Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
There is this interesting phenomenon with J. Kenner’s story universe. There is such a juxtaposition of storytelling that, quite frankly, there is a little something for everyone. At the heart of her storytelling universe is Damien and Nikki Stark, the stars of The Stark series. These are edgy, angsty, and $exy. Personally, I ate those books up. I binge-read Damien and Nikki’s series in a week, and I was hooked to J. Kenner.
Within that Stark Universe are so many other fantastic stories from the periphery characters, one of the series being the Blackwell-Lyon Security series. This series is “day” to Damien and Nikki’s “night.” These books follow the main guys of the Blackwell-Lyon Security group, and while, seemingly, filled with some angst, these are really more beach reads.
J. Kenner’s newest offering from that series is Tempting Little Tease. This book tells the story of Leo and Samantha. Samantha is Leo’s best friend, Brody’s, sister. Growing up, Samantha was always near Leo and Brody, even though she was not always intentionally included. To Leo, Samantha is still a young woman, until he realizes she isn’t. Brody asks Leo to accompany Samantha to her friend’s wedding in order to make Samantha’s ex-boyfriend jealous. Leo’s intention initially is tame. However, Leo’s draw to Samantha is too great, and he fights his attraction and interest in Samantha. It also doesn’t help that Samantha seems to be affected by Leo. Will Leo restrain himself, or will he and Samantha find a future together?
To me, Tempting Little Tease is a great little beach read. First of all, it’s a quick read. I started and finished it in a couple of hours. It’s engaging, and the story pulls you through to the end. There is more to the story than the simple trope of falling for the best friend’s sister. There is also a corporate espionage storyline that I think adds to the romance. It’s simply a story that keeps you reading.
As characters, Leo and Samantha are interesting. When they finally acknowledge their attraction, they are hot and steamy together. Kenner writes their chemistry off the page. I don’t think they are meant to be highly developed characters, so if you’re looking for depth, Samantha and Leo aren’t your characters.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book especially if you’re a J. Kenner fan like me. This is the type of book to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon, sitting out in the sun with a tall drink or two. You can never be disappointed in reading a J. Kenner book like Tempting Little Tease.
In love and romance,