Say My Name, A Stark Novel, J. Kenner

Say My Name, A Stark Novel, J. Kenner
Genre:  Erotica.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I loved the Stark Trilogy and J Kenner’s writing style so was really keen to read the opener to the new series. I wasn’t disappointed – its got the same Must Keep Reading feel to it, one of those where you just have to know what happens nest, can’t put it down just yet even though the oven is beeping and everyone is starving….
Maybe I’ve read so many of this type of story ( and not all good sadly, there’s hundreds out, probably thousands, and yet few are real 5* authors like this) but I am beginning to be able to pick up story seeds, the bits which seem a throwaway comment, and yet are the start of some major surprise. I’ve got two I found in this part, one is already revealed and I felt quite victorious when I found I’d got it right – too often I’m way off the mark  The second – well, maybe its going to come out in the next book or maybe hold out for book three, but I think there’s someone who’s going to prove closer than currently suggested. Another of those lies by omission. It hasn’t been said who this person is yet, but it’s indicated that its no-one special and yet I think…just think…I might have seen something that suggests they are more. And if I’m right its going to have a huge impact on the story. Massive.
Poor Sylvia, she’s worked so hard to get where she is, overcome so much, and then has to face her nemesis to save her current biggest project yet for Damien Stark. Its not easy and I was with her when she went through the embarrassment, the trauma and giving herself mental talkings and encouragement.
Jackson, he certainly made her pay at first, and then when he found out more he was gutted…he’s got secrets too though, and keeping them hidden. They both have revealed a certain amount, and yet want more from each other, suspect there’s more to come, but are concerned over the result. How far do you trust a new lover, even if you have had past contact? How much have you a duty to tell them, to reveal secrets that could be used against you? Its a hard line, no-one needs to spill everything on the first date, but when does a relationship hit that point where the past needs to come out, not least because it’s affecting the present.
I loved both of these characters, and could see both points of view, understood why each felt as though they’d been kept in the dark and yet I understood why the other one did just that, held back from saying things. There’s a real passion between them, a sensuality that comes out in the page and scorched the scenes between them. That’s tough for an author to get right – no one wants to read pages of repetitive sex, or ( for me ) to have sex that doesn’t fit the story, becomes dull, takes over the plots, and thankfully J Kenner is a master ( or mistress!) at getting the balance of sex v story just right for me.
There’s obviously more to come, but the novel ends on a natural point, no awful, hated cliff-hangers, but an indication of what on line, more secrets to come out, what plots may develop. I love to read this kind of book all three parts in one go, but at least this way I don’t have that awful sense of being left out on a limb that cliff-hangers bring. Thanks JK for not giving in to the popularity that currently seems to favour them!!
Stars: Five, great read, perfect meld of sex and story.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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