Broken With You

Broken With You

by J. Kenner

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Overview

True love never fades...

After surviving a troubled childhood, Denise can't believe that she's blissfully married to her partner and soulmate. She's confident that not even Mason's long-term, deep-cover assignment will shake their bond. And she certainly doesn't anticipate that when he finally walks back through her door that he'll have no memory of her, himself, or their time together...

When Mason is pulled out of an operation gone bad, all he knows is what he's told — that he was a covert agent, that he has information vital to national security somewhere in his head, and that they can tell him no more for fear of burying those hard-fought secrets even further. They tell him nothing else; not even that the beautiful woman who makes his heart beat faster is not just his partner, but also his wife.

The secret she must keep wrecks Denise, who wants only to return to Mason's arms. But despite the desire that still burns hot between them, she can't tell him who she is—or that she's carrying his child.

But when dark forces threaten both their lives in order to retrieve the information trapped in Mason's mind, it's not their past that will be tested, but the tenuous new love now burning hot between them.

You don't want to miss this sexy, suspenseful amnesia romance!

Charismatic. Dangerous. Sexy as hell.
Meet the elite team at Stark Security.


Stark Security series:

Shattered With You

Shadows Of You

Broken With You

Ruined With You

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161807774
Publisher: Martini & Olive
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Series: Stark Security , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 5,159
File size: 376 KB

About the Author

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, 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.” JK has been a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award five times, and a winner once, taking home the RITA trophy for her 2014 novel, Claim Me.

Before diving into writing full time, JK worked as an attorney in Texas and California where she practiced primarily civil, entertainment, and First Amendment law. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

Visit her website at www.jkenner.com to learn more and to connect with JK through social media!

