Absolutely satisfied

Under my Skin (Stark International #3) J. Kenner out Aug 25th

Well, all I can say is that the Jackson & Sylvia’s ending is everything fans will want (and probably a tad more!).  Whilst, I enjoyed the last book it had a cliff hanger ending and I’m all about the resolution!  No cliff hangers here!

Ms Kenner was brave to revisit the Stark scenario – it was such a triumph that she must have worried that fans would be disappointed (or maybe she’s lucky enough to enjoy that supreme level of confidence we’d all like to have!).  But Sylvia and Jackson have proved to be totally worthy of this revisit.  As a series its been fun, sexy, a little crazy and totally addictive.

I thought that Damian would be hard to compete with – in my view Jackson has no problem, whatsoever.  In fact, I’m #TeamJackson all the way.  He’s all the things that Damian is – successful, hot, demanding, tormented, gorgeous, controlling but unlike Damian he’s creative and he isn’t all about the money.  He’s passionate about creating something permanent and beautiful and that just speaks to my soul.  Oh and he’s a little unpredictable and I like that!

To be honest I’m less than keen on this publishing wave of romance trilogies with cliff hangers along the way but I can see that fans get stories much quicker than otherwise and there’s loads for an author to build on as they go along.  I doubt I’ll ever be totally converted and if I had a little patience I would wait until all three were out to read but where’s the damn fun in that?

thanks to netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review


If it ain’t broke….

Say My Name – J. Kenner Stark International Book 1

Damian and Nikki move over, LA has a new power couple – Jackson & Sylvia.

Julie Kenner found herself a legion of fans with her first Stark series.  She’s clearly a lady who knows what her fans like.  This first book in a revisited Stark series is an absolute must for lovers of the original series.

There’s enough differences and original story to keep fans happy.  Jackson isn’t facing the same demons that Damian did.  Yet, as you’d expect he’s a strong, dominant, passionate and controlling personality.  Sylvia’s demons dominate the story.  Her career drive is the crux of this book in a departure from the original Stark stories.  Sylvia and Jackson have real passion and belief in their careers, which is compelling and quite different from the way Nikki & Damian’s story unfolded.

That though is where the differences end. If you’re hoping Ms Kenner will deviate from her tried & tested formula you’ll be disappointed.  The romance and  sexual connection will remind readers of Damian and Nikki.  But given how loved her first Stark series was – why would she deviate?

A new book series like this does make you wonder – should authors revisit their material knowing its a winning formula? Or is it baby and bath time?  Should readers expect them to stick to their genre?  Afterall, we all know how disappointed readers can be when a popular author chooses to explore a new genre.

I’m kind of torn – all I can say is that Julie Kenner kept me entertained and awake for a few hours on a home flight home.  And that makes me a happy girl!

thank you to netgalley for a free copy in return for an honest review