Review: Release Me by J. Kenner


Release Me by J. Kenner
Contemporary / Erotica  
Bantam (January 1, 2013)

Rating: B+
Heat: Sizzling

Heroine: Nikki Fairchild – Smart, Starting Over 
Hero: Damien Stark – Billionaire, Dominant 
Setting: California, USA



Right now there are many, many novels coming out that feature a young lady falling for a rich, handsome billionaire—and said billionaire is usually broken and controlling while the young lady is… Not. You know what I’m talking about. So what makes Release Me different? Why should you read this take on a rich, dominating billionaire falling for the unlikely heroine? Here are my reasons why.

For one, and maybe my most important reason of all: Nikki is smart—the girl has brains and she uses them. She’s also incredibly witty and resourceful. And even though Nikki might waver or not quite stick to her guns, she's not weak. Or a pushover or a doormat.

“Will it be a drama? A rom-com? Not a tragedy, I hope. I love a good cry as much as the next woman, but I like you. You need a happy ending.”

Nikki Fairchild has not had an easy life, by any means. She had no childhood to speak of because of her mother’s crazy (and I do mean crazy) desire to have a perfect, perfect daughter. Thankfully, Nikki is finally out from under her mother’s thumb and more than a few states away. Nikki is starting over in California with her best friend, Jamie. New home, new job. And on her first job assignment for her new boss, she meets Damien Stark.

Which leads me to reason number two: While Damien has his secrets, and they are dark and myriad, he isn’t a complete mystery. Nikki and Damien talk, they get to know each other, and they share—even if there is more of that from Nikki than Damien.

But considering that Damien is in the public eye, and has been ever since his childhood, I don’t blame him for not opening up right away. A child prodigy in tennis at six years old, Damien has been scrutinized and… used… one too many times in his life to be an open book. So he is a bit ruthless and dominating and, yeah, he likes to control things. But he’s never domineering or disrespectful.

“But so what? What straight female on this planet isn’t attracted to you? I’m still not going out with you.”
”I get what I want, Nikki. You should know that about me right from the start.”
”And you want dinner with me? I’d think a man in your position would want something a bit more impressive. Like to colonize Mars.”
”Dinner is just the beginning. I want to touch you,” he says, his voice low and commanding. “I want to run my hands over every inch of you. I want you wet for me. I want to finish what we started, Ms. Fairchild. I want to make you come.”

And, together, Nikki and Damien make up reason number three: Their chemistry is undeniable and undeniably hot at that. There are so many scenes between these two that left me tingly and flushed. I’m surprised I wasn’t saying ‘Yes!’ and ‘More!’ out loud. *wink* And, just to warn you, Damien is a phone sex aficionado. Holy wow.

But just in case you’re worried it’s only sex, sex, sex (are you crazy?!), there is much more to this story than that. And is my reason number four: there is also humor and heart and mystery throughout. Don’t get me wrong though, if you read this book you should enjoy sex, and lots of it, in your romance. The kinky, dirty, naughty kind—which I happen to love!

Release Me was a fabulous beginning to what I hope will be either a trilogy or quadrilogy. I can't wait to see more of Damien's dark side. The edgier, kinkier side. Please, Miz Kenner, explore that to your hearts content.

If you enjoy rich men with a penchant for using scarves to tie their lady to a bed, heroine’s who know computer coding and have ambitions of their own, and romance that is sure to leave you desperate and needy—then you won’t want to miss Release Me!


Thoughts While Reading:

4.0% - "Nikki doesn't seem to be a klutzy, simpering miss - so thumbs up to that!"
18.0% - "Holy c-bomb. Damien just made my eyes go round."


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