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"Claim Me" is the second installment to J. Kenner's St
Nikki Fairchild is obsessed with Damien Stark and in the second installment the obsession has become even worst for her. In fact, Damien has now become her pain reliever and Nikki has become his source to let out some stress. They both are amazing together though. Damien is finally opening up on what is going on in his life in "Claim Me" and Nikki is proving to be the strongest of the two. I have come to admire Nikki even more in this book. Here the woman is put through a whole lot of mess and she overcomes it all. She almost stumbles, but she has proven she can overcome anything thrown at her.
If you have read "Release Me", you probably had a lot of questions on what was happening in Damien's head and what made him have so many secrets. Slowly, but surely he begins to open up in the second installment.
He showed his possessive side more in this book as well, which could be found to be annoying to some people, but his motive behind it all will make your realize his intentions are for the greater good.
I loved everything in the second installment and now I look forward to even more the final book. J. Kenner leaves you hanging at the end which makes me wonder what is going to happen next. Are the characters going to ever have a happily ever after?
I want to know who is causing all the issues and I have a funny feeling I know who it is.
Poor Nikki not only goes through so much in this book, but her best friend, Jamie did as well.
Her other best friend, Ollie, I cannot figure him out, but in this book I did not like him. I feel he is up to no good.
I loved how J. Kenner made Nikki stronger though in this book and made me hate Damien at points in the book where I wanted to hurt him for Nikki. Damien though is nothing like Gideon Cross from the Cross novels by Sylvia Day. In fact, Damien, is not one who plays games, he admires and loves Nikki. He just has a very particular way of showing it. I cannot compare him to Christian since I have not read the FSoG books and really tend not to read them anytime soon so I will not compare Damien to him.
J. Kenner's writing style is definitely different from other contemporary authors I have read, which makes me adore her even more. She has a way of describing in detail that will make you feel you are there. She also makes you feel the emotions of the characters. That is one writing style that makes it more appealing for me to read since I feel like the characters are real.
This book has a lot of angst, friendship blow ups, and lots, lots of HOT sexual scenes between Nikki and Damien. The purple scarf on the cover of the book plays a very significant role in the book. =)
I give this book 4.5 full moons and highly recommend it to contemporary romance and erotica readers out there. This book is intended for 18+ mature audience though...just to warn you.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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posted by 8888649 on April 23, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted June 26, 2013
I could not put this book down! I love this Damien and Nikki story! Its a love story that struggles with serious psychological issues. I love how real J.Kenner writes about hoe Nikki trys to stay in control...its remarkable how accurate she portrays this. A must read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2013
Dare I say a little too much sex and not enough story?? This boo
Dare I say a little too much sex and not enough story?? This book expanded on others introduced in book one and finally gives us answers to Damien's many many secrets. Even though I've read the Fifty Shades and Crossfire series, I have to say Damien and Nikki have a really weird relationship. In the other two series I really could see how the couples fell in love and sex was part of their relationship but reading this series I don't quite get that feeling. It's like their feelings for each other add to this relationship made up of sex and control, which is a real pitty beacuse I think this could be a real love story but instead it almost heads down the path of co-dependency. Still an interesting story and it did keep me interested and I do intend to read the final installment when it comes out later this summer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2013
At the end of Release Me, I was looking forward to seeing what w
At the end of Release Me, I was looking forward to seeing what was going to happen with Nikki and Damien once their contract was over. CLAIM ME continues their tale and dives deeper into the characters backgrounds. Specifically Damien's. While it had a slower start, the second half had me glued till the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I still like Nikki. In fact, I felt she was a little more centered in this book. She's not intimidated by Damien and she's definitely committed to making the relationship work long term. She's fallen in love with him. Damien, however, is still a bit evasive about his personal life. He's keeping secrets from Nikki about his past, but his past...is catching up to him and affecting his business. He's afraid that if Nikki finds out the details of his past, that she will run. Because Nikki is in love with him, she wants to support him. And once his past comes to light, it didn't change her opinion of him. It only made her love him more. Of course, there is lots of drama surrounding his past and the currents events. I won't go into detail, because it is significant. Just know that despite Damien's efforts to push Nikki away, she won't stand for it. The contract is over, but she still wants to make their relationship work. I was thrilled to see Nikki take charge of the situation!
The sex was spectacular in this book. I liked it in the first book, but I felt the connection between the characters much more in this book. There was a different level of intimacy too. Likely because they fell in love and both wanted more out of their relationship. Damien is seriously hot, but Nikki held her own too!
Overall, I was happy with the way it played out. I was a bit worried in the beginning it took me a few days to really get into it. The ending was pretty great and I look forward to seeing how Damien's "problem" works out in Complete Me. Thankfully, I have the ARC and will be reading it within the next few weeks. If you're a fan of Erotic Romance whose protagonist is bossy, sexy, and a bit broody...this series is right up your alley!
~"I could look at you forever. Lose myself in you forever."-Loc 938
~"You belong here," he says. "Wherever I am, you belong. You're mine," he says.-Loc 3094
Posted June 19, 2013
This is the second book in the trilogy about Damien and Nikki.
