Spotlight & Giveaway: Hottest Mess by J. Kenner

Posted July 12th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 56 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author J. Kenner to HJ!

Hi J. Kenner and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Hottest Mess!

Thanks so much for having me! I’m so psyched about Hottest Mess, book 2 in the Dirtiest trilogy!

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Hottest MessHottest Mess is the second book in the Dirtiest Trilogy that began with Dirtiest Secret. The story follows Dallas Sykes—a bad boy billionaire also known as The King of F*ck, and Jane Martin, an author and an heiress. These two have known each other forever—and their passion is intense. But it’s also taboo. And in this installment of their story, although they’ve made the commitment to be together, they still have to keep their relationship secret. It’s sexy and steamy and shocking and heart-breaking. And, of course, some secrets are very, very hard to keep…

Please share the opening lines of this book:

My earliest memories are of Dallas. Being with him. Laughing with him. Loving him.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • The house that Jane owns is based on a real Upper West Side townhouse that underwent a “museum quality” restoration.
  • Jane’s Los Angeles house is just off one of my favorite streets — Mulholland Drive.
  • There is a secret vigilante agency – think Batman


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

I think I’d use an early scene where they’ve just had a fight. There are hurt feelings and intense emotions, and I think it could be a really fun audition piece:

I’m so wrapped up in my pity party that I don’t realize that the valet has brought my car around until he taps the horn. I open my eyes, but not even the prospect of putting my darling little Vanquish Volante through her paces knocks me out of my funk.
The valet holds the door open for me. But as I take a step forward, I’m held back by a hand on my shoulder. I jump, surprised, but when I turn, the surprise fades.
Of course he’s there.

Of course he’s come to me.

“Stay.” His voice is low. Steady.

“I can’t. Seriously, Dallas. I need to go.”

But he just lifts his arm, then signals the driver to take my car away.
“What the hell?”

“Wait.” He takes my elbow and leads me away from the temporary valet stand so that we can talk more privately.
I jerk my arm free and glare at him, irritated as much by the whole damn situation as I am by the fact that now I’m going to have to send for my car again. “Dammit, I know what you have to do. I don’t know all the details, but I get that your persona’s important. And—”
He is shaking his head. “We talked about it. I thought you were okay with it. I thought we were okay.”
I’ve been looking anywhere but at him, but now I lift my chin and defiantly stare him down. “You are so fucking dense sometimes. Yes, we had a conversation. But do you really think I want to just sit around while you’re upstairs in your bed with your mouth on some other girl?”
My voice is so low it’s barely a whisper. Even so, the words come out like a lashing, and I glance around quickly to make sure no one else has heard them. Part of me doesn’t even care. Because honestly, he’s pissing me off. I mean, he really doesn’t get why I might want to get the hell out of here?
Apparently he’s also clueless about how annoyed I am, because the son-of-a-bitch is actually grinning at me.
“What?” I demand.

“You don’t have to leave.”

“You know what, Dallas? Fuck you.” I’ve had enough, and I turn to head back to the valet stand.
He catches my hand and tugs me back. “What you’re worried about—it’s not happening.”
I cock my head, then yank my hand free and cross my arms.
“In case you’ve forgotten, Mr. Sykes, you have a reputation to protect. Or destroy, depending on your point of view. Do not even try to convince me that you won’t have a girl in your bed tonight.”
“I will,” he says, looking at me with the kind of intensity designed to make me melt. “You.”
“What?” My legs suddenly feel a little weak, even as my head feels a little confused.
“I want you in my bed, Jane. You. Because you’re the only woman with the right to be there. Go,” he adds. “Go now.”


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

A page turning read, tons of entertainment, and some really intense emotional and sexual moments!


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?

I just started reading the page proofs for Sweetest Taboo, book 3 in Dallas and Jane’s story. And I’m also working on outlining a project I’m super-excited about—another full-length Nikki & Damien novel. In other words, book four of the Stark “Trilogy”!
And there may be a new Demon Hunting Soccer Mom book coming soon. Just saying …

Finally, I am still working on my schedule for next year—which includes more stories set in Stark World for sure!!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Excerpt from Hottest Mess:

Sure! This excerpt follows a scene where Dallas has just had a rather unpleasant encounter with Jane’s ex-husband, Bill. Needless to say, emotions run high!

