Monday, June 29, 2015

Blog tour with Christie's review: On My Knees by J. Kenner


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Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks continue to thrill in the second novel of a scintillating, emotionally charged new trilogy that returns to the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me.
I never thought I’d lose control, but his desire took me right to the edge.
Powerful, ambitious, and devastatingly sexy, Jackson Steele was unlike any other man I’d ever known. He went after what he wanted with his whole mind, body, and soul—and I was the woman in his sights. One touch and I surrendered, one night together and I was undone.
Jackson and I had secrets, dark pieces of our pasts that threatened to swallow us both. We couldn’t outrun our demons, or the people trying to tear us apart. But in our passion we found salvation, and in each other’s arms we found release.
I was scared to trust Jackson fully, to finally let go. Yet no matter the dangers that lay ahead, I knew I was his—and now that we’ve laid claim, there’s no more holding back.
On My Knees is intended for mature audiences.

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J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York TimesUSA TodayPublishers 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 swopn 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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This is book two of the Stark International Trilogy and normally I'm a little leery of reading the middle book, but this one turned out to be another decent addition to the series. A lot of times those middle ones tend to be a "filler" book. The one that's in between the /attraction/building of conflict and the last book with the revelations and resolutions. 

While there were some twists and turns and more than one bombshell, this time around, there weren't any surprises for me. I was able to predict fairly early on what secrets were lurking behind Jackson's scorching looks and smooth smiles. Maybe I was just paying a little more attention this time? But whether the foreshadowing was a little more obvious or not, I still appreciated that the story had that same depth and intelligence to it that I discovered in Say My Name. J. Kenner is one talented lady and she can write one hell of an intensely erotic scene. 

We're both wild. Crazed. This isn't about sex or love or even passion. It's about need. It's about release. It's about taking what we need from each other. Hard and fast and very, very thoroughly.

After the huge revelation at the end of Say My Name, we're left wondering how everyone will deal with Jackson's secret. How it will impact Jackson and Sylvia's relationship, and if that's only the first skeleton in the closet to come out. Well, let's just say that there's plenty more where that came from. Secrets, lies, and pretenses coated this couple with a brittle veneer that kept cracking more by the minute. 

These two struggle to battle their demons through a lot of this book. Jackson fought his need to vent his anger through underground fighting, and Sylvia fought her bitterness, resentment, and pain from her family's betrayal. I have to say, what her father did to her as a child gave me chills and made me sick to my stomach. And the threat hanging over her head that being with a public figure like Jackson left me uneasy and really sympathizing with her plight. 

The sensual scenes weren't as much of a power struggle this time around. Sylvia has submitted complete control to Jackson and they are very comfortable in their roles at this point. 

She surrenders to him completely, and he gets to command all of their pleasure. It's a situation they both benefit from, and I must admit, I did as well. They were as scorching hot as ever. 

It's raw. Feral. I feel a bit like his prey. And though I know that he is angry right now-that he is wild-I cannot deny the excitement that is arcing between the two of us. That is filling me. Making me wet and hot and oh, so very ready.

Jackson had an inability to be completely honest with her for a big portion of the book. It bothered me because it wasn't something minor-it was huge and potentially impactful to her. If it weren't for the fact that she was less than forthcoming herself, it may have frustrated me more. What I loved about him was his fierce protectiveness. And he had an unmistakable desperation to hold them together when he felt them slipping apart. I liked Sylvia's resilience and ability to pick herself back up every time she gets knocked down. And as overwhelmed by the feelings he evokes, she's tough enough to tell him like it is. 

Overall, a good second book to the series. While I didn't love it, it was still well written and steamy enough to melt more than a few panties. Of course, there was another cliffhanger (as expected with any trilogy) this time, more suspenseful than the last. I look forward to finding out what's to come in the conclusion. 


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