Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday Teaser with Review! Say My Name by J. Kenner

Say My Name
Stark International, Book 1 
J. Kenner

Publisher:  Bantam, Random House
Genre: Erotic Romance / Pages:  336
Date of Publication:  April 7, 2015
ISBN:055339519X / ASIN:B00N6PD7L0

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.

Bambi's Review

My Rating:  
Sultry Scale:

This is one of those books that you will finish in one sitting. You know, you keep saying "just one more chapter" and all of a sudden it's 2am and you only have 10% left so you might as well finish it. Sleep is overrated anyway. 

J. Kenner is extremely good at writing sexy rich brooding alpha males. First, Damien Stark, and now, Jackson Steele. She picks great strong names, which just add to the overall fantasy. I haven't finished the Release Me trilogy, but I jumped at the chance to participate in this ARC promo because I knew it had to be a steamy offering and well-developed plot if it was even remotely like Ms. Kenner's other books. I also love that we get to follow the same couple over a trilogy instead of just the one-and-done story that is so popular in the new adult genre these days.

So getting to the story, we have Sylvia Brooks, Damien Stark's executive assistant, and starchitect, Jackson Steele. Sylvia and Jackson have a hot history, one that ended abruptly and badly due to some horrible things that Sylvia was living with from her past. Right away, I empathized with Sylvia. We learn what she is dealing with early on, and why it ended her relationship. She is existing, coping with her past the only way she knows how. Part of her coping mechanism is having her friend, Cass, give her tattoos as reminders. This resonated with me because I have a few reminder tattoos myself. (I also loved Cass, Sylvia's crazy crass BFF.)

Unfortunately, Jackson does not know about Sylvia's past. So when they meet again, he is all about revenge. Part of that revenge includes getting Sylvia back in his bed... thru the use of some very alpha male behavior and steam-up-the-kindle-screen dirty talk. Wow.

That being said, it was painful to read the interactions between the couple, knowing what I did about Sylvia's past sexual abuse. And this served to create a strong emotional connection with Sylvia and the story in general. Jackson was like a hammer and his every intent was to nail Sylvia, so much so that he missed obvious warning signs despite them being permanently inked on her body. However, once Jackson opens his eyes, then gets Sylvia to open up to him, he does a complete 180 and things start moving along from there without losing an ounce on the sultry scale.

However, the past has a way of coming back to haunt you, and secrets don't stay secret forever. So there are some great plot twists, drama, and possible betrayals that this couple will have to face before their HEA is set in stone. I look forward to following their journey throughout this trilogy.

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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.

Tour Giveaway International

1 - $25 Gift card to Amazon, B&N, or iTunes
2 - Signed copies of Release Me
2 - mini totes with books and swag