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Wicked Torture

(Stark World #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,059 ratings  ·  233 reviews
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, 300 pages
Published November 14th 2017
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Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

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✮✮✮ 3 STARS ✮✮✮

After Wicked Grind and Wicked Dirty I was very much looking forward to Wicked Torture. There were hints sprinkled in the second installment of the Stark World - I knew that Noah would have to work through some of the tragic events of his life. What the blurb doesn't say is that this is a second-chance romance.

Noah and Kiki were both likable, no - lovable, characters. Noah is the epitome of a good man. He always wants to do right by people. He is h
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
2.75-3 Stars
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

This was my first J. Kenner and I'm starting to disbelieve when they say a book is a standalone. A lot of characters from the other books popped up this one. This started off promising and I was excited to see where it was going, but a few chapters in it all went downhill for me. The direction of the storyline wasn't solid and I found myself frustrated with the H/h. I rolled my eyes a few times and about halfway through I just started ski
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“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.
Sentranced Jem
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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Title: Wicked Torture (Stark World #3)
Author: J.Kenner
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 14, 2017



Lord save me from having to read books that promise so many thing but deliver NOTHING! OK.. maybe Nothing is being a little too harsh! This was an OK book.. nothing to rave and rant about to your friends.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Noah & Kiki stars!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

descriptionHe’d tasted the past last night— and it had made him crave a future.”


descriptionSo I’m telling you right now, Kiki, I want more. I want it all. And I’m not a man who settles. Not anymore.”


Everybody knows by now that second chance are one of my weaknesses. I love to live the story. I love to see it blossom, and I love to see it fight karma and get its happily ever after.

I loved Kiki so much. The intensity of her feelings and the way she
Ever since I've read Wicked Dirty and got all the glimpses and teases of Noah Carter, I've been itching to know his story. I think of all the men in the Stark World series, Noah's was the one I was intrigued about the most. I knew he'd have an immensely interesting story, but I don't think I truly realized the gravity of how haunted and broken and so full of guilt and grief this man is. And god, by the end of this book, all I desperately wanted was for him to get his happily ever after with the ...more
| Arc provided in exchange for an honest review |

2.75-3 stars

I must say that I am a little bummed. I was excited to read this book as the description sounded right up my alley - full of angsty goodness. However, I struggled through it. There was so much going on and so many unanswered questions that I was lost from the very first chapter. The main characters were very easily swayed and always did the opposite of what they said they were going to do. That only made the story predictable and even
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰


YAYYY finally Noah's book!!!


We already met him in Dallas Sykes' trilogy - he used to work for this secret hostage rescue group.
And now Noah works as the boss in Damien Stark's Austin technology branch.
His friends tell him that it's finally time to start dating again. His wife and little daughter died nine years ago - he has to start living again.
But of course it's not that easy.
And then he sees her. Kiki.
She was the love of his life, until he had to break her heart to go marry Diana. Nobody real
Karen Mc
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Second chance romances are my WEAKNESS!!! There is nothing as passionate and powerful than two former lovers rekindling that flame and two broken souls becoming whole again. Pair a second-chance romance with J. Kenner’s seductive writing and you have some serious KRYPTONITE!!! J. Kenner's sensual, sweet, and suspenseful second-chance romance, Wicked Torture, was MY KRYPTONITE. This is story is one with the UTMOST of SECOND CHANCES, a second chance at both life and love!!!

Wicked Torture by J. K
Sofia Lazaridou
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-read-2
Wicked torture wasn't my kind of book. Both Noah and Kiki left me uninterested and I still count as a con the time it took us to find out what happened to them all those years back. It wasn't that big of a deal as they made it seem. It was a bad situation, but the way Noah said he had hurt Kiki made it seem like something bigger. To be honest I wasn't overly attached to their story and I am not very satisfied. Only Kiki developed over the years and Noah is practically the same man as he was. He ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review


Wicked Torture by J. Kenner was very wicked in the sense that the author truly played with our emotions in this third installment of The Stark World. In this book, Kenner didn’t hold back at all as she hooked, punched, and left reader begging for more in this deeply poignant, heartwarming and beautiful second chance love story. In all honesty, this is one of those reads you have to read for yourself and trust me when I tell you, you will ind
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author and InkSlingerPR***

A second chance romance needs to have a good reason for me to believe that the couple will not only be able to get over their past but will be able to do so enough to move forward.

This book had one of the best reasons I have ever encountered, and I read a lot of the second chance romance trope as it is a favorite of mine.

J. Kenner writes the story of Noah and Kiki as 2 people who were separated by circumstance, and then by their own inner demons a
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Wicked Torture by J Kenner is book Three in the "Stark World' series. This is the story of Noah Carter and Kiki Porter. I have not yet read the previous book so for me this was a standalone book.
Noah and Kiki met when they were younger and feel in love but they didn't end up together. Noah went on to marry Darla and had a baby girl but both of them were killed after being kidnapped. Kiki to had some hardship to live through but has works hard to move on. Now almost 10 years later they meet up a
Noah Carter did have two women in his life and a child but his wife Darla and his daughter Diana had been kidnapped in Mexico City. Noah's friends advised him to move on. Lyle tells Noah put yourself out there and interact with the world. Start breathing again man, trust me it's worth it. Noah moved to Austin to heal and break bad habits. Breaking bad habits is a hard thing to do. Noah knows that Kiki is the woman he wants and he will do whatever it takes to convince her. I did enjoy reading Wic ...more
Lea ★
ARC kindly provided by author.
Full review to come...
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

What a sad and tragic story Noah Carter had. I knew from the past two books that Noah had endured some do the worst pain imaginable. I just never realized exactly how tortured the beautiful Noah really was. Now I see how Ms. Jenner got the name of this book. It fit to a T!

