Nikki Damien Stark Novella 1 3

Nikki   Damien  Stark Novella 1 3 Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9783641191955
Release 2016-05-09
Pages 368
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Die Vorfreude auf ihre Hochzeit und Flitterwochen entfacht in Nikki und Damien unbändige Leidenschaft. Sie lassen sich vollkommen fallen und sind berauscht von ihren Gefühlen. Doch dann kommt der Tag, der der schönste ihres Lebens werden soll – und mit ihm die Katastrophe. All die Ängste und Unsicherheiten sind wieder da. Und plötzlich wissen sie nicht mehr, ob ihre Liebe auch diese Probe bestehen kann ... Dieser Sammelband enthält die Stark Novellas »Dich befreien«, »Dir gehören« und »Dir vertrauen«. Erfahren Sie Nikkis und Damiens ganze Geschichte in den Stark-Romanen »Dir verfallen«, »Dir ergeben«, »Dich erfüllen« und »Dich lieben«.



Deepest Kiss A Stark Ever After Novella

Deepest Kiss  A Stark Ever After Novella Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9781472236388
Release 2016-03-08
Pages 128
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New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner continues her beloved, million-copy selling Stark series with Deepest Kiss, a scorching-hot Stark Ever After novella for Nikki and Damien Stark, and introducing seductive bad boy Dallas Sykes from the S.I.N. trilogy. For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Sylvia Day, Meredith Wild and Jodi Ellen Malpas. My love for Damien Stark runs deep, and my need for his touch runs even deeper. He's my shelter in this world, my light when everything seems dark, and all it takes is one kiss for my body to come alive. Yet no matter where we go, our secrets threaten to surface. Someone dangerous from my past is back to stir up trouble, and now it feels like there's nowhere I can hide. I know Damien will always protect me, that our fierce desire will give us strength. In his arms I find safe harbour - and the sweetest release. Includes a special preview of J. Kenner's provocative new novel, Dirtiest Secret! Look for Dallas's story in the sexy Stark S.I.N. series: Dirtiest Secret, Hottest Mess and Sweetest Taboo. Find out how it all began for Damien and Nikki in J. Kenner's hot and addictive bestselling Stark series: Release Me, Claim Me, Complete Me, Take Me, Have Me, Play My Game, Seduce Me and Unwrap Me. Return to the smoking hot Stark world with the Stark International trilogy: Say My Name, On My Knees and Under My Skin is the explosively emotional story of Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks. Don't miss J. Kenner's sizzling Most Wanted series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees: Wanted, Heated and Ignited.



Take Me A Stark Ever After Novella

Take Me  A Stark Ever After Novella Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9781472217677
Release 2013-12-03
Pages 176
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For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and the Crossfire series comes a breathtaking new instalment in the Stark series. Following the bestselling novels Release Me, Claim Me and Complete Me, Take Me is an erotic novella that continues the powerfully emotional romance of Damien Stark and Nikki Fairchild. I've long dreamed of my fairy tale wedding, but it wasn't until I met Damien Stark - who captured me with his kisses and undid me with his touch - that I began to believe it was my destiny. Though we both carry secrets and scars, our shared passion heals us, binding us together. We have surrendered to each other completely, and our mutual ecstasy is the brightest light in my life. But darkness still snakes through the cracks in our armour. Ghosts from our past have moved in, bringing fresh pain that cuts deep and threatens to destroy everything we hold dear. Damien is my anchor to this world, and I am his. But if we are going to keep each other, we have to fight the shadows of our pasts to move forward into our future. Find out how it all began for Damien and Nikki in J. Kenner's hot and addictive bestselling Stark series: Release Me, Claim Me, Complete Me, Take Me, Have Me, Play My Game and Seduce Me. Return to the smoking hot Stark world with the Stark International trilogy: Say My Name, On My Knees and Under My Skin is the explosively emotional story of Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks. Don't miss J. Kenner's sizzling Most Wanted series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees: Wanted, Heated and Ignited.



