Stark September

CD Bradley
Stark September
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Publisher
Book Baby
Release Date
March 2016
ISBN
9781682229828
Series
Book 1 of Stark Trilogy
Genre
Action/Adventure Romance, BDSM, Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
Sometimes it only takes a moment for your whole world to change. When Captain Kira Riley begins working on base at Fort Carson, she thinks she will be paying back her debt and escape her past. However just as she tries to focus on the mission at hand her path violently collides with the one man who could unearth every wall she has ever built. Kira had struggled for years to make it to this moment. Finally a physician! But for those from meager backgrounds dreams come at a price. In order to pay for school she would have to serve in the military for 4 years. Just being on base brings back a lifetime of painful memories. Kira has to focus, pull up her big girl panties and make this work. One problem, she never anticipated meeting Owen Stark, a Special Forces sergeant who lives by a strict code. Though Kira tries to avoid any thoughts of this rugged stranger, fate has other plans. After a steamy and awkward physical exam Kira is left breathless and shaken. She has no intention of ever putting herself in a vulnerable situation again yet this soldier stirs feelings she didn't know she had. Beyond fraternization, Kira will have to overcome; a slew of crazy exes, the grips of a BDSM subculture, and jail to find out who Owen Stark really is. Stark is intrigued from their first encounter but his world is set. After a decade of service to avenge past tragedy, his team was all he needed, until he met her. Her determination, wit and gentle charm captivate him. Now he must choose between the existence he has built and a chance to really live again. Separated by their ranks she is the one woman he can never have. He knows being caught will end both of their careers. Aside from that if he gets too close she will learn about his life before the military or worse how he has spent his free time for the last decade. He knows he should just walk away, but one look in those innocent eyes, and the world stops spinning. Some risks are worth taking even if you lose everything.

Book Review by Avonna Loves Genres (reviewer)
May 23, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
129 people found the following review helpful
I have added to my book boyfriend list! Owen Stark is HOT, HOT, HOT!!!

What an amazing start to a new trilogy by new author, C.D. Bradley. STARK SEPTEMBER has characters that could walk off the page, a story that keeps you reading and sex scenes that had me pulling out the fan. Owen Stark and Kira Riley are well matched and the cast of secondary characters are interesting and as well fleshed out as the H/h.

Captain Kira Riley has reached her dream of becoming a physician and now she owes the Army time for their investment in her. She knows all about the Army, having grown up an Army brat until the age of 12 when her father in Special Forces was killed. She wants to pay back the Army and get out with no attachments or complications.

Owen Stark has other plans the minute he sees Kira as he accidentally knocks her down. Stark is a Special Forces sergeant who has used the past decade to become a member of a band of brothers he can always count on as he heals from a personal tragedy. Both have secrets that they are afraid to share, not to mention that fraternization is against military regulations, but they just can't stay away from each other.

As Kira and Stark's relationship grows, you learn about Kira's sexual assault and stalking while in college and that Stark dealt with his personal pain in the Special Forces, but also in a BDSM club and at home with a housemate named Paige. I feel the author did an excellent job of growing this relationship and revealing their differences and the problems that popped up because of those differences. The sex scenes were never gratuitous, but were perfectly suited to the growing romance and Kira's sexual experimentation. Be warned that there is some BDSM and spanking in this book.

I cannot recommend this forbidden love story enough. There are two small problems for me though. First, Stark and Kira exchange one dog tag each. Although this is very romantic, it would never happen in the real military. Second, I wish the author would have wrapped up the suspense portion of this story in this book, while only leaving the romance open ended for the next book. Ms. Bradley's writing is strong enough and her characters intriguing enough to carry me into her future books without the cliffhanger epilogue.

I loved this book and am anxiously awaiting the next in this trilogy!
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Book Review by vera (reviewer)
Jun 19, 2016
98 people found the following review helpful
Steamy and Hot, the romance between the beautiful Captain and the hunky Sergeant is intense and emotional. Mystery, secrets, villains! Grab a chair and enjoy.






STORY LINE:

Captain Kira Riley, new graduate of medical school, paid for by the armed forces, is now stationed at Fort Carson. Her world turns on a dime when she literally runs into Sergeant Owen Stark. Kira strives to be a successful doctor and Owen's life is his team. Kira and Owen have issues and tragedies in their past which they hold close to the chest and heart. The attraction between the higher ranking Captain and Sergeant is immediate and intense. The emotional scars, fraternization, a multitude of other women, alternate life styles, and issues will make their journey a long twisted road. Kira discovers a dark side to Owen's love life. Can the dark lover and the vanilla woman find happiness.

Come along with Owen and Kira as they journey through the many twists and turns of villains, mysteries, military service and life.


CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

Author C. D. Bradley has created an intense emotion and character driven novel. The heat and steam between Kira and Riley is intensely searing. The pages smoke with sex and emotion. Ms. Bradley added a walk on the dark side of relationships in Owen's life which Kira has a hard time accepting. The scene Owen has frequented in the past is offensive to Kira in most respects even though she finds herself intrigued by this life style choice.

This book has intense sex scenes, language, and life choices some may find offensive. If you do not care for descriptive sexually scenes or alternative life styles, this book may not be for you. Personally, if the scenes are too sexually graphic for me I skip those parts to get to the meat of the story, and this book has plenty of meat. This is an intense story of two people searching for love, security, and acceptance in a system that does not encourage the attraction and how hard the military life is for people of higher rank who find themselves attracted to a lower rank.

Ms. Bradley added mystery, many diverse characters, a stalker, and of course, every good novel needs a villain you love to hate; Ms Bradley developed several villains for this intense story. She developed each of her characters throughout the story-line and paced their growth well. Her villains will make you want to rip them from the book.

The pace of the story was on target as it did not slow or lag. My inquiring mind had to keep reading to discover how all the twists and turns would be resolved.

What an ending! I wanted to bang my e-reader a half-dozen times or so against the chair arm. I never expected the book to end in this way. Well done Ms. Bradley, well done!


RECOMMENDATION: 4 STARS

This is a solid well-written book with an intriguing story-line crafted by a talented author. I recommend this book for young adults an adults due to explicit sex and language.

I received this book from the author in return for an honest book review. Book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author's opinion; book reviews on line under my name and on my blog are my opinion.
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