I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Say My Name by J. Kenner
Series: Stark International Trilogy #1
Narrator: Abby Craden
Published by Penguin Random House Audio on April 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 13 hours, 37 minutes
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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.
I had such an uneven reading experience with the Stark Trilogy and was reluctant to try this spinoff. In the end, curiosity got the better of me and I waded in, this time using the audio format.
First, the main characters had minor roles in the Stark Trilogy. Sylvia Brooks is Damien’s assistant and is now heading up a real estate development project she pitched, the Santa Cortez Resort. The project is in jeopardy because their high profile architect has quit to explore his Zen side in Tibet. Sylvia knows that that Jackson Steele, their first choice, is the best person to take over but he’s already turned them done once and…she’s got a not-so-great history with the man.
Despite the over abundance of angst and sex, this is a pretty good story. Sylvia has a rotten past and Jackson is just one surprise after another. Their new relationship is hot but plagued with issues, ergo the angst. One nice surprise was the depth given to some of the secondary characters who become integral to both Sylvia and Jackson. And, yes, Damien and Nikki appear as well so for those needing more of them, you’ve got them.
Abby Craden’s narration is a strong performance, despite her tendency to overdramatize at times (but, I think it’s the writing). She really is Sylvia and I’m always going to hear her voice whenever I think of the character. And, she does a pretty good job with the male characters, too.
The trilogy has one story arc with lots of subplots to keep things interesting. While it doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, there are quite a few open issues. Just enough to hook me into jumping right into the next book. *sigh* I really hadn’t planned on this….
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