When I go back inside, Dallas is still in the den, and I notice right away that he’s switched from orange juice to bourbon.
“Little early, don’t you think?”
He looks at me, his face a mixture of fury and exhaustion. “You know, I really don’t.” As if to drive home the point, he tosses back the drink, then pours another.
I’m at his side in an instant, my hand covering his before he can raise the glass. “Dallas. Don’t.”
He ignores me, pulling his hand from under mine and holding tight to the Waterford highball glass. He starts to raise it to his lips, hesitates, and then hurls it against the far wall where it shatters into a million pieces, littering the polished wood floor with some of Kentucky’s finest liquor and Ireland’s best crystal.
“Goddammit,” he says, then reaches out as if to grab another glass.
I take his hand, sliding in front of him. “I like those gla—” But I don’t finish. He pulls me hard against him, his mouth on mine, wild and rough and desperate. Claiming me. Teeth and tongue warring and tasting as he holds my head in place, his fingers twined tight in my hair so that I have no choice but to submit to this assault that is melting me, burning through me.
When he pulls back, I lick my lips and taste blood. I’m breathing hard, my body singing with desire. He is looking at me, his eyes wild, his expression hard. He’s taken a step back so that he is leaning against the sideboard, his hands gripping the edge of the antique piece as if it is the only thing that is anchoring him.
But I don’t want him to be anchored. He’s on the edge, so close to going under, and dammit, I want to go there with him.
“No.” He pushes away from the sideboard, and comes to me, his hands going to the hem of my tank top. “No talking. Right now I can think of much better uses for that very pretty mouth.”
He yanks the shirt up over my head, then tosses it onto the floor. I’m not wearing a bra—I’d only pulled on yoga pants and a tank—and now I’m bare from the waist up, and the sensation of the cool air against my hot skin is delicious. All the more so when Dallas cups his hands on my breasts, and teases my nipples with his thumbs.
“Mine,” he says, and though I start to say yes, I’m silenced by his sharp look reminding me that I’m to stay quiet.
He hooks his arm around my waist, and then pulls me to him, arching me back with a firm tug on my hair before he bends over and takes my breast in his mouth, sucking and teasing until my nipple is so hard it’s painful, and I can feel each bite and suck and lick all through me, making me so wet and needy that I have to bite my lower lip in defense against the urge to beg and plead for him to touch me, stroke me, make me come.
When he finally pulls back, I whimper, wanting and needing more, and I can’t help myself when I whisper, “Dallas.”
His mouth curves up in what looks like a smile of victory, and he tightens his grip on my hair and forces me down to my knees. My blood pounds through me, wild and hot. I like this—being at his mercy, knowing that my only purpose in the moment is to please him. To obey him.

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Book Info:

No one can know about our love—and hiding only makes it hotter.

Dallas Sykes has a reputation. He is known for his parties, his money, and the countless women on his arm. Yet the Dallas I know is a different man—darker, smarter, and unbearably sexy. Just one look from him can leave me breathless; the anticipation of his touch can make me lose control.

Inextricably bound by our past, we keep each other’s secrets. And while there are people who have the power to hurt us, it’s the truth that threatens us most of all.

Dallas can be mine only behind closed doors, our passion as searing as it is forbidden. Yet nothing in this world has ever felt so desperately, deliciously right.
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Meet the Author:

J. KennerA New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) writes the international bestselling Stark and Most Wanted series of erotic romances.

As Julie Kenner, she writes within a range of genres including romance (erotic, sexy, funny & sweet), young adult novels, chick lit suspense, and paranormal mommy lit.

Learn more about all of JK’s books at her website and her social media pages:, Twitter (@juliekenner) and her Facebook pages at and

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56 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Hottest Mess by J. Kenner”

  1. chaotickarma23

    I’m honestly a bit of both!! Some books are best as a stand-alone and then there are those who end with cliffhangers and I just want more and more and more.

  2. Rita Wray

    I love a series because when characters I like show up again it’s like seeing old friends.

  3. Chris Gutowski

    I’m both. I love books in a series, but I also read standalones. Sometimes you just need a quick, hot standalone to divert you from the everyday routine. Reading a series is awesome at times too because you can just get into the characters and you end up feeling like you personally know them.

