By: J. Kenner
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Guess I’ve been on a naughty kick so far this month and I’m continuing the tradition with the newly released Release Me. Seeing it on tour just whetted my appetite so I decided to go ahead and buy it, and boy am I glad I did. Super sexy and just fun, Release Me takes two tortured souls and brings them together in just the right way.
Damien Stark is a former tennis pro turned entrepreneur and millionaire. He owns nightclubs, hotels, restaurants, factories, a little of everything really. At an art opening one evening he meets Nicole Fairchild, a recent graduate and newly moved to Los Angeles. Nikki’s boss is wanting Stark’s company to invest in a new product that is coming out and she is to act as the bait.
Other people have said it and I’ll say it again, this book has strong elements of Fifty Shades or the Sylvia Day books within them. It doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, because believe me I did. I think at the heart of it is our desire to find a millionaire of our own...sexy, funny, intelligent for our own. I can see the appeal and I definitely have that appeal.
Damien is intense, there is no other way to put it. He knows what he wants, how he wants it and expects to have things his way. He wants Nikki and expects her to fall in line with his plans.
Possess. Have. Hold. Enjoy. Control. Dominate. Pick your verb, Ms. Fairchild. I intend to explore so very many of them.I found myself enjoying Nikki as well. She’s a bit of a drama queen but twisted which I enjoyed. She isn't just another pretty face, she’s had heartbreak in her past and is still dealing with issues. When she was younger she used to cut herself and I thought the author realistically dealt with the residual effects of her sickness and the very real desire to continue the self destructive behavior.
All in all a pretty compact, well done story. I enjoyed the characters, the love was a steamy affair, and it was just plain fun. Kenner did a wonderfully realistic job too, IMO of how Nikki deals with her abusers and internalizes her feelings. Looking forward to Claim Me which is coming out Summer 2013.
Date of Publication: January 1, 2013
# of Pages: 352
Source: Personal Purchase