Sometimes passion has a price …
When sexy Stark Security Chief Ryan Hunter whisks his girlfriend Jamie Archer away for a passionate, romance-filled weekend so he can finally pop the question, he’s certain that the answer will be an enthusiastic yes. So when Jamie tries to avoid the conversation, hiding her fears of commitment and change under a blanket of wild sensuality and decadent playtime in bed, Ryan is more determined than ever to convince Jamie that they belong together.
Knowing there’s no halfway with this woman, Ryan gives her an ultimatum – marry him or walk away. Now Jamie is forced to face her deepest insecurities or risk destroying the best thing in her life. And it will take all of her strength, and all of Ryan’s love, to keep her right where she belongs…
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“I adore all of the women in my life,” he says. “I’d do anything for them.” He’s looking at me as he says it, and my heart flutters in my chest. But I’m not sure if he’s including me in that group, or if the hint of meaning I hear in his voice is nothing more than my imagination.
I shake my head as I frown, trying to clear my thoughts.
“Fine,” I say, though it’s not true. Our rhythm is off, and it’s scaring me. We’ve always been in sync, even before we were dating. And now—well, now it almost feels like he’s deliberately keeping me off balance.
I want to get back to normal, and I don’t know the path, and my lack of confidence is frustrating me.
“Are you heading home?” Ryan asks.
I shake my head. “Oh, I don’t know. I haven’t decided. You?”
“Moira and I are taking Mom back to the hotel.”
I wait for him to invite me along, and when he doesn’t, I say, “It’ll be nice for you guys to have time to chat in the car. But she usually crashes early, doesn’t she?”
“Oh. Um.” I lick my lips. “Because I was wondering if you wanted to meet me somewhere. We could get a drink. We could talk.”
“Talk,” he repeats. He meets my eyes, and I see the question in them—have I changed my mind? Am I going to say yes?
I glance down at the floor.
“Talk,” he repeats. “No, I’m sorry. I can’t do that.”
I look up, frustrated. “But, Ryan, I just—”
“I have plans. I’m going to Westerfield’s.”
“Oh.” Westerfield’s is one of the hottest clubs in town. It’s also a Stark property, which means when Ryan goes he gets the full VIP treatment. Something that never fails to snag the attention of the female patrons. Most of whom are usually drunk. And wearing outfits that are barely big enough to keep a Barbie doll modest.
“Oh,” I repeat.
I wait for him to suggest I join him there, but all he says is, “It really was great that you came.” Then the bastard leans in and kisses my cheek. He kisses my f*cking cheek.
Kim's 4 Star Review
Jamie Archer and Ryan Hunter have been together for years. This Valentine’s day, Ryan is going to make it extra special now that Jamie has finally gotten over her fears or so she thought. When Ryan gives Jamie an ultimatum, marry him or walk away it forces Jamie to really look at what she wants for her future and if that includes Ryan?
I was given this novella in exchange for an honest review.
Jamie Archer had an average childhood with parents that were so much in it caused the opposite reaction for Jamie. She never wanted to find the kind of love her parents had as in her opinion they gave up things they loved to be with someone else and Jamie didn’t see why she’d have to give apart of herself up to be with someone. Jamie loved being a strong independent women and her career is just getting started. She loves Ryan and loves what they have but her biggest fear is losing herself.
Ryan Hunter loves his mom and sister. He’s use to being the head of the family since his dad died when he was young. Being Security Chief plays to Ryan’s alpha male side but he knows when to hold back. Ryan knows what he wants out of his life and who he wants to spend it with. He loves Jamie and knows what makes her tick but waiting for her to get over her fears and insecurities is wearing on him.
Ryan has to be one of the most understanding boyfriends a girl can have. He knows Jamie and what she likes. But most of all, he knows about Jamie’s fears about commitment and losing herself. Ryan and Jamie have the kind of chemistry everyone is looking for. It’s always crackling in the air but when they’re alone and Ryan takes charge and things tend to explode but in a good way. These two were meant to be together but Jamie is holding back and that frustrates Ryan. The one thing these two know is that they can’t live without the other.
J. Kenner has create this world of amazing characters that started with Damien and Nikki and brought us to Ryan and Jamie. I love how Ryan and Jamie complement each other. It’s like they were made for one another and I can’t get enough. I can’t help but fall for Ryan and his dominant side comes out at the right time but he’s isn’t over powering but knows how to take care of things in the bedroom. Asking Jamie to marry him was the next step but just when the time is right something always comes up. If you’re anything like me you won’t be able to get enough!!
About the Author
J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and internationally bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 internationally, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, "chicklit" suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a "flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations" and by RT Bookclub for having "cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swopn for him." A four time finalist for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy).