Review & Giveaway: Claim Me by J. Kenner

Title: Claim Me: A Novel
Author: J. Kenner
Series: Stark Trilogy
Source: NetGalley in exchanged for an unbiased review
Where to buy: Amazon | B&N


Description: 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.

REVIEW: You see, when you read books as explosive and as dramatic as Claim Me one can’t help but wonder if there is anything left from the characters and the story that haven’t been exploit, I mean what else is there? the drama came to a tipping point and the sex, the sex can’t get any hotter. Well, thank god for writers like J. Kenner, she is able to create drama and keep up all levels of excitement. I was border line crazy with anticipation. She can also make the sex hotter…what really hotter? Yes hotter.

Claim Me is book 2 in the Stark Trilogy and perhaps the tipping point in the story. We have become a lot more aware of what’s behind the hot, educated and very powerful Damien Stark. The whole new set of obstacles and discovered drama has given this story a whole new spin and a twist that was totally unexpected. I can’t help but love every page of it. I enjoyed how much more both characters have mature, not only are both able to understand their weaknesses, but they are also using that as the foundation to their new-found strength.  Though their arrangement is over, their attraction and feelings are past that, they have understood that there was a lot more to their relationship than a contract for a million dollars, and that the painting was just a way to bring them closer.

This story is getting hotter and better, now that Damien and Nikki are growing stronger their relationship is put to the test, I think that both characters will be able to take sides on how they will manage it and how they will face the new drama that is developing. I think J. Kenner did a marvelous job developing the plot and extending the mystery behind Damien Stark’s past. Though I think Nikki can be a bit childish at times, her dependency of Damien is at times unnerving. I like her character, I do, but I think I would’ve prefer a more strong and independent Nikki. Her needs and desires seem to cloud her ability to think and act at times when her decision and maturity are most important. I think Nikki as a character is fantastic, though she hasn’t allowed herself to heal by looking for help, she has managed to control her urges even when at times the pressure is too much. I like how well she has become to understand herself, her inability to take stressful situations can be turn into painful passion and pleasure. I think both Damien & Nikki have found on each other what they need. The line between pleasure, pain & masochism is nicely explored. I think J.Kenner did a great job exploiting it.

I loved Claim Me, I think it is a fantastic story and one that only keeps getting better. Be ready to experience hot sex at is best, and the candid pleasure of pain. I am looking forward to book 3 because I can’t wait to experience the roller-coaster of emotions and hot sex flowing between Damien & Nikki. This story has it all, betrayal, drama, suspense and a touch of Hollywood!


Do I recommend this book? Heck Yeah

Can’t wait to read it?  Buy it now — don’t forget to read Release Me (book #1) of the Trilogy. You can also read my review of Release Me here. And pre-order Complete Me.


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All Comments

  • Bared To You by Sylvia Day

    Jolene A 05/17/2013 8:11 pm Reply
  • Protecting What’s His by Tessa Bailey! Thanks so much for sharing your review of Claim Me! I really love love LOVE Release Me and I can’t wait to read Claim Me! It’s a little out of my budget at the moment otherwise I would have one-clicked it in a heartbeat! Love Damien Stark! ♥ Really appreciate this giveaway! Thanks so much!

    Tess xx


    Tess Halim 05/17/2013 4:32 pm Reply
  • Real by Katy Evans

    Karen 05/17/2013 1:06 pm Reply
  • Rock My Bed by Michelle A. Valentine

    Alyssa @ HLB 05/17/2013 12:44 pm Reply
  • Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks.

    Joanne B 05/13/2013 7:23 pm Reply
  • The Crossfire novels….

    Jennifer Crawford 05/04/2013 3:12 pm Reply
    • I haven’t read the Crossfire series yet – I have book 1 & 2 but I haven’t made myself read it. I think I am going to wait until book #3 is out 🙂 I hate waiting for books lol.

      SinfulReader 05/08/2013 9:39 am Reply

    Shelley Summers 05/04/2013 3:04 pm Reply
    • Historical romance can be quite HOT – and Maya Banks does it well.

      SinfulReader 05/08/2013 9:39 am Reply
  • My favorite hot read I read in April is Collide by Gail McHugh! Thanks!

    Heather @ Redheaded Bookworm 05/04/2013 2:26 pm Reply
  • Real by Katy Evans!!

    Kim 05/04/2013 9:47 am Reply
    • I won that book and I haven’t yet read it. I think I need to shuffle my reading pile or set more priorities lol

      SinfulReader 05/08/2013 9:40 am Reply
  • My favorite hot read in April was Beth Kery’s When I’m With You series. I waited till Part VIII was released and read them all together.

    Texas Book Lover 05/04/2013 9:46 am Reply
  • My April hot read were Maya Banks Never Seduce A Scot, Charlotte Boyett-Compo’s WyndRiver Sinner and Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street.

    Susan T. 05/04/2013 8:40 am Reply
    • I have On Dublin Street but I haven’t read it yet — I must since I heard great things about it.

      SinfulReader 05/08/2013 9:41 am Reply
  • Release Me!

    Kathy Power 05/04/2013 8:33 am Reply
    • I really loved Release Me, great pick Kathy.

      SinfulReader 05/08/2013 9:41 am Reply

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