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Ruined With You

(Stark Security #3)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  101 reviews
When her high maintenance boss is assaulted, manager Xena Morgan contacts the only person who can help—the sexy, arrogant, incredibly capable Stark Security agent Liam Foster. The former vigilante takes every case personally, and he's determined to find answers—particularly since he thought he'd cleared this threat already.

Xena had been thrilled when Liam completed his ass
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Martini & Olive
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4.5 stars

Add the name “Stark” to a book series by J. Kenner and you have my full attention from the start. The author managed to pull me in from the very beginning with this one name, but she kept me interested with the intensity of the action, the chemistry and the honesty of these characters.

Liam has a past that he wants to forget, and throwing himself into his job is the way to focus on anything but a relationship. Reeling from a mistake he feels he made in declaring that there was no longer
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"—he'd seen enough damaged people to know that her soul was at least as scarred as his."

There is no such thing as too much Stark and every time I'm reunited with a favorite character or meet a new one I'm in #BookBliss. I'm especially excited about this Stark Security spin-off because I really enjoy being a virtual team member in their covert operations.

Liam puts everything into his work and his friends. He doesn't scrimp on either, giving 110%. He purposely has not left anything for relations
Jessica Morales-Lafaille
This series has me so addicted. I waited impatiently to read this one. Now that I did I'm hoping the next book is about Emma (Eliza sister) and maybe Antonio. We met Eliza and Emma early in this series.

Liam has been protecting a singer. He's called back to be her guard after she is attacked. His attraction with Xena has became stronger. He knowsxshe is hiding something about her past.

Xena wants to get away from Liam. She feels the sexual tension between them. She doesn't want to put him in dang
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Ruined With You is the third book in Kenner's Stark Security series. I have not read the previous books (will rectify that) and while it did not ruin this particular story, as with all Kenner series, there is this underlying connection between the books that just really drives everything home. I would recommend reading them in order but again, can easily be read as standalone.

As for this book - WOW!! I have always known what to expect when it comes to Kenner's book - great characters and an amaz
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Ruined With You by J. Kenner is book 3 in the Stark Security Series. This is the story of Xena Morgan and Liam Foster. I have read the previous books which added to my enjoyment of this book, but you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Liam works for Stark Security where he had to help protect and solved the mystery of someone in Xena's life. Thinking his job was done and solved he walked away even though both had a true attraction. But both didn't plan on doing love or anythin
Amy Mccann
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've absolutely loved book 3 in the Stark Security Series by J.Kenner she's created another great set of characters.

Liam is all about his job he loves working for Stark and doesn't want to commit any time to a relationship but upon meeting Xena and the feel occasions they've met he realises something is seriously wrong with Xena when she starts acting suspiciously and Liam being the man he is cant leave any stone unturned and he truly knows what she's going through and something inside of him re
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Ruined With You is the third book in J. Kenner’s Stark Security series, and like the prior books the story works as a standalone. Despite this, I will admit to certain sections of the story going over the top of my head due to the fact I have not read all J. Kenner’s books. There were so many links to other books and series, which is great for long time fans, but felt like overkill to me.

Despite the fact there were a few points where I couldn’t keep the story of every side character straight in
Sandy S
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 24 2019

When her high maintenance boss is assaulted, manager Xena Morgan contacts the only person who can help—the sexy, arrogant, incredibly capable Stark Security agent Liam Foster. The former vigilante takes every case personally, and he's determined to find answers—particularly since he thought he'd cleared this threat already.

Xena had been thrilled when Liam completed his assignment, because he affected her in ways she didn't want to contempla
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fear is a powerful feeling; so much so that it forces people to live life differently than they would if that overwhelming emotion didn’t guide their choices and make them fearful of being fully themselves in a way that allows others to see who they truly are. With panic comes secrets and lies, which means that doing anything to protect the information that is solely theirs is something they’ll fight to the death for, but when a threat to unravel more than their past seems imminent, Xena Morgan ...more
Ruthie Taylor
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the third book in the series - and having read the previous two (and all things Stark!), I started out wondered how this could fit in ... but obviously Kenner is the master of the craft and gave us an excellent storyline which slips into the series in a very satisfying way indeed.

