Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tour-Review: Under My Skin by J. Kenner (Stark International Trilogy #3)


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Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks are back in the powerful finale of a provocative, sizzling-hot new erotic trilogy set in the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me.

He’s the only man I’ve ever loved, and the one man I can’t bear to lose.
Jackson Steele is my light in this world. Charismatic, bold, and always in control, he knows what he wants and how to get it—and absolutely nothing stands in his way. His hold on me is magnetic, his claim on me complete, his kiss my ultimate escape.

We both harbor dark secrets that could tear our lives apart. Though we’ve tried to bury our pasts, there are certain people who won’t let us forget. But the closer danger comes, the brighter the fire between us burns—our ecstasy consuming and soothing us both.

There’s no telling what lies ahead, but I know that Jackson never gives in without a fight. I’d do anything he wants to keep him safe, give him anything he needs. And now that we’re in deep, nothing can make me run.

Under My Skin is intended for mature audiences.

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After hanging on the edge of my seat waiting for this final installment in the Stark International Trilogy, I’m happy to report that yes, I loved this one too…though not quite as much as the first two.

Still plenty of excitement and suspense? Sure was. Lots of great dialogue, continued solid writing and intricate plot? You betcha. Hot, intense erotic scenes? Mmm…most definitely. Loose ends tied up, conflicts resolved, and an outcome that left me satisfied and feeling like I’d finished reading an awesome trilogy? Damn straight!

Things got a bit crazier for the characters here in the final installment of the series, and that served to drag me even further in to the story (never thought that could be possible!). There were times when I wanted to sneak my phone under the papers on my desk at work just so I didn’t have to stop reading (don’t worry, I was a good girl). With so many things up in the air for the characters, I couldn’t help but to be riveted to the pages as I read.

Throughout the story, we are constantly reminded of Jackson and Sylvia’s unwavering love and devotion to each other, even those times when one or the other of them tries to push the other away. They both show strength and commitment…though at the end Sylvia does frustrate me a bit with her words and actions as her doubts rise to the surface—as does Jackson a bit earlier in the book (enough to keep me from giving a full five stars).

Under My Skin provided complete resolution for this amazing series, and was filled with plenty of drama and suspense to capture and keep my attention. Overall, the characters continue to grow and exhibit exceptional depth, and the story kept me thoroughly engaged, even at those times when frustrations would arise from character actions and/or words. It has also sparked my need to find out more about other characters to see where their stories might go…like Ethan and Oliver. I really would love to hear their stories…*hint, hint*

Under My Skin was a 4.5-star read for me, and the trilogy has earned its place on my top recommendations list. Highly recommended for erotic romance and romantic suspense fans, and I would strongly advise that the books be read in order to fully enjoy the story. Just jumping in to this last book will probably leave you a bit lost…but believe me, you’re going to enjoy all three books ;-) For 18+/mature audiences due to strong adult language and explicit erotic scenes.

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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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