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Release Me (The Stark Trilogy): The Stark Series #1 | [J. Kenner]

Release Me (The Stark Trilogy): The Stark Series #1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Erotica, 2014

For fans of Fifty Shades of Gray and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard "no" and a fiery woman who says "yes" on her own terms.

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.

Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

©2013 J. Kenner (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Kelly W. New Jersey 06-20-13
    Kelly W. New Jersey 06-20-13 Member Since 2011

    Long commutes=LOTS of listening. Thanks Audbile!

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It made my long commute to work a little less boring


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I did not like the narrator. Her voice is horrible and her mouth sounded dry.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sofia Willingham’s performances?

    Her voice is horrible and her mouth sounded dry.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 06-19-13
    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 06-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    I loved this book. It is the first book I have listened to by this author and was sucked in by the reviews saying it was like 50 Shades or Bared to You. Is is very,very good and has its own twists and spins. I guess I am a sucker for this kind of story. Who does not like steamy sex scenes and an intense hot guy. The one thing I liked is the connection between Damien and Nikki and the tension is awesome. The anticipation is sooooo good. This is a definite must read. The characters are strong, seductive and hot! I listened to the books back to back and can't wait to start the third book. Put this on your must have list:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April United States 06-13-13
    April United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story lots of passion"
    What made the experience of listening to Release Me the most enjoyable?

    It was a steamy good time. I enjoy the winding love story and the kink. I enjoyed the flow of the story and the characters.I was sad that story ended and then found myself pleasantly surprised when found a second book. Can't wait for the third. I miss the passionate romance and the twist and turns.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Damien Stark, because beneath power are secrets that make him real and touchable.


    Which character – as performed by Sofia Willingham – was your favorite?

    It's hard to choose one character Sofia performed well. Because all of them were performed exceptionally well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A moving moment for me; was when Nikki realized her love for Damien was stronger than the demons that she faced.


    Any additional comments?

    Sofia is a fantastic narrator! My favorite by far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 06-13-13
    BluBumbleB 06-13-13 Member Since 2015

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "GOOD, BUT NOT OUTSTANDING"

    This book received such rave reviews I wanted to will myself to love it just as much, I really really tried, but i just didn't--and that was a bummer, because it WAS good, just not great. The narrator was decent, but I've heard better. She sounded a bit like the narrator from FSOG. To be honest however, I am intrigued enough by the characters to get the second book but not immediately and definitely not with a credit...perhaps a sale. There are numerous similarities to FSOG and Bared to You, both of which I LOVED, but there's something that I can't quite identify about this book, that just simply didn't resonate for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 06-05-13
    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 06-05-13

    I am in love with pararomance and am always trying to find new series with a great story and sizzling hot spots!

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    "Not Bad For My First"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If the friend is into FSOG, then yes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Eh, it was alright.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sofia Willingham?

    I honestly can't decide if I like her or not. She wasn't terrible... but the parts where she needed to be more intense, she wasn't I feel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really, I mean... I kind of felt it was lacking. I am so used to the love scenes being a bit "more". There was one part where I was sure Damien was going to screw her over... and I kind of hated him... but I am guessing that was the point! It was pretty predictable. I do have to say the limo scene was my favorite. I am considering listening to the second one, I am definitely not really swayed either way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne 06-01-13
    Yvonne 06-01-13 Member Since 2010

    Reading is my favorite past time.

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    "Story was ok narration was not."

    The narration on this story wasn't very good the pacing was just really slow and it made the story boring. I found that i listed to the whole story on a high speed just to not have to hear how slowly she as reading. The story is not as good as FSOG but it was ok. I want to listen to the whole trilogy just to comeplete it since I have heard this one. However, I would not listen to this again.

    This was an ok book I just really didn't enjoy it as much as I would have hoped. I know for me the narration played a part in that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Pequannock, NJ, United States 05-29-13
    Holly Pequannock, NJ, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    Would you try another book from J. Kenner and/or Sofia Willingham?

    Yes, if it was discounted or free.
    I am not on the edge of my seat or scrambling to buy it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked all the Blue-Collar workers in the book. LOL They were the only down to earth believable people in the story.


    What aspect of Sofia Willingham’s performance would you have changed?

    She almost whispered too much! Kinda annoying.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly


    Any additional comments?

    I would not use a credit to get the 2nd book in the series. I may buy it if it was $5.99 or less, just to see what happens to Nikki and Damien.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 05-24-13
    Nicole 05-24-13
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    "Loved this book! Well worth the credit!!"

    This book is similar to 50 Shades of Grey and the Crossfire series. If you liked either of those you will like this one as well. The relationship between Damion and Nikki is hot and I loved the story. Great series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 05-13-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "LOVE STARK!!!!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Similar but different than 50 Shades, good storylines, strong interesting characters and great sex scenes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Being female it is going to have to be Damien...rough but soft, harsh but loving, business-like but caring and loves kinky fu@#$%ery!!!!!


    What does Sofia Willingham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    In the beginning I was not pleased with the narration....it takes getting used to, it grows on you and I think there is a purpose for the way she is reading.....


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There is humor, more than sadness. There is a disturbing storyline that makes you feel sorry for Nikki, but she is a fighter.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not put this down and only stopped when I fell asleep but quickly began listening again first thing the next morning. I cannot wait to listen to #2 but I have to have a cool down before I begin it. I notice that #3 is not listed in Audible....I don't know whether if it's not been written or performed yet but I hope Audible picks it up soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dyche United States 05-13-13
    dyche United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "best book i have listened to"
    What did you love best about Release Me?

    I loved nikki and damien relationship and all their secret struggles.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Damien because of all he has been through he is still so strong and his protection of nikki. Plus the tenderness and patience he has for nikki. Her knight in shining armour.


    What does Sofia Willingham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    How well she can change her voice for each differnt character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, couldn't put it away.


    Any additional comments?

    Let us known as soon as Complete Me is available. Amazon will have it July 30, 2013.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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