Hold Me by J. Kenner… ARC Review

Hold Me releases tomorrow! 


My life with Damien has never been fuller. Every day is a miracle, and every night I lose myself in the oasis of his arms.

But there are new challenges, too. Our families. Our careers. And new responsibilities that test us with unrelenting, unexpected trials.

I know we will survive—we have to. Because I cannot live without Damien by my side. But sometimes the darkness seems overwhelming, and I am terrified that the day will come when Damien cannot bring the light. And I will have to find the strength inside myself to find my way back into his arms.

My Review:

Hold Me is the newest work from author J. Kenner and is also novella number eight in the 2017 1.001 Dark Nights lineup and I have to say…Ms. Kenner has once again written a story I swooned over! This book was just so many things!

So here’s the thing….Julie Kenner could write my weekly grocery list and it would be freaking amazing.  I mean there is nothing this woman can’t write.  I’m telling you, nothing.  But here’s the thing with this particular story…it was so darn relatable and it resonated with me (and I have a feeling it with a lot of you) on so many levels.  Yes, Nikki and Damian have gone through tough times and, yes, the emotion throughout their series of stories are amazingly moving but with this novella we get to see a layer of “normal” that I appreciated so damn much.  In other words: a woman simply navigating life…motherhood, marriage, career, and self.  The vulnerability both Nikki and Damien display in this story is beautiful and poignant and I loved it so much.  I don’t want to spoil any of the feels for you but I will say that Nikki’s journey is one I think many woman can relate to an it’s one I personally enjoyed tremendously.  I laughed and I cried while reading this novella and I want to thank Ms. Kenner for giving us this particular slice of Nikki and Damian’s life.

I hope you all enjoy Hold Me as much as I did…I’m pretty sure you will!

Five Loves

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About the author:
Julie - J Kenner Author PhotoJ.Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy 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 York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.





  1. Kathy Valentine says:

    Awesome review Jillian!!! ,shared on all my socials!!!

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