From New York Times Bestselling author J. Kenner comes PLEASE ME, a new novella in her Stark Ever After Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights!
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner comes a new story in her Stark Ever After series…
Each day with Damien is a miracle, each moment with our children a gift. And yet I cannot escape the growing sense that a storm is gathering, threatening to pull me away, to rip us apart. To drag me down, once again, into a darkness to which I swore never to return.
I have to fight it—I know that. And I am waging the battle with of all my heart. But it is Damien who is my strength, and we both know that the only way to push away the darkness is for him to fold me in his arms and claim me completely. And for me to surrender myself, once again, to the fire that burns between us.
Just when Damien and Nikki feel like their life and their love couldn’t be more perfect, the past or should I say those from their pasts always seem to remind them that they’re not untouchable…that their mistakes might just have to be answered for and based on experience, these skeletons want to hit Damien and Nikki where it hurts the most, running smear campaigns or threatening to reveal their dirty laundry for the world to see and for two incredibly private people, like Damien and Nikki are, there’s nothing Damien won’t do to shield his wife and his kids from feeling the blowback from someone looking to benefit from Damien’s financial status.
But it seems that Damien, at times, doesn’t truly understand that his and Nikki’s passion and love stem from how connected they are – mind, body, and soul, which means that both of them have the ability to sense when something is wrong or there’s a secret between them, and in Please Me, Damien, once again, is trying to protect what’s his, but in the process, he’s shutting Nikki out and reminding her of the times where there were still secrets between them even after honesty/truth was promised.
Through all of Damien and Nikki’s ups and downs, their love, their vows, their bond may be tested, but it’s more than clear, it will never truly waiver because they are each other’s heart and soul, which means that they’ll always find their way through difficult situations together, even if it feels like they’re separated by insurmountable walls.
They’re Mr. and Mrs. Damien Stark and that’s what they will remain no matter who or what tries to destroy what they’ve built all these years together.
4 Poison Apples
I’ve just popped a cube of Wisconsin Cheddar into my mouth when my phone chimes, signaling a call from Damien. “Hey,” I say through a mouthful of cheese. “Are you in the car?”
“Actually, I’m stuck here. It’s been one of those days.”
“Oh.” Disappointment crashes over me, along with the fear that my plans for a long weekend are going to be swept away in a flood of work crises. I draw in a breath and catch Jamie’s eye, her expression sympathetic. “Well, Jamie’s here. She can watch the kids, and I could come stay the night at the Tower Apartment.” Stark International is based in Stark Tower, one of LA’s downtown high rises. Damien’s private office takes up half the top floor, and his—now our—private apartment takes up the other half of the space.
“That’s tempting, but no. I need…”
As he trails off, that knot of worry in my stomach starts to tighten. “What?” I whisper, hoping that now, finally, he’ll tell me what’s the matter.
“I need to deal with this.”
“I’ll be home as soon as I can. I promise. I love you. Kiss the girls for me. And I’ll see you later tonight.”
I hesitate, waiting to hear those familiar words: Until then, imagine me, touching you. But there’s only silence, and I swallow rising tears. “I love you, too. Do you want to talk to La—” I begin, but he’s already clicked off.
I draw a breath and stare at my phone before lifting my head and meeting Jamie’s eyes.
“I’m sorry,” she says. “But honestly, Nicholas, the man pretty much runs the entire known universe. Of course there’s stuff on his mind.”
She’s right, and I draw in a breath, suck it up, and force myself into a good mood as we change into swimsuits, then take the kids onto the back patio.
Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA 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.