Happy Tuesday everyone!! I can't believe it is already April and the month of Jenn and Tyra is over. How is that fair??? My children are on Spring Break this week and while my daughter is in South Carolina with friends my son is home and is "bored out of his mind" and thinks he needs to call me 15 times a day so that I can entertain him. Aaaahhh children they can make you smile one minute and want to rip your hair out the next. LOL
This week is all about submission and the Doms that make us wanna. I know everyone has been hyped up about the 50 Shades of Grey book but it's not likes it's the first...or even the best in that genre. This week we are bringing you, Eliza Gayle, an author that has been writing in the BDSM genre for a while and she does it oh so well. For me when I go into a book of this ilk I have to feel the emotional attachment that the main characters have for each other. I don't know that I would enjoy a book as much if it was just about a sub that was with a different Dom each time or vise-versa. For me there has to be that trust and the trust has to come from an emotional/love feeling. It might just be the romantic in me or it could be the skeptic....cause Lord knows if I didn't love a man there is no way in hell I am letting him tie me up!
Power Play, Eliza Gayle, Loose Id
Jennifer Croft is at the peak of her career. As a bondage model at Altered Ego, she’s become the crème de la crème of the fetish world, ensuring herself a top spot in her profession. The world is her oyster. Her personal life on the other hand… It’s not pretty. Only her fascination with pain play keeps the ghosts of her past at bay.
After tragedy sends Daegan McKenna to the South for a much needed change of pace, the last thing he expects to find is a closet submissive hiding in plain sight. She’s hot-tempered and in denial — a heady combination that brings out the dominant looking for a challenge. He’s already loved and lost more than one man should, but the haunted look in her eyes prompts him to make her an offer. He’ll indulge her darkest fantasies, if she’ll agree to give up control. Then he’ll let her go.
Unfortunately, the past never stays in the past and old insecurities cause complications neither of them wanted. Now temporary is not enough.
Ok so at this end of this book I needed my own subbie blanket. The emotions that Jennifer deals with are exhausting and heart-breaking. I wanted to crawl into this book and shake her family and give her a hug. I don't know that I have read a book that better expressed a sub knowing what worked for her but wanting to deny it so strongly. Reading the parts from her point of view drew me deeper into the story line, she comes off as such a strong person but as the story progresses we get to see her insecurities.
Daegan was one of those bigger than life characters that if you ever went into this kind of lifestyle you would want him leading you. That's not to say he didn't have faults of his own...because he did, but for me that just made him more real. You know from the start that they will work great together but you just don't know if they can admit it to each other and themselves that they want and need forever.
There are a lot of very interesting secondary characters that I am hoping get books of their own. Tammy and Gabe are right at the top of my wish list.
This is actually the second in the Pleasure Playground series and after reading this I HAVE to go back and read Eve, Chase and Murphy's story in Midnight Playground! I know many of you are gasping right now because I read a book out of order but in my defense I didn't know this was the second book in the series and it's all Rebecca's fault cause she assigned this book to me this week. LOL
RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.