Book: Release Me
Author: J. Kenner
Release Date: 1/1/2013
I received this in exchange for my honest review
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.- Publisher
Review: I loved the Fifty Shades trilogy and I'm currently enjoying the Crossfire books (well, loved book one, book 2 was okay) so I was excited to read this book. Like those books, we have a young woman (Nikki) attracted to an extremely wealthy businessman (Damien) with control issues. While the premise of the book was not entirely original, Kenner succeeded in its execution by creating believable characters, sizzling sex scenes and focusing on the actual relationship between the main characters.
Nikki is damaged and working through her own issues. In fact, I think anyone with a critical mother would relate to some of the traumatic things she experienced (a lot of it hit home for me). Damien is an Andre Agassi of sorts, a former tennis star who retired from the sport and now works in business. I liked this back story as it was more reasonable than a 20-something year old billionaire who 'worked hard and became successful in business.' Kenner knows how to write steamy scenes and these two characters had great physical chemistry. While there was a dominant/submissive vibe in the bedroom, the book focused on the actual relationship and not just the sex.
Nikki is slowly peeled back and her issues come to light, while Damien is an enigma throughout most of the book. We are given some crumbs as to his childhood trauma relating to tennis, but any other injustices that may have occurred were not revealed. I hope that means another book is in the works? I liked that Damien had control issues in the bedroom but that did not extend to Nikki's regular life in the extreme stalker role like the other dominant male characters readers are getting used to seeing (i.e. Christian Grey).
I will say the ending of the book seemed a little rushed and left me wanting for me. Overall, I enjoyed the book!