Release Me (Stark Trilogy Series #1)

Release Me (Stark Trilogy Series #1)

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

An 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.

NOTE: This edition includes excerpts from J. Kenner's Claim Me and Say My Name.

Release Me is intended for mature audiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345544124
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Series: J. Kenner's Stark Series
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 7,092
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

J. Kenner spent more than ten years as a litigator in Southern California and Central Texas, using her rare free time to indulge her passion for writing. California born, she now lives—and writes—in Texas, with her husband and daughters.

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Release Me: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 647 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't understand why writers feel the need to write books so similar to Fifty Shades & Bared to You ( great books by the way!) . I have already read Fifty Shades & Bared to You, and am honestly tired of the "rich, powerful man with a troubled past and a submissive woman who also happens to have her own share of insecurities" like seriously come up with an original creative plot!!
DComfort More than 1 year ago
ABOUT THE BOOK: 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. REVIEW: This was my first book by J. Kenner and it definitely won’t be my last. I am bound by my honesty to people following my reviews, so I’m going to give it to you straight. I was a bit leery heading into this seeing as it has had so much comparison to 50 Shades. It’s not like I didn’t like 50 Shades, cause I did – to a point, but more so because there seem to be a LOT of books coming out right now all claiming the same thing. This book is very similar to all those books; however, it is written very nicely and much, much better than the original. That being said I took off a star as there seemed to be a few things missing from the character development in the story, but I’m hoping all of it will come back in book 2, as the ending simply gives that fact away. At least I hope so…too many ties are left undone at the end. The romance and erotic scenes between these two were very hot and I love how Damien has been able to break down the self-conscious tendencies she seems to have from the beginning of the story. I would love to see more depth of the characters instead of so much sex, but still it was all very well written and did keep me on the edge of my seat, much like Hurricane Sandy did. I give it four out of five stars for a job well done and look forward to adding J. Kenner to my stalking pile.
Teelovesgio More than 1 year ago
Release Me is the best book to start the New Year with! Happy 2013 *** This review is for 18+ due to the mature nature of the book *** Where to begin with this review....... Well OH MY GOD and HOLY HADES does not do it justice. I know people are comparing it to Fifty Shades and Bared to You but let me tell you the only things that each of men in the stories have in common are they are broken souls that rely on control in their lives as well as in relationships and in their sexual relationships. Release me is so much more and deals with lots of issues and the main female character Nichole AKA Nikki is a strong female character with lot's of issues that she handles on her own. Yes she leans on Damien Stark the lead male character but she handles things on her own as well. Nikki is from Dallas and she has graduated college and is ready for the real world. She moves to California to be with her best friends Jamie and Oliver. She is so excited to have gotten a job at a top firm and she is excited to have this job because she will be able to start her new life. Her attitude is new move, new life and that is what she has. As part of her new job she has to go to a party where she has to get cozy with an investor and when she sees who the investor is she is stunned. She can not believe that she is seeing the man she has had fantasies about for years Damien Stark. When Nikki is introduced to Damien she is stunned by his reaction and his rudeness but he does agree to see the team earlier than expected. The next day Nikki and team go to meet Stark and pitch their sale to him. He is interested and agrees to look it over and give them an answer on Monday. Then Stark surprises everyone by wanting to talk to Nikki. She agrees and they talk over lunch. That is when things change for Nikki and Damien because Damien wants her and he will stop at nothing to have her. But what happens when you are tormented and tortured can you open up and love? Can you learn to trust other people? Can you give up your controlling ways?  These are the things that Nikki and Damien will have to work through. Damien will have to give up some of his secrets and his controlling ways but can he? Nikki will reveal the truth of her past but can she get through the pain and the hurt? Can Damien and Nikki survive the press and Damien's past? Yes the sex is great and the pain and pleasure they give each other is great but sex and pain and pleasure can't always heal the hurt and it can't erase the past. The past for Damien is coming to the present and he may just lose Nikki forever. This is an EPIC READ and when it comes out on January 01, 2013 I will be buying a copy to re-read and add to my favorite book shelf.
Sirs_kitten More than 1 year ago
