- File Size: 272 KB
- Print Length: 125 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1945920769
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated (April 10, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 10, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072F2Y32M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Justify Me: A Stark International/Masters and Mercenaries Novella (Lexi Blake Crossover Collection Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Justify Me is listed as book 4.5 in J. Kenner’s Stark Trilogy (wait, aren’t trilogies supposed to be three books long?), and, like the other books in this crossover collection, occurs along the same timeline as Lexi Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries series book 16. Justify Me can be read as a standalone from all other series it’s involved in. Justify Me is written in two different voices, Natasha’s chapters are written in first-person, and Riley’s are in third-person semi-omniscient.
Justify Me moves fast. There isn’t much time to really settle into a comfortable rhythm of reading because something is always happening. There are no lulls in the action or the forward movement of the relationship. Thankfully there weren’t so many moving parts to keep track of. It was great pacing for the style of novel.
Much of Natasha and Riley’s connection is predicated on their past. I’m glad we got to know the broad strokes because it made their connection much more understandable. Had this been a full-length novel, I’m sure I would have appreciated all they’d been through more, but as is I knew enough to love them together and be happy they’d finally moved past their history and gave in to the connection they always felt.
My biggest issue with this book was a glaring continuity issue. At one point, Riley speaks of how Big Tag (Ian Taggart) went above his expectations to set up a meeting with the head of security for a club Riley wanted more info on, then a few chapters later Big Tag calls him and wants to know why he isn’t on vacation as if he hadn’t just spoken to him a day or two prior. Otherwise, my only wish for the book is that it wasn’t a novella but instead a full-length novel, again, because I’m a greedy reader.
J. Kenner is another author I have just discovered because of this crossover collection. Lexi Blake did an amazing job of finding authors to invite into her world, and I’ve found another author who I’ll be looking at more. The little glimpse into the Stark world made me want to know more, and I’ll be checking out the rest of the not-exactly-a-trilogy trilogy ASAP!
McKay-Taggart operative Riley Blade was a consultant on Lyle's last film in Los Angeles but is ready to get out of town. He wants Natasha Black, Lyle's assistant, but she keeps rejecting him so he feels there's no reason to be there and he doesn't like LA. However, when Lyle asks Riley for a referral for a bodyguard and Riley finds out it is for Natasha, he takes it upon himself to do the job. It seems that Natasha has a stalker ever since she, Lyle, (Sugar) Laine, and Matthew Holt went to a BDSM club, Firehouse, to for research into Lyle's next movie.
There has always been an attraction between Natasha and Riley but Natasha has constantly turned Riley down. We come to find out that the two have a history together but even that finally doesn't stop the 2 from acting on their feelings for each other. And it is totally of the chart hot as they go back to Firehouse to try and get Natasha's stalker to come out but the trip to Firehouse ends up with some hot action between the 2 when they get home.
I love Julie's writing and the Stark world and every one of her books are just so hot to read and makes you want the books to never end!
Even the ending, as I'm reading the last chapter feels rushed and all over the place. There is no real connection between the two main characters and feels as if they are forcing these feelings. The first two in the series were fantastic, but this one I pretty much skimmed through