Ignited

J Kenner
Ignited
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Publisher
Random House
Release Date
September 2014
ISBN
9780804176705
Series
Book 3 of Most Wanted
Genre
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Bared to You, and Release Me comes an all-new erotic series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees.

He promised to take me as far as I could go—and I wanted to go to the edge.

My whole life has been a cover, a con, a lie. I was born into the grift, raised on the thrill of playing someone I'm not. As a rule, I never let anyone get too close—until Cole August makes it impossible for me to stay away.

Cole is tough, sexy, and intensely loyal, yet his secrets are dark and his scars run deep. Not many women can handle his past, or the truth behind his fierce demands. But something about him beckons me—and our desire is a game I must play.

I know he's dangerous, that even his touch is trouble, but what is passion without a little risk?

Ignited is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Sep 17, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
123 people found the following review helpful
*Audiobook review: Narration by Kelly Ashton

Lovers of the BDSM sub-genre of romance will not want to miss IGNITED, book 3 of the Most Wanted series. Bearing all of the classic trademark qualities of successful books of this sub-genre, IGNITED delivers both scorching hot scenes along with the evolution and unpeeling of emotional barriers built by past dark secrets. Moreover, the characters are complex, the passion is intense and the ultimate message that love can heal all is inspiring. Further rounding out this fantastic audiobook is Kelly Ashton's talented narration which does a great job of bringing it all to life.

The Most Wanted series centers around three successful, powerful men who run an empire of legitimate and lesser known illegitimate businesses. Together they make up the "Knights," a "triangle of power within the Chicago stratosphere." Although this is the third, and last, book in the series, IGNITED functions well as a standalone novel, as the love story is fully developed and resolved in this book. If you plan to read or listen to the entire series, however, it is best enjoyed in order as the characters from the prior novels do continue to evolve over each book. In fact, J. Kenner even revisits one of my favorite couples from another one of her successful BDSM trilogies--Damien & Nikki Stark from the Stark Trilogy--weaving them into IGNITED for a cameo appearance.

Cole August is the least known and most mysterious member of the Knights power trio. Although he has admired Katrina Laron from afar, he purposefully hasn't pursued a dating relationship with her or any other woman for that matter.

Kat is tired of denying her mutual attraction to Cole. If he's not ready to initiate pursuing a relationship, then she is more than happy to force the issue. Born into the con life, a fact which she has kept hidden from Cole and his friends, she is sure that she can use the secrets of her trade to further her love interests (not just her financial ones, which she is no longer interested in pursuing with this group of people whom she now considers her friends).

Cole, however, is determined to resist Kat's advances at all costs. Completely sure that his demons will only hurt Kat, he plans to quell his fierce desires before they can "ignite". For he is sure that if he were ever to start anything with Kat, he would never be able to trust himself not to lose his self-control.

When Kat discovers that her father is in imminent danger due to a con gone bad, however, she seeks out Cole's protection and he is finally left with no choice but to get involved in her life. Kat thinks she can handle whatever darkness lurks in his passion, but is she truly prepared for the intensity that this extremely private man hides within?

This was my first experience with narrator Kelly Ashton, and I was highly impressed with her overall performance. Not only did she produce genuine male and female voices, a feat which is sometimes difficult for opposite gendered characters, but she also did a great job of creating slightly nuanced intonations for characters of the same genders. So that even when all males or females were speaking, you easily knew who was talking without having to rely on dialogue tags. My only observation is that I wished that the voice she had picked for Cole had been deeper. In a number of passages, his voice is described as having this quality (and I felt that a few of the other characters bore more resemblance to what I would have envisioned for Cole, than the specific one she chose for him).

With the minor exception noted above, Ms. Ashton also paid great attention to each member's described differences and varied her tone accordingly. For example, she deepened her intonation and added a raspier quality for the older male characters, so that they sounded age appropriate, and even did a nice job of using accents where the story called for it.

Ms. Ashton also communicated emotion well and varied her delivery so that it followed the particular scene being enacted. Speeding up in the suspense filled scenes and slowing down to create a sexier feel for the steamy ones. The overall effect being that this audiobook sounds more like a movie soundtrack than the reading of an audiobook, one of the true signs of a top-notch audiobook.

Wow, what an incredible story! Amongst my favorite parts is the attention to which J Kenner devotes to explaining the drivers of Cole's and Kat's behavior. In particular, it's difficult to describe the psychological complexities without providing any spoilers, so suffice it to say that J. Kenner does a marvelous job of describing what might drive someone to experience pleasure from pain (even when they are constantly fighting their desires). Moreover, the restorative power of love is equally well developed in this deeply touching story.

All in all, I highly recommend the audiobook of IGNITED for lovers of BDSM romances.

Book Content Grade: A
Narration Grade: B
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