Book Review: Killing the Sun by K. Larsen and Mara White



Title: Killing the Sun
Author: @klarsen_author & @authormarawhite
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Erotic, Suspense
Rating: 4 stars overall



KILLING THE SUN is a collaborative novel by K. Larsen and Mara White.
KTS is not a ROMANCE
This book features a non-linear time line, some violence as well as graphic sex.
Do not read this book if you don’t like antiheroes.
Do not read this book if sexual sadism makes you uncomfortable.
Do not read this book if you don’t like dubious consent.
Do not read this book if you are looking for a traditional HEA.
Do not read this book if you like demure heroines and swashbuckling heroes.

KTS is a serial novel that will come in three novellas released in rapid succession.
If you choose to take this ride, please do so at your own risk.

Grace Review

For this 3 book novella series, I reviewed each independently as I didn’t read each back to back.  I think that will become obvious as you read the reviews though.

As book one of a novella trilogy, this novella serves as the set up.  The story is told in both past and present, mostly from Aimee’s POV, and occasionally from Danny.

In the past, we learn of Aimee’s less than perfect home life.
An uncaring mother.
An alcoholic and abusive father
And two brothers who end up in prison.
I think there’s a twist here, but I haven’t figured it out yet.

The past introduces us to Danny.  Aimee’s sugar daddy.
I didn’t like this guy from page one.
He’s controlling and manipulative.
Plus, he hides a lot from Aimee and given his supposed love for her, I couldn’t figure out why.

The past bleeds into the present as Aimee has recently returned to Danny’s clutches after a lame attempt to leave him.  But Danny isn’t the same man she fell in love with.  He’s angry and taking it out on Aimee.  More reason to dislike him.

This novella also introduces us to Wade, Aimee’s neighbor, and Leif, the mysterious guy from the elevator.  How these two men will play a role in Aimee’s life going forward remains to be seen.

Ending abruptly, I’m left with some questions.
Will Aimee grow a backbone?
Will Danny ever change?
Will Aimee see something better with one of the other men?

We shall see . . .

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When I first finished this second installment of the trilogy, I was uncertain of what to think. While it is clear that this series is one of the most sexually explicit, that I’ve read from this author duo, I was uncertain as to what the direction of the story would be going forward.

Fast forward 5 hours later when I woke up and my brain wouldn’t shut off thinking about this book. Suddenly, I saw so many possible directions to the story.

One direction will give Aimee closure.
One direction could ruin her further.
Either way, I suspect she is in big changes. And not all good ones.
But let me backtrack . . .

In this installment, the story again takes place in the past and present.
In the past, we get more instances of Danny’s hold over Aimee’s body. She truly is puddy in his hands.
In the present, Aimee retreats to a beach side home, for a second chance at life. That second chance gives her someone who has a lot more to offer her than Danny. Without giving things away, I liked this match and was hopeful . . . up until 70%.

Then they drop the boom.
How did I not see this coming?!?!

As for Danny and his business, I see the ramifications being far and wide. Given that these two authors aren’t much for the HEA ending, I am a bit worried to start book three. Will Aimee ever catch a break?

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You’d expect with the end of a trilogy, that a lot of questions are answered. And that was the case with this book, along with some surprises.

While I was never certain where the authors were leading me with this story, I understand now. This isn’t the story of a helpless clueless girl who is manipulated by a egocentric asshole. Ok, the egocentric asshole part was right, but Aimee isn’t the wallflower I pegged her to be. She definitely grows the backbone I feared to be missing. On top of that, she actually has some brains to boot.

Despite the short length, this installment had a lot of meat to it:
New revelations
And a couple curve balls – I would expect nothing less from this author duo.

As I’ve alluded to, I was doubtful as to whether Aimee would ever get her act together. I was frustrated as she continued to let Danny control her. But there was a bigger picture that had yet to be revealed. A pleasant surprise.

If you read my review for book 2, I thought Aimee would break under the pressure of everything coming down around her. And to a point, that is true. She loses something special and that hurts. But it also motivates her further to do the right thing.

These authors actually had a more positive end to the series than I expected. However, they had to be true their evil selves (love you ladies) and throw in a last minute twist. *throws kindle, then laughs* Of course they would do that to the reader. Of course.

– Grace

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