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Friday, July 14, 2017

Wicked Grind (Stark World #1) by J. Kenner

My Rating: 4 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Stark World #1.
Subject:Letting everything go.
Sometimes, it feels so damn good to be bad …

From New York Times and #1 International bestselling author J. Kenner, the first in an all new series of fast-paced, provocative novels centering around the ambitious, wealthy, and powerful men who work in the glamorous and exciting world of the Stark International conglomerate … and the sexy and passionate women who bring them to their knees.

Photographer Wyatt Royce’s career is on the verge of exploding. All he needs is one perfect model to be the centerpiece of his sexy, controversial show. Find her, and Wyatt is sure to have a winner.

Then Kelsey Draper walks in. Stunning. Vibrant. And far too fragile for a project like this. Wyatt should know—after all, he remembers only too well why their relationship ended all those years ago.

Determined to break free from her good girl persona, Kelsey wants spice. Adventure. And she’s certain that Wyatt is just the man to help.

But when Wyatt agrees to give her the job only if he has complete control—on camera and in his bed—Kelsey can’t help but wonder if she’s in too deep. Because how can a good girl like her ever be enough for a man like Wyatt?

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I truly enjoyed this book, Kelsey and Wyatt’s story was not a happy one, you could see from the start, they had a lot to talk about and some unanswered questions that had broken them all those years ago; if they found a way to answered them they could change everything.

They went their separate ways and life kept going, awful things happened to both of them that shaped them in who they are today, but they never forgot about each other.

The moment they meet again was a kind of wake up call, they now realized that they have been lying to themselves and their feelings for each other might still be there. 

The intensity of that first scene was indescribable, you could feel the tension between them coming from two different spots, first anger, Wyatt was furious at her for what had happened in their past; and then there was the heat, oh god! Kelsey lost her words for a bit, she was scared and aroused all at once. She had one choice to make; either losing her clothes and her mind or losing what she cherished the most.

The whole issue of Kelsey and her father was really awful, of course she was traumatized, he handled everything wrong and he took his hatred for her mother out on her. It must have been really hard to go after what she loved with all those chains so tight around her. The thing about bullies is that even once they are gone, if they set the chains deep enough you can still feel them getting tighter and tighter around you.

Her biggest challenge will be to accept who she is and own her choices, be the best Kelsey she can be and regret nothing.

Wyatt had a huge part in her liberation, he was there for her and help her peal all those insecurities off, until he was able to reveal her true potential. 

He also had a couple of issues to overcome; he was living under his family’s shadow and was scared of never having that big break. He didn’t want to become his father; that was his biggest fear.

Another great second chances book that you will definitely love!

J.Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 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,  and paranormal mommy lit.
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 swoon for them.” A five 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 Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.
Her books have sold over three million  copies and are published in over twenty languages.
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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