Sometimes passion has a price … When sexy Stark Security Chief Ryan Hunter whisks his girlfriend Jamie Archer away for a passionate, romance-filled weekend so he can finally pop the question, he’s certain that the answer will be an enthusiastic yes. So when Jamie tries to avoid the conversation, hiding her fears of commitment and change under a blanket of wild sensuality and decadent playtime in bed, Ryan is more determined than ever to convince Jamie that they belong together. Knowing there’s no halfway with this woman, Ryan gives her an ultimatum – marry him or walk away. Now Jamie is forced to face her deepest insecurities or risk destroying the best thing in her life. And it will take all of her strength, and all of Ryan’s love, to keep her right where she belongs…
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I was going to give 5 stars to the book, but in the end Jamie's reasons for not wanted to marry Hunter felt off to me and I decided to give it 4. Everything seemed to be going pretty well, but then something came up and things went downhill pretty fast. I am not going to elaborate more on that. I don't think I have ever said that I loved Jamie and I don't think I ever will. I might have wanted her to get her happy ending, but she is not my favorite person in this universe. I prefer Sylvia. What I really enjoyed and has stayed with me weeks after finishing the novella is the angst that it had. I just loved it and I wanted more. I miss having that angst in my novels and this book gave me the dose I needed. I am so happy about that. Ok, this book might have helped Jamie and Hunter move on as a couple, but I just can't stop thinking about the chapters were Hunter gave Jamie an ultimatum. I would have liked to read a chapter or two from Ryan's point of view and see what his thoughts were during that time. Would it be too much to ask for the next book to be narrated by Ryan? I want to see some male point of view. Plus, I like him more than Jamie. And yes, I do believe another book about Jamie and Ryan will be released because the star "trilogy" has expanded so much and Damien and Nikki have like 10 novellas written about them plus another book coming. Overall, this book gave me a mostly pleasant experience (and my dose of angst) so, I am happy with the book. It might have not been the best, but it's a good addition to the universe.
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.WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | YouTube | Amazon Author Page