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Release Me by J. Kenner

Release meBook: Release Me

Series: (Book One, Stark Trilogy)

Author: J. Kenner

Basic Story: Nikki Fairchild is determined to make a name for herself in the world of technology and strike out on her own, free from the influence of her controlling mother. Unfortunately, before she’s able to do that, she needs to learn the business side of things before she can go it alone. That means working for an unscrupulous and sleazy boss, who has no qualms in parading her in front of potential investors in order to ‘seal the deal’.

So one night, when she’s drafted in to sweeten up potential investor – mercurial billionaire Damien Stark – and after Damien snubs her rather abruptly, she is determined to be independent and self-reliant at all costs. The encounter with the strange and impolite billionaire sets in motion a series of passionate encounters and before long, Nikki is wondering whether an intense relationship with such a man will help resolve her own troubled past, or will make her lose all sense of who she is.

Why you should read it: I like variety in my reading however, there’s something quite comforting about coming back to a familiar story every so often – the brooding billionaire harbouring dangerous secrets; the damaged, yet sassy heroine looking for a strong man to make it all better. Despite the many comparisons you can draw to FsoG or the Bared to You series, the author has done a good job of setting the story in a different setting. The heroine is set for success and isn’t whiny or a ball-breaker. She’s very likeable. Damien is hot, hot hot but likeable. Some books really do exaggerate the hero’s dominance, whereas Damien is quite at ease with himself and his kingdom.

What you might hate: While I like escapism and don’t mind reading about characters who aren’t in the slightest bit affected by the economic recession, if you’ve had it with the whole bdsm-lite, rich man’s private jet-hopping, can buy anyone and anything he wants, then this one is NOT for you. It follows a tried and true pattern – it’s part one of three books and I think we all know where they’re headed. I don’t mind this though. It’s like comfort food in book form for me.

Rating: 3/5 – for trying to put a slightly different spin on a very familiar, if somewhat overdone theme. I am looking forward to reading Book 2 – Claim Me, which is out in April and I’ll be reviewing it nearer its release. I love Damien Stark and as a couple, they are hot, hot hot.

Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

Book: Reflected in You

Author: Sylvia Day

Series: Crossfire Series

Reviewed by: Onnica

Basic Story:

The story picks up from where Bared to You left off. Eva and Gideon are trying to make their tortured and fraught relationship work, despite not knowing how to be in a successful relationship. Their attraction is as strong as ever, but so are their shared insecurities and jealousy.

Eva grows ever more frustrated by Gideon’s reluctance to share his past with her, while he knows many of her intimate secrets.  This unleashes the darker flaws of her personality, putting further pressure on the already fragile relationship. Can their bond withstand the external pressures from all around, not to mention the internal struggles from their troubled pasts?

 Why you should read it:

It’s been eagerly awaited all summer, following the success of Bared and you’ll want to find out what’s next for Gideon and Eva. Gideon is a very sympathetic character in this book – he’s a well-drawn character, sexy as hell and you will want more. The steamy scenes (of which there are many) are hot, hot, hot!

 What you might hate:

The story is told from Eva’s skewed point of view, so it’s impossible to get away from her. She’s immature to the point of idiocy, taking her petty revenges against Gideon whenever and wherever she can. She’s behaves like Serena van der Woodsen and the book at times does read like Gossip Girl (albeit the kinky, late night version). Eva doesn’t grow as a character and I’m afraid I lost patience with her. This couple needs round the clock therapy, not twice a week sessions. And Eva’s mother? Don’t get me started on her; her issues are for a whole other review.

Rating:

I give this book 2/5 because I don’t feel that it lived up to the hype. I really wanted to like it. The back and forth between Gideon and Eva grew tiresome and while the sex was steamy, there really was too much of it. It didn’t move the story along at all. The only time I engaged with the story was during the closing chapters where they were actually talking to each other. Having said that, another great cover though!

Bared to You (A Crossfire Novel) by Sylvia Day

Book: Bared to You (A Crossfire Novel)

Author: Sylvia Day

Basic Story: Eva is that sort of wealthy socialite who thinks she has to make her way in the world without a lot of help from her parents. After taking a lowly job at an advertising agency in NYC’s Crossfire building, she is literally knocked down by the building’s owner, the enigmatic, wealthy, and extremely hot Gideon Cross. Their instant burning attraction cannot be denied and the two begin a passion fueled relationship that helps fill in the gaps all their respective relationships used to have.  Gideon and Eva are both abuse survivors and their ability to trust one another is severely hampered even in light of the really good sex.  Eventually their pasts and their own ghosts catch up with them and each of them must choose to release the demons within in order to take their relationship to the next level.

Why You Should Read It: Gideon Cross is every woman’s dream man: wealthy, gorgeous, sympathetic, caring, loving, fantastic in bed, willing to sacrifice himself for the woman he loves; there’s a LOT of gratuitous sex; the backdrop of their romance is set in opulent and aristocratic NYC so we’re shown a forbidden glimpse of Manhattan’s elite; nice cover.

What You Might Hate: Did you see what we said about Gideon Cross? God! How annoyingly perfect can one man be? Geez; Eva acts like a high school girl, getting angry and walking out on Gideon over and over for having past relationships and for maintaining platonic friendships with some of his former lovers; there’s a LOT of gratuitous sex that just seems to act as filler when the author can’t think of anything else to help the plot along; there’s really no story and we never learn much about either character.

Our rating3/5. There’s nothing new here and it reads like the only slightly amoral man’s version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Read it for the hot love scenes and not for the plot. Buy it for that fab cover though!