I received this book for free from the Author 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 #1
Published by Bantam on April 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Source: the Author
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.
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.
SAY MY NAME is written within the Stark trilogy universe, but you do NOT have to have read the Stark trilogy to enjoy this novel (the first in its own trilogy!) 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. But when the resort’s architect decides to suddenly retire, Sylvia has little choice but to approach Jackson for the job or else she will lose all the resort’s investors. Now that Jackson and Sylvia are thrown back into each other’s presence, will passion rekindle itself or is revenge the only thing they care about?
Jackson and Sylvia are deeply flawed and carry significant emotional baggage. Each battle their own demons and still have quite a lot to deal with in the next two installments. (Don’t worry, there isn’t any major cliffhangers at the end, but you’ll definitely want to pre-order the next book as soon as you’re done with this one.) But to watch these two emotionally-wrecked characters find love and passion with each other is a beautiful experience. Jackson is a little cold-hearted through the first half of the novel, but with his background you have no problem understanding why he does and says the things he does. Likewise, Sylvia is a bit of a loose-canon and you worry a bit about her mental safety, but thankfully there is an excellent cast of secondary characters to look after and support her through the turmoil.
The erotica portions of the novel are exceptionally written, as always. Ms. Kenner’s ability to create scenes that carry both emotional character development and seductive intensity is astounding. The scenes are numerous, but kept exciting and fresh.
I can’t wait to read what’s next in the Stark International Trilogy. SAY MY NAME was a fantastic read and there are so many questions left to answer in the next two installments. Highly recommended!