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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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    Katheryne MD, United States 05-06-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Why isn't this book in your library????"

    What a gem of a find! I don't read many books in a day (I'm a busy working mom) but I could not put this one down. It hooked me from the beginning and I just couldn't let it go.

    As many other reviewers have said, if you enjoyed FSOG, Bared to You, Beautiful Bastard or If I Were You then you will enjoy this one too. It's the same formula but it doesn't feel like a rip-off. I'm not sure why this book isn't more popular but I'm glad I found this diamond in the rough.

    I had no idea this was a trilogy but I'm looking forward to the 2nd and 3rd books!

    4.5 stars for a Very Hot Listen!

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 05-13-13
    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)

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    "Going against the grain here..."

    I actually didn't like it. Not only is the story line way too close to Fifty Shades of Grey and Crossfire but the main character Nikki Fairchild flat out annoyed me. I couldn't relate to her and there for couldn't really get into liking the book. Lately it seems that all young billionaires are controlling sexual deviants that all have a knack for aviation and like to keep dossier on their females of interest, and some type of ex-girl friend is messing up their lives now. But in Release Me Nikki Fairchild is the one that is 50 shades of messed up and has attracted the interest of Billionaire Damien Stark. Nikki is a blonde hair, green eyed ex- child pageant contestant that ends up being super smart with a double major in computer science, she writes apps and is apparently MIT material. Nikki emotionally on the other hand, I don't know how to put this, but she would be on the short bus! She has deep seated mommy issues that turn her into a cutter as a teenager and about 4 or 5 times in the book she completely flies off the handle yelling at Stark and even slapping him before she gathers all the information on the situation. Once the information is out it appears that she constantly over reacting due to always jumping conclusions. I just personally can not stand that trait in a person, to me Nikki just seems to be bipolar, emotionally unstable. I probably won't finish the series.

    If the story appears to you then I would go ahead and give it a try but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 01-04-13
    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A cross of 50 Shades series & Bared to you series"
    Would you listen to Release Me again? Why?

    Yes, Narrator was good and it's good novel.


    What other book might you compare Release Me to and why?

    Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You. These books are very similar. If you enjoy these 2 book series, you won't be disappoint with one. I think Damien is a blend of Christian Grey and Gideon Cross. He's pretty awesome.


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

    Damien and Jamie.


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

    Yes, I listened to this book in one sitting. It was a long one.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not realized that this is a series. I am glad it is. The 2nd book & 3rd book scheduled for this year. I can't wait.

    Damien's trouble past tucked my heart. I am concern with Nikki's problem. I wonder how the author is going to deal her issue moving forward in the series.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 05-08-13
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "WILL cause sleep deprivation!!!!"

    I have never heard of this series...I was doing a random search on Audible and it came up and OMG am I glad!!!!

    Controlling dominant alpha male gazillionair...who is of course damaged. On the edge of loosing it alpha female...who is of course damaged....throw them together and watch the sparks fly, HOT sparks....SOOOOOOO HOT! So hot that I didn't want to go to sleep, I just wanted to keep listening!

    Nothing specifically mentioned as far as dom/sub goes, but it's there just waiting to be discussed. The sex scenes were well developed and outstandingly described, IN GRAPHIC DETAIL.

    It has a hot alpha male who is rich, but that is where the similarities to fifty shades stop. The female lead is NOT a virgin, THANK YOU J. Kenner for not following that cliche, there is no red room of pain, and they aren't from totally different worlds which was nice.

    It had similarities to Bared to You with the rich alpha male again...but bared to you is more mid life to me, and this is late 20's early 30's of two damaged people finding someone else who is damaged enough to over look their damage and build a bridge.

    I can get why people have compared this book to 50 and Bared, but it's a different animal to me....a very NICE animal!

    I downloaded book two while only half way through book 1, and book three is due out in the summer so YEAH, not a really long wait....but I don't know how I will pass the time without another dose of the yummy Damian Stark.....oh so yummy!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 08-05-13 Member Since 2012

    I love audio books that the characters come to life and have me feeling as if I was there too.

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    "3 stars but..."

    The story line was good but the narrator was so breathy OMG... SW needs some narration lesson NO LIE! I found it hard to listen to her but made it through. The story was good and if you can make it through too then enjoy and get the rest of the series. Worth a credit sure why not. LOL Happy Listening!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 03-04-13
    Nicole 03-04-13
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    "AWESOME!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Release Me to be better than the print version?

    I read the book and loved sooo much I bought the audio and loved it also. I have listened to it multiple times.


    What other book might you compare Release Me to and why?

    On Dublin Street- Great story. Bared To You and Reflected in You. Love those too.


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

    She did all great!


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

    Yes but if I review it, it will ruin it for new readers. Just read and enjoy


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kenya Gilbert, AZ, United States 01-04-13
    Kenya Gilbert, AZ, United States 01-04-13
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    "Great... I loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Release Me the most enjoyable?

    I love listening to books where the narrators voice is not annoying... This book is steamy and has a plot with mystery and suspense... and of course some erotic romance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Release Me?

    The ending was a cliffhanger and I am disappointed that I have to wait until July to hear more.


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

    Damian...I hope that is how you should spell his name. He is a mystery and I can't wait to figure him out in the remaining books


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

    Yes, it kept me up all night, I couldn't turn off my brain and I wanted to know more.


    Any additional comments?

    I like books with raw primal hunger... Listening to books like 50 Shades of Grey, Bared to You, Reflected in You, etc invokes a curiousity in me to step outside my comfort zone... Try a new wine, a new restaurant, a different spa service-- Enjoy life more freely!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bluebelle 05-19-13
    bluebelle 05-19-13 Member Since 2008

    When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!

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    "Above my expectations!"

    I resisted this book thinking that it would be so similar to "Fifty Shades of Grey" that it wouldn't hold my interest. I does flow in a similar fashion but it is a unique and interesting storyline. I was surprised to find, I liked it! It is a simple story, no real depth but what is referred to as a beach read. Difficult emotional subjects such as "cutting" and suggestions of abuse are mentioned but neither are done distastefully but instead in understandable ways. I recommend this book to those that like the fanfiction style books from the "Twilight" series. I'm not sure if that is what it is but if it is Twilight inspired it is one of the better runoff books available. Enjoy!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Englert-skewes Ontario, Canada 09-01-13
    Stacey Englert-skewes Ontario, Canada 09-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I'm hooked, bring on book 2! So steamy!"

    If you liked "50 Shades of Grey" then you will love this book, as I did. The narration is perfect and kept me so involved in the story. The romance, sexuality and raw emotion in this book made it a great listen. Can't wait for book number 2, glad I had already purchased it so I didn't have to wait! A must read for those hopeless romantics, and all the sex with the gritty details!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ZebraStar 07-17-13
    ZebraStar 07-17-13
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    "This story was forgettable"

    Okay I just don't see what the buzz about this book is all about, it's not even close to the league of FSOG and the Crossfire series. Book is well written but the story is mediocre, I didn't find the sex scenes all that hot. I think you can skip this one, I can't remember the main characters names that's how forgettable this book was.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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