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Shadows of You

(Stark Security #1.5)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  522 ratings  ·  67 reviews
For two long years, Stark Security agent Denise Marshall has been alone, mourning her missing husband. But everything changes on Valentine’s Day when she encounters a mysterious man who seems to understand her deepest desires.

Shadows of You is a prequel to Broken With You, the second book in the Stark Security series. While Broken With You can be read without reading this
Kindle Edition, 27 pages
Published May 11th 2019 by Martini & Olive
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May 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great teaser for the next novel

Short but sweet--and steamy--this was the perfect lead in to Denny and Mason's full-length book. I can only imagine the emotional roller coaster it will be after this bittersweet yet hopeful glimpse of their situation.
Jessica Morales-Lafaille
Happy to be a part of the J. Kenner arc group. The only reason I was disappointed by this novella because it was so so short. Three chapters of J. Kenner writing is not enough. I'm dying to know what happens to Denny. Poor Denny has been waiting for two years to see or hear if her husband is dead. ...more
Pennie Morgan
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Short and sweet or not so sweet but sexy. Denise has been missing her husband who is undercover, deep under cover and has been for years. Today, Valentine's Day is their anniversary and her friends, Nikki and Jamie, have treated her to the Penthouse Suite and a massage. Just what she needs, to relax and regroup. However, when a woman shows up to "prepare" her she tells her she will be blindfolded. Okay, she can do that but when "The Master" shows those hands and that voice turns out to be someon ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now I can't wait to read their story!!!!!!!! ...more
Sandy S
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars--

About the book: Release Date May 11, 2019

For two long years, Stark Security agent Denise Marshall has been alone, mourning her missing husband. But everything changes on Valentine’s Day when she encounters a mysterious man who seems to understand her deepest desires.

Shadows of You is a prequel to Broken With You, the second book in the Stark Security series. While Broken With You can be read without reading this short, you don’t want to miss this steamy prequel!


Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
What we’ve learned along the journey with Stark is that what they do is dangerous, who they work with are dangerous and everything always screams danger. So when Denise’s husband is on assignment for years and can’t be reached, and no one can find a trace of him, we know that things are bad . and hard. and sad.

Denny (cute nick name right?) works for Stark – she used to be with another government agency like her husband, and now she works for Stark, but not in the field. She’s experienced too muc
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
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May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Romantic and bittersweet

Denise Marshall hasn’t seen her husband, Mason, in years. His mission has taken him deep cover and any contact would jeopardize his mission or Denise’s safety. We met Denise in Quincy and Eliza’s story in Shattered In You where both Denise and Quincy are partners who work for Stark Security.

On Valentine’s Day, Denise is missing her husband so much more. But her close friends rally for her and soon she has a mystery lover who takes over her lonely evening. Blindfolded for
Virginia VanSaders
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Leaves you wondering

Stark Security is a private security force for Stark International. Ryan is at the head of it, running it, overseen by Damien Stark. All the agents are as well trained as government operatives. Denise used to be a government operative. She burnt out, and now she sits at a desk at a desk working for Stark Security. Her husband, Mason, went undercover two years ago, and she hasn't heard a word from him since he left. She gets the surprise of her life, but she can only imagine..
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can't wait for the book to read more about Denise and if she will find her husband and to find out who the person is that showed up to give her the "master" massage. Her husband is a spy and has been undercover for over 2 years. Denise hasn't heard from him and is worry about him. I hope we find out more about Denise, her husband, and who that person was that gave her a massage that made her feel so, so good! I love Ms. Kenner's Stark world and all the different characters that we get to meet ...more
Lynette Ottley
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Blindfold Massage

If you have reluctantly, not seen your husband for two years and then get to be secretly massaged by him on Valentines Day it might drive you crazy. Well, this short prequel story charts this exact scenario for Denise. Except, being blindfolded she can't verify whether the person actually touching her and massaging her, is her Mason.

This short story literally wets the readers appetite and stimulates the senses for the next Stark Security book 'Broken with you'. As a J. Kenner f
Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
I love J Kenner’s writing. I could not put this book down once I started it. My heart was involved form the beginning!

What would you do if your husband was on a mission for his work and you haven’t heard from him for two years? Would you lose hope?

Denise doesn’t. She knows he’s alive and wants to find him.Stark Security, her employers, look into it. In the meantime, Nikki and Janie set up a spa day for Denise. Complete with a massage. A mysterious man massages her and He seems to know just wha
Mom's Guilty Pleasure
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadows of You A Stark Security Short Story J. KENNER

When I say this is a short story~I mean short...and on these few pages it is packed with heartache, hope, passion, mystery and friendship. What an incredible short read. I don’t know how J.Kenner pulled off all the emotions, twist and turns with such few words.

