Wicked Grind by J. Kenner (Stark World #1)
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Rating: 4.5 stars
Synopsis: Sometimes, it feels so damn good to be bad …
From New York Times and #1 International bestselling author J. Kenner, the first in an all new series of fast-paced, provocative novels centering around the ambitious, wealthy, and powerful men who work in the glamorous and exciting world of the Stark International conglomerate … and the sexy and passionate women who bring them to their knees.
Photographer Wyatt Royce’s career is on the verge of exploding. All he needs is one perfect model to be the centerpiece of his sexy, controversial show. Find her, and Wyatt is sure to have a winner.
Then Kelsey Draper walks in. Stunning. Vibrant. And far too fragile for a project like this. Wyatt should know—after all, he remembers only too well why their relationship ended all those years ago.
Determined to break free from her good girl persona, Kelsey wants spice. Adventure. And she’s certain that Wyatt is just the man to help.
But when Wyatt agrees to give her the job only if he has complete control—on camera and in his bed—Kelsey can’t help but wonder if she’s in too deep. Because how can a good girl like her ever be enough for a man like Wyatt?
**Disclaimer** I received a digital ARC from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
I loved everything there was to love about this 2nd chance romance by J. Kenner. I was instantly pulled into this world and at times it left me gasping for air.
“But Karma is a nosy, invasive bookie, and when you try to cheat her, she takes what she’s owed.”
Wyatt is in the process of putting on the photography show of a lifetime. It will either make or break his career and he so desperately wants to it be be the former. He’s now putting the finishing touches on most of his art and is needing to find the main girl…the one who will pull it all together, but he hasn’t had any luck. Then walks in Kelsey. The girl from his past…the girl that has been his unintentional muse for years…and the girl who broke him all those years ago.
“It was her. The girl who’d filled his mind. The girl who’d haunted his nights. The woman he needed if he was going to pull this exhibit off the way he wanted to.“
Kelsey grew up in a home where she had to be this version of good that was unattainable in reality. Her father despised anything and everything to do with Kelsey coming into her own as a woman so he made it as difficult on her as possible. So difficult, in fact, that even now as as grown woman she still hears his voice in her head telling her not to “be bad” because it would only lead to trouble for everyone. So, she’s this good girl who has always strived to be perfect. Rule follower, stay-within-the-lines, never take a risk, good girl. But she needs money and fast to help her brother so she finds herself in Wyatt’s studio begging him to hire her as his main model for his erotic-photo art. She’s thrilled, scared, and damn near overwhelmed at the thought, but she jumps in head first with the hope that it will help her brother. Turns out…she loves it. Just like she knew she would, but again that thrill and excitement terrifies her, but with Wyatt she feels safe.
“Can you handle knowing I’ll see you raw and vulnerable? And not just see you. Do you understand that I’m the one who’s going to take you there?”
Their chemistry was off the charts hot and Kenner definitely knows how to keep the fire burning! Wicked Grind was a perfectly paced and slow burn build up to their intimate scenes. It gave us, as readers, a chance to connect and really see the couple together and understand their intensity for each other. I loved it; there was no rush and I was able to sit back and fully enjoy these characters. The entire plot was well written and uniquely portrayed. I couldn’t get enough and I connected easily with Kelsey. She was shy and innocent to the point where sometimes she didn’t use her backbone, but with the emotional trauma she experienced with her father, I could understand it. Wyatt brought out the real Kelsey and showed her how to be bad safely and for a girl with trauma in her past, it’s exactly what she needed in order to set herself free.
“You’re staring,” she said, smiling.
Her smiled widened. “I think it’s the dress.”
“I know it’s the woman.”
I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this book. J. Kenner has this uncanny ability to draw you into a world and never let you go. I love it, I love the story, the pace, and the characters. It was an amazing read.
***NOTE TO READERS*** The quotes above came from the advanced reader’s digital copy. They are subject to change and may/may not be in the final published copy of book.
About the Author-
J.Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 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, and paranormal mommy lit.
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 swoon for them.” A five 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 Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.
Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.
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.