Review: Release Me by J Kenner

Title: Release Me
Author: J Kenner
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Bantam Publishing
Genre:Erotic Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Hoots
Reviewer: Lenore
Buy From: Amazon / B&N

Sum It Up! Kenner does a good job of taking a common theme and making it her own.

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. (Amazon)
RELEASE ME is, in some ways, very similar to acclaimed books, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and the CROSSFIRE novels. Like these series, RELEASE ME features a tortured billionaire who decides he will have a woman on site. It also shares the common thread of a heroine who has a horrific past as well. To me what made RELEASE ME stand out was Nikki. She not only has a hard past, but she takes it out physically. I won't say more for fear of spoilers, but she makes you sympathize and connect with her through her vices. Damien, honestly is nothing over average. He is a good protagonist and has excellent chemistry with Nikki. However, he does not stand out from Christian Grey or Gideon in any other way.
RELEASE ME's story follows a man who wants a woman and wants her now. Said woman resists the man even though she wants him.... On and on we go. But Nikki has a reason for avoiding Damien. A good reason. And one that many women can identify with in different ways. You may not have the exact same issue as Nikki Fairchild, but women are all self-conscious about something and often hide our bodies from men because of it.
J Kenner does a good job of taking a common theme and making it her own. The writing flows smoothly and the characters are interesting, well thought out, and developed. I enjoyed this contemporary romance and will be anticipating the next release. Do not just toss aside RELEASE ME because of its similarities to FIFTY and CROSSFIRE. While similar yes, this book holds its own in the genre and fans especially of Sylvia Day and EL James will be very pleased.
(This is an erotic contemporary and contains material only subject to those 18+. However, it is not a BDSM novel and does not share that similarity with FIFTY SHADES.)

1 comment :

  1. I enjoyed this too however I hope she went the other way and penned a more original story.

    P.S. the text is highlighted in white, a little challenging to read the review.


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