Hold Me: A Stark Ever After Novella

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner comes a new story in her Stark Ever After series…  


My life with Damien has never been fuller. Every day is a miracle, and every night I lose myself in the oasis of his arms. 

 

But there are new challenges, too. Our families. Our careers. And new responsibilities that test us with unrelenting, unexpected trials. 

 

I know we will survive—we have to. Because I cannot live without Damien by my side. But sometimes the darkness seems overwhelming, and I am terrified that the day will come when Damien cannot bring the light. And I will have to find the strength inside myself to find my way back into his arms.


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About the author

Julie Kenner, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) has published over forty novels and short stories in a variety of genres. Kenner is a two-time RITA finalist, the winner of Romantic Times' Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Contemporary Paranormal of 2001, the winner of the Reviewers International Organization's award for best romantic suspense of 2004 and best paranormal of 2005, and the winner of the National Readers' Choice Award for best mainstream book of 2005. Kenner writes a range of stories including sexy and quirky romances, young adult novels, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom as Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures. She is also the author of the Stark Trilogy which includes the titles Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me as J. Kenner, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Publisher
Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
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Published on
Aug 21, 2017
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Pages
81
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ISBN
9781945920288
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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From New York Times and #1 International bestselling author J. Kenner comes a new full-length novel in the wildly popular Stark Saga that’s left millions of readers breathless. 
His touch takes my breath away. Our passion feeds my soul... My love for Damien fills me, and the intensity of our bond brings me to my knees.  For him, there is no burden I wouldn’t bear, no decadent punishment to which I won’t submit.  The dark days seemingly behind us, we have carved a life out of adversity, chiseling away pain to reveal strength and beauty. Now, all I want is to laugh with our children in the sunlight, then surrender myself to Damien’s embrace in the dark.
But lingering secrets and hidden menace threaten our family. Now, Damien and I must forge a new strength from our shared passion and hope the fire between will burn away the darkness and protect everything we hold most dear.
This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful billionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and his beloved wife Nikki Fairchild Stark. Be sure not to miss any part of this sensual, romantic saga:
The Original Trilogy:Release MeClaim Me Complete Me
The Continuing Saga:Anchor MeLost With Me

The Novellas (shorter works that feature Nikki & Damien, and often introduce new characters in related series):Take MeHave MePlay My Game (introduces Jackson Steele from the novel, Say My Name)Seduce Me (can be read as a stand alone)Unwrap Me (It’s a Wonderful Life-themed Christmas novella)Deepest Kiss (includes Dallas Sykes from Dirtiest Secret and Wyatt Segal from Wicked Grind)Entice Me (precedes Anchor Me)Have Me (follows Anchor Me)Please Me (precedes Lost With Me)
Mick Garris, J. Kenner, Kealan Patrick Burke, Del James, and Bentley Little pry open a sarcophagus of horror and dread in Dark Screams: Volume Five, from Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the esteemed Cemetery Dance Publications.
 
EVERYTHING YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED by Mick Garris
It was supposed to be the night of his life: a celebration of his one hit slasher flick. But the price of admission is higher than this has-been filmmaker ever could have imagined.
 
THE ONE AND ONLY by J. Kenner
When he was seven, Will Underwood’s nanny told him she had the Sight. Years later, a broken heart sends him to New Orleans . . . but it’s fate that leads him to Madame Darkling’s Voodoo Emporium. 
 
THE LAND OF SUNSHINE by Kealan Patrick Burke
Although she was mute long before the affair that nearly wrecked their marriage, her silence has tortured her husband ever since. Now he will seek out what he has lost—or be driven mad by remorse.
 
MECHANICAL GRATITUDE by Del James
Arnold loves his ’68 Camaro almost as much as he loves his wife, and he’s willing to do anything to protect them both—especially after hearing strange noises coming from his garage.
 
THE PLAYHOUSE by Bentley Little
A real-estate agent is drawn into a children’s playhouse behind an abandoned property she’s trying to sell—and finds herself strangely reluctant to leave.

Praise for Dark Screams: Volume Five
 
“Freeman and Chizmar’s fifth horror anthology runs the gamut from throwback horror to lyrical and heartbreaking tales. . . . This collection will satisfy.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“A horror fan’s dream . . . As with the rest of the series, fans of the genre should not hesitate to pick this one up.”—Examiner.com
 
“You can discover new authors and rediscover old ones, and that’s always a good thing in my book. Recommended for fans of short story collections!”—Char’s Horror Corner
 
“Dark Screams: Volume Five builds on the success of previous volumes, with the editors picking top-notch horror stories from old pros and new stars alike.”—Battered, Tattered, Yellowed & Creased
 
“I cannot help showering praise on every single installment in this ongoing series, with this latest being no exception. . . . Dark Screams: One through Four and especially Five are perfect reads for the Halloween season.”—LitReactor
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From J. Kenner comes the third novel in the fast-paced trilogy including Release Me and Claim Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms.
 
Our desire runs deep. But our secrets cut close.
 
Beautiful, strong, and commanding, Damien Stark fills a void in me that no other man can touch. His fierce cravings push me beyond the brink of bliss—and unleash a wild passion that utterly consumes us both.
 
Yet beneath his need for dominance, he carries the wounds of a painful past. Haunted by a legacy of dark secrets and broken trust, he seeks release in our shared ecstasy, the heat between us burning stronger each day.
 
