Tempt Me: A Stark International Novella
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner comes a new story in her Stark International series…
Sometimes passion has a price …
When sexy Stark Security Chief Ryan Hunter whisks his girlfriend Jamie Archer away for a passionate, romance-filled weekend so he can finally pop the question, he’s certain that the answer will be an enthusiastic yes. So when Jamie tries to avoid the conversation, hiding her fears of commitment and change under a blanket of wild sensuality and decadent playtime in bed, Ryan is more determined than ever to convince Jamie that they belong together.
Knowing there’s no halfway with this woman, Ryan gives her an ultimatum – marry him or walk away. Now Jamie is forced to face her deepest insecurities or risk destroying the best thing in her life. And it will take all of her strength, and all of Ryan’s love, to keep her right where she belongs…
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Tempt Me A Stark International Novella By J. Kenner
As always Julie Kenner delivers a fabulous read. I wait anxiously for the each of her book releases. Although this is a short read it delivers huge. There is strength, uncertainty, friendship, connection, love, sexiness and anticipation. As hot and steamy as these two get I did need to grab some tissues. Tempt me may be read as a stand alone, but you won't want to miss out on the the rest of this series or the ones prior to it.
“Knowing there’s no halfway with this woman, Ryan gives her an ultimatum –marry him or walk away. Now Jamie is forced to face her deepest insecurities or risk destroying the best thing in her life. And it will take all of her strength, and all of Ryan’s love, to keep her right where she belongs…”
Jamie Archer had been with a lot of guys and it's not something she looks at with pride. Jamie would mess around with guys without ever letting anyone of them get too close. She felt if you let them get too close, you could end up getting hurt. But then Hunter came along and broke through her defenses. All of her defenses. He tamed her, and now he’s always with her. In her heart. In her head. He makes her feel alive, on fire, turned on, but mostly Hunter makes her feel loved and cherished. If you have a man that makes you feel that way why does Jamie keep turning down his proposals?
“I don’t understand how two people who are so close can now be so far apart, and I can’t deny that I’m afraid. Because what had started with the vibe of a fight now has the putrid scent of forever. And forever’s not a place I can go without Ryan at my side.”
Ryan Hunter has been patient with Jamie. He understands why she had reservations about marriage in the past. He understands, but isn't accepting it. Just because other people lose themselves or their dreams doesn't mean it would happen with them. He's tired of her turning him down. He wants a family and forever and he's tired of waiting for her to change her mind. Will Jamie’s rejection finally push Ryan away for good? Will Jamie see that he won't stay status quo any longer? Does he want to walk away from the love of his life if he can't get exactly what he wants?
Love this series!
I love this series and these characters. I truly didn't think Jamie and Ryan would ever get engaged! I kept waiting and waiting! This is finally it! Ryan has patiently been waiting for Jamie to see what he has always known. They are a happily ever after story. After Jamie works through some issues, she finally realizes that she wants to marry Ryan. The terror she felt when she thought about marriage has lost its hold on her. She wants nothing more than to spend her life as Ryan's wife.
Such a good read! I was so excited to check in with these characters again.
There's nothing sweeter than a little Jamie and Ryan drama. Will Jamie commit to the one thing that scares her the most? Can Ryan accept Jamie or will he hightail it back to single hood?
Julie has done a fantastic job of revisiting old friends while keeping true to the story. I love how she incorporated the snippets of Damien & Nikki and Jackson & Sylvia. The sexy time and humor are also cleverly writing. A great read.