Oh you know I love me some sexy books, especially during my period and things are slow.
Release Me by J. Kenner
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.
Who isn't loving the books with hot, rich guys who like rough sex? I know I am, but I'd also like to know where they all are. The story of Damien and Nikki is pretty standard when you compare to every other book out there right now in the category of Fifty Shades and even the Sylvia Day books, so there isn't anything new or different to this book that makes it stand out.
What it does have is a really intriguing story that keeps you reading and really great sex scenes. The characters, while completely unrealistic, seem more realistic compared to the other litany of books just like this one out there. Nikki has some serious emotional scars from a childhood where she was a child pageant star at the hands of her mother. The control her mother wielded over her is released in a really scary outlet that makes it hard for Nikki to be close to anyone in a meaningful relationship.
Not knowing any of this, Damien does some really horrible things that to an emotionally messed up person such as Nikki, bring her right back to that awful place. But he doesn't know that because she doesn't open up to him until it's almost too late.
Overall I really did like this book and I'm interested in the rest of the series. You know they will further look into Damien's history because he clearly has issues, and them together bring a whole other set of issues. The other thing about this book that I liked better than Fifty Shades is though there are some BDSM elements in it, it doesn't feel as sadistic. It doesn't feel like it's coming from a place of pain and hate like it did with Christian in Fifty Shades. Damien's words are more erotic and alluring and that really pulls you in for the whole story.
Definitely a good read if you are loving the romance books that are flooding the book stores right now- it's fast paced, definitely hot, and carries the story line well.