Review: Hottest Mess by J Kenner

Review: Hottest Mess by J KennerHottest Mess by J. Kenner
Series: S.I.N. #2
Published by Bantam July 12, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Erotica
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Dirtiest Secrets
Also by this author: Say My Name
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No one can know about our love—and hiding only makes it hotter.

Dallas Sykes has a reputation. He is known for his parties, his money, and the countless women on his arm. Yet the Dallas I know is a different man—darker, smarter, and unbearably sexy. Just one look from him can leave me breathless; the anticipation of his touch can make me lose control.

Inextricably bound by our past, we keep each other’s secrets. And while there are people who have the power to hurt us, it’s the truth that threatens us most of all.

Dallas can be mine only behind closed doors, our passion as searing as it is forbidden. Yet nothing in this world has ever felt so desperately, deliciously right.

You know how the music industry has a sophomore album slump? I’m starting to believe book series do as well. At least for the series I’ve been reading. I really, really enjoyed the first book in the S.I.N. series, Dirtiest Secret. It took a new take on a hero and I was absolutely intrigued by Dallas’ problems and by the dark and secret past he and his sister Jane shared.

I gotta say though, Hottest Mess let me down. Or, more accurately, Jane let me down.

I don’t recall having any real ill feelings towards Jane in the first book but she drove me batshit crazy in this one. Her emotions and sentiments were all over the place. One minute saying Dallas could do nothing to lose her but a few pages later she’s walking out on him. This was not an isolated event, she walks out on him a lot. Of course, never when he’s promising her orgasms.  Which was another problem I had with her. She says the relationship is not all about sex, but really – in this book – it so totally was. It’s sex and more sex and more sex, then some fighting, her walking away, him following, more sex, some more sex, more fighting, rinse and repeat.

I couldn’t deal with Jane and it drove me nuts that Dallas would appease her.

HOWEVER, I’m still completely invested in the other, non-romance, aspect of this series. It hardly progressed in Hottest Mess, but the ending was very promising. I still loved the first book and I will absolutely read the third. Though, my fingers are crossed for less orgasms and more grown up talking.

 

About J. Kenner

J. Kenner spent more than ten years as a litigator in Southern California and Central Texas, using her rare free time to indulge her passion for writing. California born, she now lives—and writes—in Texas, with her husband and daughters.


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Review: Dirtiest Secrets by J. Kenner

Review: Dirtiest Secrets by J. KennerDirtiest Secrets by J. Kenner
Series: S.I.N. #1
Published by Bantam April 19, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Erotica
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Hottest Mess
Also by this author: Say My Name
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It was wrong for us to be together, but it was even harder to be apart.

The memory of Dallas Sykes burns inside of me.

Everyone knows him as a notorious playboy, a man for whom women and money are no object. But to me, he’s still the one man I desperately crave—yet the one I can never have.

Dallas knows me better than anyone else. We bear the same scars, the same darkness in our past. I thought I could move on by staying away, but now that we’re drawn together once more, I can’t fight the force of our attraction or the temptation to make him mine.

We’ve tried to maintain control, not letting ourselves give in to desire. And for so long we’ve told ourselves no—but now it’s finally time to say yes.

Dirtiest Secret is intended for mature audiences.

Dirtiest Secrets surprised the hell out of me. In the best of ways. Based off the synopsis, I was expecting a forbidden romance and I absolutely got that.  But in no way did I see it being forbidden for the reasons it is.

Vague much? Well, yeah…only because I don’t want to spoil anything about this book.  I want you to be able to experience the same thrills I did. Go in blind people, you won’t regret it!

I can say this much, though.

Kenner wrote Dallas in such a way that you are enthralled with his character from the first page he graces. He’s sexy and extremely controlling but not quite what you think he is. While the story begins with a very steamy scene, don’t take that as the overall theme of this one. It is sexy, it is not erotica.

When Jane enters, the story immediately becomes so much more.  It’s complex, it’s heartbreaking, it’s exciting, it’s multi-faceted.  Kenner gives well placed flash backs into Jane and Dallas’ past, giving insight into their strangled relationship, yet it never overpowers the current day tale.

If you’re a fan of romantic suspense but like it steamy as well, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with Dirtiest Secrets.  There is a great balance between the characters, the intrigue and the romance. I’m very excited for more!

About J. Kenner

J. Kenner spent more than ten years as a litigator in Southern California and Central Texas, using her rare free time to indulge her passion for writing. California born, she now lives—and writes—in Texas, with her husband and daughters.


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