(Stark Trilogy #1)
by: J. Kenner
Published: January 1, 2013
He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.
Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.
Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.
But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.
Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
Wow, this book is really like FIFTY SHADES meets THE CROSSFIRE series. It's like a happy medium in that there's not as much domination and submission and it's not quite as dark as CROSSFIRE. RELEASE ME definitely holds its own in the world of erotic romance, and the relationship between Damien (oh so hot Damien) and Nikki is certainly an intense one with plenty of secrets, pain, and insecurity to keep the reader entranced. The damage that both of these characters have experienced is pretty raw and in many ways makes them a perfect and natural fit. Personally, I think it's a healthier match than either Christian and Ana or Gideon and Eva.
While some elements of the story are what one might consider typical, (wealthy self-made man, badly damaged and insecure woman, deep dark secrets that could tear them apart) I found that it was a believable story that I really invested in emotionally. I could relate to Nikki and her fears and even understand her motives, which really made me like her. She's not a weak character although she doesn't believe that at times.
Now, I do not usually quote from books; however, I am making an exception for this one with my favorite Damien quote.
"This isn't just heat, it's a goddamned conflagration. Not chemistry, but nuclear fission." (RELEASE ME pg. 112)
I think that sums up the relationship between Damien and Nikki pretty well. It's pretty damn intense and sexy. Very, very sexy. If you enjoyed FIFTY SHADES by EL James or BARED TO YOU by Sylvia Day, I strongly recommend RELEASE ME. I mean, Damien Stark can tie me up with red silk any day!
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