Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2
Let’s be honest. Damien and Nikki have already lived full lives. They have been threatened, endured kidnappings, and generally been despised by someone in many of the books in the J. Kenner Stark series that revolves around this couple. And yet, they always finds a way back to each other: physically, mentally, and emotionally. This is the crux of J. Kenner’s newest book, Indulge Me, in this saga: completing and healing each other after fear has set in, so they can move forward, conquering it through their love for each other.
Nikki is struggling. Fear has found a place in her soul, and it acts as a shadow over everything: her work, her children, her husband. Damien, always astute, senses and understands his wife’s current frame of mind, and he knows she must overcome it, so they can move forward. Taking control as only Damien Stark can do, he sweeps Nikki away to Paris, acting as her dominant once again, as a way to help her embrace her fear and work through it.
What I love about this book:
*It’s a novella, so it is a quick nugget of all that you love about Damien and Nikki. This story isn’t drawn out. It hits hard from the beginning, engrossing you in the pages. It also incorporates several of the characters from past Stark novels: Ryan (of course!), Jackson, Sylvia, etc. It even makes connections to the Stark Security Series, the newest series in the Stark universe. It’s the type of book by J. Kenner that makes you feel like you’re sitting with an old friend: comforting and happy.
*It’s steamy. Nikki and Damien are steamy$ex personified, and J. Kenner has really brought it with this book. In fact, it’s the core of this book. Damien uses his physical dominance to give Nikki her fill as a way to move her beyond the fear that has set in. He wants to push her “lines” as a way to force her thinking beyond the boundaries it’s set up after their daughter’s kidnapping. With that, Damien pushes her $exually in a way that he hasn’t done in past books. It is classic Damien/Nikki, and it’s hot.
Quick, sultry, and thoughtful. Those are the words that best describe J. Kenner’s Indulge Me, the newest Stark series book. I think Kenner reminds us that fear can overtake us and keep us frozen in place if we let it. Instead, we need to face our fears, push our boundaries, and let love heal us from the inside.
“Damien, of course, understands me. ‘No, ‘ he says with a gentle smile. ‘Not even that. You will always, always have my strength. Because while death might keep me from your side, it can’t keep me out of your heart. Do you know why?’ I shake my head, overwhelmed by his words. By his love. And by what I understand that he is trying to give me. ‘Because you’ve always been strong, baby. Strong and fearless. I’m just a lens that helps you magnify it. But if you had to, you could stand alone.’ ‘Damien…’ ‘As long as I’m on this earth, you’ll never have to.’”
In love and romance,