Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Are you a fan of J. Kenner’s Stark universe? If so, then you will definitely want to hop on the Devlin Saint train quick? Kenner’s newest book, My Fallen Saint, carries notes of Damien and Nikki Stark’s universe: broody, secretive, alpha-millionaire meets independent, heroine with a ton of moxie and a need for “more.” Like the books of the Stark universe, this book has secrets, secrets that will only start to reveal themselves toward the end of this book. This means there is much, much more to come in this Fallen Saint series. If you love romantic suspense and second chances, then My Fallen Saint should be a quick one-click for you.
Overall, Kenner sucked me into Devlin and Ellie’s world. For one, I LOVE stories set near my hometown. While Kenner fictionalizes much of the area, there is still a truth in its depiction. It sets me clearly in her story. Additionally, I love strong female heroines. Ellie’s world is fraught. She has been left alone after the deaths of her family, and she’s taken the world to hand. Given that everyone who was ever close to her has left her, this is a woman who controls her world. She lives life for temporary entanglements: fast men, fast cars, no attachments. This gives her character an edge, which is perfect for Kenner’s hero, Devlin.
As Kenner does well, Devlin Saint is the quintessential Kenner hero. He’s a man with secrets, and Kenner very slowly unravels very few. We know that in order for Ellie and Devlin to find their happy ending eventually these two will have to go through hell to get there. My Fallen Saint simply begins that journey. Through his characterization, Kenner draws you into their story; you feel compelled to keep reading even when Devlin tries to hold Ellie at arm’s length. The complications between Ellie and Devlin create this tension throughout the story that fills you with both dread and hope. Kenner’s ability to craft this tension shows readers why she’s the queen at these epic stories.
For me, however, some of the magic is missing from My Fallen Saint. There is definite chemistry between Ellie and Devlin, but, since this book has the Kenner signature in its story elements, the chemistry felt more contrived than Damien and Nikki’s. Additionally, while Ellie is my favorite type of heroine, her inability to say “no” to Devlin annoyed me. I won’t divulge this book’s secrets, but know that Ellie’s inconsistency feels uncharacteristic of her. It drove me mad quite frankly. Lastly, I want to like Devlin as I adore Damien Stark, but for me, the jury’s still out. I hope he has Ellie’s best interest, but his manipulation of her feelings time and time again in this story makes it difficult to like him at times. I am looking forward to the next book in this series, My Beautiful Sin, to see how Ellie and Devlin’s story progresses. Much like the first few books of the Damien Stark saga, it is difficult to know if Devlin and Ellie will be resilient in the face of the danger of Devlin’s life. But that, my friends, is the genius of J. Kenner. She holds you in suspense for her hero and heroines.
If you love J. Kenner, if you adore romantic suspense, or if you are a sucker for second chance romance, then you will want to invest yourself in J. Kenner’s My Fallen Saint. Even when you doubt Ellie and Devlin’s chances, there is a trust that Kenner will show them to their happy ending…eventually.
In love and romance,