Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
Let’s talk about J. Kenner and her insistence on writing more stories in her Stark Universe. For this reader, I’m ecstatic. Any chance I get at peeking more into Nikki and Damien Stark’s world, I’m a fan. The Stark Security stories, the books that elaborate on the people on Damien and Ryan’s security team, add even more to the Stark universe in guaranteed edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense. And I’ve been front and center for each of them.
Enter the 1,001 Dark Nights novella, Memories of You. This is Abby’s story, the partner in Nikki Stark’s tech business. A second chance story with the boy next door turned heavenly hunk is everything you love about J. Kenner. There is suspense here: Abby seems to have a stalker or the seeming appearance of one. As the story begins, we find that Abby is receiving phone calls from a person who breathes heavily into her phone. Added to that is a splash of paint thrown over her car. All of these bring unease, and she reaches out to Nikki for help. With Nikki comes Damien Stark and his security resources. It also brings Renly Cooper, the one who got away. Renly has recently left Hollywood. A stunt man who found himself ready for something different, Renly’s SEAL background makes him the perfect candidate to work for Stark Security. It also connects him to Abby, the girl next door and his secret crush, as he steps in to protect her. However, Renly has a secret, and it keeps him from ever acting upon his crush. As Renly and Abby work to deny their attraction, Abby finds herself in further danger. Will Renly be able to protect Abby, or will he lose her forever?
There are three tenets of J. Kenner’s Stark stories: suspense (which this book has in droves), steam, and a satisfying story. Kenner presents all three of these in a quick story. She gets in and gets out, sometimes at the expense of developing Renly and Abby’s story. Honestly, I wish there was a bit more here because, while an ancillary character, Abby has taken up some space in this world. Even more, the culprit of this book is fairly easy to find. That isn’t always the case with her Stark stories.
Beyond that, Memories of You was enjoyable. I love jumping back into this world, peeking on some of my favorite Stark characters. There is one guarantee with a J. Kenner book: you are never disappointed. And Memories of You definitely doesn’t disappoint.
In love and romance,