Today, we have an exclusive excerpt and a giveaway from J. Kenner. AHH! Take My Dare released yesterday. I'm so excited to read this. The excerpt is AMAZING.
Title: Take My Dare
Series: Stark International Bk#4
Author: J. Kenner
Release Dates: November 8, 2016
SYNOPSIS:I’ve never been happier than I am with Jackson Steele. But I should know better than anyone that happiness always comes at a price ...My life with Jackson is nothing short of perfection. He is my love, my husband, the one man in all the world who makes me feel alive and whole. Our careers are on track. Our family is growing. And the ghosts of our past have been vanquished – or so I believed.When a wonderful night of sensuality and passion following a masquerade ball turns dark with the news that haunting, horrible photographs of me have surfaced, my old fears and insecurities threaten to knock me down, and it is only within Jackson’s arms that I find the strength to endure.But even Jackson’s protection may not be able to save us, because I know my husband well. And he will do whatever it takes—even if it means risking himself—in order to protect our family…Contains a bonus Steele Short Story, Steal My Heart!PURCHASE HERE:
He bit back a smile. He heard the challenge in her voice along with her rising excitement. “Because you need me, need this,” he said, releasing her wrist and cupping her ass. The shock of her bare skin against his palm shot through him, and damned if he didn’t almost lose it right then.
She whimpered a little as he tightened his grip on her rear. And then, wanting to torment them both, he urged her even closer so his erection pressed against her belly, and he had to fight the urge to pull her to the ground and take her hard right then. Lord knew they could both use it. Him, taking control. Her, surrendering it.
How many times had they done that very thing? Fought each other’s battles? Eased each other’s demons? She was like a balm to him, the only thing sometimes that kept him from beating the shit out of whatever poor soul stepped into the ring, an unknowing proxy for all the demons in his life.
And he did the same for her, easing her pain by taking the control she surrendered to him, in marked contrast to the times in her youth when that control had been ripped away without her consent.
They eased each other, helped each other, loved each other. He knew the cause of every hesitation, the color of every fear.
And that was why, when she tilted her head back and he saw the shadow in her eyes, he was certain he knew what was troubling her.
What he didn’t know was if Syl herself truly understood.
And so he waited, hating that his wife was in pain, but knowing that even though he was standing right by her, some of the distance she had to walk on her own.
“Syl,” he said gently. “What is it?”
“I do want you,” she whispered. “God, Jackson. I want you all the time. You know that. But now? Like this? I—I don’t want to need it so much.”
Her voice broke a little, and the sound was like a stab through his heart. He wanted to pull her close and take away all her pain, but he also knew that he had to let her finish talking. So he stayed perfectly still, even though the effort was almost more than he could bear.
“I should be past this. I’m so much stronger now.” She dropped her gaze along with her voice. “At least, I thought I was. I shouldn’t need your help to fight my battles.”
“Oh, baby, you are strong. You’re strong and fierce and amazing. But your father is getting out of prison today. Of course you’re off kilter.”
She managed a wry smile. “That’s one way of putting it.”
He pressed on, keeping his voice low. Steady. His eyes stayed on her face, making certain he didn’t push too far. “There’s nothing wrong with needing my support.”
She nodded. “I know. I do. And that’s not even all of it. I’m just—I don’t know…”
She drifted off, and he cupped her chin, easing it up so that she was forced to look right at him. “Yes, you do,” he said firmly. “And so do I.”
J. 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.