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Broken With You 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
JWright57 5 months ago
What can I say that hasn’t already been said before about this highly addictive captivating read ..... This book blew me away, it broke my heart as I tried to imagine looking at the man I love and have him look back with no recognition of who I am, this book is an emotional roller coaster but it’s a ride you should jump on because I’m sure you will be as addicted as I am to the men and their partners from the Stark Security World. “He’s erased me. Somehow his mind really has erased me along with everything else, and there’s not a damn thing I can do about it” Denise Walker is going through the motions in reality she only wants one thing and that’s her husband Mason back, he’s been under cover for far to long and at this stage she isn’t sure if he is dead or alive, the problem is when he finally comes back to her he has no memory of her and triggering his memory may also break the man she loves ........ Strong individuals who become even stronger as a couple, I loved Mason and Denny, what an amazing love story they have to tell, it touches every emotion, pain, heartbreak, joy and love as we join this couple as they find there way back to each other oh did mention the suspense see I told you this book had it all. Highly recommend and a must read !!!!!
Marlene976 21 days ago
The story was interesting and certainly unexpected. I enjoyed the POVs, the action and romance. It was a good read and I will look at the others in the series.
BookAngel_Emma 3 months ago
Broken with You is a double-edged sword straight through the heart, full of emotion and tension on all fronts. Having been deep undercover with no contact with the people he loves, Mason has altered in his time away. The greatest change is he has no recollection of his relationship with Denise I always find memory-loss romances are bittersweet because while there may be no recollection of the past relationship there is also the amazing opportunity to fall in love all over again Broken with You is an addictive story drawing a deep level of investment in the outcome for all of the characters.
Natalie_The_Biblioholic 4 months ago
Stories about amnesiacs have always intrigued me. I've always wondered (not that I want to go through it, mind you) what it would be like to forget everything. To wake up to a world that was strange to you and inhabit the body of a stranger. To see these people around you that you're supposed to know, have a connection with, and feel and remember nothing at all. Broken With You did far more than intrigue me. It was sexy and intense and grabbed me by the guts, holding me in its thrall until the very end. My heart went out to these characters and I was crossing my fingers and toes that they would get a happy ending. So what was it about? ❥ Denise's husband has been on a covert job and she hasn't seen him for two years. She's lonely and misses him. She's worried and her former employer won't give her much in the way of comfort. Until one day, her prayers are answered... or are they? ❥ After going deep on his last job, Mason wakes up not knowing who he is, where he is, or how he got to this point. However, he's still got his wits about him and is able to get in contact with the right people. A threat to national security is stuck in his mind and the memory cannot be forced. So although he is introduced to his wife, he can't be told she's his wife, that they're married, or anything else about his past. ❥ Mason can't help his attraction to Denise, but he tries very hard to fight it. Denise does everything she can to help him and fight against her instincts when it comes to the man she loves. ❥ The threat Mason is supposed to remember hits close to home and it's a race against time to save the world! I loved how Mason was still drawn to Denise without remembering who she was to him. The author did an incredible job of describing the confusion associated with amnesia and how it effects the people who love the person who doesn't remember them. I felt Denise's pain and disappointment and I loved that although she was suffering, her love for Mason was so strong that she was there for him regardless. I loved getting insight into Mason's feelings and his struggles. Nothing beats dual perspectives. Getting to meet the people who make up Stark Security only makes me want to know more about them and I'll definitely be staying tuned for their stories!
MaureensBooks 5 months ago
A view years back I read two books in the Stark Saga series by J. Kenner. And I absolutely adored those books. Somehow I never got to reading the third book in the series. But it has been on my TBR for a long time. So when I saw a sign up for ‘Broken With You’, the second book in the Stark Security series, I knew I wanted to read this book. And I was super excited to hear I got approved for an ARC shortly after. Although ‘Broken With You’ is the second book in a series, but it can be read as a standalone. There are some characters that apparently where in the other book, but I never felt like I missed something important while reading this book. And I loved ‘Broken With You’ from the beginning till the very end. In ‘Broken With You’ we meet Denise. Denise is married to her true love Mason, and she is really happy. But Mason has been on a secret assignment for almost two years, and Denise is afraid he is never coming back to her. But then one day, Mason returns. Unfortunately he doesn’t remember anything.. Not his name and certainly not who Denise is. And now Denise can’t even tell him who she really is. The romance in this book was just so good. I loved reading about Denise and Mason. The chemistry between them was flying off the pages. It was both heartbreaking and toe – curling good to read about these two. And the thing I liked the most about this read was the fact that the romance was good, but there was also a lot of suspense. Denise’s character was fun to read about. But Mason’s was my absolute favorite. He woke up without any memory of who he was and what he was doing. And instead of freaking out he kept on trying to find out more. And although he felt an instant connection with Denise, he kept trying to want to do the good thing because he just felt he was a person who didn’t take another guys woman. I loved that about him. After finishing ‘Broken With You’ I definitely can’t wait to read more by J. Kenner.
