Release Me by J. Kenner (Stark Trilogy #1)

Book description from goodreads.com:

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.

My rating:

3 stars

My review:

Release Me is the story of Nikki Fairchild, former pageant queen, and Damien Stark, handsome bajillionaire (who knew there were so many of them).  Damien first sees Nikki at a pageant when she was 16, and they meet up again at a party when Nikki is 24.

So this book is similar in genre to 50 Shades of Grey.  It is also like 50 Shades in that Damien is kind of a creepy, stalker type who constantly refers to Nikki as Ms. Fairchild, which I found uber annoying.  He finds her beautiful and offers her a million dollars for a nude painting of her.  She has demons (she’s a cutter) and has a hard time showing herself to Damien and runs off.  He assures her he thinks she’s beautiful no matter what.

I kind of have mixed feelings about this book.  I didn’t love it, that’s for sure.  The sex scenes were pretty steamy and good, but the whole “offer her a million dollars for a painting” was really creepy to me.  The writing wasn’t that great, to be honest.

I will read the next one, hoping that the writing improves, as well as the story.

My recommendation:

If you liked Christian Grey, you will probably like Damien Stark, so read it.

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