Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks continue to thrill in the second novel of a scintillating, emotionally charged new trilogy that returns to the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me.
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.
On My Knees is intended for mature audiences.
“A month ago, he would have rather eaten nails than worked for Damien Stark. But then Sylvia had approached him with the kind of project that is any architect’s wet dream. To design a resort from the ground up. And not just any resort, but one located on its own private island. And she was handing him a blank slate.”
Jackson Steele is the best for the job and there is no one who can do what he has envisioned. But a secret exposed from brother to brother may change the game…and test Sylvia in a way she’s not prepared for.
“Even so, I’m sure there’s pain behind both men’s masks, and I wish that it was in my power to make this whole situation better for Jackson, whose love I cherish, and for Damien, whose respect I crave.”
Sylvia finds that her relationship with Jackson has progressed to a point of need. Neither one can go too long without the touch of the other; even though there are still unspoken demons of their pasts hanging over their heads, they fall deeper into a pattern of control and submission. Each bump in the road of their fragile relationship weighs on Sylvia…and Jackson.
“I need this, and I know that he does too. This connection. This union. It’s power and strength and solidarity. It’s proof that we can get through everything that has and will happen. That we can weather the gathering storm. It’s torment and treasure.”
Of course, no love story comes without its strife. Past transgressions, even family secrets are at stake when Sylvia’s young adulthood and Jackson’s first project (that they want to make a movie out of) is threatened. Now, they have to find a way to make both problems disappear without causing waves in the media…which they are both very much in the spotlight of.
Now it’s a matter of gaining control of a seemingly uncontrollable situation…
This is the second installment of the Stark International Trilogy and picks up right where the first left off. I can’t say I was hoping for a happily ever after because, let’s face it, I LOVE the angst of new turmoil within a relationship. I love to see the strength develop in the characters and the fight they have in them to stay together and work it out. That is what a real relationship is to me and I love reading about it, especially in the way Kenner writes it.
The little twists and turns this story takes had me smiling one minute and cringing the next all the while squirming in my seat. I love the chemistry between the characters, both familial and coupling, I couldn’t ask for more. I found the relationship between brother and sister heartwarming and honestly, that resonated with me the most…as well as how the family sacrificed one for the other. That hits close to home for me which just made these characters all the more real. Kenner has a knack for pulling the reader in and making you believe what you are reading is real…one of my favorite aspects of her style of writing.
That cliffhanger though…
**5 Begging for Book Three, Stars**
J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers 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.