Review: Need You Now (Man of the Month #3) by J Kenner

Title: Need You Now
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martini & Olive 2/13/18
Length:   189 Pages
Series:  Man of the Month #3

Overview

Charming smile. Wicked skills. Meet Mr. March. 
With his tousled hair, cocky grin, and surprising abs hidden under a conservative button-down, bartender Cameron Reed is no stranger to the attention of women.
He dates, but never gets serious, claiming that he’s too focused on his studies. But it’s not really school that preoccupies him; it’s sensual fantasies of his best friend’s sister.
Mina Silver might be absolutely off-limits because of her overprotective brother and father, but that doesn’t stop Cam from imagining the feel of her in his arms, the brush of his lips over her soft skin, or the sparks that would fly between them if he ever got her into bed.
But for Cam, the bonds of family and friendship are sacrosanct, and there is no way that he’d ever violate his friend’s trust. Or would he?
Because with love on the line, maybe it’s time for Cam to break a few rules.
Taking a risk never felt so right.

My Thoughts

I do love this series by J Kenner, especially since it’s really snackable in length, and the characters all intertwine with one another.  We knew that we were going to get the story behind Cam and Mina, and of course it’s on track with what we’ve seen from the entire series so far.

Cam and Mina go way back, they’ve known each other since at least high school if not earlier and while there’s always been a family vibe between them, they both actually have a bit of a spark that they feel for one another but of course are afraid to act on it since there’s the little issue of Mina’s twin brother Darryl who’s Cam’s best friend.  we saw that issue come into play with the Brent/Reece friendship so it’s not surprising that we kind of go that angle here too.

Anyway, what we have is a sweet story of two people who finally give into what they feel for each other, trying to do it in secret so the world doesnt know, while also trying to live their lives since they’re both trying to progress their careers outside of the Fix.

Mina has this goal of being in film in LA and she’s got connections and friends out there and is hoping to land the perfect job.  Helping out on the remodel reality show for now is perfect for her, and when she lands a local gig that sounds ideal, we think that life is going to fall in step for everyone – until Hollywood calls and mucks it up.

Then there’s Cam who’s going for his doctorate and has finally started to get his legs beneath him.  He’s been promoted at the bar and he’s starting to make a name for himself in what he does.

So when hollywood comes into play and this duo is torn apart, the question becomes what does that mean for everyone?  add to that the fact that their friends and family will eventually find out that they are ‘dating’ – well you know that there’s anxiety in and out.

In true J Kenner fashion, we have some steamy scenes, you can see that there’s such sensitivity and tenderness though between these two which isn’t always the case in her couples.  Also as promised we have a Cameo from MR Stark himself – so that’s a nice treat, although i can’t say that it really added any value to the story.  Oh well.  In any event, we have book 4 coming i’m sure in another 2 weeks and i think that it’s Nolan and Shelby based on the epilogue of this book.  I wonder what mischief they’ll get into to bring them together.  Enjoy! (Happy Valentines!)

Review: Hold on Tight (Man of the Month 2) by J Kenner

Title: Hold on Tight
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martinin & Olive 1/30/18
Length:   189 Pages
Series:  Man of the Month #2

Overview

A hard body. A dangerous past.
Meet Mr. February.

Reality-TV star and reformed bad boy Spencer Dean doesn’t trust women. Not after his fiancée, Brooke, left him at the altar five years ago, breaking his heart and hardening his soul.

Now, Brooke is close to a deal for her own show that will launch with the remodel of a popular Austin bar. The problem? The network insists that Spencer step in as her partner.

He’s tried to forget her—but he can’t deny that he still wants her. More than that, he wants to punish her. And so he agrees, but only on terms that are provocative, demanding, and wildly sensual.

It’s the perfect set-up for extracting revenge. But he doesn’t expect to fall for Brooke all over again…

Revenge never looked so hot.

