Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 …
Wicked Torture is the third book in the Stark World Series. For those of you living under a rock and not familiar with the Stark Trilogy that started it all these books are based on characters, all of them interconnected but, each with his own story to tell. The men all work for, or are friends of Damien Stark, owner of the conglomerate of Stark International, and this is Noah Carter’s story. It’s a Second Chance novel, a tragic tale of a man who lost everything he loved, or thought he did.
Noah Carter relocated to Austin, Texas six months ago to head the new office of Stark Applied Technology. He was happy to leave LA, and all the memories that continue to haunt him. It was more than nine years ago he said goodbye to Kiki King, the woman he loved, and later lost his wife Darla and baby girl, Diana, in a kidnapping gone wrong. He hasn’t had a relationship since then and his friends insist he needs more than a one night stand and they keep trying to set him up on dates. He feels it’s a way to do penance for everything he feels guilty of.
“I’m not saying you need to marry her. But put yourself out there. Interact with the world. Start breathing again, man.”
Kiki King moved to Austin after Noah destroyed her heart and her dreams. The talented singer/songwriter quit the group she helped form and after a brief marriage, she’s finally healing and writing again. That’s on top of the marketing business she owns, Crown Consulting. And with a job proposal for a big job at SAT it could be what she needs to bankroll her comeback into the music business. There’s a little problem and its name is Noah Carter, who’s in charge of the project, and she’d have to work closely with him.
“I broke her heart—hell, I broke her spirit. She didn’t even yell or cry. She just looked…I don’t know. Dead inside. Later, I saw an article that said she’d dropped out of the band after the first stop on their tour, and the words sliced right through me. I blamed myself, but I also knew I couldn’t do anything—I couldn’t even call her, because I was the last person she’d want to hear from.”
This story is a fast read with a little angst and lots of heat. Noah and Kiki still had a lot of passion and chemistry years, after they had gone their separate ways, and when they rekindle their romance we’re swept along for the ride. So buckle up, it’s a little bumpy; the end makes it worth the trip.
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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.
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