“Sometimes, it feels so damn good to be bad…”
After devouring both Wicked Grind and Wicked Dirty I could not wait to get my hands on J Kenner’s third Stark World instalment, Wicked Torture; she did not disappoint with Noah and Kiki’s tantalising stark world story. I found Wicked Torture to be quite a heartbreakingly emotional second chance love story that I didn’t even see coming and it contains two of my favorite things, second chance love and a sweet tortured hero.
Poor sweet Noah. This man has been through so much in the last few years including the abduction of his wife Darla and his baby girl Diana in Mexico City. Understandably Noah struggles day to day and feels an immense amount of guilt for the loss he endures. As a result, he throws himself into his job by working long hours just to keep his guilt at bay.
“I lose myself in sorrow, clinging to tomorrow. I don’t know how I will get through…”
Kiki is beyond amazing and she is a true inspiration. She has been through her own hell, but has survived to tell the story through her music. My only issue with Kiki is I felt she gave in too easily to Noah and should have made him work harder for her. I felt she shouldn’t have been so open to getting hurt all over again, but that may also be because she was such a lovable and kind person.
If you love your second chance love stories filled with a mix of emotions, heartbreak and a witty-paced dialogue then check this one out. I have become a fan of J Kenner’s writing and the characters she creates. The attraction and passion both Noah and Kiki felt towards each other was intense and I knew despite their pasts and all the suffering they had both endured, their timeless love would conquer all obstacles.
I found Wicked Torture to be more emotional than the first two and I was drawn into Noah and Kiki’s story of love, heartache, guilt and loss. Even though Wicked Torture can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading the whole series as past and present make an appearance and you’ll want to get to know them more. I wait with baited breath to see what J Kenner delivers next.
About the Author:
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.