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Release Me

(Stark Saga #1)

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For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey 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
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Bantam
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Sam 1. Release me
2. Claim me
3. Complete me
4. Take me
5. Have me
6. Play my game
7. Seduce me
8. Unwrap me
9. Deepest kiss
10. The stark Trilogy (three…more
1. Release me
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3. Complete me
4. Take me
5. Have me
6. Play my game
7. Seduce me
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Shaly Unfortunately there isn't. The book reads like one long monologue, entirely one sided, only from the Nikki's POV. I would say read at your own peril,…moreUnfortunately there isn't. The book reads like one long monologue, entirely one sided, only from the Nikki's POV. I would say read at your own peril, many readers loved it, some liked it and others, like me, didn't care too much for it. Hope this helps..(less)

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Dd
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

 Do you know what passion is? 

Most people think it only means desire.

Arousal.

Wild abandon.

But that's not all....

The word derives from the Latin.

It means suffering.

Submission.

Pain and pleasure,Nikki.


PASSION.



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'I want to lose myself in his kiss.I want to let the fire that's spreading over my body grow.Maybe it will consume me.Maybe,like a phoenix,I will rise again after being incinerated by Damien Stark's touch.'


Because only his passion could
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Debra
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, there's a new sexy billionaire in town,

And his name is,

Damien Stark...




"He's tall and so handsome that the word is almost an insult. He is Jason and Hercules and Perseus - a figure so strong and beautiful and heroic that the blood of the gods must flow through him, because how else could a being so fine exist in this world?"


- Okay, enough with the cheesy descriptions; let's just say he's a former well trained, athletic tennis player who now owns an entire empire of several businesses (inc
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
"He’s like an iceberg, Texas. The deep parts are well hidden and what you do see is hard and a little bit cold."

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What to say about this book... Read this quote, you'll know enough :D

His mouth is at my ear, his voice so carnal, so full of lust, it makes my clit throb. “I’m going to f*ck you, Nikki. Pleasure? We’re going to blow the roof off pleasure. I’m going to make you beg for it. I’m going to claim you. I’m going to tease you. I’m going to torment you. And you’re going to come for me li
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~ Becs ~
'You’re mine,' he says.

'I know,' I reply, and I mean it completely.


This is another one of those books that will inevitably be compared to Fifty Shades and the Crossfire books which is really going to deter as many readers as it attracts but, in my opinion at least, this is a really good one, even if it is very similar. If you like a darkly brooding, domineering hero, a feisty yet troubled heroine and a kinky, sexy romance, you’re going to want to check this one out. This is deeply sensual and
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♡Karlyn P♡

DNF. I made it 25% in, but nothing about this story was grabbing me.

It is clearly trying to be a knock-off of the Fifty Shades and Crossfire series, and it was NOT working for me.

Damian is a bazillionaire hottie with an obsession for the sexy 24 y/o Texas college graduate Nikki; an obsession that apparently goes back many years. They only met briefly once 6 years ago, then again at a swanky party in LA California. They immediately start circling and sniffing each other like dogs in heat, spewi
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Lisa
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


He is Jason and Hercules and Perseus – a figure so strong and beautiful and heroic that the blood of the gods must flow through him, because how else could a being so fine exist in this world? His face consists of hard lines and angles that seem sculpted by light and shadows, making him appear both classically gorgeous and undeniably unique. His dark hair absorbs the light as completely as a raven’s wing, but it is not nearly as smooth. Instead it looks wind-tossed, as if he spent the day at se
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Alex is The Romance Fox
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I really liked this book. I know a lot of readers have commented on it being a lot like FSOG (which I have read and loved……http://maison34.fr/book/show/1...) and Bared to You (which I haven’t read but it’s on my TBR list).

I suppose there are a few similarities between this book and FSOG – the controlling and sexy billionaire who becomes obsessed with gorgeous and damaged woman, etc…but the one big difference is the writing. So muc
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Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
THIS REVIEW WAS POSTED AT ANGIE'S DREAMY READS

**WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS TONS OF SWOONTASTIC SWOONING!! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK ;) **

5 SCORCHING DAMIEN STARK STARS

Calling all Fifty Shades Of Grey fans!!! This.Is.It. YESSSSSSSSSSS...You heard me!!!! A series that’s similar to Fifty but NOT an exact replica. Hallefreakinlujah! This is the book I have been seeking out since I first read the Fifty series. I didn't want to read something exactly the same but craved something alike. This book has
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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★★★★ 1/2! Stark Trilogy, book 1 (3.5). A debut by J. Kenner. The coming-together of two lost souls as multi-billionaire & kinky lover Damien Stark sets out on a relentless seduction of Southern belle Nikki Fairchild!

