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.
Having read the 50 Shades Trilogy, I thought I was going to have a hard time with comparison. And…that’s only natural considering how much I enjoyed the idea of Christian Gray. Release Me pleasantly surprised me. J. Kenner created the perfect characters that contributed to the fluidity of the novel.
(Spoiler Alert) Nikki Fairchild has moved from Texas to Los Angeles, at a technology company. Her new boss Carl is a creep but Nikki can put up with it for a shot to enhance her career. As a stipulation to her employment, Carl drags Nikki to an art exhibit. His intentions are to use her as bait to attract a billionaire named Damien Stark. Carl wants the billionaire to invest in his company.
But…Nikki met Damien 6 years ago when she was a beauty pageant contestant. Nikki was also the recipient of the Stark International Fellowship during her university life. When she meets him again, she is certain that he will not remember her,but…she is dead wrong.
When she lays eyes on Damien, the instant sexual attraction is undeniable. Eventually, Damien makes it obvious that he wants Nikki in the worst way. In this particular story, Nikki is not meek or shy in any way. She is spunk and quite cocky. And of course…Damien is a control freak. The eroticism on the first night opens the door for the following graphic scenes. However, the pacing of the relationship is well development. I like that it’s handles with ease and care not, ‘I love you’ in 3 days or less.
Nikki clearly has body image issues (BDD) and is deathly afraid of what sexual intimacy really is. Miss J, shows that fear when Damien attempts to seduce her. Damien surprises Nikki with sensitivity. She developes the ability to trust Damien and open herself to him. Of course, there are explicit scenes but, not ‘overload’ of the typical sex in erotic novels.
What I enjoyed most was that Damien’s dark secrets, are not revealed in Release Me. Kenner generously leaves you chomping at the bit to figure out what Damien’s deal is and it sets the tone for her next book. This novel is definitely well-balanced. I would definitely recommend it to those who are in love with erotica.
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