Noah doesn’t believe he should get a happily ever after. He doesn’t think he deserves the love of a women. And certainly not that of the very talented and amazing Kiki Porter. Kiki and Noah go back, way back and let’s just say
A bit different than the first two books in the series, Wicked Torture is aptly titled. Much more emotional and heart wrenching than the previous installments, this one really guts you.

Noah and Kiki have a past. Noah made mistakes and they have been separated for a decade. Events made him become a workaholic, where he is thrown together once more with Kiki. The two embark on push pull, emotional ride. This is one that is hard to review, I'm nervous to spoil something, so I will just say this bo
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is the first book I have read in the Stark World and that includes the original Stark series. That said this book can very easily stand on its own since all of the other Stark characters are kind of in the background. This was most definitely a second chance romance for Noah and Kiki. When Noah chose another woman over Kiki ten years ago, neither had any idea just how big of an impact that decision would make. Now ten years later, both characters have a new life, but neither has moved on ro ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given ARC for honest review

I have to say even thou this was the third in the series & I haven't read the first two I was able to connect with the story.

This one is a second chance with your soul mate where life had interrupted & torn them apart. Kiki never got over Noah so just when she is getting her life back (10years later) Noah comes back into her life.

It was a fast but there connection couldn't be denied
Maria Naydenova
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This is my first book by J. Kenner that I received in exchange for my honest review. And although it wasn’t bad I can’t say it completely lived up to my expectations. I was very intrigued by the annotation and although I saw it’s a 3rd book in a series, I’ve read some reviews it could be read as a stand-alone, so I decided to give it a try since I’ve heard great things about this author.

The beginning picked my interest and it started very strong. I was curious about all the events that led up t
J.E. Benoit
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of the Book Boyfriend Addict ( A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

He’d tasted the past last night—and it had made him crave a future.

Noah Carter has been living in a fog of grief and guilt ever since his wife and child were abducted several years earlier. He kept hope that his wife was alive even after they recovered his daughter’s body, but after his wife was declared legally dead his hope died along with her. H
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received for an honest review

I love delving into the Starkiverse, and it feels like forever since I have been there.

And diving in there with Noah and Kiki was amazing, it was beautiful, it was heartbreaking.

She was the one that got away. The one who he broke. The one he always loved. Sigh.

I am a big fan of a second chance romance, and when it is done as wonderfully as Wicked Fortune, I don't want it to end.

I wanted to slap some sense into Noah at times, and my heart broke for Kiki as the sto
Tanaka The Bibliophile
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Stark World is a world I have grown to adore a lot. Wicked Grind and Wicked were by far the sexiest reads but Wicked Torture proved to be emotional and heart breaking. Full of soul, Wicked Torture was a beautiful with a electrifying romance that moved me deeply. J. Kenner is always my go to author. Her romances are always such a pleasure to read and mesmerizing. You can't help but fall in love with her sexy and sweet romances. She certainly delivered an incredible story that gave me so many ...more
Bookgasms Book Blog
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: missy
Man, I just love a good second-chance romance! And this second chance for Noah and Kiki in Wicked Torture is really good.

Noah’s been stuck in mourning for years. He’s blamed himself for the death of his wife and infant daughter and hasn’t given a thought to pursuing a relationship that lasts more than a few hours of hot and sexy times.

Kiki has been working so hard to make a name for herself in the business world and as a lead singer. By day she’s a highly sought after PR and marketing wiz and b
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book, given by the author.
This is one of those books that shakes the ground under you when you read it, the characters found their way into my heart and I couldn’t be happier.

We all had that kind of lost love we hoped would return and breath life back into our broken hearts, and most of the times unluckily it doesn’t happen.

But that’s not the case for our main characters Noah and Kiki, their story was
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I am once again going to be in the minority on this book. While I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and was really looking forward to this book, I felt a bit let down on how things played out.

We got to know Noah a little bit from the previous two books so we knew he had a rough past with losing his wife and child. It's been almost 10 years since they were both taken from him, but he hasn't been able to let go of the guilt he's carried. Plus the guilt of losing another woman in hi
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing

*received an arc in exchange for an honest review**

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

J. Kenner does it again with her 3rd book in the Stark World Series! She weaves a story of second chances and how to never give up on yourself. I loved Noah and Kiki’s story because it not only focuses on second chances but on not giving up on what you are passionate about. They will learn that they have so much to fight for and in the end it will be worth it. Once again you will get lost in the world of Stark and you will see some o
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Wicked Torture was a sizzling hot second chance romance that put this reader girl through the wringer emotionally. And I honestly would expect nothing less of J. Kenner’s powerful writing.

I love a really intensely passionate second chance romance and J. Kenner did a fantastic job here with Noah and Kiki’s stormy relationship. They truly were two people who had the worst timing and luck between them. Seriously…I felt so bad for them as there was such obvi
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I believe I would've enjoyed this book more 1. If I had read the first two books in the series and 2. If I was a huge fan of contemporary romance which I am not. The plot line is decent and novel. The prose and writing however was very jerky and didn't flow. I couldn't get lost in the book or the story. It was an ok read. My opinion of this book purely based on my preferences and expectations of a romance novel and nothing more. Received a copy of the book for an honest review. ...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 one hundred 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 Y

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