Series: Stark Trilogy #1
Published by Random House LLC Source: Purchased
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance
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He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.
Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.
Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.
But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.
I was looking for a trilogy to read after the Crossfire series, and I kept running across this one. I have to admit that it took me a while to actually hunker down and buy it, I really didn’t want to spend money on the books if they were going to end up being too FSoG (don’t judge but those books just totally didn’t do it for me, and everyone kept comparing this series to that one). But in the end I bought all three books, and I have to say I’m not sorry that I did.
So in this book we learn mostly about Nikki, and not Damien, don’t get me wrong Damien is a huge part of the book, but his actions and his past all kind of wrapped in this air of mystery, and as the reader you are right there along with Nikki trying to figure out all the little things that make this guy tick.
What I think is completely safe to say is that both of these two people are damaged, Nikki definitely had a hard childhood, her mother didn’t really make her life easy and she coped with it in a way that some teenage girls do, by hurting herself. She literally carries the scars with her.
I don’t know how realistic I found the agreement Nikki enters into with Damien, to be painted in the nude and to agree to be Damien’s for the time it takes to paint the nude, and yes I mean “be Damien’s” as in in his bed for whatever he wants. He of course is going to pay for her siting for the painting, like a whole lot of money. I had a hard time believing that she would go for this after barely knowing him. But that being said I did like Nikki, I liked that she had intelligence as well, that was a big plus for me, and that she had goals for what she wanted her life to be.
Damien was okay. He’s a good looking guy, well super good looking. But I also found him to be a bit creepy when it turns out he met Nikki when she was 18 and had kind of been keeping tabs on her, eh it’s a bit of a ick factor for me. If you are looking for a super Dom, Damien is not really your guy, he seems to like some elements of BDSM but he’s not really that Dom personality you come to think of for that lifestyle.
Overall, I think it was a pretty decent start to the trilogy and I look forward to reading the next one. I think in future books when we get to know the characters better and have some light shown on Damien’s past, I think it will make everything come together nicely.