Review: Ruined With You (Stark Security #3) by J Kenner

TitleRuined with You
Author:  J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martini & Olive 9/19/19
Length:  221 Pages
Series:  Stark Security #3

Overview

When her high maintenance boss is assaulted, manager Xena Morgan contacts the only person who can help—the sexy, arrogant, incredibly capable Stark Security agent Liam Foster. The former vigilante takes every case personally, and he’s determined to find answers—particularly since he thought he’d cleared this threat already.

Xena had been thrilled when Liam completed his assignment, because he affected her in ways she didn’t want to contemplate, awakening yearnings that threatened her deepest secrets.

But now she needs him, and her body won’t let her forget it.

As their attraction heats to a feverish degree, the web of lies, danger, and passion they find themselves in tangles further. Liam will stop at nothing to protect his client, even if it means sacrificing everything he holds dear…. and exposing the secrets that may destroy him—and Xena—forever.

My Thoughts

I love anything that has to deal with the Stark world and this third installment in the SSA series doesn’t fall short in any way. We knew that Liam had a past of sorts and that he was dark and mysterious and now its’ his turn to find happiness, or at least figure out how to move past his misery. We know that he was part of Deliverence, and that he and Dallas & Jane were really close all growing up because he was essentially part of their family. So it’s only late in the game that we see his time come.

In the last book we were briefly introduced to this story line – he was on assignment trying to figure out whether a threat was valid or not against an up and coming pop star named Ellie Love. He thought he had cleared it, after finding out that her PR team was trying to generate more buzz, only to find that something else was going on entirely. Just after he leaves her on tour, she gets attacked. She had taken precautions and even had a disguise but she was attacked anyway. The question that comes is whether it was random or not. Liam thinks not.

In this story we also meet Xena – Ellie’s personal assistant and we learn that she’s not only good at what she does but she’s got a past that’s made her tough as nails. It also makes her jumpy when she learned that the disguise Ellie used made her look like Xena, meaning this is definitely not random.

Liam picks up on a few things that she’s giving off and decides to go down that path. The other nuance to this bit too though is that there’s chemistry between them, but they both have walls up and their guard on high alert so they aren’t willing to give into temptation. Liam knows that his job will get those close to him killed (his last relationship and love is dead because of this) and Xena is running from something and is just afraid to really let anyone in and trust.

The journey here is slightly different than the other stories but still dynamic all the same. We need to know what makes both Liam and Xena tick in order to get to the bottom of what’s going on and we need to hope that they find the answers that they need before it’s too late. The entire stark team is involved in this mission now, pulling in resources from everywhere.

Xena is forced to run, Liam goes after her. They end up being ambushed, and followed even with the best measures possible put to shake a tail. They use the resources from the SSA to throw their attackers off their scent and still they find themselves as the wrong end of a gun. The question that begs to be answered is ‘who’s feeding the opposition information’ since there’s no way that anyone would know what the next move is without an inside mole. (mind you i figured that one out early as i’m sure everyone else did, but we don’t know why)\

On top of all that angst and tension, there’s romance and chemistry. What this couple wouldn’t give into in the past comes to a head here and they both see that there’s no way to stay apart. Even though they are close physically, there’s such emotional baggage that it’s a wonder if they can ever make it. Even with the intervention of family and friends, it seems like it’s a lost cause. Understandably so.

Anyhow – i think that we get the deep intense story that we need for Liam and a great continuation for the Stark Security team. I can’t wait to see what comes next since we don’t really know the guy who’s set to be the next main, but it sounds like it’s going to be juicy. Enjoy!

Review: Broken with You (Stark Security #2) by J Kenner

TitleBroken with You
Author:  J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martini & Olive 6/18/19
Length:  221 Pages
Series:  Stark Security #2

Overview

True love never fades…

After surviving a troubled childhood, Denise can’t believe that she’s blissfully married to her partner and soulmate. She’s confident that not even Mason’s long-term, deep-cover assignment will shake their bond. And she certainly doesn’t anticipate that when he finally walks back through her door that he’ll have no memory of her, himself, or their time together…

When Mason is pulled out of an operation gone bad, all he knows is what he’s told — that he was a covert agent, that he has information vital to national security somewhere in his head, and that they can tell him no more for fear of burying those hard-fought secrets even further. They tell him nothing else; not even that the beautiful woman who makes his heart beat faster is not just his partner, but also his wife.

