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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Midnight Playground by Eliza Gayle

Title: Midnight Playground
Author: Eilza Gayle
Sub-Genre(s): BDSM, Contemporary, Menage
Publisher: Loose ID
Publication Date: December 7, 2010
ISBN #: B004LZ539I
Format: eBook from Author
Reviewer: tsteinerid
Rating: 3 Cups

Eve's desperate denial only means one thing...she has a lot to learn.

Eve Blake has been working at Altered Ego, a studio specializing in fetish photography, for three months when a custom order comes in for a plus-sized redhead. Ready for an adventure, she volunteers for the job. Chase, her boss, reluctantly accepts. Maybe pretending to be a sexual slave for Chase's camera will get her one step closer to the two men she thinks can satisfy even her darkest needs.

Chase can't believe he's agreed to this deal. The cardinal rule in any business is not to get involved with your employees and that includes your sexy receptionist. He and his partner Murphy learned that lesson the hard way. Now Chase has a hunch the first time they touch their rope to Eve's creamy flesh, there will be no turning back. They'll have to have her.

One shoot leads to another and Eve finds herself at a playground at midnight. When the scene takes a dark turn, Eve sinks deeper into sensation at the hands of two masters who push for her ultimate surrender. Will she reach the limit of how far she can go, or will the ties that bind form bonds of love?

What can I say about a sexy, hot BDSM story?  There is something about a strong man, but when you have two...WHEW things are going to get really HOT!
I was intrigued by the promise of a plus-sized woman being the center of a love triangle.  What I found was somewhat intense scenes that I couldn’t connect with.  The story as a whole is rough yet tame, dark but light.  I liked it but I didn’t.  Isn’t that confusing?
Chase seemed like the easy going of the two men.  He ended up being rude and sometimes just cruel.  He is a tortured soul, but there is only so much a woman should have to take.
Now Murphy….he’s a true sadist at heart.  I never for one second thought I would like a sadist.  Just the idea of someone inflicting real pain on someone for the pleasure of it,   ahhh *shudders*.  I really liked him, well him as a man and companion.  Now him as a lover, nope still kind of scares me.
Eve, Eve, Eve.  Let’s see, she wants to live again and she has feelings for two amazingly sexy men.  What woman wouldn’t be attracted to the virility and dominance of Chase and Murphy?  She really did bite off more then she could chew, but handled it with her head held high.  Was her story believable…I’m not sure.  You will have to read Midnight Playground to make your own determination.
Midnight Playground was still a good story.  The BDSM scenes were well written, with some new and surprising elements.  They are definitely not the tender loving but tough, give and take exchanges that you find in other erotica books.  There was pleasure/pain with a whole lot of bite.  Be warned they are a bit rough with her, both physically and emotionally, but since I have no experience in the lifestyle, I really can’t gauge the truthfulness of scenes.  Don’t get me wrong.  The scenes are not out of this world, scary and brutal, just a bit rougher then the norm.  I have read some forceful scenes, but I think these scenes tap more into the emotional elements.  I will also say there were basic reasons for the scene elements too.  Though they could be very rough on Eve, there were moments of complete and utter tenderness.
So, I would have to say if you like your BDSM books with a bit more GRRRR, read Midnight Playgrounds.  Even though I had mixed feelings about the characters, I am still glad I did!

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