“Because I can. Because I want you. Because I don’t want to court my way up to our first fuck. And because I don’t want to play games.”

The Stark Trilogy is the whirlwind romance between former youth tennis-pro and self-made multi-billionaire Damien Stark and recent Colleg
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Christy
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Possess. Have. Hold. Enjoy. Control. Dominate. Pick your verb Ms Fairchild. I intend to explore so very many of them.”

4.5 Steamy Stars!

Meet Damien Stark
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“He’s ... intense.” Hot. Sexy. Surprising. Disturbing.

and Nikki Fairchild
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Nikki is fresh out of collage and ready for a clean slate. She moves from Texas to LA to live with her best friend, Jamie. New city. New job. New start.
She is at a party looking to hook a potential investor for her boss. Damien Stark is that potential investor.
Dam
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.Under the pages
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, review
BOOK #5 IS COMING OUT IN THREE DAYS!

In need of a fresh start, Nikki Fairchild moves from Texas to Los Angeles to live with her best friend and honor her degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. And just four days after arriving at the city of angels, she is asked by her boss to attend a party to get Damien Stark’s attention. What her boss doesn’t know is that they go way back to when they met at one of her pageants.

“You’re staring,” I finally say.
“You’re beautiful.”


Damien Stark
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Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
4.5+ Passionate Star-k-s

Passion: any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate, amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor, strong sexual desire; lust.

“Do you know what passion is?” I blink, confused. “Most people think it only means desire. Arousal. Wild abandon. But that’s not all. The word derives from the Latin. It means suffering. Submission. Pain and pleasure, Nikki. Passion.”


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A fascinating story about smoldering attraction, skeletons in the closet, painful memories, toxic real
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Jill

Nikki Fairchild meets Damien Stark at the opening of an art show. Damien is a former tennis star turned entrepreneur. Their attraction is instantaneous.

Not mentioned in the blurb. So, (view spoiler)

Overall, it's not a bad read. Although there's nothing really new. Uber wealthy, uber handsome Dom meets scarred Sub who never
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"That's All" Ash
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ehh
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It was mediocre.

And I HATE that.

Let's talk about BDSM for a second, okay? BDSM isn't a mediocre thing. It's pretty intense. Right? I mean, the entire "Fifty Shades of Grey"; "Up in the Air"; "Crossfire" series were INTENSE.

As they should be!

But then you have the "Stark Trilogy".

And it's half-assed. (Excuse the lingo!) But that's what it was.

I didn't love or hate the characters.
I didn't love or hate the story.
I didn't love or hate the dialogue.
I didn't love or hate the writing.

An
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Isabella Francesca
BOYS AND GIRLS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I WOULD LIKE YOU ALL TO MEET THE MAN OF THE HOUR - MR. DAMIEN STARK:



He’s tall and so handsome that the word is almost an insult. But it’s more than that. It’s not his looks, it’s his presence. He is Jason and Hercules and Perseus—a figure so strong and beautiful and heroic that the blood of the gods must flow through him, because how else could a being so fine exist in this world? His face consists of hard lines and angles that seem sculpted by light and sh
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Lise *friends don't flag*
"For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey 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." Blah… blah… blah…. So tired of the comparison to FSoG and BtY as the hook to entice readers to pick up a book. I do get it, just sick of it. Like this book is going to win an award for THE NEXT IT BOOK!
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Okay, so I requested an ARC of this book and was thrilled that my request was granted… I of course have
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AH
Here we go again. Another romance book about a gorgeous billionaire businessman (who knew that there were so many of them?) and his lady love. Meet Damien Stark, a former tennis star and now rich entrepreneur. Damien is handsome, beautiful, magnificent – insert adjectives here. In fact, he is so stunning that the first third of the book is dedicated to waxing poetic about Damien’s good looks. I get it! He’s rich and powerful and gorgeous. Can we get on with the story, please?

I did like Damien’s
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

Damien Stark is just one of those dark, quiet types. He’s like an iceberg, Texas. The deep parts are well hidden and what you do see is hard and a little bit cold.”



Well what can I tell you about my thoughts on this book...

seems to be an adequate description.

I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. To be honest, I'm having a hard time remembering anything about it and I just finished reading it.

I never really connected with the story, or the characters. I suppose you can say it was a case of 'been t
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Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
Oh god what can I say about Damien???He is many things; sexy, smart, confident and irresistible. He is one man that can get whatever he wants, whether charming his way there or using the many resources he has at his disposal. Few can resist him and now he's spotted the perfect woman and is determined to have her!!!I like him from the first time I saw him..
I love Damien and Nikki together. She softens the hard edges of his heart just enough for you to really feel the depth of his feelings for her
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Holly
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Alpha heroes with a talent for dirty talk
5 smutastic stars!

