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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Down on Me (Man of the Month #1) by J. Kenner

A Review by Wendy
3.5 Austin, TX, Friends and Lovers Stars
* * * 1/2  
Spoiler Free

Down on Me (Man of the Month, #1) by J. Kenner delivers exactly what it promises. A start of a new series with the pull of a new couple to root for every month. In this first entry we are given the relationships of the main players, how they have become this solid group of family and friends and learn of the the bar, The Fix, and how the original owner is in trouble.

J. Kenner has the skills to pull you in from the start... maybe not in the most hearts and flowers way... but catch your attention it does. From the first paragraph, we meet Reece, part of the main trio who have been best friends forever. The other two are Brent and Jenna. These three have always been there for each other. Through parents divorcing, through Brent's disastrous marriage with the miracle of his baby girl, through absolutely everything. Together as best of friends...

Up until 8 months ago, Jenna was just one of the guys...but on a drunken goodbye to Austin and starting a new career in Los Angeles, Jenna got toasted and Reese experienced feeling something different...

He saw the woman, not the girl...and from that moment he knew he was in trouble. Oh, he was her protector that night, getting her home and making sure she was ok...But that was when things shifted. Feeling her in his arms as he carried her into her home, he had to stop himself from doing anything he so wanted to do...To kiss her, touch her, make her his...

Now he has a huge problem. Jenna is moving back to Austin and she will be around all of the time. Reece is will have to suck it up and be the friend he always has been... It has been him, Brent and Jenna...

Jenna is glad to be back with friends. She had a crappy time out in Los Angeles... job from hell and now she will at least have her support system close by. She knows she should feel like things will be fine and back to just how they were always between her, Brent and Reece... but deep down she knows she is kidding herself.

Jenna remembers almost everything from that drunken night... Reece dancing with her, carrying her and her somehow ending up in her bed in the morning. She has lulled herself to sleep with dreams of Reece, of wishing she had kissed him when he held her that night...But she also knows she would never do anything to jeopardize her friendship with Brent or Reece. They mean too much to her to risk it.

Reece is the manager at The Fix and Brent is in charge of the security. The owner,Tyree, bought the bar years ago and it was doing fine. Unfortunately, with the popularity of Austin booming, there has been more competition and big franchises with cheaper drinks. The Fix, though, has a strong steady group of regulars and presence in the community. When Brent, Reece and Jenna learn of Tyree's difficulties, all jump in to help.

Jenna knowing wedding and event planning immediately thought of the Man of the Month Calendar contest with her best friend Amanda. With the right promotions, marketing and social media it could take off and be a huge driver for business. Convincing all of the guys this is the way to make it happen, the contest is on.

What else is on is the undeniable attraction Reece and Jenna feel for each other. Reece knows he is a ticking time bomb and it will only take one thing that will set him off...All he wants is this woman and somehow he will have to show her.

This is the start of the series and Kenner gives us plenty of hints as to how all of the people will come together. We are introduced to characters with enough back story to cause us to think about what may happen months from now. There will be plenty of adventures and lots of hot times...guaranteed, especially if they follow the path Reece and Jenna took.

This was a quick read... the concept of friends and lovers working together to save an established local bar. There will be twelve books, each specific to a couple with laced with enough drama and smoking hot times Kenner fans will love. Hold on Tight (Man of the Month #2) will be next in line and looks to be fun...

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

6459302 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 international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, 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 swoon for them.” A five 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).
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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