Review: Hot Mess (S.I.N. #2) by J Kenner


Title: Hot Mess
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Random House 7/12/16
Length:   240 Pages
Series:  S.I.N. #2


The S.I.N. series continues with the seductive follow-up to the Stark International Novel Dirtiest Secret, from the New York Times bestselling author of “red-hot and angsty” fiction that “keeps readers guessing” (Publishers Weekly, on Under My Skin).

No one can know about our love—and hiding only makes it hotter.
Dallas Sykes has a reputation. He is known for his parties, his money, and the countless women on his arm. Yet the Dallas I know is a different man—darker, smarter, and unbearably sexy. Just one look from him can leave me breathless; the anticipation of his touch can make me lose control.

Inextricably bound by our past, we keep each other’s secrets. And while there are people who have the power to hurt us, it’s the truth that threatens us most of all.

Dallas can be mine only behind closed doors, our passion as searing as it is forbidden. Yet nothing in this world has ever felt so desperately, deliciously right.

My Thoughts

I really enjoy Dallas and the reputation that he has, but what’s even more – i love the goal he’s set out for himself – to find who kidnapped him and Jane and make life right again.

While that’s the goal here – similar as it was in book 1, there’s also the face that he and Jane are so involved with each other that it causes problems in itself.  See, they acknowledge that they belong to each other, but know that they can only be together in private to uphold what people expect of them.  The other bit of this story is that there are still so many secrets that it’ll rip them apart when Dallas’s search for the kidnappers require even more secrets to be kept.

So there you have it – in a nutshell.  What’s nice here is that our author – J Kenner is still able to give us what we need and want from her.  The passion and chemistry between Dallas and Jane is so intense that they can’t keep their hands off each other, and it puts great images in the reader’s mind.  They are sooo naughty and steamy, especially knowing what Dallas needs, that hot isn’t even a good enough word.

The other bit of the story that’s classic Kenner is that there’s so much unknown in the search for kidnappers and where the path is leading.  Deliverance is still hot on the train, uncovering information that perhaps they didn’t know – while at the same time, Jane’s ex husband is also working with/for the FBI and they are also drawing the same conclusions.  So, the question isn’t so much as when they are all going to discover who’s behind it all, it’s who’s going to find out first and what will that cause in terms of pain and suffering since we know that there are some things that MUST remain secret.

Mind you, as i’ve read this 2nd installment, i’ve picked up on a lot of hints, and i’m beginning to think that it was The Woman that was behind it all and not the Jailer, and that I think i know who the Woman is – which will cause even more problems.  There’s so much unknown and so much that i’m dying to find out.

Where we are left off at the end of this though is that the Woman has somehow surfaced again and has Jane.  where she is and what’s going to happen to her is anyone’s guess and i’m sure that’s where we’ll pick up the next installment – on such a great cliffhanger.  so….on that note, i wish book 3 were out already, but i’ll try to be patient waiting.  Have a great day all!

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