My Thoughts

The story continues – and we get exactly what we always expect from J Kenner – a plot filled with twists and turns, not only the ones that surround the couple that we focus on but on the obstacles of their past and all around them.  We know that Brooke is about to get the show of her dreams to help her push her business ahead, and all that stands in her way is Spencer – a guy who had a show on the same network before, but also the guy that she gave her heart to 5 years ago, only to break it in the hopes of keeping a secret.

So here we are – 5 years in the future, where these 2 are thrown together again all so that they can get what they want out of life.  Brooke’s business, and Spencer desperately wants to buy a house and fix it up, all on a show that he’s due to headline to finish up his contract with the network.  Their deals hinge on each other, and whether it goes off without too much trouble is what we get to read.

The interesting thing in this story is that there’s really no angst and anxiety once we get past Spencer being a total guy in the beginning, it’s smooth sailing for them, realizing that they still have feelings of love and not hate.  What becomes the issue though is Brooke’s father – the same person who ripped them apart all those years ago, and he’s trying to manipulate Brooke into playing into his hand.  What he doesn’t realize is that she’s grown up and she’s going to push back.

There are a few underlying secrets and secondary plots that follow this story too – a few that come out in complicated ways, but i think that all in all we get the story that we’re all hoping for .

To tie it back to the main purpose of the series though, we get to see how The Fix is getting renovated in the hopes of getting enough money to keep it running.  There’s the continued plot line of Jenna and Reese from the fist book and seeing how their story is going on a more mature path as expected.  We also see the introduction of Cam and Mina – the focus for book 3 i’d assume and how that takes shape will be entertaining i’m sure.

Add to all that the romance and steam and heat that we always get from J Kenner, and you have a series that is bound to keep you interested week after week – just waiting to see what comes next and what’s going to happen to the bar.  I can’t wait for book 3 in another week or so.  Enjoy!

Review: Down on Me (Man of the Month #1) by J Kenner

Title: Down on Me
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martinin & Olive 1/11/18
Length:   238 Pages
Series:  Man of the Month #1

Overview

Tight muscles. Vibrant Ink.
Meet Mr. January. Winter’s never looked so hot …

Certified bachelor Reece Walker wants two things-to save the local bar he manages and to get Jenna Montgomery into his bed.

He has a few ideas for the bar. But Jenna . . . well, he’s going to have to rely on cold showers, because she’s been his best friend for years, and that’s a line he just can’t cross.

Until one wild kiss on a dark night changes everything. Now Reece is certain Jenna’s meant to be his.

And with long nights in bed, sensual caresses, and deep, lingering kisses, he sets out to thoroughly convince her that friends can be lovers, too.

My Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of J Kenner so i’m always open to a new series.  It’s interesting how this is positioned though.  I mean, in the summary, it says that it can be read as a stand alone, but knowing that there’s a story that is being set up here, something that would last long enough to encompass the entire year, it makes you wonder if there’s value to reading it all.  (which we all know that i will).

So in this first installment, we have a trio of friends, who were best friends for ages and now we start to see that feelings are getting involved.  I think that it’s safe to say that Ms Kenner isn’t going to give us a story that will make us hate one of the mains or another so that’s good news.

On top of that, we have the basis for the rest of the story – all centering around a bar called The Fix – a staple in their lives and a place that needs to be saved from a mortgage gone awry.  That’s where Brent, Reece and Jenna come into play – making it their goal for the near future to come up with enough money to make the payment and then keep the bar running.

So you can imagine a high stress story – all wrapped into a romance.  Jenna and Reece had chemistry at one point before she moved away from Austin and both had been in denial about it and well, when things happen, you see how there’s potential for so much more.  The challenge of course is that we know that Reece isn’t the kind of guy who wants commitment (he’ll happily be in a relationship but marriage isn’t an option) and while Jenna goes into it saying that’s ok, things change and we see heartache and heartbreak.

It’s a sweetly written story – lots of great chemistry and passion that we have come to expect and crave from the author but it’s still written in a way that we enjoy the romance and the potential that may come down the line.

On that note – i can’t wait for book 2 since the set up shows us that we’re going to get a lot of angst and likely a bit of pent up anger and frustration coming up for the new main characters.  Enjoy!