I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Stark International Trilogy #2
Published by Bantam on June 23, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Source: the Publisher
I never thought I’d lose control, but his desire took me right to the edge.
Powerful, ambitious, and devastatingly sexy, Jackson Steele was unlike any other man I’d ever known. He went after what he wanted with his whole mind, body, and soul—and I was the woman in his sights. One touch and I surrendered, one night together and I was undone.
Jackson and I had secrets, dark pieces of our pasts that threatened to swallow us both. We couldn’t outrun our demons, or the people trying to tear us apart. But in our passion we found salvation, and in each other’s arms we found release.
I was scared to trust Jackson fully, to finally let go. Yet no matter the dangers that lay ahead, I knew I was his—and now that we’ve laid claim, there’s no more holding back.
J. Kenner is on my automatic-purchase list and with very good reason. Her eloquence and command of the written word is truly stellar. She crafts well-rounded, flawed characters with secrets and passions that make you just want to reach into the pages and give them a hug. Or smack some sense into them, whichever is appropriate for the moment. And, of course, she delivers scorching hot erotica that sizzles with both sensuality and a complex plot-line! Porn WITH plot, if you will. My favorite combination.
Since their whirlwind weekend of passion ended in heartbreak, Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks have lost five years to avoidance and building their own business platforms. Jackson is a star architect, sought after by all the best in the business and hounded by Hollywood. Sylvia is Damien Stark’s assistant who just landed herself a pet real estate project all her own building a island resort getaway for the rich and famous. Picking up where the last book left off, the resort project is progressing but Hollywood is hounding Jackson to green-light the movie based on his infamous house and Sylvia’s dark modeling past is starting to catch up with her. Jackson and Sylvia each have their own ways to dealing with pain and frustration, but they will need to learn how to work out their problems together if there is to be any hope of making their relationship last this time.
Wow, so much happened in this middle-novel that I do even know where to start! Jackson and Sylvia finally opens up to each other about their past demons, but they have both been so used to dealing with those demons on their own that neither knows quite how to handle the information. Sylvia needs time to process and Jackson just wants to fix everything. Watching these two work out real-life relationship problems lead to some scorching hot sex scenes, but also a handful of heartbreaking ones too. Some of the sex scenes in this novel actually made me blush – and that’s very hard to do! Sylvia begins to rely on Jackson more than before and Jackson refuses to live without her. Their romance is fierce and passionate, but also sweet in that I’ll-do-anything-for-you sort of way.
There is a lot to process in this second installment. Many secrets are revealed (so many!), but sometimes this leads to even more questions. And this *does* end on a cliffhanger, so be prepared. But definitely pick up a copy of ON MY KNEES as soon as possible!
ON MY KNEES is written within the Stark trilogy universe (Damien & Nikki), but you do NOT have to have read the Stark trilogy to enjoy this novel. However, I DO recommend reading the first novel in the Stark International trilogy (Jackson & Sylvia) – SAY MY NAME – before reading this second installment as the plot of ON MY KNEES builds heavily upon the plot of the first novel and there are major plot points that you will not understand without having read SAY MY NAME.