Stark After Dark by J. Kenner…ARC Review

Stark After Dark releases tomorrow, 2/9/16




What happens after she says “yes”? Together in print for the first time, these four novellas—Take Me, Have Me, Play My Game, and Seduce Me—continue the story of billionaire Damien Stark and his fiancée, Nikki Fairchild, from J. Kenner’s Stark Trilogy: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me. STARK AFTER DARK (Bantam Trade Paperback; On Sale 2/9/16) follows the happy couple from their steamy engagement into wedded bliss, this addictive collection is perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You.

I’ve long dreamed of my fairy-tale wedding, but it wasn’t until I met Damien Stark—who captured me with his kisses and undid me with his touch—that I began to believe it was my destiny. Though we both carry secrets and scars, our shared passion heals us, binding us together. We have surrendered to each other completely, and our mutual ecstasy is the brightest light in my life.

But darkness still snakes through the cracks in our armor. Ghosts from our past have moved in, bringing fresh pain that cuts deep and threatens to destroy everything we hold dear.

Damien is my anchor to this world, and I am his. But if we are going to keep each other, we have to fight the shadows of our pasts to move forward into our future.



I was scared, y’all, legit scared when Jillian asked me if I wanted to review this anthology. In my eyes it already had three strikes against it: I thought I was over the billionaire trope; promo material said it was for people that liked the 50 Shades and Crossfire series and I didn’t  make it past the first book in either of those; I hadn’t read the original Stark trilogy and I HATE reading out of order.

But I like to challenge my long-held beliefs about reading.

And boy am I glad I did. Like, really glad.

I found these four stories to be the perfect mix of sweet & swoony romance, hot sex scenes, interesting secondary characters, family drama, and suspense. The pacing was spot on. Kenner gives the reader some engaging story, a hot sex scene, throws in a wrinkle or two, hot sex scene, hero comes to the rescue at just the right time looking like sex on a stick, naturally, which leads to another hot sex scene. I was never bored.

I loved each of these novellas. If you’ve read the original Stark trilogy, you’ll love following Nikki and Damien through their wedding and honeymoon with some romance, adventure, and role-playing fun thrown in.  And even if you haven’t read the original trilogy (like me!), you’ll still enjoy this stories. I’m planning to go back and read the first three books because I’m totally invested in this couple at this point. Plus, they keep referencing Damien paying Nikki one million dollars to pose nude and I SO NEED TO READ THAT.

4LovesRLBFour Loves

Stacey Sig


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J. Kenner is the New York Times bestselling author of Release Me, Claim Me, Complete Me, Wanted, Heated, Ignited, Say My Name, Under My Skin and the novellas “Take Me,” “Have Me,” and “Play My Game.” She spent more than ten years as a litigator in Southern California and central Texas, using her rare free time to indulge in her passion of writing. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughters.


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  1. You hit the nail on the head!

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