I would like to start off this review by saying the publisher, or whoever is marketing this book is doing it a great disservice by comparing it to 50 Shades of Grey. I nearly didn’t read this book because of that glaring quote in the blurb of the book. It is nothing like 50 Shades of Grey. A hot alpha Billionaire does not a Christian Grey make. This book was also very well written and edited. With that being said, Release Me was the shock of my reading life. I thought I would hate it. I did hate it at times. I thought I would want to throw my eReader out the window. Oh, it nearly happened many, many times. However, I was addicted. I couldn’t stop. My pulse was pounding, my heart was open, and I couldn’t rip my eyes away from this book once I started it. Damian Stark is NOT Christian Grey! He is better mannered, has less control issues, he is better at BDSM, and he is just a more likeable man in general. Damian let her be her own person. He didn’t mold or try to change. He knew Nikki was strong just the way she was, and he complimented her personality. I actually cared about him in this story. He was so well written as this mystery man, that I was like…Hm, I think I want to know more about him. My main complaints were about Nikki. She just made me want to push her around a few times. I wasn’t sold on her ‘inner turmoil’, the cutting? It worked in the Secretary because it wasn’t as punctuated. It just didn’t work for me in this story as the driving reason why she wouldn’t give herself over to Damian. The dude was messed up in his own right, the last thing that guy was gonna do was be judgy. If I was to rate the story, Release Me was very well written, well paced, and I wasn’t bored or skimming sections of the story at all. I wanted to know every thought, every emotion, and every detail of this love story. It was hopelessly flawed in the best of ways. It wasn’t a rip off of someone else’s story, this was its own story, with its own themes and conflicts and I appreciated that. I am so glad that I took a chance on this story despite the pitch that it was another 50 Shades. There was one huge glaring reality about this book—it was well written all around. Likable characters, quick witted dialogue, no repetition, and the sex scenes were well placed and easily written and damned clever and sexy. I highly recommend this story to all my reading followers! I can’t wait for the sequel. (received ARC from netgalley)
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Really great book with sexy story line. Kept me entertained all the way.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
If you’re reading this review (and let’s face it, I hope you are), you probably have a few details you’re trying to get straight in your mind. Hopefully, my review and I will have answered these matters by the end, if not before. First, I realize I’m rather far removed from the intended audience. That’s okay: I’ve discovered I’m rather good at coloring outside the lines. Second, I rated RELEASE ME five stars. What the heck? Again, I’ll direct you to my previous statement, and I’ll add that this book is really good. Have you ever found yourself reading exactly the right book at exactly the right time you needed to read it? Almost like destiny brought you two together. Cue the sappy romance music now, you might say, and you’re probably right. But that’s what this book felt like for me: a guy and a gal locking eyes from across the room, the physical attraction strong enough that nothing else and no one else seems to matter. In many respects, that’s what this book was for me: chemistry strong enough that it could have melted an iceberg. Is there a lot of sex? Actually, there’s not as much as I expected. But I’m a guy, and I have high expectations in these matters. So what about the book, you knucklehead? Well, I should probably get this out of the way right now. I am a contemporary erotica virgin, and therefore, I have no basis for what I’m about to say other than my love of reading and this includes anything from mysteries to horror to romances and just about anything in between. But I can tell you that the relationship seemed real to me. It didn’t seem forced, and yes, I was totally into it. I was buying it like hundred dollar lap dances, and I did it with a stupid grin on my face. Nikki Fairchild and Damien Stark seemed as real to me as the dampness that hangs in the air after a hard rain in the middle of the desert. Nothing about their relationship or the writing or even the sex seemed off the mark. It was beautiful, sensual, and hot enough to make me feel as though I needed my own personal fan. The pages turned with surprising ease as I became more and more involved in the characters, their relationship, and the little obstacles that managed to cause them to stumble. Nikki and Damien had strength, purpose, and enough dimensions to make my head spin. Sure, they’re both emotionally damaged, scarred, and have plenty of baggage like an airport carousel, but who doesn’t? Nikki had a flippancy that I found rather amusing and certainly enjoyable. Heck, all of it was enjoyable, even the ending that sets itself up nicely for CLAIM ME, the second book in the trilogy, that doesn’t come out until July 2. Yeah, my patience will be strained, but I don’t mind waiting for the things I want. And no, I didn’t feel the ending was forced, or even a real cliffhanger for that matter. Like the rest of the writing, it seemed to fit as well as a catcher’s mitt. I should also mention that RELEASE ME could have been a cheap imitation of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and probably sold a half million copies without even blinking a false eyelash. But it wasn’t. And that’s what I enjoyed as much as the writing itself. Ms. Kenner took a chance with this novel by delving into a genre already filled with imitations and knockoffs, and she said screw it, I’m paving my own path. If I had a fedora handy, I’d certainly tip it in her direction. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The next book will be out in July 2013 and the third December 2013. I hate waiting also! My only complaint is it is kinda short. Only 283 pages, good book though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! In my opinion this book is better than Bared to You.  I am a fan of the 50 series but this comes close.  Highly recommend this quick read and there is not a dull page!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't rate that many books, but you have to read this one. I hope there is going to be a second book. I am not lying I have 306 books on my new HD nook (not read yet) and something told me to read this one before I started a different one. I was NOT disappointed and neither will you. It is not a typical book, it has your everyday problems like most people do. Plus the twists and turns! Ahhhh I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone is always comparing their erotic books to 50 Shades and it drives me nuts. But this time, they're actually right. For the first time in awhile, a book finally captured the hot factor of 50 Shades, but also the love and vulnerability in the story, without feeling forced and copied. A lot of authors try to emulate the same James love formula, but they all fall flat. Bared To You was a prime example of this. While it was good, especially the caliber of writing, it felt like it was trying to wear a 50 halloween costume and ended looking like a classy drag queen. While it was entertaining and Day's writing was top notch, it lacked something. This book is comparable to 50, yet unique. I can't wait for the sequel. My only con: the ending was weird for me. Nikki went a little too far. And that's all I'll say so there are no spoliers.
