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Wicked Grind (Stark World #1)

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Sometimes, it feels so damn good to be bad …

From New York Times and #1 International bestselling author J. Kenner, the first in an all new series of fast-paced, provocative novels centering around the ambitious, wealthy, and powerful men who work in the glamorous and exciting world of the Stark International conglomerate … and the sexy and passionate women who bring them t
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published July 11th 2017
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✮✮✮ 4.5 STARS ✮✮✮

Wyatt is preparing the show of a lifetime - a set of one-of-a-kind erotic photography. With is project he wants to step out of the huge shadow cast by his Hollywood family. All he misses is the centerpiece of his show, a model uniting innocence, sensuality and eroticism. It's 27 days before opening and he still hasn't found the perfect model
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Second chances romance are like my kryptonite so when I saw this, I knew I had to read it. From life getting in the way or whether it was just bad timing, you can’t deny the feeling you get when you know you’ve been handed another chance at getting your old love back. This was a story of love, forgiveness, sexual desires, and finally becoming your own person.

Wyatt Royce is successful photographer. He sees things differently from you and I and having that type of eye, is what’s made him one o
Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)


descriptionI like this cover. Although it doesn't represent the story well. I mean a camera would have been a better choice for a graphic than a lipstick. Still, you have to give props for it's creative use. The red title work on the black and white background makes it pop as well.description

descriptionThis one was good but not great for me. It was well written and well paced for sure, but it was another one of these books where if the characters had a two-minute conversation I wouldn't have spent the majority of the book frust
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“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 an
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Wicked Grind by J. Kenner is a sexy, sinfully enticing erotic slow burn second chance romance!!! With Kenner’s intoxicating prose, she stages and develops a romance that will have you begging and craving for more as two former lovers reunite and discover the second time around was worth the wait.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well that couldn’t be more true for Wyatt Royce, a high in demand photographer who has an upcoming ex
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰




YAYYY a brand new J. Kenner book / series!


This is book one in the Wicked standalone series - all books slighty connect to the Stark world! We met all 3 guys in previous books!

Wyatt is the grandson of a Hollywood legend, but he wants to make it on his own - without grandma's last name. And he's almost made it. His landscape and architectural photographs have become pretty famous these last few years, but now he has a huge project coming up. A series of 50 sensual photographs of amazingly beautifu
Karen Mc ~ Bookalicious Babes Blog

Second chance romances are my weakness. J Kenner's sensual and sweet second chance romance, Wicked Grind, was MY KRYPTONITE.There is nothing as passionate and powerful than two former lovers rekindling that flame and two broken souls becoming whole again. Shiver-me-sexy meets sugary-sweet in Wicked Grind, a second chance romance that SEDUCES with every word.

I DEVOURED Wicked Grind that quickly became MY SWEET ADDICTION. Wicked Grind hums with DESIRE. This COLLISION of childhood lovers was my SWE
Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Genre: Erotica. Romance.

Once again, J Kenner releases another hot and sexy novel that will drop readers to their knees! Wicked Grind; the first book in the Stark World series where each book can stand alone, is devilishly good, wickedly hot, and filled with the kind of spice that will make readers sweat! Kenner knows how to write sexy and sassy romances and she successfully does every time she hits publish.

Normally, I don't read erotica (or books with a ton of se
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I am not sure where to start with Wicked Grind. First, and foremost, I love J. Kenner and her writing style. I’m usually really invested in her stories and can’t stop reading until I’m done. It took me a while to really get into this S.I.N novel. That does not mean that the story wasn’t interesting and sexy … it was. My drawback was Kelsey. I am a total sucker for strong woman who know how to go after and get what they want and Kelsey took a while to get to that place for me.

There was a lot of b
This erotically charged romance will have you buzzing from head to toe! 

