Wicked Torture, an all-new sexy standalone from New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner is available NOW!
Outwardly, Noah Carter is riding high as the tech world’s hottest new genius. Inside, he’s still reeling from the abduction of his wife and baby daughter eight years ago, and then the devastating discovery of his child’s body. For years, he kept up hope that his wife was alive, but now that she’s been declared legally dead, he’s thrown himself even more deeply into his work, cutting himself off from emotional ties because they just hurt too damn much.
Then he meets Kiki Porter, an eternal optimist with a killer work ethic and dreams of fronting a band. And everything changes. Even though he tries his damnedest to fight it…
Sexually, they are combustible together. But their true fire is emotional, though it is a slow to burn. But once it lights, it is all consuming. The relationship grows emotionally, the sex is hot, things are good.
But just when it’s looking like they might have a real future together, the past comes back to haunt them. And Noah’s going to have to decide what he’s willing to give up for love …
I lick my lips, waiting. Trying to stand still. Trying not to shatter under the riot of sensations he’s set loose in my body.
And trusting that whatever he wants of me next will take me that much further.
This is the Noah I remember. The man who held my pleasure in his hand. Who knew my body as well as I did.
A man who could set me on fire with nothing more than a glance. Whose fingers worked magic on me, and whose cock filled me. Whose words set my imagination soaring.
Slowly, he lowers his mouth to my ear again. And slower still, he whispers, “I want you naked.”
A shiver cuts through me. I picture myself standing between him and the window. Seeing myself as he touches me. Feeling the brush of his clothes as he pulls me close. Vulnerable. His.
Boldly, I reach back and unfasten my bra, then let it drop to the floor. I’m wearing canvas flats, and I kick them off.
I hear him draw in a breath behind me. A simple thing, but the sound is just slightly uneven, and I know that he’s as turned on as I am.
And that, frankly, makes it even hotter.
I keep my back to him, but my eyes are locked on his in the reflection. I lower my hands to my slacks. They’re already unzipped, and now I slide my hand along the waistband, then shimmy out of them, finally kicking them aside.
For a moment, I stand defiantly in my underwear, as if to turn the tables and make him plead with me. But the truth is, I want this, too. I want to stand naked in front of him. I want to see the heat in his eyes as he looks at me.
That’s the power I have, and I want to wield it. I want to bring him to his knees.
I want an explosion. Because there’s too much passion lingering between us. It’s wild and it’s dangerous and it’s combustible. And until we burn through it, it’s going to tie us together.
And as much as I wish we could get back to the past, I know it’s not possible.
We have to get past this thing.
I know it; I’m certain of it.
But right now I’m so damn grateful that the only way clear is through the man himself.
For right now at least, I’ll take the moment. I’ll take Noah.
And, I think as I peel off the panties and then stand naked in front of the mirror, I’ll take as much of him as I can get.
Noah has been living half a life. He lost his wife and daughter in a brutal way and his guilt and grief have prevented him from moving on. He has been solely focused on his career and has convinced himself that he is ok with that kind of life. That is until he sees his first love up on stage at a local bar.
Kiki had her heart broken badly and it took her a long time to heal and move on. She is finally ready to move forward with her life and make her dreams come true with the music career that died when her heart was ripped apart. But just when she thinks she has completely moved on, Noah shows up and all her buried feelings come back to the surface.
Will these two get a second chance to make things right?
I liked this story as I’m a fan of second chance romances. The chemistry between Noah and Kiki is hot from the beginning and I definitely rooted for their HEA. I liked the secondary characters as well. I feel like the ending was a bit off for me. There were some things that could have been explained a bit more and I wanted a bit more from the epilogue. Overall it was an enjoyable read.
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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 international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, 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 swoon for them.” A five 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). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.
Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.
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