Sunday, 17 September 2017
Review: Wicked Grind by J. Kenner
Photographer Wyatt Royce’s career is on the verge of exploding. All he needs is one perfect model to be the centerpiece of his sexy, controversial show. Find her, and Wyatt is sure to have a winner.
Then Kelsey Draper walks in. Stunning. Vibrant. And far too fragile for a project like this. Wyatt should know—after all, he remembers only too well why their relationship ended all those years ago.
Determined to break free from her good girl persona, Kelsey wants spice. Adventure. And she’s certain that Wyatt is just the man to help.
But when Wyatt agrees to give her the job only if he has complete control—on camera and in his bed—Kelsey can’t help but wonder if she’s in too deep. Because how can a good girl like her ever be enough for a man like Wyatt?
Full length novel.
Third person, alternating.
What I Liked:
The romances in J. Kenner books are intense, passionate and incredibly sensual and Wicked Grind was no exception to this rule.
The book is, very much, a second chance romance novel.
Wyatt and Kelsey shared a sweet and sexy romance as teenagers but circumstances forced them apart and you get to see both their past, and their present, unfold throughout the novel. They had great chemistry and I liked them both as individuals and as a couple.
I loved how Wyatt was determined to 'make it' on his own without trading on his family name, or connections, and I loved Kelsey's relationship with her brother and her determination to do whatever she had to do to help him.
What I Didn't Like:
Despite enjoying the book, there was something about it that just didn't work for me and I can't easily articulate what it was. It just felt like it took forever to find out what happened in the past between Kelsey and Wyatt and another age after that for them to sort themselves out and move on in the present.
Kelsey's constant flip-flopping over whether to do Wyatt's show was irritating, as was her inability to accept that she's not responsible for what happened in the past and that her father is a complete asshole.
I was also annoyed that we didn't actually get to see Wyatt's show open after reading a few hundred pages of build up to it! The epilogue-eqse press release didn't quite cut it.
I really, REALLY, hope that Griffin, Kelsey's brother, gets a book in this series. He was interesting with a certain something something that made me desperate to read more about about him and see him get his HEA.
Wicked Grind is a standalone novel but it is part of the 'Stark World', hence the series name I guess! As such fans of the Stark and the Stark International series' of books will enjoy glimpses of past characters and some subtle name drops.
I loved the cover for this book!
The black and white image with the splash of colour on the title sang a happy song to my book loving heart... It doesn't have much to do with the story but it captures the raw sensuality of the novel pretty well so it gets a big thumbs up from me!
"He's not a man, he's a concept. A talisman. Fantasy mixed with memory and topped with a sprinkle of loss."
"Everyone thinks that love is the end. Fall in love and live happily ever after. That's bullshit, sweetie. Love is work. Like serious fucking work."