The secret she must keep wrecks Denise, who wants only to return to Mason’s arms. But despite the desire that still burns hot between them, she can’t tell him who she is—or that she’s carrying his child.

But when dark forces threaten both their lives in order to retrieve the information trapped in Mason’s mind, it’s not their past that will be tested, but the tenuous new love now burning hot between them.

You don’t want to miss this sexy, suspenseful amnesia romance!

My Thoughts

Well the novella before this is something to definitely read beforehand, although if you haven’t it’s not like you miss anything huge. They tease bits of it during this story, but given that it was a night in passing, it’s ok to miss. Regardless, what we get here in this story is the return of what used to be Mason, Denise’s husband and all sorts of stress that comes with that.

As you’ll recall, Mason was away on a mission that no one knew the details around except that it was deep deep undercover and that he was about to get damning information to pass back to the SOC when he went dark. He reappears with no memory of anything, glimpses of things in dreams, and no idea how it all happened.

The journey on this story is a tricky one. We see everyone who knows him wanting to help, but knowing that if they push too hard to connect dots for him, Mason’s mind may be ruined forever. We see the path that a doctor wants to take with him, we see a path that Denise wants to take and we see the path that Mason decides he wants to go down.

It’s painful to witness, all the hearts breaking over and over again because there’s hurt when he doesn’t remember anything about himself and what Denise meant to him. We see hurt when there’s so much information that’s now lost and a fear that no one will be safe ever.

At the same time, we see some interesting things happen throughout this story. There’s a client of Denise’s that needs her help because she feels like she’s being stalked, and that opens up another path off this story. Wondering who’s following her, and why. This however is the perfect chance for Mason to get back to working, with Denise (he was told that they were partners in the past) and to see what memories are jogged. When they’re all out one night, Cerise bringing her new boyfriend, he sees a flash of a face that triggers some type of reaction and we’re forced to wonder what. Along with that ,there’s the ironic twist of fate that Cerise’s new boyfriend is Denise’s old partner from her time with the government, and a man that clearly had feelings for her back in the day.

So you can imagine of course the twists that this story will take since everyone’s personally vested, even if it’s not in the right direction. When circumstances change, and the face turns out to be a man who attacks Denise and then stalks Cerise, we are sure he’s connected to Mason and want to know how. There’s a dark turn that this takes as that man attacks denise a second time and injects her with a poison that will kill her in 72 hours.

Roller coaster for sure with a few loops thrown in. No one can catch a break in making progress, we wonder if Mason’s mind will lock away things forever and that means not only will the nations’ secrets be kept that way, Denise will have lost her love and perhaps they will never be safe.

There’s so much drama in this 2nd book of the series but i’m really glad that we get to see how this story plays out. Liam, another one of the guys that we met via Dallas in his installments as well as his role in this one, playing host to Mason, well he gets his fair share of screen time. I think that it’s safe to say that he’s got a LOT of skeletons in his closet and he’s due for some cleaning as well as for some happiness. He’s been most recently put on a job that seems a bit of a dud for a pop star, but we always know that when things seem too easy, there’s more to the story. So that’s the lead that we get once we see some type of resolution here. Everyone’s story will continue on and i can’t wait to dive into book three. Enjoy!

Review: Shadows of You ( Stark Security #1.5) by J Kenner

TitleShadows of You
Author:  J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 5/12/19
Length:  29 Pages
Series:  Stark Security #1.5

Overview

For two long years, Stark Security agent Denise Marshall has been alone, mourning her missing husband. But everything changes on Valentine’s Day when she encounters a mysterious man who seems to understand her deepest desires

My Thoughts

What we’ve learned along the journey with Stark is that what they do is dangerous, who they work with are dangerous and everything always screams danger. So when Denise’s husband is on assignment for years and can’t be reached, and no one can find a trace of him, we know that things are bad . and hard. and sad.

Denny (cute nick name right?) works for Stark – she used to be with another government agency like her husband, and now she works for Stark, but not in the field. She’s experienced too much pain there and now wants to stay behind a desk, where she knows what her job will give her. It’s also an opportunity for her to dig into information about the whereabouts of Mason, until she gets caught.

