Release Me

J. Kenner
Release Me
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Random House
Release Date
January 2013
Book 1 of The Stark Trilogy
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

An emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who's never heard "no" and a fiery woman who says "yes" on her own terms

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.

NOTE: This edition includes excerpts from J. Kenner's Claim Me and Say My Name.

Release Me is intended for mature audiences.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Apr 08, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
84 people found the following review helpful
3 underwhelmed stars for RELEASE ME.

Nikki Fairchild has moved from Texas to LA to reinvent herself with C-Squared Technologies. When she meets Damien Stark, the genius behind Stark International, she's starstruck, but wary. Damien is like a predator all coiled tight, and she just knows she's about to be his prey. As hard as she fights it, Nikki is helpless against Damien's assault, especially when he offers her $1 million to pose nude for a painting for him...and belong to him while it's being done. The two of them quickly become almost obsessed with one another, but with Damien needing control and hiding parts of his past, can a woman who controlled her entire life let this man take over her entire world?

RELEASE ME is the first book in the Stark Trilogy series, and I'm pretty ambivalent about it if I'm honest. Nikki wasn't all that kinky, nor did she date around a lot, but she jumped into this controlling, mildly D/s relationship at Damien's first smolderingly dark gaze (insert eye roll). I just didn't feel it, it didn't ring true, and I couldn't connect with the characters enough to care, either. The whole story was one long orgasm interspersed with some light bondage and spanking and "Sir's" and "If you don't like it, the game stops now's." I'm not a big fan of the whole dramatic push/pull, "what have I done?"/"I'm so desperate for you!" crap, especially when it's the basis of an entire book. Big girl panties time, girlfriend. Make a decision. It was also disconcerting that they called one another Mr. Stark/Miss Fairchild throughout the course of this read. It felt disingenuous and a bit cheesy.

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; some condom use; mild BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; no violence/murder.
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