ARC Review: Say My Name by J. Kenner

19 Apr 2015

Book Title: Say My Name
Author: J Kenner
Series: Stark International Trilogy #1
Release Date: April 7th, 2015
Genres: Erotica Romance
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 Name features 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.



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 When I saw that J Kenner was writing a spin-off from her Stark Trilogy, I did an inner happy dance! I loved all things Damien Stark with his lovely Nikki. What could be better? Well, how about Jackson Steele and Damien's personal assistant, Sylvia Brooks?


 Damien has acquired an island he'd like to develop into a high-end family/couples resort. Sylvia is first in line for the chance to project manage the development. But when the architect suddenly pulls out of the deal, she's left scrambling to find a replacement before the investors catch wind of the fallout. Who better than Jackson Steele? Unfortunately, five years ago, they had a passionate few day love-affair ending with her walking away...with her making Jackson PROMISE to not come back for her. Jackson kept that promise but both have harbored long term pain and feelings (good and bad) since the departure.

 When Jackson refuses to speak or even meet Sylvia for a meeting to discuss the potential contract for the island development, Sylvia ups her game. She will get his okay on the deal even if it means agreeing to go back with him...something she knows is NOT in her best interest emotionally. But, physically, he's an itch she craves to scratch... 

  "Look at me Sylvia. Because I'm not going to say this again. I told you once that I'm a man who goes after what he wants, and I want you in my bed. I want to feel you naked and hot beneath me. I want to hear you cry out when you come, and it want to know that I am the man who took you there." 

 Jackson and Sylvia struggle with trust. Jackson doesn't know why she forced him to walk away after there three days of sexual bliss. What starts out as a scheme for him to lure her back into his clutches for him give her a taste of her own medicine, quickly becomes fuzzy. Revenge turns to lust...passion...and empathy for a woman clearly fighting her own demons. How did he not see this before?


Sylvia wears the scars, her armour on her skin. With every emotional scar comes a new tattoo. Each has meaning, each she draws strength from to fight the nightmares...the demon that stalks her sleep. When Jackson witnesses her nightmares, he's determined to find out why she runs. What's she running from? He wants to be her savior...her protector. Will she let him in?


 I'm thankful Sylvia chose to open up to Jackson early on and not play mind games with him. Her scars run deep and she chose to trust him versus making him play the guessing game. Only confiding in her best friend, Jackson knows just how to extricate the fears that lurk within her psyche. She wants control. She needs it. But she also needs trust and to let him take the reigns for her faith in him and in their relationship.

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  Say My Name packed a pretty hot sexual punch. We're gifted with a dominate hero and a scarred but fairly tough heroine. The book ends in a fairly happy for now place but there's definitely questions out there that need to be answered. Damien Stark and Jackson Steele have history. Damien isn't convinced Jackson doesn't have something corrupt up his sleeve where this island development is concerned. Is his fear warranted? Does Jackson have ulterior motives? Will Sylvia fight the good fight and stay with Jackson when all her inner voices tell her to flee? I guess we'll find out...


  ARC received by Random House Bantam Dell Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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