Review: Wicked Grind by J. Kenner (Wicked/Stark World #1)


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

Wicked Grind is the first in J. Kenner's new series, which I'm honestly not sure if it's called Wicked or Stark World, since the author has called the books the former but they've been labeled the latter on Goodreads. Anyway, this series slash spin-off starter is a second chance romance between two erstwhile lovers, Wyatt Royce and Kelsey Draper, whose paths cross just as his career as a photographer is at the cusp of reaching a level he's only dreamed of while her dreams of being a professional dancer are no longer at the top of her list of priorities, focusing instead on taking care of her younger brother. With Kelsey desperately needing an influx of cash for her brother's medical needs, she decides to try her luck modeling for a photographer who just happens to be the boy she fell in love with twelve years ago--the same one she left behind without a word of goodbye or explanation. Wyatt has never forgotten Kelsey nor has he forgotten how she broke his heart. She's the perfect muse for his upcoming exhibit--she's ALWAYS been his muse--but can these two move beyond their past in order to move together to their future?

J. Kenner delivers yet again with her latest release, which isn't much of a surprise. What was a surprise was this second chance romance being as much of a slow burn that it was. Wyatt and Kelsey's story is partly told in flashbacks, showing how they met, forged a friendship, and fell in love. Of course, it also shows just what caused the separation that had Kelsey cutting ties with Wyatt. I understood why she felt she had no other alternative to do what she did, but I also understood why Wyatt felt and continues to feel the way that he does over what she did. No one wants to be left behind, but it's even worse when you have no idea why it happened and you're left wondering if it was something you did and if you could have prevented it all from unraveling the way it did. It took a bit longer for me to have any sort of affection for Wyatt than it did with Kelsey, but once I saw that he wasn't as big of a jerk as he originally came off as at the start, he won me over. Wicked Grind was a well-written story about love, forgiveness, and acceptance satisfied the romance reader in me and proved J. Kenner's still got it. Four stars! ♥

Release Date: 11 July 2017

Date Read: 11 July 2017

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