Unwrap Me A Stark Ever After Novella

Unwrap Me  A Stark Ever After Novella Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9780425284544
Release 2015-11-24
Pages 87
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From New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner comes an electrifying holiday eBook novella. In Unwrap Me, fan favorites Damien Stark and Nikki Fairchild get ready for Christmas—and this year they’re both on the very naughty list. Includes a special preview of Dirtiest Secret, the provocative first novel in J. Kenner’s highly anticipated new trilogy! Damien Stark is my greatest Christmas wish come true. Immensely powerful and devastatingly sexy, he can undo me with the slightest touch, and with just one glance, he can see straight into my soul. We both have dark secrets, twisted pieces of our pasts that only the other one understands. Though our fierce love and passion keeps me alive, sometimes I wonder what would’ve happened if Damien and I hadn’t met in exactly the way we did. How would my life have been different? Would another man have laid claim to my body and my heart? Or were Damien and I destined to be together no matter the cost? Unwrap Me is intended for mature audiences. Praise for J. Kenner and The Stark Trilogy “Kenner may very well have cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.”—RT Book Reviews “J. Kenner has written a sensually seductive storyline that catches your imagination. . . . [Release Me] will suck you in from the very start.”—The Reading Cafe “[A] sexy and exciting ride.”—Fresh Fiction, on Claim Me “[An] immensely satisfying series . . . The roller coaster events of Complete Me give this novel a page-turning quality.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers



Have Me A Stark Ever After Novella

Have Me  A Stark Ever After Novella Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9781472226259
Release 2014-11-04
Pages 176
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New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner continues her adored Stark series with a sizzlingly romantic honeymoon novella for Nikki and Damien Stark. For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, the Crossfire and Most Wanted series. Happy Ever After is just the beginning... Our wedding was everything I dreamed of, and now the honeymoon is a living fantasy. To be Mrs Damien Stark is the ultimate rush - to know that our claim to each other is real, our fierce passion sealing our bond. My kiss is forever his, his touch is forever mine. We both harbor deep scars from our pasts, and we've done everything we can to lay our ghosts to rest. But there are still dreams that haunt me, and people that threaten to tear us apart. Our shared ecstasy makes me feel alive, and I'll do anything to keep Damien close. He is my future, my hope, my every want and need. And once you've tasted that kind of obsession, nothing can make you give it up. Find out how is all began for Damien and Nikki in J. Kenner's hot and addictive bestselling Stark series: Release Me, Claim Me, Complete Me and Take Me. Don't miss J. Kenner's sizzling Most Wanted series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees: Wanted, Heated and Ignited.



Complete Me

Complete Me Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9780345545855
Release 2013-07-30
Pages 320
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From J. Kenner comes the third novel in the fast-paced trilogy including Release Me and Claim Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms. Our desire runs deep. But our secrets cut close. Beautiful, strong, and commanding, Damien Stark fills a void in me that no other man can touch. His fierce cravings push me beyond the brink of bliss—and unleash a wild passion that utterly consumes us both. Yet beneath his need for dominance, he carries the wounds of a painful past. Haunted by a legacy of dark secrets and broken trust, he seeks release in our shared ecstasy, the heat between us burning stronger each day. Our attraction is undeniable, our obsession inevitable. Yet not even Damien can run from his ghosts, or shield us from the dangers yet to come. BONUS: This edition includes excerpts from J. Kenner’s Wanted and Say My Name. Praise for Complete Me “The conclusion of the Stark trilogy features the intense, all-consuming passion that readers have come to expect from Kenner’s sensual prose and a tense, brooding narrative. . . . The revelations come fast, heightening the emotions of the series’ conclusion, reaching a fever pitch.”—RT Book Reviews (four stars) “The roller coaster events of Complete Me give this novel a page-turning quality. . . . Immensely satisfying.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers “Complete Me is a perfect ending to the [Stark] trilogy. . . . You won’t be disappointed.”—Fresh Fiction Complete Me is intended for mature audiences.



