Review: Heated by J. Kenner

Posted July 23, 2014 in Review / 8 Comments

heatedHeated (Most Wanted #2)
By J. Kenner
Published June 3rd, 2014
272 pages (ebook)
Contemporary Romance
Source: received from Bantam in exchange for an unbiased review (THANK YOU!)



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About the book:

I knew better than to risk my heart.
But fierce passion comes at a high price.


I grew up believing in right and wrong, good and evil, black and white. I knew better than to trust. And then I met Tyler Sharp.


Bold, charming, and dangerously sexy, Tyler always gets what he wants. But his smile can be deceiving, his dealings sordid, his ambitions ruthless. I thought I was the one woman strong enough to resist him, but our need for each other was too urgent to deny.


One look and I was in trouble. One touch and I was hooked. One night and I became his.


And now that I’ve fallen, there’s no going back.


Heated is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.


I’ve become a J. Kenner groupie.

It just kind of happened.  It started with her Stark Trilogy; I fell in love with damaged rich boy Damien.  The books were like classy, well written Fifty Shades, minus the dumb heroine.  Now with her Most Wanted series, she’s taken a step back from a love story that spans three books and went the route of one alpha male (*sigh*) / one love story per book.  I so love that format MUCH better.  I have no patience when it comes to a happily ever after. I want it now!

Story / Tempo

These three Most Wanted boys from the streets can’t seem to shake their crime reputation, despite owning reputable businesses all over Chicago.  It might be because they aren’t the most squeeky clean of businessmen.  They do what needs to get done and do it any way they can.  What I LOVE is that when you first start reading this second book, you have no clue if Tyler is going to be a good, honest man or if he’s actually playing a game and he’s going to be ILLEGAL trouble for our detective, Sloane Watson.  That’s the thing with these guys, they seem to bend the law for their uses.  Will Sloane give up her morals or is it not that simple of a question?  Indeed…

It took me a quite a bit to get into this story.  There’s a very good reason for that and it’s called “story set-up”.  It appeared to me that it took Ms. Kenner about half the book to get to the crux of the story.  Yeah, the main point of every romance is to figure out how the guy and girl are going to get together.  But in this story, you’re already enjoying the “togetherness” (tee, hee) and you’re wondering who’s going to sacrifice what to make their relationship happen.  Or does anyone need to sacrifice anything?  Hmmmm….


I utterly and completely forgot Tyler’s personality from the first book.  Normally I would go back and scan the first book looking for Tyler.  I really have no clue why I didn’t in this case.  But I wasn’t in the dark long.  Ms. Kenner uses the supporting cast of characters to give the reader a clear picture of Tyler and his relationship with the fellow “Knights”, as they’ve been dubbed by their mentor.  So far between the two books, I think I like Tyler the most because I haven’t seen a character like him before.  Not to say he doesn’t exist in other books, but in this story I enjoyed Tyler’s lighter physical attributes paired with a bad boy/alpha male who liked to live life crazy and honestly. 

I didn’t deem Sloane worthy of Tyler until later in the book.  It was how she started with Tyler, using him for information, that set Sloane and I off on the wrong foot.  But she made up for it later so she’s worthy now!!  I ended up loving her tough, independent, and fierce personality – it matched her fiery haircolor 🙂 

Even though I count this series as a guilty pleasure of mine, Ms. Kenner has become a go-go author for me.  You know, one of those authors you know you can always rely on to write fanscinating stuff and not let you down?!  I seriously CAN NOT wait for the last installment in this trilogy, the next book in the series, Ignited, which is expected out August 26th. 



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J. Kenner

About the author:

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York TimesUSA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.

Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

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About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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8 responses to “Review: Heated by J. Kenner

  1. Unlike you, I didn’t like Damien’s story very much. I drew the same comparison in that it felt like a redo of FSOG or that’s how it was meant to be written anyway. After that I skipped her books because I felt she was following James’ formula and I want a different trope for my erotica. I like the sound of this though, I think it’s a better version of The Professional my KCole, didn’t like that one much either
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