Say My Name (Stark International Trilogy #1) by J. Kenner
Released: April 7, 2015
Genre: Erotic romance
Publisher: Random House Bantam
Reviewed by Sarah
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New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner kicks off a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new trilogy that returns to the world of her beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me. Say My Namefeatures Jackson Steele, a strong-willed man who goes after what he wants, and Sylvia Brooks, a disciplined woman who’s hard to get—and exactly who Jackson needs.
I never let anyone get too close—but he’s the only man who’s ever made me feel alive.
Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . . or any woman. And Jackson wanted me. The mere sight of him took my breath away, and his touch made me break all my rules.
Our bond was immediate, our passion untamed. I wanted to surrender completely to his kiss, but I couldn’t risk his knowing the truth about my past. Yet Jackson carried secrets too, and in our desire we found our escape, pushing our boundaries as far as they could go.
Learning to trust is never easy. In my mind, I knew I should run. But in my heart, I never felt a fire this strong—and it could either save me or scorch me forever.
Say My Name is intended for mature audiences.
First, let me say I’ve apparently been living under a rock and have yet to read the Stark trilogy. I know, I know…it’s on my eternal to be read list but I haven’t made it back to read it yet. After reading Say My Name it has definitely moved up to the top of that list.
Sylvia has been through a lot in her life. As a victim of sexual abuse she is still haunted by her past. Always trying to control her situation, I don’t believe she realizes she truly is not exerting that control in a way that helps her. While some could argue she’s not a strong character, I would disagree. I would consider her to be tough and resilient but also very broken and damaged. She is incessantly trying to maintain all power with a significant amount of variables like family, work, and life. The reality is she doesn’t have much of a life; with the exception of a small amount of friends she does her best to push everyone else away.
As a rising star in the architectural world, Jackson Steele can pick and choose the projects he wants. Holding a seeming personal grudge against Damien Stark, he has no desire to be a part of any Stark project. He quickly changes his mind when Sylvia shows up to beg him to help with her first solo venture. With plans of revenge after she left him jilted, he agrees and promptly yields his extreme alpha maleness. And I do love how dominant he is; it’s panty melting hotness.
J. Kenner creates intrigue and tension right from the very beginning. I found this story to be compelling throughout, never a boring moment. The flow is smooth and quick paced. The story has a good balance of sweet romance, eroticism, and drama. There are what I would consider to be a few big bombshells dropped throughout. One, which is perhaps the biggest, is easier to see ahead of time but it doesn’t make the revelation any less captivating. The end, which really isn’t an end since it’s a trilogy, justifiably leaves off in a bit of a cliffhanger. There are new characters to come and situations to be had and I can’t wait.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.