Review: Rising Storm, Tempest Rising

Title:  Rising Storm: Tempest Rising, episode 1
Author: Julie Kenner
Published: September 24, 2015,  Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Serial 

Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.

Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets. Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish.

Ginny Moreno didn’t mean to do it, but when she came home to Storm, she brought the tempest with her. And now everyone will be caught in its fury…


Tempest Rising is the first installment in a new serial story created by Julie Kenner and Dee Davis.  Each week for the next 8 weeks, different authors will bring us a continuation of the story line started with this book.  We are introduced to small town Storm, Texas and most of the intertwined residents in this novella.  The story kicks off with the return to town of college student Ginny Moreno during a terrible Texas size storm.  That trip home sets off a chain of events that effects multiple families in the town. 

I don’t want to give too much away here as I suspect there is much more action to come.  There looks to be love, loss, adultery, violence, and lies all intertwined.  Author Julie Kenner gives us a great introduction to the premise and the players.  I do wish there was a family tree or list of characters to reference as I found myself having to go back and re-read to make sure I had all the relationships down.  I am sure as the story unfolds, we will become more familiar with everyone.  You need to start with this book and follow through until the end.  This plays out like a day time soap opera and you don’t want to miss an episode or you may be lost.  Next up is White Lightning by Lexi Blake. 

*An ARC was provided by for an honest review

J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York TimesUSA TodayPublishers Weekly,  Wall Street Journal and 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, Victorian-era thrillers (coming soon), and paranormal mommy lit.
Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, has been consistently in development in Hollywood since prior to publication.  Most recently, it has been optioned by Warner Brothers Television for development as series on the CW Network with Alloy Entertainment producing.
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 swopn for him.” A three 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).
Her books have sold well over a million copies and are published in over over twenty countries.
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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