Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Review: UNDER MY SKIN by J. Kenner

Release Date: September 1st, 2015

Type: Trilogy, Book three, Last Book, Series, Contemporary Romance, Alpha Rich Boy

About the Book: 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. [Description from the back cover]

My Review: This is the final book in the Stark International trilogy, and author J. Kenner is not skimping on the drama. Every plot twist is another punch in the couple's chance at happily ever after, and be warned - the drama and rampant emotions can make the reader a little exhausted right along with Jackson and Sylvia.

One thing I really liked about this series is that it is consistent. That may seem like a ridiculous thing to say, but think about it - if you have a series and each book has a different feel, it doesn't feel cohesive as a whole. But J. Kenner knows how to write a trilogy (it seems to be her thing, after all) - so she knows what she's doing. Jackson and Sylvia grow throughout the series, but they still remain themselves, no matter what life throws at them - and I greatly appreciate that.

And now on to what I thought was a little difficult about this book - there were several loose ends that have been trailing throughout the series. And while the author does wrap everything up nicely, it just feels like there was so much packed into this last book. Maybe that's why I felt so exhausted while reading it - all the drama, all the ending of it... it was just so much in one moderately-sized book. I'm not saying the book should be longer - just that maybe one less bit of drama would have served it better as a whole.

All of that said, I really did enjoy this book, and the trilogy as a whole. I never read the original Stark Trilogy, and I do hope to one day. And the teaser for her next series in the back of "Under My Skin" shows a lot of promise as well.

Cover Lovin': Fits perfectly with the rest of the series, so it gets a thumbs up for sure.

Recommendation: Interested readers definitely need to pick up books one and two before attempting this one.

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5). Great ending to a series, but it almost seemed like there was too much jam packed into the last book.

My review of book one: Say My Name
My review of book two: On My Knees

Be sure to get your copy of the Stark International Trilogy at!

Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. 

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