Xena calls Liam back, as his decision that her employer, Ella was safe has been put into serious question. However, one extra comment
Carly Wilson
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘Ruined with you’ is the third book in the Stark Security Series by J Kenner, and it was a real treat of a read!

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review, and I honestly enjoyed the story, the characters, the twists and the romance. It had a bit of everything I like in a book.

When a celebrity is randomly assaulted on her morning job, her manager Xena calls in Liam Foster to investigate. However, Liam is not new to his clients. He believed to have banished the threat, and had been con
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Ruined With You (Stark Security #3) by J. Kenner
4 stars
M/F Romance
Triggers: Sex trafficking, Stalking, Rape, Murder
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Xena loves her job. She is capable and has made a new life for herself. What she didn’t count on was her best friend needing a body guard. Enter Liam. He is hot, commanding and did I mention sexy?

Liam has a past that he has tried to outrun, forget, drive out of his mind and finally, accept. But, when he comes face to face wi
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As a former vigilante, Liam Foster knows how to get the job done. When a job from the past resurfaces it also opens up a spark between Liam and Xena. But will the baggage from her past keep Xena on the run? Or can Liam finally be able to acknowledge that you sometimes have to combine work and pleasure. In true J. Kenner style this book was filled with the perfect amount of deception, lies, action and angst. This was a perfect addition to the series and I look forward to more.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: priority, 0919, con-rom
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Deliciously sexy romance. Action and intrigue. Personal demons to conquer. What more can a reader ask for of a J. Kenner novel, right?

‘He’d seen enough damaged people to know that her soul was at least as scarred as his.’

I was so excited when I found out about Liam getting his own book. He’s been a character who has appeared in several Stark Universe stories and he’s always been this cool, badass guy that you just know has some d
Amy Dickinson
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Overall Grade: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you were to go back and look at all my Stark Security novel reviews, you’d probably see that I’ve rated them 4 to 4 1/2 stars. I’ve loved them all, partly because, as I’ve noted in other reviews, they are like “going home,” back to Stark and his right-hand man, Ryan Hunter. I am a sucker for what I call “extended universe” series. To a certain degree, it makes you seem like you’re watching a Marvel movie in the MCU with all of its interconnectedness. That’s a J. Kenner Sta
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love anything that has to deal with the Stark world and this third installment in the SSA series doesn’t fall short in any way. We knew that Liam had a past of sorts and that he was dark and mysterious and now its’ his turn to find happiness, or at least figure out how to move past his misery. We know that he was part of Deliverence, and that he and Dallas & Jane were really close all growing up because he was essentially part of their family. So it’s only late in the game that we see his ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't say it enough, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the Stark Security series by the brilliant J. Kenner. And one of my favorite things about it is the fact that each book is about a different couple, yet, all my favorites from previous books are involved as well. Ruined With You is Liam & Xena's story. See, Liam's newest job is to protect a pop star by removing the danger, which he believed he had done so, but did he really? Xena was so glad that Liam got rid of the threat to her high mainte ...more
PP's Bookshelf
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ruined With You by J. Kenner was sexy, intense and thrilling with just the right touch of darkness and erotica. This story took me back to the first time I read J. Kenner and fall in love with her storytelling. The characters are complex with layers of imperfection. The plot is tightly knit and intriguing with twists and turns. And the chemistry is scorching hot and so much more than physical attraction.

Liam, the highly acclaimed Stark Security member needs control everywhere. In bedroom. In a h
Heather Martin ogden
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I think Julie can't make me fall more in love with her writing she proves me wrong by bring another amazing beautiful story to my life. In Ruined With You, the third book of the Stark Security series she gives us the story of Liam and Xena. Liam is part of the Stark Security but must of you might remember him from the SIN series that Julie wrote. When I read the SIN seires I was praying that Julie would give Liam a story of his own....and she has. Liam has a past that shakes him from moving ...more
Shelly Reynolds
"I'm sorry."
"Sorry? Baby, you don't have anything to be sorry about."
"I think I used you."
"I think I liked it."

