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Release Me by J. Kenner
Published by Random House on 2013-01-01
Genres: BDSM, Erotica
Reviewed by Nannette
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, 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. Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
Damien Stark can have any woman he wants. He can have anything he wants. And what he wants is Nikki Fairchild. Damien and Nikki might be able to get what they want from each other in bed, but will their secrets keep them from anything more?
Release Me is a sexually charged story with a lot of emotional baggage. Nikki is tough and independent now, but her painful past has left her with physical and emotional scars. Damien makes her face her fears, her needs, and her desires. Nikki’s submission to Damien gives her control. She chooses self-destructive ways to diffuse her emotions because she never learned safe or productive ways to deal with them. Damien’s control is exactly what Nikki (unknowingly at first) needs and craves. Damien is still a bit of enigma by the end of Release Me, but Nikki is more of an open book, and her story is poignant and compelling. In an age where BDSM books are becoming more mainstream, Release Me may take its cues from already successful stories, but it’s an intriguing, well-written, erotic novel that stands on it’s own. It’s an interesting plot with good characterization. Nikki and Damien are two scarred souls whose jagged puzzle pieces fit perfectly together. The final chapter of Release Me marked the end of the book, but Nikki and Damien’s story is far from over. Claim Me can’t come soon enough for this reader.