|Stark World #3|
|November 14th 2017|
|Sometimes, it feels so damn good to be bad …
From New York Times and #1 International bestselling author J. Kenner, the first in an all new series of fast-paced, provocative novels centering around the ambitious, wealthy, and powerful men who work in the glamorous and exciting world of the Stark International conglomerate … and the sexy and passionate women who bring them to their knees.
Outwardly, Noah Carter is riding high as the tech world’s hottest new genius. Inside, he’s still reeling from the abduction of his wife and baby daughter eight years ago, and then the devastating discovery of his child’s body. For years, he kept up hope that his wife was alive, but now that she’s been declared legally dead, he’s thrown himself even more deeply into his work, cutting himself off from emotional ties because they just hurt too damn much.
Then he meets Kiki Porter, an eternal optimist with a killer work ethic and dreams of fronting a band. And everything changes. Even though he tries his damnedest to fight it…
Sexually, they are combustible together. But their true fire is emotional, though it is a slow to burn. But once it lights, it is all consuming. The relationship grows emotionally, the sex is hot, things are good.
But just when it’s looking like they might have a real future together, the past comes back to haunt them. And Noah’s going to have to decide what he’s willing to give up for love …
Revisiting old friends. That’s how it felt to dive into the world of Stark Technologies again. Reading “Wicked Torture” Book 3 in the “Stark World” series by J. Kenner brings a lot of those characters back that we met and loved even if it is only as secondary or sidelined characters. Also, I see some potential for future books in the characters we have not yet met in detail. I loved the writing style of this author when I read the original Stark trilogy and nothing has changed that fact. The writing is solid and the characters are well developed.
So let’s take a look at my thoughts about the characters. Our female lead Kiki is likable and her background is developed great. And there is honestly not much else I could say about her as somehow her thoughts and actions simply float through the story so smooth.
On the other hand I struggeled with Noah. And when I say struggled that is a polite word for meaning I really did not like him very much.
The reader understands his loss as described in the blurb ( so no spoiler here) but his decisions leading him to that point might be honorable but still questionable in my very personal book. But again this issue is not only his cross to bear. There were two parties involved at that point and my very personal firm belief is that it’s better to stay alone than be the second choice – but hey that is only me and my very personal belief.
As for the plot well for me, there were no big surprises or plot twists hidden as I already kind of guessed some mayor things when I read the first chapters. But again others might think differently as I have a really vivid imagination that usually correctly leads me down the most twisted paths. So I would not be surprised if others were shocked at some of the more hidden agendas during this plot.
The only thing that kept me from giving 5 stars is my emotional involvement. I personally did not have a moment of real heartfelt emotion, that would have included tears or laughter, so in my book, I could not give the missing star.
The story is solid that much is sure and I can totally recommend it to lovers of everything Stark. So please enjoy 🙂