“I want to ask him if this fantasy was real. If he is real….
But I don’t...maybe, just maybe, I’m afraid of the answer.”
Sharon  in SF
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a quick, yet sensual read about Stark Security heroine, Denny, and her husband, Mason, who's been gone on a special assignment. On the surface, it's a romantic, secret rendez-vous. Although short, this prequel fits in uniquely in the full length story, Broken With You. Kenner's masterful storytelling with intricate details makes her romantic suspense books an exhilarating read, especially when set in the Stark World! ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Denise Marshall misses her husband Mason Walker who has been on an undercover assignment for two years. Now it's Valentine's Day and their anniversary and she has been given a gift of a massage. The attendant tells her to disrobe and gives her towels and a blindfold. The man comes in and she thinks he sounds like Mason. After sex in the bedroom, he leaves her with a cryptic note signed "The Master". He tells her he will see her again but does not know when or where but they will be together. ...more
Johanna Sawyer
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Novella provided by publisher in exchange for a honest opinion.

Short and sweet .....but shadows will be followed by a full book which I’ve already read. Denise has been two years without her husband Mason who is deep under cover. Her friends get her a hotel room and a masseuse by the name of Master, leads to hot sex with a stranger.....or is he?
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is very short, steamy and sexy! It's Valentine's Day and Denise has been missing her husband Mason desperately. He is very deep undercover and has been gone for such a long time. The distance is starting to get to her. A special treat set up by her friends turns into a night she will never forget. I loved this!
Proud_book_nerd  (Josie)
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a wicked tease

I first read this in the Be Mine anthology. And wanted there to be more. I'm so grateful I get to go from this to the whole story. I have no idea what it would feel like to know your husband has been gone for two full years. Talk about something amazing to give you just enough hope to latch on for more!
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
This a short but very erotic book. Denise (Denny) is in a blue mood.
She will be spending Valentine’s Day, which is also her anniversary, alone. Her husband is deep undercover on a secret assignment and unreachable.
Her friends at Stark Securities decide to cheer her up with a evening of pampering and a night in a penthouse suite. Denny gets more than pampered!
Mar 17, 2021 added it
No rating since it's a prequel and I don't feel it's fair. Definitely a book to read after the first one, because you would be more connected to the characters. I went into it without knowing the background of the story. Overall I didn't enjoy it but I did find the main storyline interesting so I will most likely read the first book. ...more
Wendy Hodges
Oct 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gosh this is heartbreaking. Poor Denny, missing her husband has become so hard, it's 2 years since he went deep undercover. Seeing so many friends happy and in love though is breaking her heart. But those friends step in. I loved the slight mystery and the surprise. A short but lovely read.Started and finished 2/10/21 ...more
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
If this does not get you ready for the actual book nothing will. Once again J. Kenner hooks the reader in and does not let go. This time it is with a shot of mystery when Denise is set up for a night of spa treatments only to have her desires met. I cannot wait for the full book!!!
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Quick read with a bit steamy. Due to the shortness of the story, a lot of what makes a story truly hot and steamy had to be left out. But it's a good set-up for the series/book #2. Looking forward to more of Denise and Mason, or The Master. ...more
Mary Jo
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Perfect sexy interlude for Denise and Mason while Mason is on a deep cover op and they’ve been separated for a few years. Denise gets the best Valentine’s surprise orchestrated by her friends that delivers just what the doctor ordered for Denise. What a fabulous couple.
Will Decker
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this afternoon quickie! It took a moment to buy into all the billionaire-esque BS, but once I reminded myself it's a romance and not a thriller, I got right into it and really enjoyed it. Kenner has a writing style that gets the point across with a minimum of words and it works. ...more
Rebecca Edger
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novella/prequel was a great way to see into the mind of Denny for a moment. To know what she is thinking and how much she truly misses her husband. I can not wait to read Broken with you and get the full story and see where Kenner takes these amazing stories!
Jennie Soto
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review: Shadows of You

This pre-quel has left me hurting for Denise. After everything she has been through not knowing where Mason is it is bittersweet to find out he is alive and back but no memories of her. And she's pregnant!! Can't wait to start Broken with you.
Sharon Shovan
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Denise works for Stark Security and has not seen her spouse, Mason, in 2 years. This is a little taste of what is to come in regards to Denise and Mason. It sure gets your heart pumping! Amazing tidbit!
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
I love reading about couples overcoming things that have happened and falling in love with one another again. One of the main characters was allegedly dead and had amnesia. It was nice seeing him fall in love with his wife who was a total stranger to him.
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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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