“Sometimes, it feels so damn good to be bad…”
Wicked Grind by J. Kenner is book one of her brand new series Stark World and boy did she lead us into the tantalising and lust-filled world of photography at its finest.
I am a major sucker for second chance love stories and this one delivered big time. I love the rush and anticipation I feel when reading about two lost loves finding each other once again and rekindling old feelings, knowing the fire is still burning bright. It is my weakness and if I find it’s a second chance love story, I’m all in.
Every great artist needs his muse and sadly Wyatt is missing that. He is preparing for the showcase of his career and he stares down the barrel of not delivering. So much so, his artistic integrity is on the line. This is his opportunity to step out of the Hollywood shadows his family has cast and he does not want to disappoint.
Kelsey has everything Wyatt is looking for to be the main subject for his upcoming erotic photographic showcase; innocence mixed with fierce sexuality. Kelsey needs to make money and make it fast. Her brother tragically is a burn victim and therefore she has a month to come up with fifteen thousand dollars to enroll him in an innovative clinical protocol. Kelsey has burdened herself with finding the money for this treatment. When her best friend comes to her with an opportunity to earn the money she seeks, how can she possibly pass up the chance of a lifetime? That is until she find out that the photographer is Wyatt, or professionally known as W. Royce; a blast from the past, and someone she once felt deeply for.
I am often worried when stories start to delve into the past or use flashbacks. If these sections don’t integrate well with the present day storyline, I can struggle with the flow of the book and subsequently fail to connect properly with the angst the author is attempting to depict. Wicked Grind was so well written that when the flashbacks occurred, they gave me great insight into both Wyatt and Kelsey’s past feelings and their history together which enhanced their present day relationship.
I absolutely loved these two characters together. The sweet innocent kindergarten teacher with beauty and sexuality that goes far beyond anything she’ll ever see in herself and of course, the hot and sexy alpha hero who can at times be a complete jerk, but knows how to redeem himself. My only real issue with this story is I kind of wish Kelsey was stronger on certain issues and spoke up more.
I really enjoyed this well written story of second chance love and wait in anticipation for the next book in the series to be released. I have not read many J Kenner books, but on the back of this one, I know for certain I’ll be devouring plenty more.