Oh, these men of Stark Security!! Who doesn't love a tall, muscled, dark, handsome man who makes it his priority to keep you safe? I know I do!!

Liam Foster just put his client in danger. Misreading the seriousness of threats is something he never does. So how did he get it so wrong? Or did he? When it becomes apparent that the target is not the pop-star he had been guarding, but someon
Gritty, thrilling, and bittersweet.

Liam and Xena are one tough couple. This suspenseful romance has two main characters with a deeply painful past. I could understand his life being independent from relationships because he lost hard too soon. Yet it's her experiences which really made my heart squeeze and weep. Especially as she recounted her harrowing memories in one liberating scene.

This story deals with sensitive issues of abuse and running for your life, and it also shows a strong woman w
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Liam Foster has definitely ruined me

Every book I read by J. kenner I class as "unputdownable". RUINED WITH YOU was yet another one. Her STARK SECURITY SERIES just keeps getting better and better. I love these alpha men and the equally strong women that come into their lives. This is the third book in this series and slots in with the others perfectly. it is sexy, sensual, thrilling with a touch of mystery and darkness.

Liam Foster is a man who has vowed never to love again, after losing the love
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ruined with you- J. Kenner

A Wicked Genius...that's what J. Kenner is. The ability to continually build a series of stories that draw in the reader and just seem to get more engaging than the previous ones.

This time she really Initiated an ending that has me squirming with anticipation for what the next book will hold. Nicely done!

Back to Ruined with you. Each time I open a book by this author I swear it's my favorite...that is to the next one comes about. This one is no exception. Liam's and Xe
Franci Neill
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: julie-kenner
5 Their Attraction is Undeniable Stars!!!

Once again Ms. Kenner has delivered a book that is full of moments that kept me on the edge of my seat with the tension and suspense as this story builds to a crescendo that she is a master at creating!

Liam and Xena are brought together when she hires Stark Security, which YAY I can never get too much of anyone or anything Stark related. While he handles this assignment like he does with everything in his life… it consumes him until the problem or missi
Debbie Hanson
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-review
Ruined With You
Stark Security # 3
J. Kenner

Another great story from the Stark Security group. Not that any story revolving, or including Damien Stark would be anything but awesome, so no surprise I loved it. Both Liam and Xena were perfect characters both on the page and in spirit. His alpha tendencies were hot to trot, and Xena’s return from an aweful past made her not only strong but vulnerable, which made her all the more loveable in my happy little world.

Running from a past, Xena is now
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
I have to agree that Stark Security and all the hotties that go with the name makes for a serious page turning, sweat pouring, panty melting read. These men know how to shut things down. The passion, heat, chemistry, and their seriously hot protective instincts makes for a determined read from beginning to the last tap of the ereader.

JK gives a set of characters that draw you in to the suspense, drama, romance. Liam and Xena both appear to have past lives that want something from them in the cu
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I loved this book and it is my new favorite of the Stark Security Series! This is the third book and it can be read as a standalone but I suggest reading the books in order. From the opening scene, this story will have any reader addicted. Liam is a former Deliverance operative so he is well versed in the ways of the world, especially growing up around Dallas and Jane. Xena is a woman who has seen things that no one should ever have to endure. Together these two are powerful characters with some ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Xena is a warrior and a survivor but when her past catches up with her, she has to admit that she needs help to beat the evil after her. She has worked so hard to build a new life while hiding. When the people after her put her friends in danger, she knows she has to run and start over. What she never expects is for Liam, from Stark Security, to follow her. For Xena, accepting help is hard, she wants to be the warrior, handling her own problems. Liam has been attracted to Xena from the moment he ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“...this is a man who sees things. But the more he breaks through the wall that surrounds me, the more I’m afraid he’ll discover my secrets. And that the truth will destroy everything.”

As I was reading this book I kept thinking that this may be the best writing J Kenner has done. Don’t get me wrong~I adore all Nikki and Damien books and they hold a special place in my heart...but there is something about the writing of this book that just captured my soul. It’s different than any Man of the Mont
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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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