Hottest Mess by J. Kenner

Posted July 17, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review, Teaser / 0 Comments

Hottest Mess by J. KennerHottest Mess by J. Kenner
Series: S.I.N. #2
Format: eARC
Published by Bantam Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Mystery, Romance, Stepbrother Romance, Suspense
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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.

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And I’m back for book two. I really do like J. Kenner, and I actually like a well written stepbrother romance, and this book has a mystery element going on, so while all the stars seemingly are aligned, I somehow can’t get into this series the way I really want to.

So we pick back up in this book pretty much where we left off. Jane and Dallas are involved with each other, but still in secret, because these two aren’t just stepbrother and sister, no there parents adopted them, so by law they are as related to each other as if they shared DNA. In that regard I actually felt pretty bad for them, I mean loving someone that you know you could get into serious trouble just for being together, the whole thing kind of sucks. Oh and did I mention Dallas is still keeping up his whole I’m a ladies man thing, yeah, that was no exactly easy for Jane to deal with, but I understood the reasoning behind it all.

The plot of who kidnapped Jane and Dallas when they were younger definitely starts making some strides in this book, and I have to admit this was the element in the book that kept me interested. I love a good mystery. Also I felt like most of the character growth with these two was about moving on from what happened to them and finding closure as well as finding the people responsible. So really this plot line is interwoven into every aspect of the novel because so much of the characters actions in the present are so grounded in what happened to them in the past. I also liked that Dallas was doing all this basically in secret, I mean he is having to keep not only off the radar from the bad guys, but technically what he is doing is at best an ethical gray area and at worst illegal, add in that Jane’s ex is looking into his organization (without knowing that it has anything to do with Dallas), makes for interesting drama.

As for the characters, I liked Jane. I liked Dallas. I didn’t love either of them. I think that probably has something to do with the fact that so much of this book is focused on the physical between. Yes they do make strides towards each other emotionally and there is character growth, but sometimes I really felt like jeez, when is this gonna end, how much more time can these two spend taking each others clothes off and getting frisky. I will without any shame admit to skipping through more than one of those scenes because honestly, it just didn’t add anything to the book.

Overall, I liked it enough to want to know what happened. Who was behind the original plot to kidnap Jane and Dallas? Are they still in danger now? Is it someone close to them? I have so many questions, and some theories, so I’d like to know if I am right and what happens next.

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About J. Kenner

J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and internationally bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 internationally, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swopn for him.” A four time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy).

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