Seduce Me A Stark Ever After Novella

Seduce Me  A Stark Ever After Novella Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9781472236364
Release 2015-10-13
Pages 128
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New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner continues her beloved Stark series with a scorching-hot Stark Ever After novella for Nikki and Damien Stark as they make an impromptu getaway to Las Vegas. For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Sylvia Day, Meredith Wild and Jodi Ellen Malpas. There's no better place to turn up the heat than in Sin City... I've never felt as close to anyone as I have with Damien Stark. I know every line of his body, every secret within his soul. There's nothing I crave more than his touch, and with his kiss, he seals his claim. Las Vegas is the perfect place for us, where we can indulge every desire and fantasy. But when someone from my past resurfaces, I can't ignore my instinct that I have to make things right. With Damien by my side, I feel safe no matter the danger. Our passion protects us, drives us, makes us whole. His pleasure is an exquisite game, and one that I'll play forever. Find out how it all began for Damien and Nikki in J. Kenner's hot and addictive bestselling Stark series: Release Me, Claim Me, Complete Me, Take Me, Have Me and Play My Game. Return to the smoking hot Stark world with the Stark International trilogy: Say My Name, On My Knees and Under My Skin is the explosively emotional story of Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks. Don't miss J. Kenner's sizzling Most Wanted series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees: Wanted, Heated and Ignited. ***SEDUCE ME was previously published for a limited time in the SWEET SEDUCTION anthology***



Entice Me

Entice Me Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9781940673394
Release 2017-01-17
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From New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner comes a sensually seductive novella starring fan favorites Damien Stark and his wife, Nikki Fairchild. Includes a special preview of Anchor Me, the highly anticipated fourth full-length novel featuring Nikki & Damien as they begin the next chapter in their life together. I didn’t understand passion until I met Damien, the man who turned my world upside down and swept me off my feet. And though our life together feels perfect, we can’t escape our secrets--and the danger that continually threatens to surface. But for one night, I seek a respite. A birthday wish for my husband, my lover, my friend—one absolutely perfect night. It is my most ardent wish. And I only hope that it will come true…



Play My Game A Stark Ever After Novella

Play My Game  A Stark Ever After Novella Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9781472226266
Release 2015-02-17
Pages 176
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New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner continues her beloved Stark series with an emotionally charged Stark Ever After novella for Nikki and Damien Stark and the story of their first Valentine's Day as newlyweds. For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Sylvia Day, Meredith Wild and Jodi Ellen Malpas. Happy Ever After is just the beginning... I never imagined that anything could top our honeymoon, but life as Mrs Damien Stark is sweeter than any fantasy. We are forever bound by our love and our desire. His touch is my greatest treasure - and is purely mine alone. Yet no matter where we go, the ghosts of our pasts follow. We can't escape our secrets, or the people who desperately want to bring us down. Even on Valentine's Day, neither of us is safe. I'll do whatever it takes to protect Damien, to fulfill his every need. His kiss is my calling, his passion my truest bliss. The dangers we face, we now face together - and nothing can make me run. Includes a preview of Say My Name, the first novel in J. Kenner's Stark International series, and its hero Jackson Steele... Find out how it all began for Damien and Nikki in J. Kenner's hot and addictive bestselling Stark series: Release Me, Claim Me, Complete Me, Take Me, Have Me, Play My Game, Seduce Me and Unwrap Me. Don't miss J. Kenner's sizzling Most Wanted series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees: Wanted, Heated and Ignited.



