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.
Sofia Willingham is the best female narrator I have ever experienced on Audible. The sound of her voice is extremely pleasant to listen to, is very seductive, and she has the skills to make the different characters come alive. I would listen to anything she narrates.
The Stark Trilogy is an engaging trio of novels, like long chapters of the same book. You are easily drawn into the characters as voiced by Ms. Willingham, and you are totally seduced by the plot and the hidden secrets that are yet to be revealed. The sex is HOT and steamy, and easily put 50 Shades of Gray to shame by comparison. After the first novel, I felt invested in the fate of these characters and wanted more. The plot has some definite surprises I didn't see coming. It keeps things interesting.
I definitely recommend this series.
any of the hot, steamy sex scenes
everything. She has the best narrative voice I've ever listened to.
get the whole series
Even though it was listed as being similar to Fifty Shades of Grey, it did have a new take. Although the book itself has a good story line, the reader completely ruins it. I would like to know what happens with the next two books, but will have to read them. I can't sit through the audio.
story line was good.
First of all this book contains self-harm triggers and if you are sensitive to those you should choose another book.
I understand the comparisons to 50 shades and the Crossfire trilogy, oh wait now it's not a trilogy, the similarities are overwhelming and maybe I would care if I had downloaded this book looking for literary ingenuity that would blow me away. Instead I got what I expected a sexy and thrilling listen that kept me engaged and wanting more until the very end. I did feel connected to both protagonists but I am glad there are more books because I feel that there is more to both of them that was presented in this novel. The "likability" factor for both Damien and Nikki is high and for me that is important.
Wife, mother, working girl, and book addict! Love a good fiction, series, romance, sci-fi, or mystery thriller!
A stronger female lead and a better conflict in the plot line.
The major source of conflict was her self-consciousness over a particular physical issue. Half way through the book it is discovered by the male lead then magically never talked about again! No body gets over their issues that fast!
No way! She was the worst part. Way to breathy and uninspired. Very little variation in the characters.
Al the ones where she is just self-indulgently whining about her poor life and this rich guy that wants to take care of her.