April 13, 2015

Review: Say My Name by J. Kenner

Say My Name by J. Kenner
Also by this author: Play My Game: A Stark Ever After e-novella, On My Knees, Under My Skin, Anchor Me
Published by Random House Publishing Group on April 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, General, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner kicks off a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new erotic 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.   Say My Name is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences. From the Trade Paperback edition.

This Stark new trilogy, that begins with Say My Name, features famed architect Jackson Steele and Damien Stark’s personal assistant, Sylvia Brooks.

I will say that I was under the wrong impression or to be honest, I probably just wasn’t paying attention. I thought these three new books would feature three separate people involved in the Stark conglomerate. Turns out that these three books will center around Jackson and Sylvia. While I’m sure that J. Kenner will give us a good tale, I was hoping I was right.

Sylvia and Jackson have history, albeit a VERY SHORT one, that left these two deeply scarred. Their meeting five years ago seemed to do both of them some good. It could have been something really beautiful, especially if you let Jackson tell it, but it didn’t last very long. Sylvia forced Jackson to walk away from her because of a very painful past. Sylvia had no plans of seeing Jackson again, even though she very much kept up to date on his work, until she is forced to contact him to keep a new Stark development afloat after the previous architect backs out.

Jackson is a rare commodity, an architect who has Hollywood fame. He turned Damien down for a project before and has absolutely no desire to work for Stark. However, all of that changes when Sylvia comes back into his life. Though not under the best circumstances, he is determined to keep her in his life this time and makes her a proposition.

Steele ultimately agrees to the project after a lot of back and forth. He initially sets a game of revenge in motion that he quickly reneges on after he learns the true depth of Sylvia’s past pain. Say My Name only scratches the surface of Jackson and Sylvia’s story as they are in for a very bumpy ride. Soon after Jackson agrees to the Stark project, scandal hits. Damien is on the defensive and wary of Jackson, Sylvia is unsure if she can trust Steele and is made aware of a secret that Jackson wishes he never had to tell.

I don’t know if my expectations were a little too high but I guess I was too invested in Nikki and Damien so Jackson and Sylvia missed the mark a little bit for me. There was a bit too much fluff in this book for me. I get that this is a contemporary erotica but there wasn’t a need for two sex scenes every chapter. Okay, maybe it was TWO every chapter but it sure as hell felt like it. There is such a good back story that I was waiting for more but I was getting thwarted at almost every turn and at times, I started to loose interest.

Jackson and Sylvia were good though, they just didn’t really set things ablaze for me if that makes sense. I think it was because I was comparing them to Nikki and Damien’s story at times.  I’ll still be reading the next book, in light of the secret Jackson is keeping. While I won’t spoil the biggest reveal of the book, I will say that I guessed it pretty early on. With the way Jackson talking about his family, it was pretty obvious, at least to me.

I think I notice a trend with the heroines in Kenner’s books but I will wait to share my theory until the second book is released. While you don’t have to read the original Stark trilogy to understand Say My Name, I would recommend it.

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Natalya Muncuff

Natalya Muncuff

Natalya is an Account Manager by day and writer by night. When she is not adding to her enormous book collection or stationery supply, she is somehow keeping track of 55 television shows. You can follow her rantings and occasional sparks of brilliance on Twitter @NatalyaMuncuff.
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  • Seems like it sounds like an oh so familiar trilogy that is currently getting more fame than it should… cough cough #50shades I think I am gonna pass on this.

    • hahaha duly noted! I don’t think you would like this one as much either but I keep telling you I think you would love Gideon Cross (Bared To You) MUCH MUCH better than the person we shall not name.