The Stark Trilogy 3 Book Bundle

The Stark Trilogy 3 Book Bundle Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9780345546555
Release 2014-06-24
Pages 928
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J. Kenner’s riveting and emotionally charged Stark Trilogy has quickly become a sensation among romance fans. Sparks fly and passion ignites in these heart-racing novels—with a bonus novella—of Damien Stark, a powerful man who always get his way, and Nikki Fairchild, a fiercely driven woman who only says “yes” on her own terms. RELEASE ME CLAIM ME COMPLETE ME TAKE ME (NOVELLA) He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me. Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart. But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us. Forever. The Stark Trilogy is intended for mature audiences. Praise for J. Kenner’s The Stark Trilogy “J. Kenner has written a sensually seductive storyline that catches your imagination. . . . [Release Me] will suck you in from the very start.”—The Reading Cafe, on Release Me “Sexy and exciting.”—Fresh Fiction, on Claim Me “Hot, passionate, thrilling, and enticing! . . . I couldn’t put this book down.”—Divas Book Blog, on Complete Me “J. Kenner’s hypnotic writing style casts a spell that leaves you breathless and begging for more.” —Booze, Bookz and Bad Boyz, on Complete Me



Sweetest Taboo Dirtiest 3 Stark S I N

Sweetest Taboo  Dirtiest 3  Stark S I N  Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9781472239037
Release 2016-10-04
Pages 384
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved, million-copy selling Stark series, comes Sweetest Taboo, the provocative third book in the Stark S.I.N. series. For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Sylvia Day, Meredith Wild and Jodi Ellen Malpas. All eyes are on us...and there's nowhere to run. Everyone has their own ideas about Dallas Sykes: he's a reckless billionaire, a devilish playboy, a man who gets whatever he wants the minute he wants it. But I know the real Dallas behind the money, bravado and power - and he's completely, blissfully mine. We carefully guarded our secrets, and in each other's arms we sought refuge from our dark past. Our pain became our pleasure, our control within the chaos. But we could only hide from the truth for so long. Now we've let loose our inhibitions and are ready to face the future. And no matter what people think or say, coming clean is its own sweet reward. Don't miss the entire sexy Stark S.I.N. series: Dirtiest Secret, Hottest Mess and Sweetest Taboo. Find out how it all began for Damien and Nikki Stark in J. Kenner's hot and addictive bestselling Stark series: Release Me, Claim Me, Complete Me, Take Me, Have Me, Play My Game, Seduce Me, Unwrap Me and Deepest Kiss. Return to the smoking hot Stark world with the Stark International trilogy: Say My Name, On My Knees and Under My Skin is the explosively emotional story of Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks. Don't miss J. Kenner's sizzling Most Wanted series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees: Wanted, Heated and Ignited.



Claim Me

Claim Me Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9780345545848
Release 2013-04-23
Pages 384
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From J. Kenner comes the second novel in the fast-paced trilogy that started with Release Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms. For Damien, our obsession is a game. For me, it is fiercely, blindingly, real. Damien Stark’s need is palpable—his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match. I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both. But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close . . . or shatter us completely. NOTE: This edition includes an excerpt from J. Kenner's Say My Name. Claim Me is intended for mature audiences.



Take My Dare A Stark International Novella

Take My Dare  A Stark International Novella Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9781472246882
Release 2016-11-08
Pages 128
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New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner, author of the beloved, million-copy selling Stark series, returns to her Stark International spinoff with Take My Dare, a novella featuring Sylvia and Jackson Steele. For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Sylvia Day, Meredith Wild and Jodi Ellen Malpas. I've never been happier than I am with Jackson Steele. But I should know better than anyone that happiness always comes at a price... My life with Jackson is nothing short of perfection. He is my love, my husband, the one man in all the world who makes me feel alive and whole. Our careers are on track. Our family is growing. And the ghosts of our past have been vanquished - or so I believed. When a wonderful night of sensuality and passion following a masquerade ball turns dark with the news that haunting, horrible photographs of me have surfaced, my old fears and insecurities threaten to knock me down, and it is only within Jackson's arms that I find the strength to endure. But even Jackson's protection may not be able to save us, because I know my husband well. And he will do whatever it takes - even if it means risking himself - in order to protect our family... Contains a bonus Steele Short Story, Steal My Heart! Find out how it all began for Sylvie and Jackson in the Stark International trilogy: Say My Name, On My Knees and Under My Skin Look for the other sexy Stark titles: Release Me, Claim Me, Complete Me, Take Me, Have Me, Play My Game, Seduce Me, Unwrap Me and Deepest Kiss, and the S.I.N. series: Dirtiest Secret, Hottest Mess and Sweetest Taboo. Don't miss J. Kenner's sizzling Most Wanted series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees: Wanted, Heated and Ignited.



