Review: Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner (Wicked Nights/Stark World #2)

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

Wicked Dirty is the second novel in bestselling author J. Kenner Wicked Nights series, which is, weirdly enough, also known as the Stark World series. If you've read Kenner's work before, you'll know that a lot of her more recent work are spun off of her bestselling Stark series. However, don't feel as if you need to read any of the previous books in any of the series that came before this one. Same goes for the novel that precedes this new release. You'll be able to fully enjoy Lyle Tarpin and Sugar Laine's romance, which pairs an up and coming Hollywood actor with a good guy, clean-cut image he needs to protect and a young woman desperately in need of cash in order to keep her family home. He's got secrets to keep and the only way he's able to meet certain needs is by engaging in paid sexual liaisons with highly discreet women he has no intention of ever crossing paths with again. She's left with no other option but to become an escort. Her client? Lyle Tarpin. It was supposed to one and done but compromising photos of them lead them into fabricated engagement that will soon have their hearts and lives all too entangled.

Kenner rarely disappoints and with the strong beginning this new series of hers had, anything less than great would have been shocking. Thankfully, expectations were met and happily so. With the amount of books I read, the whole faux relationship trope is one I'm more than familiar with, but it's been hit and miss on my end. Sometimes, I like it; oftentimes, I don't. In the case of Lyle and Laine's story, well, I rather liked it. There wasn't this whole overly convoluted plan that one of them came up with. These two were pushed into a situation in which their options were limited, thus, the need for the pretend engagement. The sex was unsurprisingly hot (hello, it's J. Kenner!) but goodness me, those swoony moments were above and beyond what I could have hoped for. Lyle and Laine were a couple you simply couldn't turn away. I enjoyed their story and I liked getting to know both of them and their personal histories. There's a lot of heart to balance out the heat and an honest-to-goodness well-written story that's worth reading. But then, it's penned by an author who's proven her mettle. 4.5 stars for Wicked Dirty. ♥


Read my reviews for the Wicked Nights/Stark World series:

Wicked Grind (book one) - four stars - My Review

Wicked Dirty (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review (posted above)


Date Read: 21 September 2017

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