damien to open to her and share emotions and problems is one step forward and two steps back much of the time. They’re both people damaged by their pasts and fighting current demons. With Damien’s help Nikki has managed not to cut again but its an ongoing struggle and the dramas in this book prove very testing to her. Damien’s need for control escalates to match the tension he’s going through. Nikki gets annoyed when she finds out some of the things he’s done in the name of protecting her. I can understand how she feels and yet, Damien is feeling his life is spiralling away and he needs to exert control over the parts he can, and his love for Nikki means he wants to defend her against anything he thinks might cause harm to her and he’ll use any method needed to do so. It leaves Nikki feeling deceived at times and they argue, and then…lots of make up sex. That man has a way with words and body 🙂 I said before J Kenner write sex that’s erotic and sensual, sizzling and steamy not the dire, endless , dull stuff that passes for erotica in so many books, and once again she’s pulled out all the stops to write lots of sex, but not in a repetitive manner.
We meet many of the characters from past books in this one, along with some new people. As always J Kenner’s characters almost jump off the page they feel so real, its as if you can touch them. Jamie is still the same ditzy, loving friend seeking and wanting love but in reality just constantly bed hopping. Nikki worries over her and tries to support her, but with her own problems there’s limited time to do anything for her. Ollie, I said in last book he needed a kick up the ar$e – well, finally he redeems himself in this book. He’s still the same man whore, still engaged to poor Courtney but towards the end he really pulls out the stops! There’s sex – lots and lots of hot, steamy, erotic sex but at times I felt that Damien was using sex as the answer to everything he didn’t want to discuss and ….and I got annoyed at him. I wanted more than just sex, some action other than in the bedroom – and kitchen, living room, bathroom, on the desk…you get the picture? It was as if sex was the answer to everything and I got fed up of it. 😦 I’d been so gripped by the first two books that I didn’t understand why this one seemed to be going so slowly. It was exciting, erotic and everything seemed plausible so why wasn’t I feeling the love? Dunno – but – by 60% it began to pick up to race into a finale that I had no clue was coming. I cried, the angst Nikki and Damien was feeling was palpable. I was “oh no…” but couldn’t see what else Nikki could have done. The identity of the person behind the drama was one I’d never have suspected. Fantastic wrap up to a sizzlingly sensual trilogy.
As always I’m pleased to get to end and find out what happened but sad to let go of characters that feel they’ve become friends. Still, its definitely a trio for the keepers file, and it’ll be great to re read them without having to wait for instalments.
A well done too for J Kenner for keeping price the same throughout. I’ve noticed a creeping trend for book one to be free or 77p, book two to be around £2.50-3.50 and book three to be £4.99. To me that’s deceiving. I want to know what I’m going to spend before getting sucked into a new trilogy and with variable prices it leaves we readers feeling a bit suckered. Keep first one free or low price but 2 and 3 ought to be priced the same 🙂
Stars: Slow start I felt, but a fantastic ending that made up for that so five.