Romance Review | Under My Skin by J. Kenner

OverviewJackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks are back in the powerful finale of a provocative, sizzling-hot new erotic trilogy set in the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release MeClaim Me, and Complete Me.

He’s the only man I’ve ever loved, and the one man I can’t bear to lose. 

Jackson Steele is my light in this world. Charismatic, bold, and always in control, he knows what he wants and how to get it—and absolutely nothing stands in his way. His hold on me is magnetic, his claim on me complete, his kiss my ultimate escape.

We both harbor dark secrets that could tear our lives apart. Though we’ve tried to bury our pasts, there are certain people who won’t let us forget. But the closer danger comes, the brighter the fire between us burns—our ecstasy consuming and soothing us both.

There’s no telling what lies ahead, but I know that Jackson never gives in without a fight. I’d do anything he wants to keep him safe, give him anything he needs. And now that we’re in deep, nothing can make me run.

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Publishing Date: September 1, 2015
Stars: 5
My Review: 5 Jackson Steele owned stars. The much needed conclusion to the Jackson Steele trilogy was just as emotional, powerful, and sexy as the first two. This book has solidified the fact that Jackson is my favorite of the brothers. Damien is lovely and all but Jackson is just so much more of everything and he completely a decent portion of my very soul.

With the news of Reed's murder and Jackson as the lead suspect, this novel picks up with Sylvia and Jackson struggling to deal with the possibility of Jackson ending up on trial and found guilty, Jackson's daughter, and investors pulling from the hotel project. The two have to fight the outside forces and each other in order to be together and hope for a happy ending. Jackson walks away from Sylvie, Sylvie walks away from Jackson, Jackson fights for Sylvie, and Sylvie fights for Jackson. There's grounding sex, words of love, actions of love, and redemption through love. 

Jackson and Sylvie redeem and save one another through their love and understanding of what the other needs regardless of what words are said. They are in tune with each other's needs, desires, and work on a level deeper than most. They can survive without one another but they cannot live without each other and that is what makes their love so incredible. Their interdependence is telling yet beautiful. Everyone deserves the kind of love Jackson and Sylvie share because it is the kind that not only makes the couple better but also shows those around what true happiness looks like and makes me believe in soul mates. 

Honestly, I have loved Jackson since the very first book and it hasn't gone anywhere. He's such a great character. He's not perfect but imperfectly perfect where even his flaws are endearing. He's smart, passionate, compassionate, loyal, ruthless, dynamic, and caring. My golden standard in heroes of this type is Gideon Cross and I have to say Jackson is on par with him. 

This book ends Jackson and Sylvie's story well. Everything is wrapped up and the character's get the happiness they both deserve. The only sadness that the book truly brings is that it means their story has come to an end and I do love Jackson Steele. Julie Kenner continues to show just how talented of a writer she is with this series and I look forward to her next part in the Stark International universe.