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.
First of all, I am super excited to review this book because this will be my first post since I officially joined Bookish Temptations awesome team. Very cool right? I still can’t believe it myself. Thank you very much Tamie for this, you make me so happy. Let’s get down to business.
Claim Me is the sequel to Release Me which I recommend you read first. Story picks up exactly where the first book ended. Nikki overcomes so much in Release Me, but she still has a lot to deal with and she still trying to put herself slowly back together. Damien helps Nikki see her scars as a sign of strength instead of weakness. He also has proven to her that he cares for her and will continue to be there for her.
I like Nikki a whole lot more in Claim Me. Usually someone as broken as Nikki can be weak and wanting a white knight to rescue her, but Nikki continued to show strength despite being highly flawed. She is strong yet sensitive and her issues are still a major topic in this book so we can see how she deals with them, how she become more confident and it’s really nice to see her grow as a character. She accepts who she is and what she wants, and goes for it.
I continued to enjoy Damien as a strong but flawed alpha male, especially when in this book he finally opens up and gradually reveals his secrets. We finally get some answers about his past, it makes you completely understand him as a person and his needs to control everything around him. We learn a lot more about him, some of which I’m not expecting, but it all makes me love him more. Furthermore, I love how possessive and passionate Damien is. He’s also protective of Nikki but not overly controlling and domineering though he does like to be in control.
Though their personal problems really test their relationship, chemistry continued to be great with Damien and Nikki. The sex was amazeballs in this book. I liked it in Release Me, but I felt the connection between them much more in this book and they have a different level of intimacy too. Hats off to J. Kenner, she did a great job showing how they dealt with things and how they were forced to grow as a couple or lose each other for good. I love how they accept each others flaws and past.
Overall this really is a great sequel and I am totally Damienized, it kind of hard not to, what with the steamy scene and other stuff. If you liked Release Me, you’ll like Claim Me. We get to see more layers of Damien and Nikki’s past that make them who they are, definitely more drama, and the development of their relationship. Claims Me ends on a dramatic note, a lot of answers were given but so many more questions were asked. The ending leaves us in a good place that’s not a cliffhanger but makes us craving for the next book and more Damien Stark.
“An entire empire needing his attention, and yet in that moment, I am his whole world.”
“If that’s what it takes to protect you, I will leave you. Even if it kills me.”
“I want to banish those memories and those emotions. I want to claim them and destroy. I want to survive them. And I want Damien to be the one to help me do that.”
“You have captured me utterly, and you hold my heart in your hands. Be gentle with it. It’s more fragile than you might think.”
“Just one more thing. When I said you could stay? What I meant to say was I love you.”