HIDDEN WITH YOU is the seventh instalment in J. Kenner’s contemporary, adult STARK SECURITY erotic, romantic suspense series-a part of the author’s Stark World. This is forty-four year old, former MI6 agent Jasper Kent, and twenty-three year old, author/heiress Zelda Clayton’s story line. HIDDEN WITH YOU can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from first person (Zelda) and third person (Jasper) perspectives HIDDEN WITH YOU follows the building but acrimonious relationship between forty-four year old, former MI6 agent Jasper Kent, and twenty-three year old, author/heiress Zelda Clayton. Years earlier former MI6 agent Jasper Kent lost his daughter Bonnie, and his wife Sandra, to a killer. Having searched for the person(s) responsible but to no avail, Jasper has moved to America where he begins working for the Stark Security organization in the hopes of using their resources to uncover the truth but Jasper never expected to come face to face with twenty-three year old author Zelda Clayton, a woman who stirs something deep within our story line hero, something Jasper had thought he lost a long time ago. From the outset, Jasper struggles with his attraction to a woman who is not his beloved wife, but a message from a stranger pits Jasper’s need for revenge, against the building love he feels for our story line heroine, a message that places Zelda in the direct line of fire. Enter author/heiress Zelda Clayton, and the woman with whom Jasper will fall in love. What ensues is the insta-lust to love relationship between Jasper and Zelda, and the potential fall-out as our heroine is targeted, and Jasper isn’t the only assassin hired for the job. Zelda Clayton does not have a close relationship with her mother, in the years since her father’s death, and her mother’s remarriage to former CIA operative Carter Malloy but the estrangement has never stopped Zelda from becoming her own woman, a woman who is now the target of an unknown assassin. Zelda’s attraction to Jasper was immediate but Jasper’s less than warm reception left Zelda, once again, reeling at another rejection from the men in her life. Jasper Kent’s only path in life is to discover the truth about the murder of his wife and child but when a message come through, promising to reveal the who, how and why, Jasper battles between head and heart knowing that to finally feel peace means to destroy the woman with whom he is falling in love. The relationhip between Jasper and Zelda is an age-gap romance; one of immediate attraction but when Zelda becomes the ‘aggressor’ Jasper struggles with the memories of his wife, the grief, and his inability to move forward. Zelda knows that a permanent relationship with Jasper is never going to happen as Zelda is unable to compete with memory of the past, a ghost Jasper is unable to let go. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate but I dislike the use of a certain four-letter word (although only used once) in my romance story lines. There is a large ensemble cast of colorful and familiar secondary and supporting characters, most of whom we have met in previous story lines including Nikki and Damien, Jamie and Ryan, Evelyn, Ollie and Trevor. We are introduced to Stark Security’s new Research and Analysis specialist Owen Porter, as well Leah Ramirez, Zelda’s friend Camille, and Zelda’s mother Amelia and step father Carter Malloy. HIDDEN WITH YOU is a story of power and greed, betrayal and vengeance, acceptance and moving forward. The fast paced premise is captivating and engaging; the romance is seductive and steamy; the characters are dynamic and broken.
J Kenner has done it again with a great mystery and age gap romance in the Stark Security series! Jasper takes a job with Stark Security in hopes for a means to find The Maestro. His first assignment is to protect Zelda and investigate a death threat on her life. Both of them have experienced heartbreak and given up on love but their attraction is too strong to ignore.
Stark Security is one of my favourite series so when I heard we were getting Hidden With You, I couldn’t wait to pick this one up. Zelda Clayton and Jasper Kent’s story was everything I expected and so much more and this gem of read is a must for all romantic suspense lovers. Ex MI6 agent Jasper is hired to protect Zelda, it’s a perfect cover because this is the woman he plans to kill. There is more to this man than anyone knows, an undercover paid assassin working for the highest bidder in the hope of getting enough money to track down the man who killed his wife and daughter and killing Zelda could get him the name is so desperate for. Zelda only let people see the side of her that’s fun and exciting , she hides the darkness and her fears of being abandoned so what happens when she falls for her bodyguard, will she once again find herself alone or even worse will she survive….. Problem is feelings soon come into play, so will Jasper follow through with his plan or will love change his life forever. This is a beautifully written story that tugged on my heartstrings, it has the perfect mix of suspense, mystery, passion and love, it has characters you will bond with and it’s a captivating tale that will take over your life. If you love romantic sus look no further than Hidden With You ( Stark Security #7).