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Complete Me
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Complete Me
Stark Trilogy, Book 3
by J. Kenner
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • From J. Kenner comes the third novel in the fast-paced trilogy including Release Me and Claim Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who's never had to take "no" for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says "yes" on her own terms.

    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.
    BONUS: This edition includes excerpts from J. Kenner's Wanted and Say My Name.

    Praise for Complete Me

    "The conclusion of the Stark trilogy features the intense, all-consuming passion that readers have come to expect from Kenner's sensual prose and a tense, brooding narrative. . . . The revelations come fast, heightening the emotions of the series' conclusion, reaching a fever pitch."RT Book Reviews (four stars)

    "The roller coaster events of Complete Me give this novel a page-turning quality. . . . Immensely satisfying."Heroes and Heartbreakers

    "Complete Me is a perfect ending to the [Stark] trilogy. . . . You won't be disappointed."Fresh Fiction

    Complete Me is intended for mature audiences.
  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • From J. Kenner comes the third novel in the fast-paced trilogy including Release Me and Claim Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who's never had to take "no" for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says "yes" on her own terms.

    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.
    BONUS: This edition includes excerpts from J. Kenner's Wanted and Say My Name.

    Praise for Complete Me

    "The conclusion of the Stark trilogy features the intense, all-consuming passion that readers have come to expect from Kenner's sensual prose and a tense, brooding narrative. . . . The revelations come fast, heightening the emotions of the series' conclusion, reaching a fever pitch."RT Book Reviews (four stars)

    "The roller coaster events of Complete Me give this novel a page-turning quality. . . . Immensely satisfying."Heroes and Heartbreakers

    "Complete Me is a perfect ending to the [Stark] trilogy. . . . You won't be disappointed."Fresh Fiction

    Complete Me is intended for mature audiences.
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    • Chapter One

      Fear yanks me from a deep sleep, and I sit bolt upright in a room shrouded with gray, the muted green light from a digital alarm clock announcing that it is just after midnight. My breath comes in gasps, and my eyes are wide but unseeing. The last remnant of an already forgotten nightmare brushes against me like the tattered hem of a specter's cloak, powerful enough to fill me with terror, and yet so insubstantial that it evaporates like mist when I try to grasp it.

      I do not know what frightened me. I only know that I am alone, and that I am scared.

      Alone?

      I turn swiftly in bed, shifting my body as I reach out to my right. But even before my fingers brush the cool, expensive sheets, I know that he is not there.

      I may have fallen asleep in Damien's arms, but once again, I have awakened alone.

      At least now I know the source of the nightmare. It is the same fear I have faced every day and every night for weeks. The fear I try to hide beneath a plastic smile as I sit beside Damien day in and day out as his attorneys go over his defense in meticulous detail. As they explain the procedural ins-and-outs of a murder trial under German law. As they practically beg him to shine a light into the dark corners of his childhood because they know, as I do, that those secrets are his salvation.

      But Damien remains stubbornly mute, and I am left huddled against this pervasive fear that I will lose him. That he will be taken from me.

      And not just fear. I'm also fighting the damnable, overwhelming, panic-inducing knowledge that there isn't a goddamn thing in the world I can do. Nothing except wait and watch and hope.

      But I do not like waiting, and I have never put my faith in hope. It is a cousin of fate, and both are too mercurial for my taste. What I crave is action, but the only one who can act is Damien, and he has steadfastly refused.

      And that, I think, is the worst cut of all. Because while I understand the reason for his silence, I can't quell the selfish spark of anger. Because at the core of it all, it's not just himself that Damien is sacrificing. It's me. Hell, it's us.

      We are running out of time. His trial will begin only a few hours from now, and unless he changes his mind about his defense, it is very likely that I will lose this man.

      I squeeze my eyes shut, forcing the tears to remain at bay. I can push the fear back, but my anger is like a living thing, and I am afraid that it will explode no matter how hard I try to quell it. For that matter, I'm afraid that suppressing it will make the ultimate explosion all the more brutal.

      When the indictment came through, Damien had tried to push me away, believing that he was protecting me. But he'd been wrong--and I'd flown all the way to Germany to tell him so. I've been here for over three weeks now, and there has not been a day when I have regretted coming, and I do not doubt that what he said when I arrived on his doorstep is true--he loves me.

      But that knowledge doesn't diminish the sense of foreboding that has been rising within me. A trepidation that is especially potent at night when I wake alone and know that he has turned to solitude and Scotch when I want him in my arms. He loves me, yes. But at the same time I'm afraid that he is pushing me away again. Not in big steps, but in little ones.

      Well, screw that.

      I peel myself away from the cool comfort of our bed and stand up. I'm naked, and I bend to retrieve the white, lush robe provided by the Hotel Kempinski. Damien brushed it back off my shoulders after our shower last night, and I left it where it fell, a soft pile of cotton beside the bed.

      The sash is a different...

    About the Author-
    • J. Kenner is the author of Release Me and Claim Me. She spent more than ten years as a litigator in Southern California and central Texas, using her rare free time to indulge in her passion of writing. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughters.
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    • RT Book Reviews (four stars)

      Praise for Complete Me "The conclusion of the Stark trilogy features the intense, all-consuming passion that readers have come to expect from Kenner's sensual prose and a tense, brooding narrative. . . . The revelations come fast, heightening the emotions of the series' conclusion, reaching a fever pitch."

    • Fresh Fiction "The roller coaster events of Complete Me give this novel a page-turning quality. . . . Immensely satisfying."--Heroes and Heartbreakers "Complete Me is a perfect ending to the [Stark] trilogy. . . . You won't be disappointed."
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