Sunday, April 28, 2013

Review: Claim Me by J. Kenner

Author: J. Kenner
Publisher: Bantam
Date of Publication: April 2013

For Damien, our obsession is a game. For me, it is fiercely, blindingly, real.

Damien Stark’s need is palpable—his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match.

I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both.

But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close . . . or shatter us completely.

Claim Me is the sequel to Release Me which I reviewed back in December.  I was a big fan of the first book and am happy to say that I am a big fan of the second book.  I really enjoyed this sequel. 

As with most sequels, the book serves to further strengthen the relationship between the two main characters.  The readers learn a bit more about Damien and his past. He and Nikki have come to the end of their arrangement, yet both are reluctant for the relationship to end.   Throughout the book, Nikki is convinced that something is bothering Damien. I was a bit surprised when the truth is revealed. 

If you are looking for a mild romance, you won't find it here.  The love scenes are sensual, raw and and very hot.  As in the first book, the dom/sub element is part of the book, but doesn't overwhelm the story.  While I loved the ending, I was frustrated with the semi cliffhanger.  Only because I don't want to wait for July to see how it all works out in Germany!  Yes, I'm impatient!

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