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Thursday, 30 April 2015

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW - Say My Name (Stark International Trilogy #1) by J. Kenner

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New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner kicks off a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new trilogy that returns to the world of her beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me. Say My Namefeatures 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 intended for mature audiences


5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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Disclaimer – I have received a copy of this book from Once Upon An Alpha in exchange for a fair and honest review.

***This book talks about rape and the story Sylvia has to tell of her experience. Please be forewarned before reading this book if this topic is a trigger for you.***

Sylvia has a permanent reminder of how men can ruin her. His name is Bob.  He has haunted her in her dreams and in her life every day since she turned 14.  Jackson had made a life and name for himself out of incredible hard work and strength.  There is only one thing in his life that had the ability and power to break him. Jackson will do anything Sylvia asks him to do, no matter what.  How is he to respond when she asks him to do the one thing he does not want to do? He was left broken and empty the day she walked out. When something is meant to be it will be.  What does that mean for Sylvia and Jackson? When Sylvia needs Jackson will he break down his barriers and do whatever she asks? Can he be that vulnerable again?

Jackson and Sylvia ripped my heart out and tore it into shreds.  They both have caused each other grief, neither causing more than the other.  Their relationship was written in such a way that it seemed incredible natural with the way they talked, fought, made love.  There were some tense moments between the two characters and that tension leapt out of the pages and grasped onto me while I was reading.  It was frustrating at times to read the story and not want to reach in the book and give the character a good stern talking to. The author did a great job playing with the readers emotions in such a way that is keeps you turning the page, reading word by word, desperately wanting to know more. There is still a feeling of mystery where Jackson is concerned but I couldn’t help but absolutely love the guy.  He is absolutely Sylvia’s knight in shining armor in this book so far and I couldn’t be happier to read it!

This book has caught me, hook line and sinker. I must read the next book: “On My Knees”!

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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 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 swopn 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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