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Start Me Up

(Man of the Month #4)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  683 ratings  ·  200 reviews
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 th
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 250 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Martini & Olive Books
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Mindy Lou's Book Review
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
The Man of the Month series all started when the local bar called The Fix on Sixth's loan was called in. Tyree, the owner, trusted the wrong guy to finance the start of the bar and now this guy wants the loan paid off in full or lose it.

Employees and friends do not want to see the bar close. Long time friends, Jenna, Reece and Brent jump in to invest in the bar and come up with ways to raise money and bring more customers in.

Jenna comes up with the idea to hold a Calendar of the Month contest
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Hey romance readers….it’s time to wake up to Mornings With Wood in J. Kenner’s latest installment of the Man of the Month Series. Yes, it’s time to meet Mr. April and boy oh boy this man got some serious wood. (pun intended, haha) That’s right, Nolan Wood in Start Me Up is your morning radio DJ who has built a name and reputation for himself. And so when he meets a young woman at a bar, he never expected this hot one night stand to be so
Marie Vasquez
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-reviewed
Overall: 4/5 stars
Naughty Factor: 3/5
POV: Dual/3rd person

So far, I think Mr. April is my #ManoftheMonth. I fell in love with Nolan from the start. He was funny and a bit raunchy with a kind heart and a sexy bod. His personality just spoke to my introvert self.

With Nolan and Shelby’s instant connection, they were a great example of opposites attract. For someone as prim and proper Shelby was, Nolan made it easy for her to let down many of her walls and sate her curiosity in and out of the sheets
Simply Love Book Reviews
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Yep, I got to smile again last Friday when I opened my Kindle. I knew Nolan was waiting for me and I couldn't wait to read all about him. But, I am really starting to wonder if The Fifth on Six has nothing but hot men with really hot bodies that know just what to do with a woman.
Nolan … raunchy, gorgeous and outrageous. His radio show, Mornings with Wood was just down-right hysterical. Give him a story and he'll find something in it to have fun with. Usually dirty and always laugh-out-loud funn

Mr. April is here!

Cute, sexy read where opposites attract and a tortured Hero who isn’t actually that tortured. I had a lot of fun with this even if I didn’t want to if I am being honest.

The writing is engaging and keeps you highly entertained. The characters are solid and in depth and you just want to be part of the gang and The Fix on Sixth and to see this Austin institution to keep going.

It is time for Nolan Wood & Shelby Drake to find their happily for now.

Nolan Wood is an Austin celebrity
Sofia Lazaridou
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Nolan is a good character. He is unashamed of what he does for a living and his is enjoying life. One night at a bar he meets Shelby and their chemistry is explosive. They end up in bed and things couldn't go further than that because Shelby has a boyfriend who is perfect for her life. He checks all her boxes for the perfect husband, so he must stay in the picture. They are not exclusive though since they didn't have the talk and what Shelby did with Nolan is justified. Not. I wasn't happy with ...more
Bookgasms Book Blog
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: missy
I am so enjoying this amazing Man of the Month series!

Start Me Up's Mr. April is Nolan Wood, a morning radio shock jock. He's rude, crude and no topic is off limits from his radio show. And he isn't lacking attention from the ladies. But there's no one special in his life—no one who gets too close to see the real man behind the mask he wears. Until Shelby Drake.

Shelby is not Nolan's normal type. She's smart, quiet, goal-oriented, and focused. She's not one to fall into the arms of a handsome pl
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Start Me Up is the fourth book in J. Kenner’s Man of the Month series, and it’s another winner. After finishing book one, Down on Me, I was excited for more; after finishing book two, Hold on Tight, I was desperate for more; after finishing book three, Need You Now, my desperation had reached epic proportions. Now, four books in, I’m starting to regret my decision to read these books as they release – a part of me wishes I had waited until all twelve were out, and then I would binge read them al ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
‘Mornings with Wood’ – how awesome of a double entendre is that catchy radio talk show title?

And let me tell you, Nolan Wood’s On-Air personality is all about lewd comments, raunchy remarks, as well as a bevy of humorous and sexy undertones that make his show a hit with the ladies and a good way to spend mornings for all KIKX radio listeners.