  4. erinf1

    both 🙂 I enjoy series b/c I’m a glutton for more on characters that I enjoy. But sometimes I don’t have the time to start a long standing series so I do like stand alones. Thanks for sharing!

  5. ELF

    I prefer my books to stand alone, and enjoy series where they connect, because I get glimpses of folks I have come to like (or love). It is important to me to be able to come in on a series in the middle without being completely lost, and I like a story relatively resolved when it ends. Thanks for the spotlight and the giveaway!

  6. Banana cake

    I almost entirely read series. The last stand alone that I read was probably a Nora Roberts or Danielle Steel.

  7. Timitra

    I love both series and standalone. I also love series that follow the same couple as well as those that feature different couples.

  8. Linda Brennan

    I enjoy both standalones and series. I guess it depends on my mood. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  9. Sarah Scholz

    I like and read both standalones and series 🙂 Neat giveaway 🙂 Thank you for the chance 🙂

  10. Elizabeth T.

    I enjoy both series and standalone books, especially series, yet I tend to prefer new main characters in each book of the series with recurring novellas about my favorite characters later on. 🙂

  11. Diane Sallans

    I like them all – standalones and series. I love JD Robb’s In Death series, just finished Robyn Carr’s Virgin River which features a different couple in each book but earlier characters visit too.

  12. Amanda Brown

    I absolutely prefer series, you simply dont get enough depth for my taste in a stand alone usually. I like watching the character grow.

  13. quenkne

    I like both types of books but I’m very picky when it comes to a series. No matter how much I am dying to read a book from a series, I will not start reading them until the entire series has been released. I don’t like starting a series and having to wait months / years to read the next one because I think you loose something in the down time – the curiosity, the excitement & the feelings you have for the characters.

  14. Debbi Wellenstein

    I do read both series and standalone. If I read a series, I read the whole series.

  15. Karina Angeles

    I love series books. I like to read about how each character goes through hardships and overcome obstacles to get his/her happy ending.

  16. Joye

    I read all kinds of books. I like stand alones and some series. If it is a series, I like it to be no more than 4 in the series.

  17. Kate Sparks

    I like them both. Outlander has been hard, but that’s because it’s been written over several years. Waiting for that 2nd book was miserable.

  18. Jane Nelson

    I like both standalones and a good series that with each book in the series is about a different character. I don’t enjoy a series where the hero & heroine’s relationship contines from one book to the next. I also hate cliff hangers whether in a standalone or a series book.

  19. kermitsgirl

    I prefer standalones (even in a series of books) – I hate to see the same two characters struggle to get their HEA and HFNs always make me sad.

  20. Artemis Giote

    I prefer stand alones. I like series which each book to focus on a new hero and heroine.

  21. Mood Reader

    I prefer series that have a new hero & heroine on each book.
    When the series is three or more books of the same couple I usually wait until they’ve all been published to read it because I don’t like cliffhangers. I hate having to wait months to know what happens! LOL

  22. Texas Book Lover

    I’m a series junkie…I love both types of series as long as I get to follow the same group or family around and get to know and love them, I’m a very happy reader!

  23. Winnie Lim

    I love reading series. Love how the stories are interconnected. I like both types of series.

  24. LauraJJ

    Oh I really love both! I do read a lot of stand alones, but have found some great series that I have to read all of them! Sometimes I find one that looks really interesting in the middle of a series and have to go back and read them all!

  25. Kim

    I love both. I enjoy reading a series that follows one couple as it’s nice to really get to know those characters and see them develop. I also love the series that feature a different couple in each book, since it’s set in the same world and you get to peek into the world of a couple after they get together and fall in love. I find it’s nice to mix it up and work some standalones in so I can get a complete story and then move on.

  26. JenM

    I like both series and standalones. In a series, if it’s UF, I’d rather that the books follow one main characters, but in romances and PNR, I prefer each book to be complete, so that usually means there will be a different couple in each book. I don’t like cliffhangers in romance.

  27. Irma

    I prefer standalones but I’m also a series reader. In series I prefer to read about a different couple through books.

  28. Erika

    I read both but I think I like a standalone more if full series isn’t out yet–hate to wait in between–especially when it is over a year

  29. Jen B

    I like a series that has a new couple for each book, but still catches up on previous characters.

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