Review: Say My Name by J. Kenner

Posted 6 April, 2015 in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Say My Name by J. KennerTitle: Say My Name
Series: Stark International Trilogy #1
Author: J. Kenner
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2015
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About Say My Name:

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 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 intended for mature audiences.
Related Books: Ignited, On My Knees, Under My Skin

My Review:

Upfront, I’ll say I was iffy about this book. Honestly, there have been so many Damien and Nikki novellas that my interest is waning, and I didn’t love the other spin-off that’s out. But I did really, really love Damien and Nikki and I love J. Kenner‘s writing, so I opened this up.

I really love when books expand on a really, really minor character from a previous book or series. Yes, in Damien and Nikki’s life, Sylvia isn’t minor. But we don’t see much of her in their books. Which makes this so interesting. We go into Say My Name knowing so much about one aspect of Sylvia’s life, but next to nothing about the others.

Which brings me to how much I liked seeing Sylvia and Stark’s relationship. You can tell how much he relies on her but also respects her like crazy, and she’s fiercely loyal. As is he.

I’ve also always been fascinated by architecture (I think it goes back to playing The Sims and realized what a pain in the ass it is to find a good place to put stairs), so that puts a plus in Jackson’s column, if we’re keeping tally (we’re not, I’m not going to feel like keeping track).

I thought Sylvia and Jackson’s past was really interesting, although it bothered me how at the beginning, Sylvia acted as though they’d spent years together, when really it was insta-love. It’s not the connection between them that I’m doubting, just the way the length of time was described. There was also a sentence where Sylvia is describing the timeframe that bugs me in an editing way. The day they met was cited as occurring after the day they parted. That’s not true, because math.

But the insta-love was easy to overlook since the book’s present tense is years later.

And there was always this pull not to trust Jackson that I found so compelling. The way he spoke about his plans, you weren’t sure if he was going for revenge or rekindling. Sylvia doesn’t know, sure. But the readers can’t tell either, which rocked.

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.

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