Megan S 5 months ago
Former FBI agent and current Stark security member Denny is missing current special agent Mason, her husband, away on assignment. Denny sees the other couples and though she is happy for them, can’t help but miss her own husband. Denny has thrown herself into the job to avoid her feelings for missing Mason. Imagine Denny’s surprise when Mason comes home, but it’s not really Mason. Can Denny help figure out what happened to her husband before the villains out to get him get her first? 4.5/5
Anonymous 5 months ago
❤️ Please note to read the short prequel Shadows of You first...then enjoy the journey with Denny and Mason/Jack. Broken With You is full of mystery, angst and most of all LOVE! The journey to bring these two back together is amazing!
Anonymous 5 months ago
This book grabbed me from the first page & never let go! The mystery & confusion of Mason not remembering his past made for palpable tension. And the gut punch of Denny finding out the man she missed for two years may not ever remember her. Then there’s also the fact that the memory he was suppressing could get them both killed. It was the best kind of second chance romance with drama & the added conflict of whether someone can fall in love with you again when they don’t remember you. Their chemistry was electric & the suspense never let up until the exciting conclusion.
Suezqmil 5 months ago
Broken With You is book 2 in the Stark Security series by J. Kenner. I loved this book so much. Denny and Mason's story was emotional and intense and what a love they have. The writing of this book is amazing. This author's writing draws you in to the story and you feel like you are there going through all of this with these characters. I can’t recommend this book enough! Can’t wait for the next one!!
Moonlitvixen 5 months ago
I really enjoyed Broken With You. Mason and Denny’s story, while still deep and emotional, wasn’t as dark as some J. Kenner books get (don’t get me wrong, I love those too!) so it was a bit of a breath of fresh air all while maintaining the level of intensity that you expect. She’s freaking brilliant! I can’t wait for Liam’s story.
paytonpuppy 5 months ago
I have always been a fan of Julie Kenner’s writing but had not read anything by her “aka” J. Kenner. Now that I have, I need to revise my “watch for” list and add J. Kenner books to the list. Denise Marshall Walker knows that her husband is involved in an undercover assignment, but when she finds out that he has returned, she is thrilled until she learns that he has no knowledge of her or their marriage. She cannot tell him who she is or that she is expecting their first child. Mason knows himself as “Jack” and that there is so much missing from his memory. He is eager to learn who he is and why Denise seems so familiar to him, but the doctor will not allow him to move any faster for fear of causing a complete mental break. When Denise is threatened, he only knows that he needs to protect her no matter what it costs him physically or mentally. A thrill ride full of emotion, romance and danger as Denise and Mason fight for their lives and their unborn child. Loved it and l am looking forward to the other books in the series! I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
szelisk 5 months ago
What an amazing start to Stark Security series. Warning. Make sure you have a box of tissues near you. Denise traded her government security service to work with Stark Securities. Her husband, Mason, still works for the government and has been on a long assignment. One in which she really has no contact. Every day is torture and all she want’s is her husband home. She never expected when he did, he wouldn’t remember who she was or in fact who he was. Can their love overcome these obstacles? Another amazing book from J. Kenner. Stark security series is proving to be just as mind blowing as the Stark series itself. (And we get Damien at the same time) A definite must read in my book!!
MaimeosAngelsEL 5 months ago
Having read other books in the Stark world I could not wait to dive in and read Broken With You, which is the second book in the Stark Security series. This is Denise and Mason’s story. Mason is a man who has no past; his memories lost. Will he get them back and in the process remember Denise, his wife who was his world? Or are his memories lost forever? I really loved the characters of Denise and Mason; both have been through so much and yet they have come through it, not unscathed but they have survived. This may well be their greatest challenge; will their relationship survive the test or are they destined to part? As things spice up and danger rears it’s head, neither of them can deny the sizzling chemistry that remains between them. Well written this was a fast paced, suspenseful and sizzling story that had me engaged from start to the finish. I was really cheering for Denise and Mason to re connect and get the happily ever after that they both so richly deserved.
bbarneybooks28 5 months ago