Say My Name Stark International 1

Say My Name  Stark International 1 Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9781472226273
Release 2015-04-07
Pages 336
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New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner kicks off a smoking hot, emotionally compelling erotic Stark International trilogy that returns to the world of her beloved Stark novels, Release Me, Claim Me and Complete Me, with the explosive romance between Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks. For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Sylvia Day, Meredith Wild and Jodi Ellen Malpas. I never let anyone get too close - but he's the only man who's ever made me feel alive. Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . . or any woman. And he hungered for me. Our bond was immediate, our passion untamed. I wanted to surrender completely, but I couldn't risk him knowing the truth about my past. Yet Jackson carried secrets too, and in our desire we found our escape. Learning to trust is never easy. My mind told me to run. But heart had never felt a fire this strong - one that could save me...or scar me forever. Return to the smoking hot Stark world with the Stark International trilogy: Say My Name, On My Knees and Under My Skin is the explosively emotional story of Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks. Fall in love with J. Kenner's hot and addictive bestselling Stark series charting the romance of Nikki and Damien Stark: Release Me, Claim Me, Complete Me, Take Me, Have Me, Play My Game, Seduce Me and Unwrap Me. Don't miss J. Kenner's explosive Most Wanted series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees: Wanted, Heated and Ignited.



Dir vertrauen

Dir vertrauen Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 9783641177423
Release 2015-09-07
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Stark Novella 3 – eine Geschichte mit Nikki und Damien Stark Nikki und Damien haben sich geschworen, dass sie nichts mehr trennen kann. Ihre Liebe und Leidenschaft bindet sie für immer aneinander – auch in ihren dunkelsten Momenten. Denn die Schatten der Vergangenheit sind noch längst nicht besiegt. Eine böse Intrige erschüttert das Glück des frisch vermählten Paares – und stellt ihr Versprechen auf eine harte Probe ... Die Erzählung umfasst ca. 110 Seiten. Erfahren Sie Nikkis und Damiens ganze Geschichte in den Stark-Romanen »Dir verfallen«, »Dir ergeben«, »Dich erfüllen« und »Dich lieben«.



