Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
Bitch Slap is the new novella from bestselling author J. Kenner and is the first in her Bitch series. I don't think this is part of the Stark universe, even though there is a mention of Stark Industries and the male main character does know and have a conversation with one of the characters from said universe. The book starts off with a case of mistaken identity between thirty-four-year-old Pierce Blackwell, co-owner of security firm Blackwell-Lyon and a former member of Special Forces, and twenty-seven-year-old Jezebel Stuart, manager to her currently infamous actress sister. Both Pierce and Jez leave lasting impressions on one another--and not necessarily the good kind. But when Pierce sees that Jez--and her sister--needs what he--and Blackwell-Lyon--can offer, how could he possibly leave her be? They've been burned in the past, but how long can they resist the simmering heat between them?
This was a quick read and is a pretty good introduction to a new series, giving readers enough of a peek at the other potential players--Pierce's co-owners of Blackwell-Lyon, twin brothers Connor and Cayden Lyon, and maybe his younger sister Kerrie. The story is fast-paced and has very little drama and angst, making it nearly complication-free, which was a surprise considering the Stark books and numerous spin-offs tended to have cornered the market in terms of complications and drama. There's a fair amount of chemistry between Pierce and Jez, though I found myself wanting more interaction. Would I necessarily call Jez a "bitch"? Not really. She was protective of her sister and wary of Pierce in the beginning, but she trusted him quickly enough and wasn't necessarily nasty nor bitchy. The beginning and the male POV were the best things about Bitch Slap but it left me wanting. Three stars. ♥
Date Read: 03 June 2017
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