After being introduced to Denise ‘Denny’ Walker in Quincy and Eliza’s book, I was so ready for her story; I loved her grit, her snark, and her ability to get the job done by any means necessary. But all of her training and intelligence couldn’t prepare her for her next mission because, this time, it’s personal and her future as well as the future of her marriage depend on her ability to hide her overwhelming emotions and help Mason remember the information that’s locked in his head that he spent the last two years of his life retrieving, and until the objective is achieved, Denny’s left in limbo, hoping that her husband remembers her and that those who do not want the details unlocked from Mason’s head don’t get their revenge before his memory returns. Because J. Kenner provides readers with both Denny and Mason’s perspectives, we’re able to see firsthand how they’re dealing with the complications of Mason’s amnesia, and Denny’s fears as well as the pain and frustration that they both feel as Denny works with Mason to figure out who he is and what he knows while also being forced to not reveal what they mean to each other, and with so much at stake, both personally and professionally, it’s quite a taxing journey for the characters as well as the story’s readers because the fallout could keep Denny and Mason broken and apart while still dealing with the threat to Mason’s life due to what he can’t seem to remember. The way that Kenner crafts and builds Denny and Mason’s story allows readers to become emotionally invested in the characters’ lives, feeling every single emotion as they feel them and questioning whether these two will be able to move forward together or dwell too much on the parts of their lives Mason can’t remember. Denny definitely shows just how mentally strong she is as she watches her husband struggle to find the missing/broken details of his life while also working to uncover the pertinent information that could quite possibly get both of them killed. It doesn’t matter where J. Kenner takes me in her Stark World; I will gladly follow her and her characters anywhere. And I am loving her Stark Security series. I love romantic suspense and Kenner definitely knows how to utilize all of the genre’s components in a way that heightens the tension, maximizes the uneasiness, and unravels the various plot lines of the conflict in a way that keeps readers guessing on what will happen up until the moment when everything reaches its climax and the fallout must be dealt with in a way that puts all the broken pieces back together, even if they’re a bit bent and/or incomplete. 4.5 Poison Apples Review
ShellyReyn 5 months ago
"He's erased me. Somehow his mind really has erased me along with everything else, and there's not a damn thing I can do about it. I can't kiss him back to reality as if I'm a fairy tale princess and he's a prince trapped in a hundred year sleep. I can't even tell him the truth. All I can do is cry, but I'm not even allowed to do that." Oh, my poor heart!!! This book just about ripped it out of me!! I can't imagine having the man I love, the man I married, look at me and not know who I was! Poor Denny!! Denise "Denny" Walker just wants one thing -her husband Mason back. He's been gone for two years - deep cover - and she has no idea if he's dead or alive. He's the love of her life and she was sure if he was dead, she might as well be too. But, by some miracle, he's come back to her. The only problem is he has no idea who she is, or what he means to her. Unable to tell him the truth, she must watch as he tries to remember on his own. But, when threats come, looking for information trapped in his mind, they target his one weakness - her. With time running out, can he put the splintered memories back together in time to save her? Or will she lose everything just as soon as she got him back? Mason Walker woke up in a strange place, not knowing who he was or how he got there. Somehow recalling a phone number and secret code word, he finds himself back at headquarters, but no one looks familiar and he's not sure who he can trust. Except her. He might not know her, but he's inexplicably drawn to her. He shouldn't feel this way - she's a married woman and her husband is missing. As they spend time together, working to trigger his memories of his mission so they can shut down a terrorist ring, he can't fight it any longer. He'll do anything for her. But, now, a threat related to his mission has her in their cross-hairs and time is running out to unlock the only information that can save her. He can't lose her now that he's found her. Again. Holy Hannah I loved this couple! So much pain, heartbreak, love, joy, and sorrow. Talk about the feels!!! What an amazing love story of knowing your true soulmate and having faith!! I can't wait for the rest of this series!!
Embell 5 months ago
I knew this one was going to be good just from how Shattered With You ended. I recommend that you read Shadows of You, which is a prequel to this book. You won't miss anything, but it adds to this story. The story flows really well with lots of feels with Mason not remember who he is. You get a feel for both Denny and Mason's frustrations with all of this. A true suspenseful story with time running out. The steam is definitely lacking compared to other books by this author, but that's how the story needed to be. There are a couple twists and turns and surprising reveals, and new characters are introduced who have potential for their own books. I'm a little sad that certain things didn't pan out like it expected, something doesn't happen. Even though this is a standalone, maybe this thing will eventually happen in another story. The reason I say this is because all the books seem to end with a party and Damien's house and they always have some sort of a reveal.
DoveArt 5 months ago
This one was a page-turner! I was fully engaged after just a few pages and didn't want to put it down. Denise has been waiting to get her husband back from an undercover operation, but when he finally appears, he has lost his memory. The story balances the mystery of what happened to Mason with the romance between Denise and Mason reconnecting despite his memory loss. The pacing was just right, it moved along, but I still felt like I got to know the characters. Denise and Mason are both tough, but with a softness toward each other that made their relationship believable even in the midst of a fantastic story. As the plot unfolds we get tension, angst, and suspense, but no unnecessary melodrama; it all flowed very well. Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Ana94 5 months ago
When I started reading I couldn't put it down.J Kenner is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this book.Can't wait for the next book.
MaryJoMI 5 months ago
