Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Release & Claim Me

It's 4/23/13 and in the book world that means it's release day for Claim Me, by Julie Kenner, so I can post my review! I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced copy of this book through Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review.  This is book 2 in the Stark Trilogy and because I have a couple thousand books on my list to read, I hadn't read the 1st in the series at the time but after reading the first chapter I decided I needed to read the first one first.

The first book in the series is:

I have to say that I made my way through the both of these books quick like. They were an easy & enjoyable read for sure. If you have read 50 Shades of Grey and enjoyed that then you will enjoy this series. I must say that even if 50 Shades wasn't your thing then do not avoid this series because while it is still in the erotica realm of reading, it is much tamer on the male lead being so controlling. There is more of a give and take between the male & female, not all take from the male & give from the female.   

Release Me introduces us to Damien Stark and Nikki Fairchild and I think it's best not to skip it to get right to Claim Me because you miss out on that beginning. The series is like any other where Claim Me does add some background info from Release Me so that you aren't totally lost but I think you would lose the overall feel a little without reading them in order, especially since the 2nd takes off right where the 1st leaves off.

Basically you have Damien Stark who was a famous tennis pro and is now a multi-millionaire business Mogul who always gets what he wants but has scars of the past that both haunt and drive him. Then there is Nikki Fairchild who dealt with an over bearing, pageant mom that pretty much made her life hell & made her feel worthless. She's out to prove that she can make it on her own using her smarts rather than her beauty and of course her scars of the past drive her in the same ways as Damien's.

The 2 come together and have a great tennis play like chemistry. Nikki has smarts and challenges Damien while trying to get him to open up to her as she has chosen to do to him. While it would be nice to see a more realistic setting with average people instead of the rich & famous, beautiful people (as seems to be the common grouping in these stories) I have to say that I enjoyed their chemistry much more than that of the characters of 50 Shades. 

Now, the genre is erotica but I think that some may be more off put my the language than the sexual encounters. The overall sex doesn't involve quite as much bondage and control but the language used to describe it can be a little harsh if you are sensitive to some of the more taboo words. Don't let that scare you off however because if given a chance I think you will see a love story unfolding. One where 2 scarred people come together and find that their chemical bond will help heal their emotional scars & just maybe a physical one too. 

In this book we find out more about Damien's scars of the past that are flaring up. Nikki patiently tries to be there for him and encourage him in the steps that he chooses to take as he works on facing them and subduing. Throughout the series Damien's big thing is that he feels he must have control over Nikki and she is willing to allow that because in some ways the control helps her with her past demons. As he begins to trust Nikki however he begins to see that control slip away and leave behind a love for someone that needs him just as much as he needs her.

The first book ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, I just felt like it left me hanging so I was happy to have this book to continue on to right away. This book finally gets into more detail on what is haunting Damien and ends with him just about to run off to face it. We're left with an ending that could be a complete end but I again feel like I'm left hanging still so it's great there is a 3rd on the way.   

Do check out this series if you haven't already. You'll find them available on Amazon, iTunes, or whatever book site you most often use. Get your copies, immerse and enjoy!

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