Friday, September 7, 2018

Please Me by J. Kenner Blog Tour


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner comes a new story in her Stark Ever After series…

Each day with Damien is a miracle, each moment with our children a gift. And yet I cannot escape the growing sense that a storm is gathering, threatening to pull me away, to rip us apart. To drag me down, once again, into a darkness to which I swore never to return.

I have to fight it—I know that. And I am waging the battle with of all my heart. But it is Damien who is my strength, and we both know that the only way to push away the darkness is for him to fold me in his arms and claim me completely. And for me to surrender myself, once again, to the fire that burns between us.

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After we tuck Lara back into bed, Damien and I walk in silence to our bedroom. As soon as I close the door behind us, I expect him to speak. But he says nothing. Just sits in the armchair by the window and loosens his tie.

I go to him, then kneel at his feet, my hands on his thighs. “Damien,” I whisper. “Please.”

The corner of his mouth curves up. “Anything, baby. You know that.”

But I don’t know it. Not really. Because I’ve asked him to tell me what’s wrong, and he’s remained silent. But that’s what I need. That’s what will make me whole—getting into his head. Understanding him.

Most of all, helping him.

“Damien,” I whisper as I look into those eyes that have seen all the way into my soul. “Please. Please tell me what’s wrong.”

An infinity passes between us in the space of a breath, then a small, sad smile touches his lips. “Everything is fine, Nikki. I promise.”

Anger boils in me, as hot as wildfire and at least as destructive. I want to scream at him that I know something is off. I want to yell that I can practically smell the secrets. I want to beg him to tell me. Because doesn’t he understand how much his silence hurts?

I say none of that, though. Instead, I press down on his thighs as I lever myself back up.

“Nikki—”

“I need to check on Anne.” My voice is sharp, my words nothing more than an excuse to leave. Because if I stay, I’m going to sink to the ground and beg. But I don’t want to beg. I want him to tell me. To keep his promise that there would be no more secrets between us.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Romance

This is a carry on of the amazing Stark series. You get to see Nikki and Damien living their life. Where there is normally all heat and chemistry, this is more of a realistic look into their relationship.

Nikki knows that her husband is hiding something, but Damien is too worried about how it will change his life. Their communication needs a boost.

It's a quick read with some intense moments. But Kenner always delivers with this couple and this time is no exception. It's a sweet look into their lives.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
I love the Stark novels, so was delighted that 1001 Dark Nights has given us another chance to meet up with Nikki and Damien Stark.

We see them having to deal with the demands of family and careers, when the first bloom of romance has past. Nikki can tell that Damien has an issue he is holding back, and so she makes plans to give him a chance to relax with her and open up. This dedication to ensuring that they retain their closeness and their passion as well as the ordinary leads to a very sexy and sweet story.

I can never really get enough of one of my favourite book couples, so was delighted to get to read this lovely novella. If you have never met them before, I am sure that this would entice you into finding out just how they reached this point – you will not be disappointed.






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.


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Please Me (Stark Ever After) by J. Kenner to read and review for this tour.

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