Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Say My Name

Say My Name
Stark International  Book 1
by J. Kenner
an Erotica Romance
from  Bantam, Random House

Book Description:

New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner kicks off a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new erotic trilogy that returns to the world of her beloved Stark novels:
 Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me. Say My Name features Jackson Steele, a strong-willed man who goes after what he wants, and Sylvia Brooks, a disciplined woman who’s hard to get—and exactly who Jackson needs.
I never let anyone get too close—but he’s the only man who’s ever made me feel alive.

Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . . or any woman. And Jackson wanted me. The mere sight of him took my breath away, and his touch made me break all my rules.
Our bond was immediate, our passion untamed. I wanted to surrender completely to his kiss, but I couldn’t risk his knowing the truth about my past. Yet Jackson carried secrets too, and in our desire we found our escape, pushing our boundaries as far as they could go.

Learning to trust is never easy. In my mind, I knew I should run. But in my heart, I never felt a fire this strong—and it could either save me or scorch me forever.

Say My Name is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

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Reviews by Inner Goddess
Review by TinkNCognito
I just finished Say My Name by J Kenner and WOW. I love J Kenner's Stark series and she has another hit on her hands with this book. I have been reluctant to leave the Stark universe and now I got a chance at another peek, even if from a new perspective.

This book centers on Sylvia - Damien's personal assistant and want to be project manager. She is given the chance to manage a project for a new property when the architect sets down. In order to keep it going, she must convince Jackson Steele, renown architect and Damien hater, that he is the right man for the job. But she forgot to mention that she and Jackson have a history. A very intense, very short lived history.

Jackson agrees to design the property but that agreement comes with a price! The question - is that price too high?

The character of Sylvia is fascinating. Her relationship with her best friend Cass is fascinating and I really got sucked in very quickly. And then comes Jackson. He is arrogant, charming, smart, and who wouldn't love this guy. Sparks fly immediately with Syl. But they each have a past and secrets that tore them apart once. Can they get past those secrets to work together? Even more, can they tell their secrets in order to be together?

The story moves quickly because it is so hard to put down. I read at every opportunity because I really wanted to see where the masterful Ms. Kenner was going to take it. There were lots of twists and turns, most of which I didn't predict but when all was revealed, it was all very believable.

Now I have to wait anxiously for the next book in what will hopefully be a long line of books set in the Stark world.
Review by pearls
Jackson Steele is a man who bends the world to suit his vision.  The only thing he couldn't conquer was Sylvia.  Sylvia has her own demons to slay, and Jackson realizes his role is to support her.  I love that he is a big strong Alpha, but willing to put her needs first.  Sylvia has been on survival mode for the last decade.  Jackson threatens to crack that carefully constructed façade.  Can she trust him?  The author weaves in just enough doubt to keep you wondering, yet making Jackson appear the white knight you want him to be. The chemistry between the two is hot and sizzling. As the world unravels around them, Jackson  and Sylvia work on building trusting between themselves. But with a shocking twist at the end, this story could go either way.  Ready for book 2!
About the Author:
 J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly,  Wall Street Journal and International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and #1 international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, Victorian-era thrillers (coming soon), and paranormal mommy lit.

Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, has been consistently in development in Hollywood since prior to publication.  Most recently, it has been optioned by Warner Brothers Television for development as series on the CW Network with Alloy Entertainment producing.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for him.” A three time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy).
Her books have sold well over a million copies and are published in over over twenty countries.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas.  She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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