Review: Under My Skin by J. Kenner

Posted 1 September, 2015 in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Under My Skin by J. KennerTitle: Under My Skin
Series: Stark International Trilogy #3
Author: J. Kenner
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 1, 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 Under My Skin:

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.
Related Books: Ignited, Say My Name, On My Knees


So, this series kind of devolved for me. I really liked Say My Name, but then On My Knees kind of felt like “filler.” And in this book, it felt like Nikki and Damien 2.0 – like reusing stories and changing the names and some details.

I felt the big twist was so obvious from the start anyway. View Spoiler » For it to be dragged out for so long started to get boring. So I didn’t even get the satisfaction of closure on that topic. This book just really didn’t do much.

I’m actually liking Damien more than in his own books. Whenever that happens with a character in a series, I like to think that’s just because the longer they’re with their HEA, the better they get. And so the more I like them.

But aside from Damien and minor-ish characters like Ronnie, Ethan, and even Cass in this one, there wasn’t much that I enjoyed. I wonder if Ethan’s going to get a book or two next?

There was just so much drama between Sylvia and Jackson. Whenever someone was feeling something, you had to cycle through a long list in your head of which dramatic twist was causing the emotion. Then they were constantly fighting, running away, then running back.

Stylistically, certain things felt very off to me: things entire paragraphs of “I am” and “did not” and “would not” and not a single contraction in sight. Stiff passages like those never felt like a character’s stream of consciousness. Additionally, there was an extreme overuse/misuse of “even as.” Most of the time, it did not make sense at all to include the word “even” and had me questioning whether I missed a line when a sentence didn’t seem to make sense. (I was reading on my phone, where I accidentally skip things sometimes).

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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