By J. Kenner
- Release Date: 2017-11-14
- Genre: Contemporary
Wicked Torture J. Kenner Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Outwardly, Noah Carter is riding high as the tech world’s hottest new genius. Inside, he’s still reeling from the abduction of his wife and baby daughter eight years ago, and then the devastating discovery of his child’s body. For years, he kept up hope that his wife was alive, but now that she’s been declared legally dead, he’s thrown himself even more deeply into his work, cutting himself off from emotional ties because they just hurt too damn much.
Then he meets Kiki Porter, an eternal optimist with a killer work ethic and dreams of fronting a band. And everything changes. Even though he tries his damnedest to fight it…
Sexually, they are combustible together. But their true fire is emotional, though it is a slow to burn. But once it lights, it is all consuming. The relationship grows emotionally, the sex is hot, things are good.
But just when it’s looking like they might have a real future together, the past comes back to haunt them. And Noah’s going to have to decide what he’s willing to give up for love …
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A fantastic must read!!
This was a fantastic read!!! It drew me in from the beginning with a chance of reunited love, and kept me drawn in with just the right amount of drama, sexiness and suspense. My heart broke for Kiki, and the pain that Noah had put her previously. She turned out as this kick butt heroine, who made it on her own without him, and is guarded in a way one who has seen heartbreak before is. Noah is an awesome hero, who faces his own demons throughout the book. It was awesome to see a hero step up when he thought he was supposed to, but he lost the love of his life by doing so. The journey with them to rediscover their connection was fun, sexy, and had me tearing up at some parts. I would definitely recommend this read!!!
Not really for me
Ok. So this one I didn't like as much as the other two. I hate being in the review minority. But this one didn't work for me. The part I'm having a hard time with is getting over is the fact that Noah only wanted Kiki because his first wife died. So, if she was still alive this would not be an issue? But he loved Kiki and not his wife? He married his wife because she got pregnant before they broke up. After they only had been together a few months? He couldn't have been a father to a child without marrying its mother? Even though he was in a relationship with Kiki.
Second chances do exist
Noah and Kiki are the latest couple in the wonderful books that make up the Stark world.
Noah lost Kiki years ago and never got over her. In the meantime, he did what he thought was right and it was ripped away from him.
Kiki has been living her life trying to recover from the heartbreak Noah gave her. Just when she has things together and is truly moving on he comes back into her life.
Can she forgive what he did a decade ago and can their second chance give them the future they always wanted?
Fantastic Stark Universe Story
Noah & Kiki are a second chance romance riddled with guilt and what could-have-beens. Noah moves to Austin and sees his long lost love performing again. A simple kiss brings along a lot of memories. Through trials and tribulations, we see if this couple can find their way back to one another while dealing with ghosts and decisions of their past. I liked that Damien made several appearances in this story along with Lyle and Wyatt. Overall, I think this a fantastic story in the Stark Universe.
An emotional roller coaster...
Wicked Torture by J. Kenner is the third book in the Stark World series. An emotional roller coaster of a novel with drama that both main characters will need to overcome in order to get their HEA.
Noah Carter is a genius and successful on the outside but inside he is tortured by his past and loss of his wife and his daughter after they were abducted more than eight years ago. Burying himself in his work, Noah has been keeping himself away from any emotional ties that is until he meets Kiki Porter again. His love whom he left behind for the woman having his child.
Kiki Porter is one of those people who sees the better side of things, but her history with Noah has left her less than optimistic about being with him.
J. Kenner once again has created complex characters which are passionate but tortured. Wicked Torture is a rocky ride when history tries to repeat it self but you can't help but root for Noah and Kiki to get it right this time. I enjoyed the battle between them that lit into something more and passion that was unquenchable. The constant battle that Kiki has with herself about Noah, and Noah's own struggles make a rather tortuous path that makes it all the sweeter in the end.
Overall, I recommend Wicked Torture by J. Kenner as a roller coaster of a book. With characters who have pasts with each other there are always boulders in the water to navigate and that is what drove the story forward and the characters together.