Yes. This is another story about an impossibly gorgeous bazillionare who becomes obsessed with a mysterious & more than slightly broken young woman. Yes. There are countless books out there focusing on the same or a similar theme. What makes this one different? What makes this one stand out among the countless other books attempting to jump on the Fifty Shades of Grey & Bared to You bandwagon? It's very simple. The writing.

J Kenner is a good author. I mean, really good.
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Lucia
My Nikki and Damien:

"Damien Stark is just one of those dark, quiet types. He’s like an iceberg, Texas. The deep parts are well hidden and what you do see is hard and a little bit cold.”

Damien Stark is rich, famous, good-looking, successful and full of secrets. He is also a little bit rude, straightforward, unbelievably charismatic and always gets what he wants. Only thing he misses in his life is honesty from people around him. They always tell him what he wants to hear, not what they really t
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Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
Oh thank God! I really didn't think I had it in me to read another erotic romance revolving around a heroine who is a meek and virginal little twit!


Luckily for me this author has managed to stay away from that over played stereo type! But I have to admit I almost didn't read this book purely based on the fact that the back cover says that it is aimed at fans of FSOG and Bared to You.

Don't get me wrong I liked both books (Bared to You more then Fifty Shades) but I am so sick of all the copy cat
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JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
4.5 stars. This book was hot!! I loved it. Although it reminded me of FSOG it was still an awesome read. One I would recommend to all readers.
Snow
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
hmmm

fuck me, if I remember this book?! LOL

no, seriously, i thought I have already read it BUT surprise, surprise, i haven't, obvs *smirks*

yeah, i'm gonna re-review this...or whatever, I'm rectifying my mistake by reading it, for real!

A passionate, mildly kinky, sexual relationship between the billionare/ex-pro athleete Damien Stark and Nikki Fairchild, an ex-beauty pageant queen/science tech savvy will transcend into a web of hidden secrets of each other's pasts, while they slowly give into each
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Paula
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica

“Possess. Have. Hold. Enjoy. Control. Dominate. Pick your verb, Ms. Fairchild. I intend to explore so very many of them.”

Nikki Fairchild has just moved to California to start a new life. She recently graduated from graduate school and is trying to get her foot in the door for her business ventures. But, in order to get started, she decides to take a job as an assistant for experience and to learn the business side, so she is successful when she does decide to go off on her own.

On her first as
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
This book theme is my guilty pleasure. I'll never get tired of the bazillionaire who gets everything he wants so easily except the one girl. And the girl wants him but she fights it. It just never gets boring for me and this was no exception.

Nikki is a little different...she's no virgin and she has some problems of her own. She's also quite smart and wanting to start her own company.

Damien knows what he wants and he goes after it. I've been spoiled by getting books with dual POV's and I would
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I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com)
Zzzzzzzzz…. Zzzzzzzzz…. Snooze alert!

I’m sorry; I just could not get into this book. At about 50% in, I was still waiting for something exciting to happen and had to force myself to hurry up and finish it. I thought it was lacking in emotional depth, resulting in a failure to really connect as a reader with the characters. Everything seemed so superficial and contrived to me – I didn’t feel as if they were actually communicating AT ALL and that was one of the main reasons the story just didn’t
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Lisa Jayne
I feel I'm in a minority with this book, I didn't quite love it but I most certainly didn't loathe it, I felt somewhat ok ish about it and dare I say sometimes a little bored! :-/ I found some of the book to be slow paced, yet at times it was an exciting page turner.

Good bits for me - great start to the book, plenty of tension and great characters. I really love the way the author creates characters that are not all the way perfect but instead she deals with some touching life experiences that w
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Holly
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
There are a lot of books out there now being marketed as ‘if you liked Fifty Shades you’ll love….blah, blah, blah’ and a lot of them with the same premise are very good, some not so much. Release Me however is IMO a hit!

I try really hard not to compare books as I read them to others since I believe every story is its own and deserves a shot. So I ask that you look past the similarities and give Damien and Nikki their shot.

Damien Stark is a smokin’ hot ex tennis pro turned billionaire entreprene
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J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York
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Other books in the series

Stark Saga (6 books)
  • Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2)
  • Complete Me (Stark Trilogy, #3)
  • Anchor Me (Stark Trilogy, #4)
  • Lost With Me (Stark Trilogy, #5)
  • Damien (Stark Trilogy, #6)
“Possess. Have. Hold. Enjoy. Control. Dominate. Pick your verb, Ms. Fairchild. I intend to explore so very many of them.” 129 likes
“Do you know what passion is?”
I blink, confused.
“Most people think it only means desire. Arousal. Wild abandon. But that’s not all. The word derives from the Latin. It means suffering. Submission. Pain and pleasure, Nikki. Passion.”
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