July 01, 2019

Broken With You by J. Kenner
True love never fades...

After surviving a troubled childhood, Denise can’t believe that she’s blissfully married to her partner and soulmate. She’s confident that not even Mason’s long-term, deep-cover assignment will shake their bond. And she certainly doesn’t anticipate that when he finally walks back through her door that he’ll have no memory of her, himself, or their time together…

When Mason is pulled out of an operation gone bad, all he knows is what he’s told — that he was a covert agent, that he has information vital to national security somewhere in his head, and that they can tell him no more for fear of burying those hard-fought secrets even further. They tell him nothing else; not even that the beautiful woman who makes his heart beat faster is not just his partner, but also his wife.

The secret she must keep wrecks Denise, who wants only to return to Mason’s arms. But despite the desire that still burns hot between them, she can’t tell him who she is—or that she’s carrying his child.

But when dark forces threaten both their lives in order to retrieve the information trapped in Mason’s mind, it’s not their past that will be tested, but the tenuous new love now burning hot between them.

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Standalone - Stark Security #2
Release - June 18, 2019
Genre - Romantic Suspense
Trope - amnesia, security
Dual POV - Heroine (1st) & Hero (3rd)
Heat - 3.5 out of 5
Format - eARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley
Length - 245 pages
Publisher - Martini & Olive

Will You Remember Me?

★★★★ 1/2

Stories about amnesiacs have always intrigued me. I've always wondered (not that I want to go through it, mind you) what it would be like to forget everything. To wake up to a world that was strange to you and inhabit the body of a stranger. To see these people around you that you're supposed to know, have a connection with, and feel and remember nothing at all. Broken With You did far more than intrigue me. It was sexy and intense and grabbed me by the guts, holding me in its thrall until the very end. My heart went out to these characters and I was crossing my fingers and toes that they would get a happy ending.

So what was it about?
❥ Denise's husband has been on a covert job and she hasn't seen him for two years. She's lonely and misses him. She's worried and her former employer won't give her much in the way of comfort. Until one day, her prayers are answered... or are they?
❥ After going deep on his last job, Mason wakes up not knowing who he is, where he is, or how he got to this point. However, he's still got his wits about him and is able to get in contact with the right people. A threat to national security is stuck in his mind and the memory cannot be forced. So although he is introduced to his wife, he can't be told she's his wife, that they're married, or anything else about his past.
❥ Mason can't help his attraction to Denise, but he tries very hard to fight it. Denise does everything she can to help him and fight against her instincts when it comes to the man she loves.
❥ The threat Mason is supposed to remember hits close to home and it's a race against time to save the world!

I loved how Mason was still drawn to Denise without remembering who she was to him. The author did an incredible job of describing the confusion associated with amnesia and how it effects the people who love the person who doesn't remember them. I felt Denise's pain and disappointment and I loved that although she was suffering, her love for Mason was so strong that she was there for him regardless. I loved getting insight into Mason's feelings and his struggles. Nothing beats dual perspectives. Getting to meet the people who make up Stark Security only makes me want to know more about them and I'll definitely be staying tuned for their stories!

About the Author
J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred 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 six 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) and in 2017 for Wicked Dirty in the same category. Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development as a television show.

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.

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