It’s a good thing that Ryan Hunter and Damian Stark are such great guys who understand what she’s going through and they want to make her life better at least for a night so they gift her with a treatment that should relax and pamper her, and what she gets is so much more. Can’t wait to see what comes in the full book 2 of the series now. Enjoy!

Review: Shattered With You (Stark Security #1) by J Kenner

Title: Shattered With You
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martini & Olive 3/23/19
Length:   221 Pages
Series:  Stark Security #1

Overview

With his lethal skills and criminal connections, former British agent Quincy Radcliffe has fast become a key asset at the newly formed Stark Security. But Quincy isn’t the man he appears to be.

When the woman whose body he once worshipped and whose heart he broke pleads for his help, Quincy knows he must either turn his back on her or risk revealing his dark secrets to the one woman who can—and will—tear open his old wounds.

For years, struggling actress Eliza Tucker has tried to forget the decadent weeks she shared with Quincy Radcliffe. His smoldering good looks had drawn her in, while his British charm had enchanted her. But it was the wildness of his seduction and the ferocity of his passion that captured her. She’d given herself to him—and he’d shattered her like glass when he’d walked away.

Now, he’s the only person who can help find her missing sister. She’ll use him because she has too. She’ll pay any sensual price he demands. But she won’t fall for him again.

My Thoughts

I have always loved anything related to Stark, and the more people that we’re introduced with through Damian’s web of work and friends, the more complex, interesting and exciting this all becomes. We’ve become close with the Security folks in Starkland – through our time with Ryan Hunter as head of security, moving over to Dallas – who built Deliverance, to all of the guys who now work for SSA. So it’s one of those guys that we get to know deeply in this first installment to the spin-off series.

Quincy – sexy, British, and a man of means, power, money and a dark dark history. That’s exactly the kind of man that we need as our leading man, because we know that nothing will be easy with him, he will fight what he wants every step of the way and it’ll of course take a wonderfully amazing woman to win him over.

Enter Eliza – a girl who was forced to endure far too much at a young age. Her sister raised her because her mom died, her father abused them and the girls had to protect each other, provide for each other and survive.

When they cross paths in London 5 years prior, sparks fly and the following three months turn into the greatest of their lives. Then darkness happens, and Eliza is left to pick up the pieces – thinking that she’ll never get over him.

We find ourselves in the present now, when Emma – Eliza’s sister is missing and the only thing that Eliza can think to do is to impersonate her sister to get to the bottom of what’s going on. The twist here of course is that Emma is a PI with links to some Intelligence agency, so we are about to get deep into something fast.

The case that Eliza’s working on is one that overlaps with one that Quincy is working on, and we see that what was already a tense and stressful task has now becomes layers more complicated. When they see each other, there’s this need to stay away, but the chemistry and attraction is stronger than ever and we all know that there’s no use in fighting it because something that intense and strong is not easily beaten.

The journey that we go on with these two and all of SSA is beyond complex. They work with the organization to get to the bottom of who’s behind a trafficking scheme, who’s kidnapped a princess in the hopes of selling her to the highest bidder, where is Emma through all this and how is she connected.

Every turn we take in this story we begin to wonder who can be trusted, how people are staying one step ahead of them at every turn, especially with the intel, tech abilities and skill that SSA has. Are we able to hope for a happy outcome and what other twists and shockers are going to be thrown our way before the story ends?

What i can tell you is that in true J Kenner fashion, we get some of the hottest scenes ever. The chemistry that Eliza and Quincy shared back in London hasn’t dulled at all, it’s grown hotter and it’s so flammable that anyone near them will go up in flames too. There’s the physical stuff sure, but they bonded on a deeper more emotional level as well, and when Quincy is pushed to share where his demons are and why he walked away all those years ago, you get to see a whole new side. Those ghosts and demons pop up again in the worst way in this story and it’s intense to see how it plays out.

All that being said – i’m sold! this is a great new series and every time we get a new story or series from J Kenner, i wonder how it will be different, engaging, exciting and super hot compared to all others that i’ve read. and yet, it’s ALWAYS done it!

I can’t wait to read Broken with You which is the next book due out in June, because it focuses on Denny, her husband and what definitely won’t disappoint because of the twists and sadness that we’ve already been teased with . So on that note, enjoy!