But beneath Nolan’s joker personality and his easy going lifestyle is a man that he allows few people to see; the man who’s a bit jaded when it comes to rel
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars

Start Me Up in book four in this binge-reading series from J. Kenner. For someone who isn't a fan of quick stories (I need depth in my books), I am really enjoying these quick reads.

Book four is Nolan's book and we get to delve more into him and his ways. Nolan is a radio DJ and quite filthy one at that. He pushes the boundaries but has so much fun doing it. When the series started, I didn't really care for Nolan when we first met him, but I enjoyed getting to know him more in this b
A hilariously sweet and sexy romantic comedy that'll have you laughing and drooling and swooning...

I'm not sure how to vocalise how I feel. It's no secret that I am in love and in lust with this series. For me, The Man of the Month series is such a genius concept. J. Kenner has really pulled it out of the bag for me. I'll admit that Reece (Down On Me #1) has been really hard for me to let go of, however Nolan  has come very close to ruining me. I went in struggling to see how Julie was going to
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
"He'd stolen into her dreams and barged into her thoughts."

I'm really enjoying Man of the Month which is accurately described as a binge reading series. Each book either introduces a new character or gives readers a closer look at one they've already met in a previous installment. You can't help but get attached to them and their varied but perfect mix of colorful characters from all walks of life. I especially enjoyed this one that I'd classify as #OppositesAttract.

Shelby is an accountant.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

*** ARC kindly provided for an honest review. ***

The Fix became the matchmaking place for sure.

For this man of the month, please meet Nolan Wood, local celebrity, infamous radio playboy, who’s gonna meet his match.

April didn’t know what’s gonna hit him when Shelby Drake, who was trying to run away from the first time they met, a sexy paradox that Nolan is willing to unravel.

When opposites did attract and when one night of passion turned into something more, Nolan wasn’t going to giv
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy
Yep it’s official Mr April is my favorite!!! But seriously don’t hold me to it because all the guys in this series has been amazing so far and we still have 8 more meet. I love these short stories that deliver enough romance, sass, humor, close comradely that unites all the characters in this world that J. Kenner has built.

Start Me Up is the perfect addition to the series. One night stand between local morning radio show celebrity, Nolan Wood and buttoned-down accountant, Shelby Drake. They are
Ruthie Taylor
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the fourth in the series and I am loving this series - it is becoming a firm favourite when it hits my Kindle, and feels rather like a romantic tv drama, but in e-ink! Now that we are four books in, there are subtle overlaps and a depth which can only develop over time. I would definitely recommend that you read them in order.

In this installment we learn more about radio DJ and joker, Nolan, and discover his dee
Sissy's Romance Book Review
START ME UP by J. Kenner is Book Four in the "Man of the Month" series. This is the story of Nolan Wood and Shelby Drake. This is a standalone book.
Shelby has plans for her life to work hard, marry and have kids. Shelby has just started dating a Professor Named Alan who checks all the boxes she is looking for in a man to marry but he doesn't check off the exciting and sexually exciting box. During a bachelorette party at a bar she happens to meet Nolan a famous DJ who is all about excitement an
Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

The Newest Man of The Month story, Start Me Up is everything dreamy, sexy and sweet! I have been intrigued with Nolan since the moment I first met him in previous books and I have to say, he is more than I expected. He is supremely gorgeous, and knows how to take sensual, decadent control and I found the way he made his life to be truly amazing. He hides a bit of darkness in him but all it took was a special woman for him to want to get out of that darkness. She
Booked & Busy Book Blog
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Fix on Sixth is once again the place to be with Mr. April!

Nolan is a sexy morning radio show host who has no filter. Shelby is a CPA who is waiting to make partner. These two opposites definitely attract when they meet at the Fix on Sixth during a bachelorette party. A one night stand leads to so much more but when miscommunication comes into play, are they destined to be over before they really start?

Nolan and Shelby were a breath of fresh air. Start Me Up was a really enjoyable read that h
Tania's Book Blog
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quick and short read but very good. Shelby and Nolan were omg so completely different but oh so damn good for each other.

Shelby was a very educated woman that had her life planned out just to please her parents. She was controlled by them. Nolan was a high school dropout but was the local celebrity DJ. On paper they make no sense but in the bedroom they were compatible.

