[REVIEW] Claim Me – J. Kenner

J. Kenner
Claim Me (Stark, Book 2)
Random House Bantam (US & CA: 23rd April 2013); Hachette Headline (UK: 23rd April 2013; AU: July 2013)
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SPOILERS APLENTY.

For readers new to the trilogy, I suggest you read my review of J. Kenner’s Release Me. In short, here’s the fan fiction tree: Meyer > James > Day > Kenner. The only official connection is that E. L. James wrote fan fiction of Meyer’s work. The others are just my reading observations. Your views may differ.

THE SPOILERS
-It becomes public that Damien paid Nikki one million dollars to pose for an erotic nude portrait.
-Damien’s abuser committed suicide those years ago. The police never looked into it, until now. Damien is being indicted for murder, but this being a romance, he probably won’t be convicted. We won’t find out until the final novel, Complete Me, in late July 2013.

And that’s the entire plot. A lot of sex, a lot of angst, and a lot of paparazzi fill up the pages. That’s it. I told you this story don’t have enough plot to fill three books, but milking the cash cow…

The sex is really rather vanilla. There’s one brief anal scene, but it’s so brief that it’s not even graphic. The author goes into tedious detail with the other sex scenes, but not this one. Because it’s not one of the two approved holes? Harden up!

THE OMGWTFFANFIC: I totally didn’t expect this. As a teenager, Damien Stark met author Ray Bradbury, and spent three hours with him at the author’s house. I’m pretty sure having one of your characters meet a real-life author counts as fan fiction. Ray Bradbury died in June 2012, by the way, but his family and friends are still alive to read this…

THE ALMOST FAN-FIC: “I like to think that I am a mirror for you. That when you look at me, you see the reflection of everything you really are.” A blatant reference to Sylvia Day’s Reflected in You? You’re breaking the fourth wall!

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