Saturday, October 25, 2014

Review: "Finished" by Claire Kent


For the last year, Julia has lived with two men.

Drayton is hot and mysterious, and Mike takes care of her. Together, they have great sex and a mostly stable relationship—one Julia thought satisfied her. After all, how can she complain about having two sexy men at the same time?

Then everything starts to change. Drayton is keeping a dark secret that threatens more than their arrangement. It might actually threaten their lives. And Mike keeps becoming more alpha than she’s ever known him to be.

What once was fun and casual is now a tangle of conflicting desires. Drayton wants to keep his freedom. Julia wants a real commitment.

And Mike…well, Mike just wants her.


This isn't a kink book about a woman and two men involved in a manage' relationship. This is a realistic story that happens to involve two men and a woman who have an exclusive roommate with benefits setup. It's strictly no relationship, no commitment, no answering or hurt feelings. This is to protect all three who are a bit commitment phobic. It seems none of them expected it to last as long as it has or come as far as it did.

What happens when feelings start to become more than friendly? Can their be steady sex without feelings? When Julia starts getting an itch that isn't being scratched, she wonders why. She can't figure out what it is that isn't being fulfilled. After a while of feeling this way she finally comes to terms with the fact that she wants the commitment. Mike seems to want the same, but Drayton has always balked when anything has been mentioned.

As Mike and Julia spend more time together and get to know each other more, it's apparent that there is something there. This also happens to be when Drayton starts to pull away and they begin to catch him in lies. As things begin to add up, a storm begins to brew. When all comes to a head there are some shocking revelations.

Julia as a character is one that wears her heart on her sleeve. She is upfront and what you see is truly who she is. This makes it easy to always know where she stands in the threesome. Mike on the other hand is always holding back. He's the sensitive one, the cuddly one, and the one who seems to be more than what he is. I fell in love with his character from the beginning. I always felt like there was a Dom lurking under the surface. Drayton is a hard character. He seems very selfish and needy, though he tries to come across as anything but. He's suave and just the type of man that your mom warned you about. There's more to him though, it's like he's overcompensating for past hurts.

This story captured me from the beginning. If your someone who is fearful of menage', it's in it's true form in one scene. To me this was an emotional read. You could feel what the characters were feeling if they weren't comfortable or admitting what their emotions were. I like the way the point of view was written because of this. This is a full story from beginning to end. I felt at the ending like it had come to full completion, which seems to be a lost art. I feel safe saying I truly do  recommend this book.

About the Author

NYT and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, also writes as Claire Kent.


Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.