Release Me A Novel

Release Me  A Novel Author Ahacan Kanat
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Release 2005-07-06
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For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms. He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me. Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart. But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever. Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences. About the Author J. Kenner spent more than ten years as a litigator in Southern California and Central Texas, using her rare free time to indulge her passion for writing. California born, she now lives—and writes—in Texas, with her husband and daughters. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. 1 A cool ocean breeze caresses my bare shoulders, and I shiver, wishing I’d taken my roommate’s advice and brought a shawl with me tonight. I arrived in Los Angeles only four days ago, and I haven’t yet adjusted to the concept of summer temperatures changing with the setting of the sun. In Dallas, June is hot, July is hotter, and August is hell. Not so in California, at least not by the beach. LA Lesson Number One: Always carry a sweater if you’ll be out after dark. Of course, I could leave the balcony and go back inside to the party. Mingle with the millionaires. Chat up the celebrities. Gaze dutifully at the paintings. It is a gala art opening, after all, and my boss brought me here to meet and greet and charm and chat. Not to lust over the panorama that is coming alive in front of me. Bloodred clouds bursting against the pale orange sky. Blue-­ gray waves shimmering with dappled gold. I press my hands against the balcony rail and lean forward, drawn to the intense, unreachable beauty of the setting sun. I regret that I didn’t bring the battered Nikon I’ve had since high school. Not that it would have fit in my itty-­bitty beaded purse. And a bulky camera bag paired with a little black dress is a big, fat fashion no-­no. But this is my very first Pacific Ocean sunset, and I’m determined to document the moment. I pull out my iPhone and snap a picture. “Almost makes the paintings inside seem redundant, doesn’t it?” I recognize the throaty, feminine voice and turn to face Evelyn Dodge, retired actress turned agent turned patron of the arts—­and my hostess for the evening. “I’m so sorry. I know I must look like a giddy tourist, but we don’t have sunsets like that in Dallas.” “Don’t apologize,” she says. “I pay for that view every month when I write the mortgage check. It damn well better be spectacular.” I laugh, immediately more at ease. “Hiding out?” “Excuse me?” “You’re Carl’s new assistant, right?” she asks, referring to my boss of three days. “Nikki Fairchild.” “I remember now. Nikki from Texas.” She looks me up and down, and I wonder if she’s disappointed that I don’t have big hair and cowboy boots. “So who does he want you to charm?” “Charm?” I repeat, as if I don’t know exactly what she means. She cocks a single brow. “Honey, the man would rather walk on burning coals than come to an art show. He’s fishing for investors and you’re the bait.” She makes a rough noise in the back of her throat. “Don’t worry. I won’t press you to tell me who. And I don’t blame you for hiding out. Carl’s brilliant, but he’s a bit of a prick.” “It’s the brilliant part I signed on for,” I say, and she barks out a laugh. The truth is that she’s right about me being the bait. “Wear a cocktail dress,” Carl had said. “Something flirty.” Seriously? I mean, Seriously? I should have told him to wear his own damn cocktail dress. But I didn’t. Because I want this job. I fought to get this job. Carl’s company, C-­Squared Technologies, successfully launched three web-­based products in the last eighteen months. That track record had caught the industry’s eye, and Carl had been hailed as a man to watch. More important from my perspective, that meant he was a man to learn from, and I’d prepared for the job interview with an intensity bordering on obsession. Landing the position had been a huge coup for me. So what if he wanted me to wear something flirty? It was a small price to pay. Shit. “I need to get back to being the bait,” I say. “Oh, hell. Now I’ve gone and made you feel either guilty or self-­conscious. Don’t be. Let them get liquored up in there first. You catch more flies with alcohol anyway. Trust me. I know.” She’s holding a pack of cigarettes, and now she taps one out, then extends the pack to me. I shake my head. I love the smell of tobacco—­it reminds me of my grandfather—­but actually inhaling the smoke does nothing for me. “I’m too old and set in my ways to quit,” she says. “But God forbid I smoke in my own damn house. I swear, the mob would burn me in effigy. You’re not going to start lecturing me on the dangers of secondhand smoke, are you?” “No,” I promise. “Then how about a light?” I hold up the itty-­bitty purse. “One lipstick, a credit card, my driver’s license, and my phone.” “No condom?” “I didn’t think it was that kind of party,” I say dryly. “I knew I liked you.” She glances around the balcony. “What the hell kind of party am I throwing if I don’t even have one goddamn candle on one goddamn table? Well, fuck it.” She puts the unlit cigarette to her mouth and inhales, her eyes closed and her expression rapturous. I can’t help but like her. She wears