Start Me Up, the newest standalone in the Man of the Month Series by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner is LIVE!
Wicked days. Sinful nights.
Meet Mr. April.
A high school drop-out with only his twisted sense of humor and panty-melting good looks going for him, Nolan Wood has turned a small radio gig into a thriving career.
Now a local celebrity, Nolan never wants for female companionship. But he never gets too close. And he damn sure never lets them see the man—or the pain—behind the jokes.
Then a one-night stand changes everything.
Career-focused, goal-oriented, and buttoned-down accountant Shelby Drake isn’t the kind of woman who’d usually catch Nolan’s attention, but her soft mouth, hidden curves, and deep sensuality blow his mind. And after only one taste, he wants more.
But Shelby wants nothing more to do with him. And now the radio playboy is on a sensual mission to convince her that opposites really do attract.
Her pleasure is his passion.
**Start Me Up is part of a binge read series by New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and #1 International bestselling author of the million copy Stark series, J. Kenner.
Each novel in the series is a STANDALONE romance with a guaranteed HEA!
My rating: 4 stars
If you remember, I read the third book of the series earlier this month, Need You Now, and while I enjoyed it, I wasn’t thrilled with it. My thoughts after reading this next book in the series, Start Me Up, is that it must have just been that I didn’t connect with those characters, because I really, really liked this one! I sped through this one, as I could barely put it down. I’d tell myself only one more chapter before bed, but then I’d look up at the clock and realize that I hadn’t stopped and I needed to go to bed.
This story was just as sweet as the other one, but the humor in it really stood out for me. Maybe it is because I related more to the female main character, Shelby. She was worried about how people saw her because of her job. As a high school librarian, a former middle school teacher, I totally have to be concerned about my social media presence and how people see me. Maybe it is because I love to hang out with people who have the raunchy, tongue-in-cheek humor of our male lead, Nolan. Another reason I might have loved the story is that it started off with a scene in a sex toy shop, and that reminds me of so many other stories and tv shows that I love.
One of the issues I had with the last story was how many side characters there were, and trying to keep them straight. This one was a bit better, probably because I did read the last one, and I assume they’ll get better as we go along, as I get to know more of them through the stories themselves. I definitely liked this one a lot, and it is definitely got me excited to read on for the next stories. Based on the two stories I’ve read, I’m going to have to say that Mr. April has my vote, and would be the calendar page I’d probably want to leave hanging up all year, so far that is.
I’ve also realized, yeah, maybe I’m slow, that the titles are lines from songs. And so whenever I say them in my head, the song, that line specifically plays in my head and gets stuck for a while. This time it is the Rolling Stones, whereas last time it was INXS.
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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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