For those of you who have never set foot in the Stark World, or if you've only dipped your little toe in, you are not alone! I must admit with some hesitancy that I am still a Stark Trilogy virgin. I have read the S.I.N. series, so I'm not completely in the dark with Damien Stark. I know that J. Kenner is an amazing writer when it comes to erotic romance, so when I heard that she was giving us the STARK WORLD series, I was s
Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle

4 Second Chance Crowns

Wicked Grind has been my first novel by J. Kenner, and while I really enjoyed it, this story was not as sexy as I expected. What I did find was a story that was a bit sweet with loads of sexual tension.

Wyatt has been born into Hollywood royalty, and, as a result, feels as though he lives in the shadows of his family. He looks for a way to stand on his own two feet and gain recognition for is own talents, something that, although different, h
Finally popped my J. Kenner cherry and it was definitely worth it! Wyatt Segel and Kelsey Draper's story was nothing short of sensual, alluring and intriguing as hell. There's just something about this tale that will make you keep on reading. It's like it'll dig in its hooks on you once you dive in and you just won't be able to stop flipping the pages, especially when you get deeper into the story. You'll also be so wound up from the tension curling around them in the present, then get hauled ba ...more
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I can't wait to read this one!!!


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Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't recommend all 3 wicked books highly enough. Wicked Grind is in eye catching Jade Green. I have to tell you all Wicked Grind is a must read. Wyatt Royce is always surrounded by naked women. He has eight women for a show but needs to find the final nine, but he only has twenty seven days before his solo show to find her. He wants this final ninth woman to be special she must be a virgin to the camera. Kelsey Draper needs fifteen thousand dollars to help her brother enroll in trails for an ...more
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Slow burn!!!!!
Review to come...
Kathleen R.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

4 unexpected stars

What i like about J Kenner's books, it's that somewhere and somehow, there's a link to the original Stark novels that started my journey with J Kenner so many years ago. I'll admit that after all the added instalments and series, i don't remember much but the basics of Nikki and Damien's first book, and yet, it's something that i look forward to remediating soon. Wyatt and Kelsey's story is loosely linked the the Stark family and yet it was completely independent from it
AC Book Blog (Anne Christine)
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is another wonderful second chance romance – young lovers reunited after a decade. Wyatt and Kelsey met one summer before Wyatt went off to photography school. Wyatt is hot, talented, and came from a well to do family. Wyatt is not short of girls hanging on to his every word but he only has eyes for Kelsey – a young, shy, beautiful dancer. I have to be honest I didn’t feel the heroine. Kelsey’s father is strict but it just seems that she is too shy and always running away from Wyatt. At tim ...more
Ryan - Sweet Red Reader
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-love
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book.

Initially, I was a little thrown by the unconventional narrative: the female lead's (Kelsey) chapters are written in first person, chapters told from Wyatt's (the male lead) perspective are told in third person, as are the flashbacks. Once I got used to the shifts, I really enjoyed the story. It was such an emotional and well told Second Chance Romance and was really true to life - it's so easy for outside forces to pull apart young love
Gretchen  (About That Story)
Talk about a story that had me filled with major anticipation and tension, this was it. Wyatt and Kelsey have an intense story and I hung on every word waiting for them to come together. Awesome read!

Full review to come.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wicked Grind is the first book in the new Wicked Standalone Series, by J Kenner, and what a beginning it is. This series runs parallel to the Stark Saga giving us glimpses of some of our faves, and the scene is one we’ve all come to love.

Wyatt Royce has been around for a while, and I’ve been intrigued by his character since his introduction, this is his story. A renowned photographer he’s searching for his muse, in walks Kelsey Draper, the ideal woman. His ideal woman.She’s in dire need of a pay
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wicked Grind is a sexy and erotic read that will make you fan yourself!
Wyatt is looking for the last masterpiece for his show. He has found models and have the pictures he needed but something is missing… the plat de résistance, his muse.

“No, the girl he wanted would be a virgin with the camera, and he'd be the one who would first capture that innocence.”

