Tempt Me: A Stark International Novella by J. Kenner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sometimes you have to take and build your wings on the way down. ~Kobi Yamada
Over three years ago, I took a leap and picked up a book by J. Kenner, Release Me, and I’m so glad I did! That first J. Kenner book began my mad love for this author’s poetic-sounding prose. The Stark series remains one of my all-time favorites today, one that OWNS ME. Every word and every book that J. Kenner writes are PURE SEDUCTION. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Tempt Me, the latest J. Kenner sensation, wrapped me in a blanket of smolder and sweetness while seducing every ounce of me.
As I inhaled Tempt Me, I was instantly CAPTIVATED…CONSUMED…CHARGED. The magnetism of the melt-worthy words drew me to them like a moth to a flame, fueling me. My body burned for this book, a fire sparking to life. Every word ignited every part of me.
Ryan the Security Chief at Stark International and Jamie Archer are going strong but he’s ready to take their relationship to the next level. This couple is the perfect match. I felt their connection surge through the pages.
Jamie and Ryan’s chemistry is combustible. Ryan is dominant in the bedroom and his words shot sparks of desire through me.
“I want you lost in fantasy. I want to watch your body move under my hand, not knowing where the next touch will be…I want you at my mercy.”
Ryan wants to worship Jamie out of the bedroom. This prince wants to make Jamie his princess…his bride.
“He’s truly my knight. A man who, quite literally, rescued me when I tried to run away…I don’t know how I could survive without him beside me.”
While Ryan tamed the wild woman, Jamie, he’s not done claiming her. He wants to put a ring on it…on her…make Jamie his forever.
“Do you really not understand how much you mean to me?”
Jamie loves Ryan, the first man who has made her want to stay…until forever comes to play.
“If I love him and he loves me, why the hell am I running?”
Tempt Me may be short and sweet, but it packs a powerful and penetrating punch!!! Ryan and Jamie’s love story was HEAVEN!!! This book was BLISS! I LOVED Tempt Me, a story that SEDUCED every ounce of me! Smolder … sweetness … swoon … SENSATIONAL!
J. Kenner’s Tempt Me and the rest of her stories are as smooth as silk, coaxing and consuming the reader. I can’t consume this author’s words fast enough!!! J. Kenner has the magical touch with writing that is mesmerizing and magnificent. Every wondrous word wraps itself around me and squeezes tightly, embracing me from head to toe. I’m still entangled in Tempt Me, a tantalizing and tender tale that tempted me indeed.
★★★★★ tempting stars
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Sometimes passion has a price …
When sexy Stark Security Chief Ryan Hunter whisks his girlfriend Jamie Archer away for a passionate, romance-filled weekend so he can finally pop the question, he’s certain that the answer will be an enthusiastic yes. So when Jamie tries to avoid the conversation, hiding her fears of commitment and change under a blanket of wild sensuality and decadent playtime in bed, Ryan is more determined than ever to convince Jamie that they belong together.
Knowing there’s no halfway with this woman, Ryan gives her an ultimatum – marry him or walk away. Now Jamie is forced to face her deepest insecurities or risk destroying the best thing in her life. And it will take all of her strength, and all of Ryan’s love, to keep her right where she belongs…
“Kiss me,” he says, and I close my mouth over his, losing myself in the sensation of being body on body like this, so close I can’t tell if the heartbeat I’m feeling belongs to Ryan or me.
We move slowly at first, but there’s no holding back, and soon our motions are frenzied. Soon, he’s exploding inside me. Soon, I shatter in his arms.
“Oh, baby,” he murmurs when we’re sane again and he’s looking at my face with eyes filled with love. “You are so beautiful.”
I bend and kiss him—my heart overflowing. And I can’t help but think how different it is with Ryan than the men I’d been with before. Before, when a guy called me beautiful, I’d mentally cringed, at least a little.
Because the truth is, I am beautiful. It’s not an ego thing—it’s just an empirical fact. It’s useful, and I’ve definitely traded on it. But it’s not who I am. Not the heart of me. And in my life BR—
Before Ryan—whenever a guy called me beautiful, I never knew if he cared about me, or if he was just happy to have a pretty piece of a**.
With Ryan, I know without a doubt that he loves me. And the beauty he sees in me is more than what a camera sees.
He sees the whole woman. A lover, a friend. He sees a girl he can laugh with. That he can talk to. A woman to spend long, lazy nights with. A woman with hopes and dreams and fears and doubts.
He sees me. Jamie Archer. And that’s a really nice feeling.
“I love you,” I say, those little words just spilling out of me. “You’re the best thing that ever happened to me.”
The moment I say the words, though, I regret them. Not because they aren’t true—they are.
But because I can see the response on Ryan’s face, though he knows enough not to say the words out loud.
If that’s true, then why won’t you marry me?
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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.