Tuesday 15 September 2015

Blog Tour & Review ~ Under My Skin (Stark International #3) by J Kenner

Book Description:

Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks are back in the powerful finale of a provocative, sizzling-hot new erotic trilogy set in the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me.

He’s the only man I’ve ever loved, and the one man I can’t bear to lose. 

Jackson Steele is my light in this world. Charismatic, bold, and always in control, he knows what he wants and how to get it—and absolutely nothing stands in his way. His hold on me is magnetic, his claim on me complete, his kiss my ultimate escape. 

We both harbor dark secrets that could tear our lives apart. Though we’ve tried to bury our pasts, there are certain people who won’t let us forget. But the closer danger comes, the brighter the fire between us burns—our ecstasy consuming and soothing us both. 

There’s no telling what lies ahead, but I know that Jackson never gives in without a fight. I’d do anything he wants to keep him safe, give him anything he needs. And now that we’re in deep, nothing can make me run. Under My Skin is intended for mature audiences. 

Buy Links:

IndieBound: http://bit.ly/1GThuVg
All Romance: http://bit.ly/1dkx5S5
Other Books In Series:

Say My Name (Book 1)

On My Knees (Book 2)

Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“I want to reduce you to ashes, to discover all your secrets.”

So another J Kenner series comes to an end and once again I am bereft knowing that these characters’ storylines have come to their conclusion. Reconnecting with Damien Stark and learning all about Jackson Steele has been an amazing ride and once again J Kenner delivers a fantastic finale.

This book continues from the last and we were all left wondering who killed Reed and would Jackson take the rap for it or more importantly, did Jackson do it? It seems murder charges seem to follow these brothers around but for high profile individuals’ mud is constantly slung and the fear is that one day it will stick.

“You want to run off and fight? Want to kick the shit out of something? You don’t run to the ring, remember? You run to me.”

J Kenner ties up all our theories in this book and all questions are answered but there is still a lot going on. It seems that the resort is a target of sabotage and now we have another whodunit on our hands. Enemies are prevalent in their field and now it is a case of learning who can and cannot be trusted. With the investors all antsy, especially after Jackson becoming a person of interest it seems the world and his wife are against them.

“It’s a screwed up situation…and that’s why we’re all here. To make sure you don’t end up fucked.”

The first half of this book was a tad slow and there was quite a bit of recapping which did interrupt the flow but once we get into the nitty gritties in the second half the whole story ramps up and really gets going. The one thing I loved about this book the most was the burgeoning relationship between Damien and Jackson. It is when the chips are down that you know who has your back and even though these two had their differences in the beginning, they really do become a tight knit unit and that was beautiful to see. Blood can be thicker than water, unless you are of course, their dad.

“…father…That’s just a word…and right now it feels pretty damn hollow.”

I have to say the change in Sylvia in this book was not for the better, she was kind of annoying at times but she had her reasons and her insecurities. Jackson, as ever was strong, he had his moments where life and pressures showed through chinks in his armour but overall he was truly amazing considering what life was throwing at him.

“You’re my life, Syl. You’re my blood. You’re the only person who can break me, and the only one who can save me. And right now, I need you more than I need to breathe.”

Once again it is bittersweet and I am hoping that there must be another spin off in the works, I know you should get tired of reading about the same people over and over again but this bunch of characters have wormed their way in and with the many fingers in many pies that these lot have I am sure that they still have a lot to tell. Trouble seems to follow them everywhere so hopefully they will continue talking. We can but hope.

For those that loved the Stark trilogy, you will love this one too, plenty of drama, plenty of angst and plenty of smoking hot scenes to get the blood pressure rising for a different reason. Once again J Kenner delivered another great series.

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 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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