Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wicked Grid (Stark World 1) by J. Kenner

Photographer Wyatt Royce’s career is on the verge of exploding. All he needs is one perfect model to be the centerpiece of his sexy, controversial show. Find her, and Wyatt is sure to have a winner.

Then Kelsey Draper walks in. Stunning. Vibrant. And far too fragile for a project like this. Wyatt should know—after all, he remembers only too well why their relationship ended all those years ago.

Determined to break free from her good girl persona, Kelsey wants spice. Adventure. And she’s certain that Wyatt is just the man to help.

But when Wyatt agrees to give her the job only if he has complete control—on camera and in his bed—Kelsey can’t help but wonder if she’s in too deep. Because how can a good girl like her ever be enough for a man like Wyatt?

Wicked Grind is a Hot Contemporary Romance.  Set in beautiful Santa Monica California, this is a story of two people in the prime of their lives, looking for a way to move forward, personally & professionally.  Wyatt is a driven artist, on the dawn of bringing his vision to the masses & finding the success he's been working toward for a very long time.  Kelsey, still holding back on what she wants, for the sake of those she loves, needs money, fast & for a good cause.  She's willing to do whatever it takes to get it.  Can they work through their pasts – with their families & between themselves, long enough to get what they want most?

This very sexy, second chances romance is told in third person, from dual perspectives with a lot of necessary & well written flash-back action throughout.  Moving along at a steady pace, very emotionally driven with - wicked sexiness, young love, loss, personal tragedy, desire for redemption & the wonder of being true to yourself –in spite of it all.  “Innocence. Longing. Ecstasy.” “Strength and sensuality. Innocence and power. Passion and gentleness.” 

I liked the genuine love & respect Wyatt has for women - he really treasures them, their sweetness, seduction, confidence & so much more.  And enjoyed the character development between him & his muse, the “… walking contradiction. Sensual yet demure. Sexy yet sweet.”.  I love the angst in the flash-backs & honesty of the stolen moments shared in teenage love.  Although I liked the intensity of how well these characters know each other right into adulthood, I felt that the rekindling of the relationship so quickly after so many years apart, took away from the depth of the love & loss they share.  Sultry sweet, sexy & endearing, I loved seeing these characters work through their fears in search redemption, take a risk & tap into that spark, to become “Lit from the inside. Alive.”


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