hardly any makeup, in stark contrast to all the other women here tonight, myself included, and her dress is more of a caftan, the batik pattern as interesting as the woman herself. She’s what my mother would call a brassy broad—­loud, large, opinionated, and self-­confident. My mother would hate her. I think she’s awesome. She drops the unlit cigarette onto the tile and grinds it with the toe of her shoe. Then she signals to one of the catering staff, a girl dressed all in black and carrying a tray of champagne glasses. The girl fumbles for a minute with the sliding door that opens onto the balcony, and I imagine those flutes tumbling off, breaking against the hard tile, the scattered shards glittering like a wash of diamonds. I picture myself bending to snatch up a broken stem. I see the raw edge cutting into the soft flesh at the base of my thumb as I squeeze. I watch myself clutching it tighter, drawing strength from the pain, the way some people might try to extract luck from a rabbit’s foot. The fantasy blurs with memory, jarring me with its potency. It’s fast and powerful, and a little disturbing because I haven’t needed the pain in a long time, and I don’t understand why I’m thinking about it now, when I feel steady and in control. I am fine, I think. I am fine, I am fine, I am fine. “Take one, honey,” Evelyn says easily, holding a flute out to me. I hesitate, searching her face for signs that my mask has slipped and she’s caught a glimpse of my rawness. But her face is clear and genial. “No, don’t you argue,” she adds, misinterpreting my hesitation. “I bought a dozen cases and I hate to see good alcohol go to waste. Hell no,” she adds when the girl tries to hand her a flute. “I hate the stuff. Get me a vodka. Straight up. Chilled. Four olives. Hurry up, now. Do you want me to dry up like a leaf and float away?” The girl shakes her head, looking a bit like a twitchy, frightened rabbit. Possibly one that had sacrificed his foot for someone else’s good luck. Evelyn’s attention returns to me. “So how do you like LA? What have you seen? Where have you been? Have you bought a map of the stars yet? Dear God, tell me you’re not getting sucked into all that tourist bullshit.” “Mostly I’ve seen miles of freeway and the inside of my apartment.” “Well, that’s just sad. Makes me even more glad that Carl dragged your skinny ass all the way out here tonight.” I’ve put on fifteen welcome pounds since the years when my mother monitored every tiny thing that went in my mouth, and while I’m perfectly happy with my size-­eight ass, I wouldn’t describe it as skinny. I know Evelyn means it as a compliment, though, and so I smile. “I’m glad he brought me, too. The paintings really are amazing.” “Now don’t do that—­don’t you go sliding into the polite-conversation routine. No, no,” she says before I can protest. “I’m sure you mean it. Hell, the paintings are wonderful. But you’re getting the flat-­eyed look of a girl on her best behavior, and we can’t have that. Not when I was getting to know the real you.” “Sorry,” I say. “I swear I’m not fading away on you.” Because I genuinely like her, I don’t tell her that she’s wrong—­she hasn’t met the real Nikki Fairchild. She’s met Social Nikki who, much like Malibu Barbie, comes with a complete set of accessories. In my case, it’s not a bikini and a convertible. ­Instead, I have the Elizabeth Fairchild Guide for Social Gatherings. My mother’s big on rules. She claims it’s her Southern upbringing. In my weaker moments, I agree. Mostly, I just think she’s a controlling bitch. Since the first time she took me for tea at the Mansion at Turtle Creek in Dallas at age three, I have had the rules drilled into my head. How to walk, how to talk, how to dress. What to eat, how much to drink, what kinds of jokes to tell. I have it all down, every trick, every nuance, and I wear my practiced pageant smile like armor against the world. The result being that I don’t think I could truly be myself at a party even if my life depended on it. This, however, is not something Evelyn needs to know. “Where exactly are you living?” she asks. “Studio City. I’m sharing a condo with my best friend from high school.” &l...



Wanted

Wanted Author J. Kenner
ISBN-10 1472215117
Release 2014
Pages 336
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An all new erotic romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Stark trilogy, perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and the Crossfire series, of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees. He is everything I crave, all I desperately want - and he is everything I can't have. Evan Black embodies my every fantasy. He is brilliant, fierce, and devastatingly handsome. But he is also headstrong, dangerous, and burdened with secrets. My family warned me to stay away, that I could never handle Evan's dark dealings or scarred past. Maybe I should have listened. Maybe I should have run. But our desire is undeniable, and some temptations you just can't fight. And from the moment we touch - the passion between us consuming us both - I know that I will never be the same. Look for the second book in J. Kenner's sizzling Most Wanted series, Heated. J. Kenner's bestselling emotionally and erotically charged Stark trilogy is out now! Fall in love with Damien Stark and Nikki Fairchild's irresistibly sexy romance in Release Me, Claim Me and Complete Me.