Our attraction is undeniable, our obsession inevitable. Yet not even Damien can run from his ghosts, or shield us from the dangers yet to come.

BONUS: This edition includes excerpts from J. Kenner’s Wanted and Say My Name.

Praise for Complete Me
 
“The conclusion of the Stark trilogy features the intense, all-consuming passion that readers have come to expect from Kenner’s sensual prose and a tense, brooding narrative. . . . The revelations come fast, heightening the emotions of the series’ conclusion, reaching a fever pitch.”—RT Book Reviews (four stars)
 
“The roller coaster events of Complete Me give this novel a page-turning quality. . . . Immensely satisfying.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
“Complete Me is a perfect ending to the [Stark] trilogy. . . . You won’t be disappointed.”—Fresh Fiction
 
Complete Me is intended for mature audiences.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For fans of Release Me comes a series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees.
 
I knew better than to risk my heart. But fierce passion comes at a high price.
 
I grew up believing in right and wrong, good and evil, black and white. I knew better than to trust. And then I met Tyler Sharp.
 
Bold, charming, and dangerously sexy, Tyler always gets what he wants. But his smile can be deceiving, his dealings sordid, his ambitions ruthless. I thought I was the one woman strong enough to resist him, but our need for each other was too urgent to deny.
 
One look and I was in trouble. One touch and I was hooked. One night and I became his.
 
And now that I’ve fallen, there’s no going back.
 
Heated is intended for mature audiences.

INCLUDES THE BONUS STORY “TAKE ME”. 
This edition includes excerpts from J. Kenner's Say My Name and Release Me.

Praise for Heated
 
“A steamy story with a dark edge. Recommended for those seeking crime drama with spice.”—Library Journal
 
“Kenner may very well have cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them, and this second installment of her Most Wanted series goes a long way toward solidifying that claim. Her characters’ scorching, scandalous affair explores the very nature of attraction and desire, redeeming and changing them beyond measure. . . . Fans will no doubt love the games of power, overwhelming passion and self-defining relationship that Kenner has crafted, and come away eager for more.”—RT Book Reviews
 
“The plot is complex, the characters engaging, and J. Kenner’s passionate writing brings it all perfectly together.”—Harlequin Junkie
 
“In Julie Kenner’s typical masterful storytelling, nothing is as it seems. We are taken deeply into the plot twists and the danger of this . . . journey. The chemistry first felt by both Tyler and Sloanne during their first encounter roars into an all-consuming fire neither one can put out. . . . Take the same journey I did and you will not be disappointed!”—As You Wish Reviews
Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks are back in the powerful finale of a provocative, sizzling-hot trilogy set in the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me.

He’s the only man I’ve ever loved, and the one man I can’t bear to lose.

Jackson Steele is my light in this world. Charismatic, bold, and always in control, he knows what he wants and how to get it—and absolutely nothing stands in his way. His hold on me is magnetic, his claim on me complete, his kiss my ultimate escape.

We both harbor dark secrets that could tear our lives apart. Though we’ve tried to bury our pasts, there are certain people who won’t let us forget. But the closer danger comes, the brighter the fire between us burns—our ecstasy consuming and soothing us both.

There’s no telling what lies ahead, but I know that Jackson never gives in without a fight. I’d do anything he wants to keep him safe, give him anything he needs. And now that we’re in deep, nothing can make me run.

Praise for Under My Skin

“Intense . . . blistering in its sensuality . . . Fans of [J.] Kenner’s sizzling and emotional Stark International trilogy will find plenty to savor in this finale, as her troubled and passionate protagonists battle to save each other from the darkness that threatens to tear them apart.”—RT Book Reviews

“Red-hot and angsty . . . Kenner keeps readers guessing about who was responsible for Reed’s death until the very end, punctuating the story with hot and explicit sex scenes, questions about who’s trying to destroy the resort project that could make Sylvia’s career, and a red herring or two.”—Publishers Weekly

“Kenner does a wonderful job of displaying both Jackson’s and Sylvia’s secrets, pains, insecurities and the mechanisms they use when the stress is overwhelming. . . . A great series about determination, strong personalities, perseverance and standing strong under adversity. . . . A wonderful read!”—Fresh Fiction

“This trilogy has everything readers look for in a series. . . . It’s loaded with intrigue, mystery, conflict, and a powerful cast of supporting characters. At the same time it is a tender, beautiful romance between two people that have struggled with their pasts. . . . This book was intense, heartbreaking, emotional, and a page-turner.”—Smut Book Junkie

“Filled with all of the drama and seduction I have come to expect and love from J. Kenner, Under My Skin was a crazy-hot story that left me completely satisfied with our characters’ HEA.”—Harlequin Junkie

“Amazingly well written with detailed and complicated characters who are full of raw emotion, passion, and intensity . . . When Jackson and Sylvia are intimate, their passion is explosive and filled with wild desire. . . . The Stark International Trilogy is a must-read!”—About That Story

“This story has all the passion, love, heat, and nitty gritty, provocative sex you have come to love from the first two books.”—Itsy Bitsy Book Bits

“Kenner mixes a hot alpha man with a murder accusation, sabotage and sex so hot you’ll fall to your knees. . . . And throughout it all a thread of heat sizzles just underneath every single scene.”—Obsessed with Myshelf
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