Release Me  - J. Kenner ***4 STARS***


"Do you know what passion is?"
I blink, confused.
"Most people think it only means desire. Arousal. Wild abandon. But that’s not all. The word derives from the Latin. It means suffering. Submission. Pain and pleasure, Nikki. Passion."

Nikki Fairchild is attending an art exhibition as a new assistant to Carl, her boss from C-Squared Technologies. Carl is eager to make acquaintances with several possible investors but the one he is interested in the most is Damien Stark, a successful business man. Nikki has met Damien once before when she was competing in a beauty pageant. Now she has to capture his interest so that he will invest in their product. The moment their eyes meet, she feels a strong desire for him. But she is determined to keep a professional relationship between them despite the insistence for more from Damien.

“Possess. Have. Hold. Enjoy. Control. Dominate. Pick your verb, Ms. Fairchild. I intend to explore so very many of them.”


Damien Stark is a billionaire and ex professional tennis player turned successful entrepreneur. He is a very sexy man and anything he wants he gets. But he is damaged from events of his past and it is a secret he keeps deeply guarded. He doesn’t let anyone see more than the mask he wears. I really loved Damien! He was an alpha, kinky, confident, possessive and seemingly dangerous man. He had my panties combusting throughout the book! He was that HOT! He sees Nikki Fairchild again and he feels a strong connection to her. He has been obsessed with Nikki since he saw her at the pageant and will do anything he can to have her. I thought these two characters complimented each other very well. I enjoyed their interactions and how they were healing each other in a way.

”I’m not strong. I’m weak.”
“Weak? The hell you are. You’re not weak, Nikki. You’re powerful. You’re a survivor. When I hold you I can feel the power in you. It’s like holding a live wire.
That’s why I want you, baby.”

Nikki Fairchild also has a dark past with secrets that have tormented her. She hasn’t told many of her past and those who she has told know very little. She feels like with Damien, she can tell him her truth.
She has been attracted to Damien since that day she first saw him. And now her desire for him is stronger than ever. Damien makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Even I don’t think I could refuse to be his, I’d even pay to be his for a week! I liked Nikki and despite all of her issues and methods for coping, I thought she was a really Strong woman. I love that she was feisty and independent. The only issue I had with her was how quickly she trusted him, she didn’t even know him well and yet still had kinky sex with him. But otherwise, I really did like her.


“Why?” I whisper. “Why does everything fall away when I’m with you?”
“Because there’s nothing else,” he answers. “Nothing but you and me.”

The sex in this book was a really fogging up my e-reader HOT! But in my opinion, it wasn’t very BDSM. Sure, Damien was domineering in bed and he liked to control all aspects of Nikki’s life, but all of the sex scenes were not that intense. They were just very sexy and hot. I’m hoping the next book will be more intense in this department.

”You’re mine,” he says.
“I know,” I reply, and I mean it completely.


There were parts in the story that were definitely similar to “Fifty Shades Of Grey” and “Bared To You”. I kind of wish, that it wasn’t so similar. I am not saying it was 100% exactly the same, but you couldn’t help but notice the similarities. Still, I really did like the book. It ended on a happy note and there is still a lot more to learn about these characters but there was no cliffhanger to worry about. Now you don’t have to go completely crazy in waiting what happens next. I really enjoyed this book and am very much looking forward to reading the next installment.