At first Shelby didn’t want Nolan and he wanted her from the very start. When they finally hooked up things were looking up unti
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: con-rom
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Opposites attract stories don’t get much more fun or steamy than this! Start Me Up paired a naughty-talkin’ radio host with a buttoned-up CPA and boy did the sparks fly between them, proving that J. Kenner’s Man of the Month series is only getting hotter with each new book.

First off, each of the romances in this series can be read as standalones–although I’ve loved them all so far and would highly recommend reading every single one. If you’ve been follow
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Start Me Up by J. Kenner is part of the Man of the Month Series. Nolan Wood is a character we know from previous books. He has worked his way up and made a name for himself in the the local broadcast industry. Shelby Drake is a wiz with numbers and planning. Things are ok and that's generally the way she likes it. When she goes out to a bachelorette party at The Fix on Sixth and meets Nolan, courtesy of inebriation loosening her up, things get interesting.

I liked how Nolan was in Start Me Up. J.
Shelly Reynolds
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"This woman had the power to break his heart - and that scared him to death."

I can't tell you enough about how much I am loving this series!! Each couple, each story, each book in this series is full of humor, a little heartbreak, and some steamy scenes!!

Nolan Wood never has to chase women. They come to him, wanting a piece of his celebrity ,his devastatingly good looks, and his....well, you know. As host of Austin's morning show Mornings With Wood, the raunchy, raw show full of innuendo's and d
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book, given by the author.
Beautiful and sweet story.
There was almost no drama, which is good for a change. They met, things clicked and after they decided they were perfect for each other there was no looking back.

I truly liked Shelby, but I hated what she did to her actual boyfriend.
Yeah they weren't exclusive or so she says, but she just kept stringing him along.
There was nothing wrong with their re
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author and Social Butterfly PR***

I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, and I love that they are all interconnected with the desire to save their favorite Austin bar, the Fix on Sixth.

And, oddly, what I really enjoyed about this one is that the setting wasn't really the bar. Yes, Nolan and Shelby meet there, and they start their relationship after what was only really a hookup...sort of. But then it branches out into Shelby and her work as a CPA at a somewhat cons
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Start Me Up

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

4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This by far has been my favorite out of the Man Of The Month Series. I loved the interaction between Nolan and Shelby. The way they were so at ease with each other and how they didn’t hold back was great. The pace of this book was also a plus, nothing felt rushed and you didn’t feel like you missed a whole section.

Shelby has always been the conservative one and always done what is expected of her, but when our for a frie
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Crazy Ass Must Read Stars!!!!!

If you haven't read this series, let me stop you right here. Start with book one, Down on Me. You don't necessarily have to start at the beginning but it is highly recommended you do so in order to get a better grasp on other characters and the backstory.
Now that that's out of the way....
This is my favorite book in this series. Nolan! I was intrigued by him and had been wanting his story. And this whole opposites attract thing just worked for me. Usually, I find
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Start Me Up was a fantastic surprise and one that had me quickly engaged in it.

This was an opposites attract romance. The two main characters couldn't be different with Nolan Wood as the morning radio host of "Mornings With Wood" (I mean you can imagine what type of radio show that is) and Shelby the accountant.

Shelby's proper, she comes from a background where everything is done by the book while as Nolan is anything but by the book.

This storyline was so cute and sweet yet sexy and funny at
Amber - TBR Book Blog
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Nolan!!!! He's crass, he's funny and he's hot. What more could you want?? Especially someone like Shelby to tame him. And she needs someone like Nolan to make sure she has fun and messes her up a little.

I really hope that Nolan will make an appearance in the rest of the series because he's perfect and I just love that about him!
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Each book just gets better and better.

Loving the series
Jenny B
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
And J Kenner has another winner in Start Me Up. These characters are a delight to read about and I think my favorite part was reading about them growing together. They each had their insecurities to work through and I loved the journey. This book went quickly (too quickly) and I loved all the sexy humor written from a morning DJ standpoint and just the humor in general. And the one thing that fuels my love for reading is watching how characters grow into who they are supposed to be which J Kenne ...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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