By Crystal's Book World
J. Kenner introduced us to the Stark books, and now she is opening it up into Stark World with Wicked Grind. I love that Wyatt gets his story heard. If you have read any of the Stark books previously with Nikki and Damien, you will remember Wyatt as Nikki's hot photographer friend. We all knew that he had some skeletons from the past, but never got into much of it until now!
Wyatt is ready. He is ready to put himself out there without his family name. That is until Kelsey walks into his studio to audition to be a model in his story that has been years in the making. I love that Cass and Siobhan are more involved in this story. I love that J. Kenner gives us glimpses of previous characters, but also makes sure they do not take the spotlight away from Wyatt and Kelsey.
Wicked Grind will take this second chance romance to new heights. There was some missing links from the past that will now make sense in the present. Wyatt has always been a catch, but we see a new side of him. It is time for him to shine. Not just in the sense of the story line, but just in general. You will love the wicked sexy scenes, and see the beauty in a woman's form. I loved Wicked Grind and so excited to explore Stark World a little bit more.
J. Kenner Never Disappoints!!
What a great second-chance love story!! I'm a sucker for them! Kelsey & Wyatt fell in love as teenagers, only to be ripped apart by tragedy. Crossing paths again over a decade later, both in desperate, yet different situations, they undoubtedly need each other. They are each a means to the other's end. But hurts from the past and the lingering anger probably make working together a bad idea. Or is it? Can misunderstandings be explained? Can they let dow the walls they've built? After all those yeares, the pull is strong between them. Should they ignor it or embrace it? Loved this story and can't wait to see what's next!
Wicked Grind is a second chance romance that collides past with present, heartache with heartfelt...
By Kristie Koste
By: J. Kenner
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Review by Kristie K
Wicked Grind is a second chance romance that collides past with present, heartache with heartfelt, and sex with love…
Sometimes a second chance is all it takes to paint the perfect picture, or tear down perfectly constructed walls… Wyatt Royce is an up and coming photographer in the art world, and is preparing a show that could completely knock the world off it’s axis. He has just a few weeks to prepare the final piece…the climax…the masterpiece…but his muse is no where to be found. The “it girl” he so desperately needs hasn’t shown her beautiful face yet, and he is running out of time. Kelsey Draper is in desperate need of a job. When a friend offers her a shot at a modeling contract with a local photographer, Kelsey jumped at the chance. Sweet Kelsey Draper is as innocent as the day is long, but when she walks into the studio for the audition, the past greets her with stunning clarity as the boy she once loved stands before her…all grown up, and just as gorgeous as she remembered. Wyatt is confronted with his past, his muse, and his pain when the girl he once loved walks into his studio. Past meets present as secrets are brought to light, and past hurts color the relationships of the present. Both Wyatt and Kelsey hold pieces of a puzzle that when put together will reveal the secrets of their past and the possibilities for their future.
So, lets start at the top: The cover of Wicked Grind is HOT. The black, white, and red theme is stunning, and portrays the core of the storyline perfectly. The blurb gives you just enough of a taste to lure you in, and make you want more. The character development is amazing. I fell in love with both Wyatt and Kelsey from their first interaction. Kelsey is so pure of heart, innocent, and kind. Her love for her brother, and her sheltered upbringing color her every move. Wyatt is strong, but holds a genuine and soft heart within himself, and a strong desire to make his own way in the world. Both characters are damaged in their own way, with skeletons in their closet that altered their worlds. Each one of their secrets, their skeletons, their scars, bound them together and made them so much more real. The plot and storyline were not unique within the genre, but unique in their details and execution. It was sexy, sensual, emotional, and fun. J. Kenner wove emotion and pain together within the story, making the reader fell everything. Definitely another home run for J. Kenner, and a wonderful beginning to a new series!
By Sweet- Paradise
I absolutely, love this book. I love the way how the past was brought into the story and continued while telling the present. I was perfectly done. Not only that, but Wyatt and Kelsey are amazing together. It's just sad how her dad took his anger out on her for what her mother did to him. Most of all I'm glad Wyatt was their to bring her out of the darkness and into the light so she can expand her horizon. In return she taught him that not everyone is out to get something from you due to you being famous, rich or knowing a celebrity. In the end they were able to breakaway on their own terms and find their way to each other and made a name for themselves.
Sooo hot!!! A definite must read!
Omg! This was the book I didn't even know I was waiting for! While Wyatt has been a secondary, or even tertiary, character so far I loved reading about his story and childhood. While this seems to be strictly a standalone, I hope we get more info on these two in the future. So many questions! What happened with Griffin? Are him and Nia ever going to be a thing? What happened when Kelsey's dad found out??? I neeeeeeed answers lol!
Another sizzler by J Kenner!
I could not put this book down from start to end - and leaves you wanting more! Introducing a new couple in Stark World. Overcoming their young past to help Kelsey heal in the present, Wyatt finds his perfect muse returned to him in this sizzling hot and sexy quick read. Sure hope we get to read more of their story in future installments of Stark World!
Finding the courage to be yourself and succeed in life can be scary. Wyatt and Kelsey are examples of love, trust and faith going awry. Can past hurts and miscommunication be fixed? Can Kelsey finally learn to accept herself as is? Will Wyatt risk his career for love?
A great Stark spin-off with humor, romance and a touch of angst. A fantastic read!
Love the Stark World!
By Christine Miller28
I was excited to go back into the Stark world and get Wyatt's story. Wyatt and Kelsey get a second chance at a romance Kelsey had run from 12 years ago. They had been children and now as adults, they reconnect on a photography shoot that Wyatt is doing. Kelsey is confined to a box that her father had put her in years before and Wyatt wants nothing more than to break her out. Can Kelsey truly discover who she is out of the box and what she wants? I thought this was a good second chance romance book and a great story about self discovery. Sometimes we all need to push the envelope to discover what is truly important to us. Sometimes we have to take what we want. Another good read in the Stark world!
By Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Wicked Grind (Stark World book 1)
written by J. KENNER
I love that familiar faces from previous series are mentioned in this book. I can never get enough of all the characters and previous storylines...I love that we get snippets of them along with each new series. J Kennedy never disappoints~her books just get better and better.
Kelsey Draper and Wyatt Royce have history from twelve years ago. Neither of them really knows the true story of how things ended between them right when they were actually just getting started. They both have regrets and it has shaped who they are today. You can feel their pain, insecurity, need, want and hesitation and yet as toxic as it all sounds you want them to make the leap of faith to see if they can overcome the past and trust again.
“You know you’re not playing fair.” “Maybe not,”... “But I like the way it feels to finally be in the game.”
Wyatt is working on a project that he has dreamed about for years. He's not sure he can pull it off, because his muse is no longer in his life and no else comes close to his vision.
“She was hotter than sin, and at the same times she was as cold as ice.”
Kelsey has so much guilt and regret from a mistake years ago. She is trying to right her wrongs, but may have to slip into more regret to save the person she should have protected years ago. She always thought she would do anything for her brother, but can she go through with Wyatt’s proposition? Can she finally step outside the box she has been trained to stay in? Will her heart be able to go through with it and walk away at the end unharmed?
“He reached down, grabbed another bottle, twisted off the cap, and took a long swallow. Because what the hell. He was already sore from the knife she’d stuck in him. Might as well anesthetize the wound.”