I loved the narrator. She reminds me of Dakota Johnson who will play Anna in FSOG the movie. She does a good job speaking for several voices and male and female without it sounding silly. I also loved the characters.
Fifty Shades of Grey. This first book was very similar to FSOG and I did find that a bit annoying - I kept checking to see which one was written first like plagiarism much? But since I love FSOG I am a sucker for hurting rich men who fall madly in love with one woman and want to posses her.... so... I put up with it :))
When Nikki revealed her scars to Damien and his reaction and the love making that took place after... Sigh.
It's was steamy and sweet - so all around positive feelings
The series gets better with the 2nd and 3rd books but still if you like fifty shades - this is a good choice.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
Jeez... I thought the Crossfire series was hot. This certainly gave them a run for the money.
The combination of the hot dialogue, fabulous narration by Sofia Willingham and numerous sexual fantasies and slightly kinky sex made for a very hot but enjoyable book. Other characters were also developed, and I was left wanting to listen to the other two books. Which I did. Wow.
I'm typically a murder, suspense, & thriller type reader; however, I'm expanding, exploring, & open :-)
I would consider another book written by J. Kenner and Sofia Willingham.
Typical story…. The main male character, Damien, is rich and gorgeous. Story line is that Damien has had a thing for Nikki for many years. At a swanky LA party the reunite and the eye exchange between the two go wild. The story does touch on their past which indicates that it was dark and damaged pasts. It is also suggested (and I immediately could tell) that they are both very jealous type people.
The performance was GREAT, but the characters were not so great.
I gave it a fair shake, but I couldn't finish this book.
Nikki loves to provoke Damien’s jealous streak by engaging with her gorgeous ex-boyfriend. She also wavers between wanting Damien and not. In the end though they both confess how turned on they are for each other and start going at it.
Remember me saying this is a 50-shades wanna-be? Here’s a couple of examples of why. Damian requests Nikki reference him as 'sir' and must take commands from him. He finds pleasure in the fact that she wears painful, high heeled shoes because it means she can endure pain. If you’ve read 50-Shades, then you will be no stranger to the internal conflict and dialogue that Nikki has.
I couldn’t finish this book. It was so cheesy and the plot was absolutely ridiculous. I wasn’t a huge Fifty Shades lover, although I read them and enjoyed them for the most part. If you want true erotic type books-- consider books written by author Violet Blue. I have also found a few good reads from author Sylvia Day.
Retired evidently sounds better than disabled.. It's a knee thing. Bone on bone, baby. Not a good candidate for surgery (health issues)..
I would if I knew the person well enough and wouldn't be judgmental about the books I read.
Not one specific.
All had merit.
I laughed a lot, was a tad shocked, but can see the different ways of people.
Okay, it starts off with 'For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You' and that should have been my first clue. I thought perhaps with the high ratings (averaging 4+ stars) it would at least be unique...
We are presented with a super sexy billionaire, Damien Stark; with his troubled past continually coming back to haunt him, he has a team of lawyers to keep his skeletons in the closet.
Damien sets his sights on Nikki Fairchild, a perfectly gorgeous former beauty queen from Texas, or is she? Nikki is battling her own demons from the past, most notable is her controlling mother, the death of her older sister, and the resulting mental problems that caused.
Sound familiar? No... what about this.
Damien is described as dangerous, emotionally damaged, brooding, Dominant, extremely private, anger issues, and is never seen photographed with the same woman twice.
Nikki is emotionally damaged, sharing a place with her best friend, weak and yet strong... shes loyal to her friends but doesn't want help for herself, is extremely inexperienced sexually.
It starts off really slow, the first few chapters are simply setting up the plot of the story and nothing really happens. We basically are just given back stories to the characters, how they ended up in LA, and how they all connect to each other.
For an erotic romance it could have used more erotic scenes. There was a hint of bdsm, but it lasted a page or two and consisted of a blindfold and bound hands that were gone before the actual intercourse starts.. If your after a decent story with a couple of quick sexual encounters then this is the book for you. This is more story than sex - perhaps it gets better in the next book. I was at the tipping point most of the book, but the last few pages pushed me over and there was just enough pull to read the second one and see what happens.
Can't figure that one out. The story line is weak. Couldn't even get interested after listening to 2 chapers.
K. Bromberg's second book.
I don't understand how you can put out these books with such lousy narrators. Who does quality control with these productions? Does anyone really listen?
All of them.
I think I've been negative enough.
Mom of 3 saved by her audiobook addiction!
Release Me was a good book, very similar to the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day (I didn't listen to 50 Shades) but it seemed almost like I was listening to the same book.
The narrator is the most important part of the audiobook experience, and Sofia the narrator is the only reason I didn't offer more stars
It drags and is juvenile in it's language.
A little more depth in the characters would be nice.
on the fence
Damien and Nikki or awesome in this story. I look forward to the 2nd book on audible.
Nikki's strength and her weakness and being able to stand on her on and the love she has for Damien and being able to trust him.
When Nikki cut her hair and make a cut on her arm. And when Damien came after her roommate called him.
Abibliophobia. I suffer from it and I'm sure many others on this site feel the same. I love to read, I love to listen even more.
This was time well spent, as it was written in first person present tense, you get the feel that the story is happening in the moment. The voice was calm and relaxing (airy even) and it kept me going through the audiobook.
“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.”
Her voice is soft and she conveys the spirit of Nikki very well. I wish Damion's voice was a bit deeper however, but over all it was enjoyable. It took me sometime to get used to the slow pace at which she reads, but it works because she's trying to bring the emotion out to the reader in real time as it happens.
No not really, but I would like to see Nikki's software program in the real world. It's a cool idea.
The hero and heroine do seem to lack some sizzle compared to other couples from other stories I've read. I have only read the first book mind you, but I just wish that they connected more. I don't know if it's the way it was read or the way they were written together, but there is a bit of a disconnect. Perhaps they will flourish as they story progresses in the following books. Order I read: Fifty Shades, Crossfire, StarkOrder I rate: Crossfire, Fifty Shades, StarkThe plot of this books seems interesting but not as interesting as the others. It is well written and very descriptive. Crossfire is more descriptive than all the others, thus the reason it is number one to me. I don't feel compelled to keep reading the next installment to the Stark series like I was with the other series of books... but that doesn't mean I won't. If you have a credit get the other mentioned series instead. If you already have them, than go on ahead and use the credit for this one. Hope this helps.