Losing Control by Jen Frederick: ARC Review

Losing Control is the first installment of the new Kerr Chronicles from USA Today Bestselling Author Jen Frederick.  

Title:  Losing Control
Series: Kerr Chronicles, #1
Author: Jen Frederick
Release Date:  Daily installments via newsletter beginning 5/27,
6/16 on retail sites


I’d do anything to keep my mother alive.

Anything, including ask Ian Kerr for help. I don’t know much about him, except that he has more money than some small countries. And he’s willing to spend it on me. Just one catch: there’s a string attached, and not just the one I feel pulling me into his arms and his bed. There’s also the plan for revenge he wants my help with.

Every time he says my name, it makes my body shiver and my heart stutter. I know he’s going to wreck me, know there won’t be anything left of me but lust and sensation by the time he’s done with me, but even though I can see the heartbreak coming towards me like a train, ready to crash into me, I can’t get out of the way. I want what he makes me feel. Want what he’s offering.

This may have started out as something to save my mother, but now…now it’s about what he makes me feel. I’m in danger of losing everything that’s important. Worse? Ian's whispered words and hot caresses are making me believe that's okay.


Jen Frederick has created a sexy, mysterious, and emotional love story set against the back drop of revenge and survival. 

Wow... Just.... Wow! I was expecting a great story from Jen, but nothing like this! If this doesn’t give you a case of “just-one-more-chapter”, I don’t know what will. I could not put this down. This could possibly be my favorite Jen Frederick book to date (sorry Woodlands boys).

Losing Control is one HUGE SURPRISE! I wasn't really sure what this was going to be about. I went in sort of blind, but after THAT my eyes are wiiiiiide open. Losing Control has a twisty and unexpected plot. I absolutely loved it!

Tiny desperately needs a job. She gets mixed up with her not-so-law-abiding step brother, Malcolm. Through Malcolm, a job with the very rich and mysterious Ian Kerr becomes available. Ian won’t hire Tiny, but he sure as hell wants her. Coincidentally, Ian starts bumping into Tiny in various places around the city and starts inserting himself into Tiny’s life. She’s not sure what to think of Ian. He’s rich, gorgeous, smart……. everything Tiny’s not. How can someone like him want someone like her??? There’s more to Ian than sits on the surface, and the more time Tiny spends around Ian, the harder it is to deny him. What happens when Tiny starts to fall for Ian? Can she save her mom and her heart? 

Tiny is such a fabulous heroine. It's refreshing. She’s tough and feisty with street smartsnot to mention that sharp tongue on her. She may be “tiny” but she packs a punch in the smarts department. She doesn’t want pity, and she doesn’t want hand-outs. What she wants is to take care of her mom, get the money they need, and still hold her head high in the end…. oh, yes, and one more small thing……. protect her heart. 

(Sigh) Ian, Ian, Ian. He is one surprise after another. He is mysterious with the ability to side step questions while eliciting information at the same time – OMG, it’s so aggravatingly sexy. He’s dangerous yet heart melting. He’s soft and gentle, sharp and rough. He's ruthless but with morals and a heart of gold. He’s strong yet vulnerable. I could go on and on….. (I think Jen may have created the perfect alpha male in Ian.) 

The dynamic and sexual tension between Ian and Tiny is unbelievably HOT! Tiny’s quick wit and Ian’s intelligence make for some of the most enjoyable dialogue. Jen proves her versatility by writing a dramatically different storyline and characters from her previous efforts while creating an equally intriguing and captivating story. 

I have to be honest here. I’m glad I was able to snag a full copy. I’m not sure reading a chapter or two a day would have been safe for those around me – I’m telling you……… you will definitely catch a case of just-one-more-chapter. I seriously cannot wait for Taking Control!

4.5 STARS!!!


The Woodlands Series:

For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.

Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.

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Whore. Slut. Typhoid Mary.
I've been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behavior, and my reputation was ruined. Guys labeled me as easy and girls shied away. To cope, I stayed away from Central social life and away from Central men, so why is it that my new biology lab partner is so irresistible to me?

He's everything I shouldn't want. A former Marine involved in illegal fighting with a quick trigger temper and an easy smile for all the women. His fists aren't the danger to me, though, it's his charm. He's sliding his way into my heart and I'm afraid that he's going to be the one to break me.

Impulsive. Unthinking. Hot tempered.
I allow instinct to rule my behavior. If it feels good, do it, has been my motto because if I spend too much time thinking, I'll begin to remember exactly where I came from. At Central College, I've got fighting and I've got women and I thought I was satisfied until I met her.

She's everything I didn't realize I wanted and the more time I spend with her, the more I want her. But she's been hurt too much in the past and I don't want to be the one to break her. I know I should walk away, but I just can't.

Bonus Content: Upon reaching the USA Today Bestselling milestone, I wrote a 10,000 word epilogue as a thank you to the readers who loved and supported Unspoken.  I posted it for free on my blog but at the urging of readers, I have added it to the original version. 

Note: This is a New Adult Contemporary Romance with mature content and sexually explicit scenes. 91,000+ words. Standalone novel.

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Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier.  His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind.  He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment.  So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.
Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regretsthat she didn't move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn't taken many chances in life. Now, she's met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?
Note: Although these books are part of a series, they do not need to be read in order.
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Hitman Series:


I have been a contract killer since I was a boy. For years I savored the fear caused by my name, the trembling at the sight of my tattoos. The stars on my knees, the marks on my fingers, the dagger in my neck, all bespoke of danger. If you saw my eyes, it was the last vision you’d have. I have ever been the hunter, never the prey. With her, I am the mark and I am ready to lie down and let her capture me. Opening my small scarred heart to her brings out my enemies. I will carry out one last hit, but if they hurt her, I will bring the world down around their ears.

I’ve been sheltered from the outside world all my life. Homeschooled and farm-raised, I’m so naive that my best friend calls me Pollyanna. I like to believe the best in people. Nikolai is part of this new life, and he’s terrifying to me. Not because his eyes are cold or my friend warns me away from him, but because he’s the only man that has ever seen the real me beneath the awkwardness. With him, my heart is at risk..and also, my life.

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I never really knew what misery was until the day I was kidnapped and sold for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Two months later, I'm at a brothel in Rio when I meet Daniel Hays. He says he's here to save me, but can I trust him? All I know of him are his sarcastic retorts and his tendency to solve every dispute with his gun. He's also the only safe thing in my world, and I know it's wrong to fall in love with him, but I can't seem to help myself. He says he’ll protect me until his last breath but I don’t know if I should believe him or even if I can.


For the last eighteen months, I’ve had one goal: to find my kidnapped sister. I’ve left the Army, turned paid hit man, and have befriended criminals all across the globe. In every brothel I raid or every human trafficking truck I stop, her face is the one I’m desperate to see. In Rio, I find Regan Porter, bruised but not broken and still sane despite her weeks in hell. I should leave her behind or send her home because the last thing either of us needs is to get involved. But with every passing minute, I find I can’t let her go.


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Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog.  She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at jen@jenfrederick.com.

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