Release Me by J. Kenner (@juliekenner)

This is was an ARC that I received for review.  This review was previously posted last year and has been updated.

Excerpt from Amazon:

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.

It is not often when a book is so amazingly well-written that I find it hard to even begin to accurately describe it. Nikki is a former beauty queen who never really enjoyed the scene. She has worked hard to put her self through school and has recently moved to California to escape the clutches of her controlling mother. With degrees in engineering and computer science she is interested in learning the tech business from the ground up. Taking a job with an up and rising tech guru she hopes to learn all that she can. She doesn’t count on her boss wanting to use her looks to attract the attention of an investor. Enter Damien Stark, former tennis star and now successful billionaire businessman. He had met Nikki years ago at a beauty pageant that he was judging and was intrigued by the young beauty.

When he sees her again he is ready to claim her for his own. Nikki has no desire to submit to someone has controlling as Damien Stark but the passion cannot be denied. Facing her own demons she embraces the passion that she sees in Damien and the man she sees behind the mask.

This is well-written story that shows the real life side to the characters that are being developed. It was nice to see characters that were flawed both emotionally and physically. Discovering that not all men are interested in perfection, Nikki discovers her strength and the man who can cultivate it. It may seem like the characters move into a relationship quickly but sometimes, even in real life, passion will not be denied.

I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in a passionate love story. Story does contain some mild BDSM scenes but they are tastefully well-written. Can not wait to read the next story!

Rated 4.5 Bookworms

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