This is the second book in the trilogy about Damien and Nikki. This book starts up right where Release Me ends. The relationship is still very strong between them but Nikki is worried that once the portrait is done, is Damien still going to want her. The story goes into more of Damien’s secrets and why he has a need to possess Nikki. However, Nikki is there to support him when he tells most of his secrets. She shows him that he can trust and rely on her as much as she does him. Someone (hopefully we find out who in book 3) leaks to the press about the deal she made with him regarding the portrait and makes her life miserable. The paparazzi follow her and ask her personal questions about her past and her relationship with Damien. Because of the bad press, she wants to revert to her old ways and hurt herself but because of Damien she doesn’t. Damien is upset because he thinks being with him has caused her so much pain.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The romance between Nikki and Damien is well written. The story flows and is hard to put down once you start reading it. It is very sexual but also very romantic. Damien honestly cares about what is best for Nikki. This story shows that you don’t have to be perfect that you can have scars either on the inside or outside and still find someone who can accept and love you for who you are. They both admit that they love each other but will it be enough. His last secret is revealed and he decides to walk away from Nikki to save her the pain and publicity. However, Nikki stands up for herself and isn’t going to allow Damien to throw their relationship away. You definitely root for this couple to make it. I am looking to forward to the last book, Complete Me with the hope that there will be a happy ending for Damien and Nikki.
Heat Rating: Hot
Reviewed by DonnaM
Posted June 17, 2013
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Posted June 3, 2013
I am a new reader of J Kenner and was not disappointed with this book. It is Second in the series. First Book is "Release me" (also great book). If you like your romance with a little mystery you will really enjoy this book! Kenner has me hooked and I can't wait to get my hands on book 3 "Complete Me"! Damien and Nikki are a believable couple and the story interesting. Enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 1, 2013
Posted May 28, 2013
I'm really enjoying this series. I love Damien Stark........I can't wait until the next one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This series is a definate must read. You will not be disapointed.... well only disappontment i had is i have to wait for the next book.
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Posted May 12, 2013
I am on page 60 (of about 300) and there has been absolutely not
I am on page 60 (of about 300) and there has been absolutely nothing done to further the plot.mjust 60 pages of them reiterating that they can't live without each other. I had to come check the reviews to see if it gets better. I am holding out hope.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2013
Posted May 8, 2013
Claim me is the second book in the Stark series and it doesn¿t d
Claim me is the second book in the Stark series and it doesn’t disappoint. It has all the heat of the first book with a little intrigue thrown in to keep you wanting more. I was so enraptured that I was almost late for an appointment, because I couldn’t put it down. I loved the first book and I love this one as well. It was a little slow in the beginning but it made up for it during the rest of the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Damien is always trying to be Nikki’s safe place. She still feels a little fragile at times and her demons are hard to hold at bay. In the first book we learn about Nikki’s scars. She is trying her best to turn to Damien, instead of her usual vices, when times get rough. We learn in Claim Me that Damien has his own “scars” too. He begins to open up to Nikki and now she needs to be his safe place, but Damien is just as scared a Nikki when it comes to revealing the past that has shaped him into the man he is today.
I know that some will say that this is like that “other” story between a billionaire and a young woman and to an extent it is similar, but Damien and Nikki have their own story to tell. I look forward to the adventures of Damien and Nikki. I can’t wait for Complete Me.
Posted May 2, 2013
This sequel combines emotions, drama and suspense. A beautiful l
This sequel combines emotions, drama and suspense. A beautiful love story.
I really liked the couple Stark / Fairchild in "Release Me" with this little side of "Indecent Proposal" mixed with "Fifty Shade of Grey" that made the first volume intriguing and enchanting. All the secrets held by the heros were also good materials for the sequel.
In this second part, the game is over but not the relationship. The feelings become deeper and the characters reveal a little more about their past. Essentially, Damien who is making an effort to open up. As a result, the reader is waiting to know the skeletons lurking in the closets of the handsome billionaire.
Less flashy, Damien no longer tries to buy his partner by lavishing Nikki with his gifts. But he is still too possessive.
Sometimes still in the extreme, his attitude seems yet, to suit our heroine who needs guidance from her lover to feel safe.
I enjoyed once again the strength that emerges from this woman. The author has done well to talk about people trying to control their lives by hidding their need for pain.
She could have taken a young woman with eating disorders but it would have been disgusting to show it in a painting. Yet, Julie Kenner shows the moral strength needed of the people, who suffer in silence and need to get out of self-destructive spiral. I like the "never give up" attitude coming from Nikki.
As one goes along, Nikki becomes more beautiful as she assumes her fears, anxieties thanks to her beloved.
The end of the novel is very well found with a new twist that leaves the reader eager to know the end of the adventures of Damien and Nikki.
There are beautiful erotic scenes but not only.
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Posted May 2, 2013
Better than 1st
Better than the first but the sex scenes became a little repetetive but HOT! I would have hoped for a little more character development but it looks like the 3rd book is going in that direction, I hope. I am starting to like Damien more as the story developed. He was a lot darker in the 1st book. Overall a good read and looking foward to book 3.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.