DMarie1971 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love this book.  Very much in line with the Fifty Shades trilogy and the Crossfire series..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for the next 2 books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Yes, it's sort of FSofG (in the characters somewhat) but I found it much hotter and steamer than 50 in alot of ways and definintely worth the read. I will be recommending this to all my FSofG fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is better than fifty shades
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book because Nikki isn't perfect and Damien still wants her...loves her. It's my guilty pleasure to read about rich men who take care of those they love. I can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT...can't wait for the next book!!! My Husband Thanks J. Kenner for this Book and so do I! LOL!!! Loved Damien & Nikki almost as much as I Love Gideon & Eva! Keep em coming J. Hope it isnt to long til the next Book, cant wait to find out about the Skeletons in Mr. Starks Closet and to them say thise 3 little words to each other!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and couldn't put it down! I finished it in one day and I wish it were longer. I really can't wait for the second book! If you're a 50 Shades lover I'm sure you'll enjoy this book, too.
Lovetoread5JJ More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days.  LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!  Can't wait until the next one comes out.  So worth the 7.99.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly reccommend this book! Yes it is similar to FSoG and the Crossfire series, i loved both of them. But this was such a great story and I can't wait to find out what happens next. You won't be disappointed if you read this. I hate having to wait and see what happens next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fifty shades ripoff. Awful writing with unbelievable dialogue. Way too melodramatic and obviously trying to stretch the book out in a series. Terrible
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading..I wanted to like the book because of all the great reviews, but it was just not good. I found myself glad for the read to be finished. Not even close to being as good as 50 shades or crossfire..not even close! The sex scenes were all the same, and it lacked that build up and passion- it just fell flat. Not worth the money I paid or the time I wasted.
Dia_Pelaez More than 1 year ago
I honestly don’t know where to start in reviewing this book because I was mind-blown.  I’m still grappling for words but let me start with this: Move over Christian Grey, Damien Stark has come to play! Story-wise, this book utilizes the exact same formula as E. L. James’ Fifty Shades, but only it’s well-written, well-paced and the characters are more relatable. This book is exactly what fans of Fifty Shades should seek out if ever they need a fix for their erotica addiction. Character-wise, Damien Stark is no Christian Grey, but of course, there are similarities: they’re both filthy rich, both dominant, both possessive and both go after what they want with wild abandon. As for Nikki Fairchild, well, she is a far cry from Anastasia Steele. I personally like Nikki better than Anastasia because she’s a perfect mix of courage and vulnerability, whereas Anastasia is just, I don’t know… confused? What I liked about this book is that the romance between Damien and Nikki is believable. We see the undeniable attraction between them but they don’t do the deed immediately like rabbits gone sexually rabid. There is a rising action leading to the actual thing, and that makes everything believable.  Also, I really appreciate Nikki’s well-fleshed-out inner conflict and reservations about her dealings with Damien. Like I said, she’s a perfect mix of courage and vulnerability. I will not comment on the sex scenes in this book. Yes, they are hot, as most erotic sex scenes are, but like I said, I will not comment on them because I always find myself desensitized to sex scenes after reading an erotica. I usually just skim over them and move on to the next scene.  All in all, I really liked reading this book. I think it’s better than Fifty Shades. Also, at the end part of the book, it gives little tip-offs about what could be potential problems in having a possessive billionaire as a boyfriend, which I think, is a source of conflict for the next installment of the book. I highly recommend this book to fans of erotic romances and even for readers looking for their Fifty Shades fix!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading 50 shades last year, I have had an obsession with reading romantic/love stories. Some I have loved, some not......this one is a love. It is 50 Shades ish in the fact that there is a powerful, weathly younger man wanting a beautfil younger woman. However, he is less demanding and she is less than perfect herself. I will definately be reading the rest in this series. I would recommend giving it a shot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so easy to read. Loved the characters! Sexy and interesting. I would definitely recommend. Looking forward to next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for the next one!