August 27, 2015

Review: Under My Skin by J.Kenner

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Under My Skin by J.KennerUnder My Skin by J. Kenner
Series: Stark Trilogy International Book 3
Also by this author: Play My Game: A Stark Ever After e-novella, Say My Name, On My Knees, Anchor Me
Published by Random House Publishing Group on September 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Erotica, Fiction, General, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks are back in the powerful finale of a provocative, sizzling-hot new erotic trilogy set in the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, andComplete Me.

He’s the only man I’ve ever loved, and the one man I can’t bear to lose.
Jackson Steele is my light in this world. Charismatic, bold, and always in control, he knows what he wants and how to get it—and absolutely nothing stands in his way. His hold on me is magnetic, his claim on me complete, his kiss my ultimate escape.

We both harbor dark secrets that could tear our lives apart. Though we’ve tried to bury our pasts, there are certain people who won’t let us forget. But the closer danger comes, the brighter the fire between us burns—our ecstasy consuming and soothing us both.

There’s no telling what lies ahead, but I know that Jackson never gives in without a fight. I’d do anything he wants to keep him safe, give him anything he needs. And now that we’re in deep, nothing can make me run.

Under My Skin is intended for mature audiences.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

We have to come to the conclusion of Sylvia and Jackson’s story with Under My Skin. I honestly held out a bit of hope that they would completely win me over this book, despite previous attempts. While I appreciated them a bit more, I am okay with the fact that I won’t be considered a fan of Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks.

When I reviewed the previous book, On My Knees, I had a few very important questions I needed to be answered in Under My Skin. Let’s get right to them, shall we?

Will Damien and Jackson confront their father?

Technically, no. Jackson had a brief confrontation with his father but nothing was really resolved. There wasn’t anything that suggested Damien spoke with their father either. I think it’s pretty safe to safe that these brothers will never have a real relationship with Jeremiah and I doubt they will truly regret it at this stage.

Who is behind the photographer’s death?

When we left On My Knees, Jackson was in limbo. He was preparing to petition for full custody of his daughter but was a prime suspect in the photographer’s murder. As expected, he is cleared of all charges and gains custody of his daughter. While the murderer’s identity is not all that surprising, it is interesting to read about everyone’s reaction once that particular truth is exposed.

Will the truth of Jackson’s daughter and Sylvia’s past make its way to the press?

The truth about the pictures in Sylvia’s past stayed hidden from the media. However, information was leaked regarding Ronnie and everyone found out that Jackson had a daughter.

Will the resort’s construction get underway before the end of the series?

It hit a few more snags in this book but by the end of it, Jackson and Sylvia’s masterpiece was completed. We also found out who was behind the attacks on the hotel. While I won’t spoil it here, readers who have been paying close attention wont be surprised by the culprit.


Though the storyline with the Cortez resort was strung along a bit too much for me, one of things that I loved about this series was the focus on architecture. I really appreciated how Jackson and Sylvia were actual connoisseurs of the craft. They studied it, made references and had a genuine appreciation for it which added a great layer to their storyline.

I also liked that we got more of a peek into Ethan and Sylvia’s relationship. While her brother played a big role from the beginning, we saw him from afar. We were able to see them in action in this book. I have a feeling we may get a future book (or trilogy) with Ethan as the main character.  Who I would like to read a story about though is Aiden; head of the real estate division at Stark International. Something tells me that there is definitely more than meets the eye there.

I still ran into the same issues in this book. There was simply too much sex here. I can’t recall if it was this much with Nikki and Damien but I know I wasn’t as annoyed by it as I was with Jackson and Sylvia. It might be that  I hadn’t fallen in love with this couple but I thought it was just too much at times. I felt like they were happy for two pages, upset for the next two and then tearing each other’s clothes off for the remainder of the chapter. There wasn’t a long period of time where I felt they were truly on solid ground. 

Jackson and Sylvia were two very hardheaded individuals and their own fears and complexities almost caused them to sabotage their relationship on separate occasions. With all they went through, however, they proved that they couldn’t be without each other and were willing to work through all of the mess in order to be together. Jackson proved that he had a very steady hand and heart when it came to dealing with Sylvia. While he was very much in control of her in the bedroom, he realized that she had to make her own decisions in other aspects of her life. With him allowing her to do that, she was able to come to her senses and realize where she wanted to be.

The relationship with Sylvia’s parents is still very much strained but at least with her father there seems to be a little bit of hope. Her mother, on the other hand, was only mentioned twice or so and I don’t think that relationship will ever improve.

Under My Skin will be released on September 1, 2015


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