• Release Me

  • Stark Trilogy 1
  • By: J. Kenner
  • Narrated by: Sofia Willingham
  • Series: Stark, Book 1
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-07-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Headline Digital
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first in an irresistible, erotic, emotionally charged romance trilogy for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You of a powerful man who's never heard 'no', a fiery woman who says 'yes' on her own terms and an unforgettable indecent proposal...
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 - for ever.
©2013 J. Kenner (P)2013 Random House Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lia on 01-03-14

Good Start To The Series

When I finally got to read this book I was very excited. I know that I was going in with an open mind and the idea that I would find an original and different story. Well, that wasn't necessarily the case. Like many other contemporary Erotica Release Me presents characters and situation that are pretty common in most the erotica coming out lately. As far as the plot, it was interesting but not different from others in the genre. Release Me follows somewhat the same path as Fifty Shades of Grey, a hot, young and intellectual man who has control issues based on childhood scars. However, I find it a bit refreshing that the female main character wasn't innocent at all; she was witty and had playful personality that I enjoyed very much.

Damien is possessive, sexual, and overpowering. As a child his father pretty much controlled his life and he was forced to follow other's commands. As an adult he found release in his control. Everything and everyone around Damien always did what he wanted and when he wanted. I like that in a way, because it shows his determination and dedication to the things he believed in. What I don't like however, is his lack of communication and explanations for his reasoning and actions. I like Damien but I can't help to compare his character to Christian of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Nikki is funny, smart and believes in individualism. I like her personality but I disagree how she handled her relationship with Damien. Nikki first met Damien during a beauty pageant that Damien was sponsoring; however he didn't give her a second thought and moved on. While for Damien she was just another young participant, for Nikki meeting Damien was a dream, even when she only saw him for a few minutes. He made an impression on Nikki and stayed in her mind ever since. I like the way Nikki's strong personality handled certain situations in her professional life, however her infatuation with Damien didn't seat well with me. Nikki was more preoccupied on saving Damien, than saving herself. Her inability to confront her demons (mother) brought me border line mad. I believe in strong women and though Nikki was professionally strong, as a person she was somewhat weak. I thought she would be able to stand up for herself and put her mother in her place.

What I liked about the story, the sex, the passion, the games, the pampering. Damien is a sex god and knows how to make a woman moan. Nikki wasn't afraid to show Damien her need and desire for him, she took delight in their encounters and even encouraged him to go out of the ordinary. Sexually they were matched made in heaven, emotionally not so much. Both characters have issues to handle and both characters need more than just the sex; however they use it as a coping mechanism and a way to find connection. These two characters rocked the bed, the walls, the car and the window. I enjoy those scenes and I think the author did a pretty good job describing them and crafting the scenes.

What I hope to see in the next book: I want to see a more open relationship between Nikki & Damien; I want to see more participating from Nikki, really just laying there isn't fun in sex lol. Though Nikki enjoyed Damien's protection I also think she felt overwhelmed. Damien needs to open up about his feelings, about his childhood issues and his daddy issues. I want to see Nikki tell her mom off, I want to see Nikki more concern about her life professionally. The sex in this story rocked, it was good and it was detailed, overall Release Me is a good story, but not a five devils story. Readers who enjoy Fifty Shades of Grey will enjoy Release Me.
Sofia Willingham did a good job with the delivery of the story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Parrotfan on 03-17-14

Release Me

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I loved reading this series but I also loved having it read to me. The narration is good, with a steady pace and good diction.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love both the main characters in this series, but I could identify at certain times with Nikki.

Have you listened to any of Sofia Willingham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to the entire series of this book and find Sofia is a very skilled narrator.

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

The whole book moved me.

Any additional comments?

It would actually be nice sometimes if both male and female characters were portrayed by male and female instead of the trying to sound like the opposite sex.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Cheryl on 03-24-15

Slow to start

I felt the narration was slow to start and a little frustrating but the story itself is good.

Will move onto Claim Me as I'm eager to find out what's next.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Oltion&Elisa on 12-30-17

i slept threw it all

this was such a waste of money, time and internet data. it was BORING!
Damien sounds weak and pathetic.

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1 out of 5 stars
By rtsimon on 06-10-15

Boring and predictable!

The narration is very slow paced and sometimes annoying! The story is predictable and the characters are terrible!

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3 out of 5 stars
By LEANNE on 07-27-15

very similar to fifty shades of grey

the storyline you might as well say was based around 50 shades of grey. So it was very predictable and it did get boring as you knew what was going to happen.

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