Series: Most Wanted #3
Author: J. Kenner
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 9, 2014
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Related Books: Say My Name, On My Knees, Under My Skin
About Ignited:He promised to take me as far as I could go—and I wanted to go to the edge.
My whole life has been a cover, a con, a lie. I was born into the grift, raised on the thrill of playing someone I’m not. As a rule, I never let anyone get too close—until Cole August makes it impossible for me to stay away.
Cole is tough, sexy, and intensely loyal, yet his secrets are dark and his scars run deep. Not many women can handle his past, or the truth behind his fierce demands. But something about him beckons me—and our desire is a game I must play.
I know he’s dangerous, that even his touch is trouble, but what is passion without a little risk?
Recommended for: White Collar and Catch Me If You Can fans, BDSMers, dirty talkers
One thing that I’ve loved about all of the Most Wanted books is the grey area the three knights live in. They live on that line that divides good and bad. For example, take what we learned in the second book about what was going on at Destiny. Sure, they do things that are much less than legal, but then the good things they do are far more good than the bad things are bad.
Cole August thinks he’s closer to the edge of the “bad” side of that line than the other knights. He’s done things that are “worse” because they’re more violent. Because he grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. But once again, his motives are understandable. Seeing this conflict within himself, the conflict between what he thinks Kat deserves and what he thinks Kat needs, was riveting.
And Kat – up until this point, she was such a mystery. I loved finding out about her past. I love stories about con-men, but have never really read or watched one about a con-woman. I imagined her dad as an older, small-time version of Neal Caffrey from the TV show White Collar. And you know, that’s where Matt Bomer is from, so I’ll never mind those images being put in my head. 🙂
So as these two with shady pasts had spend years around each other, never revealing their pasts, it was awesome to see that they both just knew they could turn to each other about criminalish stuff (yes, as of 9/12/14, “criminalish” is now a word. Copyright Book Bumblings.). They just sensed something of themselves in another.
What was interesting was that we learned a lot more about Cole’s past than Kat’s. It’s usually the other way around in romance novels. Yes, they both shared a lot, and we got a general idea of Kat’s past, but I would have loved to see more. Maybe that’s just because I love hearing about that kind of stuff. Long cons, short cons, simple cons, crazy cons. They’re so interesting to me (I swear I’m not a criminal, although sometimes I drive kinda fast).
And now let’s talk about the kink. I love when a romance heroine becomes a submissive because she needs to, just as bad as the hero needs to be a dominant. None of that “I’ll do it for you,” bullshit. Becoming submissive because your boyfriend is a dominant seems like becoming weak, like becoming submissive in the relationship as a whole as opposed to just in the bedroom (or whatever room 😉 )
The last thing I really loved was seeing how much Cole watched her over the years they were friends. Kat was his muse. How cute is that? #TrueLoveYo.
About J. Kenner:
Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.
Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.
J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.