Book Review ✭ On My Knees by J. Kenner

Title: On My Knees
Author: J. Kenner
Series: Stark International, #2
Publication date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Bantam Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley


Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks continue to thrill in the second novel of a scintillating, emotionally charged new trilogy that returns to the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me.
I never thought I’d lose control, but his desire took me right to the edge. 
Powerful, ambitious, and devastatingly sexy, Jackson Steele was unlike any other man I’d ever known. He went after what he wanted with his whole mind, body, and soul—and I was the woman in his sights. One touch and I surrendered, one night together and I was undone. 
Jackson and I had secrets, dark pieces of our pasts that threatened to swallow us both. We couldn’t outrun our demons, or the people trying to tear us apart. But in our passion we found salvation, and in each other’s arms we found release. 
I was scared to trust Jackson fully, to finally let go. Yet no matter the dangers that lay ahead, I knew I was his—and now that we’ve laid claim, there’s no more holding back. 
On My Knees is intended for mature audiences.

Praise for On My Knees
“Kenner brings sizzling heat and high-pitched emotional tension to this second installment of her Stark International trilogy . . . with a taut plotline and plenty of searing interludes.”RT Book Reviews

“Kenner once again grabs a hold of your thoughts and shakes the feels out of you. Secrets abound. Truths are exposed. Vulnerabilities are laid bare. . . . Basically, I’m floating in an ocean of Jackson Steele paradise. . . . [On My Knees] keeps you on the edge of pleasure and captures your interest with the threat of exposure.”—Obsessed with Myshelf
“[The] heat quotient is very high, with Jackson and Sylvia . . . burning up the pages. . . . This is something I’ve come to expect from J. Kenner and she never disappoints. If you’re looking for a very hot, sexy read with a suspenseful storyline that keeps you guessing to the last page, On My Knees is definitely one to give a try.”—Cocktails and Books
“Hot! Running the gamut from fast and wild to slow and tender, the love scenes were intense and wonderfully written. . . . This trilogy is just getting better and better as we learn more about Sylvia’s resiliency and Jackson’s caring side. . . . Readers will devour this book and be waiting on pins and needles . . . to find out how it all ends in the upcoming finale.”—Harlequin Junkie
“J. Kenner is on my automatic-purchase list and with very good reason. . . . [This book] sizzles with both sensuality and a complex plotline! . . . Pick up a copy of On My Knees as soon as possible!”—Plot Twist Reviews
“Fans of J. Kenner, you know that where there’s a really engaging story line there’s equally engaging heat and passion. There’s no shortage of that here. . . . It’s powerful, it’s sexy, it’s downright naughty at times and it’shot.”—Diary of an Eager Reader
“A great read for any contemporary romance readers who like their plots with a side of steam and a big helping of secrets and suspense . . . If you enjoyed Damien and Nikki’s story you will definitely be a fan of this series.”—Reads All the Books

She’d trusted him openly and completely even though her core makeup was to not trust at all. She’d surrendered control even though she didn’t understand how far he might want or need to go.”
I’m a fan of cliffhangers and the one that strikes at the end of this book is incredible!
J. Kenner has created a fictional world that seductively pulls in the reader with its suspenseful and sexy storyline. 

Say My Name had a calm ending, but it left me and I’m sure many other readers, with so many questions unanswered. Now, Sylvia and Jackson have life-impacting hurdles to overcome within their relationship. Both still hold secrets from each other that could make or break them. They’re now able to focus on themselves and solidify their intense connection, but it will all come down to how they handle each other’s revelations. On top of that, they soon find out that larger obstacles are upon them and they must unite to get through it all in one piece.

I loved seeing a whole different side of Jackson in this book. He reveals so much of himself and allows for some vulnerability to let loose. His secrets explain his inner turmoil and the guarded walls he keeps in place. I felt a deeper compassion for him now that I know his demons.
He’s very passionate about what and who he loves and that definitely shines through in everything he does and says. His protectiveness over Sylvia is heartwarming, but may eventually ruin him.

Sylvia continues to be such a strong character. She’s been through hell and back, but she keeps her head high despite how difficult it may be to do so. She handles Jackson so well and feels a lot more comfortable with him in their new relationship. She has to face certain truths that will put her and Jackson’s relationship into perspective.

This second book in the series manages to escape the curse of the middle book, and actually provides more depth to the characters and their story. Kenner builds up the drama and tension at a steady pace and delivers the resolution in a timely manner.

This story has plenty more secrets and surprises in store for readers and I can’t wait to be shocked by them. 

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres. Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures. Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries. J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

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