(I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the author in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
I didn’t want this book to end!
OH MAN! I need more Kiki and Noah! I didn't want their story to be over. Noah is a tortured soul. He has suffered heartbreak most people won't ever have to deal with. He's been suffering on his own and recently had to make a career change in order to help himself. He's coming around to the idea of finally living again. Kiki shows up unexpectedly in his life and ignites a passion between them that has never been forgotten. Kiki wants to fight it, but their chemistry is off the charts. I enjoyed watching them get the chance to get to know each other again. Neither one of them healed from the past and now they have the opportunity to finally get closure. I love a good second chance love story and this one is definitely not one to be missed! I was completely consumed by their story and didn't want to put the book down! I inhaled this read and absolutely LOVED it! Go grab your copy today!
A second chance at romance?
By Waiting to be fixed
It was love and then nothing for ten years until Kiki ran into Noah, the man who broke her heart into a million pieces after her first singing gig in years. Noah was not without his scars as well. He married a woman who he did not love because he did not want to be like his father and skip out on raising his child. However, fate had other plans for him and he never forgot about Kiki. Now the two are working together on a project for a Stark Enterprise offshoot and the feelings of the past are reigniting on both sides. Will they be able to forgive the past and forge a new relationship together? As usual Ms. Kenner has written a mesmeric addition to the Stark World trilogy with this third book and you will not be able to put it down.
I volunteered to read an arc of this book.
From Tortured to Scorched!
By Sharon in SF
I love all of J Kenner's Stark series novels (and novellas)! All of her Heroes and heroines possess strong character traits, story plots twist and turn, and most end in satisfying HEA's! I say most, mainly, because I always want more Nikki and Damien!
Wicked Torture follows the same great format, where we finally see into computer genius, Noah Carter, and his second chance heroine, Kiki Porter. Fate reunites them on a chance meeting when Noah decides to go have a drink in a local bar rather than return to his hotel room. He's recently relocated to head up Stark Applied Technology Austin (SATA- I doubt this acronym was a coincidental match for the SATA hard drive in some of our computers).
He was in love with Kiki about 10 years prior when he made a decision to do the "right thing" which left both of them devastated. He's not only been carrying guilt for feeling responsible for his wife and daughter's deaths, but also for hurting Kiki when they broke up. When they meet again, both are reluctant to rekindle anything because Noah still carries a profound guilt for how deeply he hurt Kiki, and Kiki doesn't know if she can ever trust Noah with her heart again. Of course neither of them are really able to bury the love they still carry for one another so they agree to "cautiously" proceed. The scenes when they finally let their guard down explode with passion as if no time has passed. In the working world, they complement one another so well, and I absolutely love Noah for supporting Kiki in her dream of restarting her music career.
In the twist and turns of the story plot, characters from other Stark Universe books make cameos, which makes readers like this reviewer, giddy with seeing some of their "old friends" again! Enjoyed the epilogue, though I wish it would have been longer! All in all, J Kenner did not disappoint!
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
4.5 Wicked Stars!
Wicked Torture by J. Kenner was very wicked in the sense that the author truly played with our emotions in this third installment of The Stark World. In this book, Kenner didn’t hold back at all as she hooked, punched, and left reader begging for more in this deeply poignant, heartwarming and beautiful second chance love story. In all honesty, this is one of those reads you have to read for yourself and trust me when I tell you, you will indeed fall in love with Kenner’s hypnotic and sexy prose. So if you are ready for a romance that will make your heart ache and at the same time be filled with so much yearning then this is the book for you.
Ack Noah and Kiki's story! Noah and his life just make you want to alternately bawl for him and hug him. He has been through so much and you really just feel for him while you can't believe how he is living with his past.
Kiki is finally living her dream and singing. Until the one day she picks up the mic again and sees Noah - the one who made it all go away.
This Stark World series is AMAZING and I will definitely be re-reading it again. I need another visit to the stories.
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