Series: Stark Trilogy #2
Published by Random House LLC Source: Purchased
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance
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For Damien, our obsession is a game. For me, it is fiercely, blindingly, real.
Damien Stark’s need is palpable—his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match.
I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both.
But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close . . . or shatter us completely.
As with all trilogies like this, I would suggestion you read the first book in the series before reading this review. I have to admit that there were times when I really liked this book and then there were times when I thought it was just okay. But this book just kind of stuck with me and I can’t help but decide that I did like it.
This book picks up where the the last one left off, the contract that Nikki and Damien had entered into about the painting is finally over, only the two of them aren’t exactly willing to let each other go. After the events of the first book its understandable, the two of them have really opened up to each other about their pasts and their secrets, and when you find someone who understands you and gets what you have been through, well it’s easy to see why they wouldn’t want to let each other go.
Once again the chemistry between these two is hot from the very beginning, they just kind of gravitate to each other. I thought the sex in the book was better at the beginning, but other that that I thought that aspect of the relationship was done really well.
There is a lot going on in this book for the characters, the deal is over, which means it is back to real life for them. And real life is not always so pretty. There are issues with secrets and people around them who may or not actually be friends, and then of course something that only the rich have to deal with, paparazzi.
The biggest issues I had with this book is that it felt so much slower than the first book. I felt like the first book had a much better pacing, that it kind of drew me in to where I didn’t want to put the book down. This book had moments where it had that same pacing, but others where it really dragged. Also this book is kind of marketed as being one of those BDSM themed books, but in terms of the sex in this book, I don’t think it really ever fits quite all the way in that category, more like BDSM-lite. And while I thought Nikki’s character does a really good job continuing her evolution, Damien’s character doesn’t really, and if anything he is just way to possessive and secretive, if anything he annoys me more than he turns me on.
Overall I think it’s a decent second book in the series, and I really think it’s going to set up the third book in a way that makes the payoff all the better. If you liked the first book in this series, or like trilogies like this, you should check out this book.