He knows what he wants but he does not where to find HER. Time is running out and Wyatt feels the pressure growing. When Kelsey turned up for
Erin Lewis
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a new author to me and be assured this will not be the last book I read.

I love a second chance of love story which is what Wicked Grind is.

Wyatt Royce is a photographer who career is about to take off. If and it's a big if he can find the perfect model to be the centerpiece of his sexy and controversial show.

Kelsey Draper wants to change her good girl image and she believes Wyatt is the man to help her.

However, these two have history together. Is Kelsey in too deep? Will Wyatt and his
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every time I enter J. Kenner’s Stark World, I’m transported into an erotically enticing environment - one that provides readers with multifaceted characters and a plot line rich with intrigue, heart, and emotion.

In Kenner’s newest release, Wicked Grind, she includes all of the components that readers have grown to adore about her stories and adds in a slow burn, second chance romance element that illustrates how difficult it is to break free from parental influence, how easy it is to believe the
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-2017
Wicked Grind (Stark World #1) by J Kenner
4 stars!!!

“He’s not a man, he’s a concept. A talisman. Fantasy mixed with memory and topped with a sprinkle of loss.”

J Kenner brings us Wicked Grind which is the first in a series of spin off books in the Stark Conglomerate World of the wealthy. J Kenner first caught my attention with the Starks and I have been a huge follower ever since, there is something about how this author pens her erotic romances that has me hooked from first to last page. I wi
Tanaka K
I love J. Kenner. I adore the Stark Trilogy because it was one of my first erotic romances I have ever read and the books that made me become the blogger I am. Everyone knows how sexy and enticing her romances. I mean they just suck you in and you are leave you totally craving them. When I heard that J. Kenner was writing romances in the Stark World, I was so excited. I could not contain it because there were some characters in the Stark Trilogy that I fell in love with that needed their own sto ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Wicked Grind is the first book in a new series by J. Kenner. As it is expected the book is connected with the rest of the Stark books, but those characters are just briefly mentioned. It's a stand-alone novel and the next book follows another couple which is nice. It doesn't give room for unnecessary drama.

Wyatt and Kelsey have a history together. 12 years ago they fell in love with each other, but some unexpected events separated them and in the present day they meet again. The flashbacks help
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica, con-rom, priority
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A second chance romance that was every bit as sweet and tender as it was sexy and provocative, Wicked Grind is the first novel in J. Kenner’s new spinoff series that’s tied to Damien Stark, his friends, family and work colleagues.

“Go a little wild, Ms. Draper. Cut loose. Take a risk.”
“Is that what you are? A risk?”
“Risk, reward. I’m pretty sure the two are tied together.”

I adore a good second chance romance and boy did J. Kenner do a great job here. The c
Dana ~ The Dirty Smut'atter
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, 2017
I read this with my girl Sultan.........we both had such high hopes for it and well Wyatt was great, it was like the bottom dropped off and we what could have been so good at the end. I really enjoyed the first almost 95% of the book and then the rug was pulled out in a very short conclusion. Don't get me wrong the main story is great, but I just felt so cheated with the way the end of the story was presented. I am sure I will see when this series takes us, but my hope would be she gives us more ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this fast when I got bored in a hotel room and, although I didn't personally enjoy it, it brought back the joy of reading. I went into a bookstore without any knowledge of a book that I wanted to read and I just went to the "Romance" section and looked. I didn't need my Goodreads app (that is honestly the slowest app in the world), I just looked.

Down to business now. I've never read this author but I've seen her books around Chapters a lot. The concept was great, back-story great, and the
Isha Coleman
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wicked Grind is a shining star in an already impressive cache of work. Kelsey and Wyatt quickly descend past the point of no return. The dominant photographer with the controlling ways reunites with the good girl on a quest to change her ways. It's gritty, meets sexy and creates magic. Who could ask for anything more?
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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
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