Heart-stopping action kept me engaged in this story. Mason wakes up in a hotel not knowing where he is or who for that matter but he has a set of numbers in his head. One phone call leads him back to his team but he doesn’t remember the mission yet, in his dreams, he sees intense green eyes. When he meets Denise, his former partner, he has a connection to the eyes that draws him in. Denise is overjoyed that Mason has returned but sadly he doesn’t know who he is. This creates a slippery slope as they work to restore his memory without losing him into his mind. I was on edge in this story the entire time. What was the true mission? I knew whatever he had uncovered had to be intense. Will he ever remember Denise again and their love? Who is lurking out there if Mason is back? I was pulled in from page 1 and had to know how it would end.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 5 months ago
4.5 stars--BROKEN WITH YOU is the second instalment in J. Kenner’s contemporary, adult STARK SECURITY erotic, romantic suspense series-a spin off from the author’s numerous Stark Series. This is Special Forces soldier Mason, and his wife, Stark Security specialist Denise ‘Denny’ Walker’s story line. BROKEN WITH YOU can be read as a stand alone but I recommend reading the series in order for back story and history. Denny and Mason’s story begins in the prequel, short story SHADOWS OF YOU (Stark Security .5) Told from first person point of view (Denny), and third person Mason aka Jack, BROKEN WITH YOU follows the rekindling relationship between spouses Mason and Denise ‘Denny’ Walker. Mason Walker has been on assignment for close to two years but for a few hours in February would have to last Denny a lifetime when her husband disappeared, once again. Fast forward to present day wherein Denny’s husband would return a different man, a man who can no longer remember who he is, or the wife that he once loved. What ensues is the rebuilding relationship between Denny and Mason, and the potential fall-out as the ramifications of Mason’s last assignment threaten the woman he loves, and the possibility of thousands of other lives. Denny Walker struggles with the absence of her husband, a man with whom she is deeply in love, but a man whose assignment has placed him in the direct line of fire. Mason Walker returned home to the unfamiliar: from the loss of information and knowledge, to the unknown including the missing years he spent with his wife, Mason battles between head and heart knowing that if and when the memories return, it may trigger a fall-out unlike anyone could have imagined. The relationship between Denny and Mason is a rekindling romance, friendship, and relationship between a man whose memories have been wiped by an unknown source, and a woman who remembers everything but has been cautioned to reveal nothing to the man that she loves. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are reintroduced to Denny’s Stark Security co-workers and team: Quincy Radcliffe and Eliza Tucker, as well as Eliza’s sister Emma; Liam Foster, Ryan Hunter, Cass, Sylvia, Colonel Anderson Seagrave, Peter and Cerise, Nikki and Damien Stark. BROKEN WITH YOU is an emotional and heart breaking story line of betrayal and second chances; an intriguing and twisted look at power and control; vengeance, wrath and treason. The premise is engaging and captivating; the romance is spicy and hot; the characters are broken, energetic and strong.
DebiDG 5 months ago
A fantastic story with twists, turns, humor and romance. Julie wrote an action packed romantic thriller that will grab you at page one and keep you entertained throughout. The characters development is brilliant and I love how Damien and others make appearances. This can 100% be read as a standalone!
AboutThatStory 5 months ago
This. Was. So. EXCITING! I picked it up and could not put it down. I think I might have held my breath through those first chapters, I was riveted! I was pulled into all the turmoil and heartache, passion and love, and had to know how it would all play out. Loved it! Mason and Denise were awesome characters. I could feel their pain, love, and need. I loved the conflict that they’re married but he doesn’t remember and the tension and turmoil it created. I felt bad for them and loved watching them reconnect. I loved Mason and Denise's chemistry, that pull they had one another, it was intense. I loved their heat and passion as well as all of the emotion, it was consuming. The writing was great and I love how the storyline was crafted, I thought it had an amazing build. Wonderful details and development. There's a great cast of characters as well, if you've read anything in the Stark world before you'll see some familiar faces. If not, you'll be intrigued and want to read their stories too. From start to finish I flew through this, a seriously awesome read. Amnesia stories aren’t normally something I read so I was slightly nervous going in. J. Kenner totally made me a fan of this trope because I was just so into the drama and excitement from the start. Another great story in the Stark Security series! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
CrystalsBookWorld 5 months ago
I love the new Stark Security team. I am awed and swayed with so much emotion. I did get to read the Novella about Denny and Mason. That is where I got some background on the couple. You don't need to read their Novella, but I suggest you do. Denny broke my heart. She had to be so strong for Mason. I could only imagine the pain. She literally ripped her own heart just to keep Mason safe. When the AHA moment happened, I had hope. Mason is always stay true to himself. I love how he felt Denny's heart and soul from the get go. He is truly a hero. The passion has changed for Denny and Mason. He is pure alpha and works on instinct. Which worked for Denny too ;) All the images that were running through my head. Broken with You does no disappoint. Its about love, hope, and working hard for love. I whole heartily recommend this book!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Wow! This book was unputdownable!! I loved every exciting, intense, and wonderful moment of Denny and Mason’s story. I could feel every frustration of theirs as well as every emotion. That’s just great writing! Such a good story! The fact that I did not guess what was going on makes me smile because I’m usually better at that. This is such an amazing series and I can’t wait for more in the Stark Security world!