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review 2018-05-11 17:02
Should read for a good take on sex workers
Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work - Melissa Gira Grant

I'm glad I read this book. I'm not sure what my view about prostitution is. I do wish that Grant had more than ancedotal evidence ( and to be fair, she acknowledges her somewhat limited viewpoint). But Grant does have some very good points about how we should see sex workers and how shaming and policing are used to enforce feel good policies that might do more harm than good. If you are interested in the topic, you should read this book, simply for the reframing discussion about how to view sex workers.

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review 2018-03-27 20:56
Playing with Fire - Emily Robertson Playing with Fire - Emily Robertson

Playing With Fire by Emily Robertson is a contemporary romance.  Ms. Robertson has delivered an entertaining, well-written book.  Her characters are fantastic and perfect for this story.  Jax is in the military and has a thing for his brother's girlfriend.  Emma is a school teacher and works with Jax's brother.  Jax and Emma's story is touching and filled with drama, humor and sizzle.  This book captured me at the first page and didn't turn me loose until the last.  I enjoyed this book, but the only way I'd read more from this author is if I knew ahead of time it wasn't a cliff-hanger.  Playing With Fire is book 3 of the Portwood Brothers Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is NOT a complete story though, it is a cliff-hanger.

I voluntarily read a complimentary copy of this book that I received from Bookfunnel.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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text 2018-03-15 12:10
Blog Tour - Playing His Way



Playing His Way, an all-new sexy standalone from Erika Wilde is now LIVE!









As the new owner of The Players Club, Brent "Mac" MacMillan is all about dirty sex, wicked sin and carnal pleasure . . . served up his way.  After being burned in the past, he's always been careful to choose experienced females who enjoy submitting to his dark desires, and are willing to play by his demanding rules without expecting any emotional attachments in return.


Hiring beautiful interior designer Stephanie Randall to create fantasy bedrooms within his club is his first mistake.  She's curious, flirtatious, and makes his blood run hotter than it ever has before.  Innocent when it comes to all the debauchery his sinful world has to offer, she wants to take a walk on the wild side . . . with him.  


His second mistake?  Saying yes.  And his third?  Falling for the one woman he knows he can never have.








Stephanie strolled toward Mac, a mischievous glimmer suddenly brightening her gorgeous blue eyes, putting him on alert.  "I'd like to attend the Masquerade party at The Players Club on Saturday, to get a better feel for the club and what other fantasy elements might work for your members."     
He stiffened at her unexpected request.  The temptation of having her in this domain—wanting her but refusing to touch her—wasn't something he wanted to endure.  And watching her possibly hook up with someone else, like Rick? Complete fucking agony.     
He shook his head.  "I don't think attending the Masquerade party is necessary.  I'm sure you can come up with a few other ideas without being here when everything is in full swing, which is probably going to be more distracting, than helpful."     
"What if I want to be here?" the little vixen proposed, her voice holding a hint of a challenge.  "You know, to mix a little business with pleasure?"     
His expression remained composed, his resolve, firm.  "I'm going to have to say no."     
She tipped her head to the side, studying him much too astutely.  "I can always get an invitation from Jillian, you know," she said as she came closer and closer.     
"No, you can't," he countered.  "I put a freeze on any new invitations until I'm done going through the current membership."     
She laughed softly, huskily, the sound like a stroke along his cock.  Much like her hand was suddenly stroking down the length of his tie before giving it a playful tug.  "Do I make you nervous, Mac?"     
His hands curled into fists in his pockets, because it was taking extreme effort not to grasp her face in his palms and kiss that soft, plush, impudent mouth of hers—hot and hard and deep.  "Do I look like a man who'd be intimidated by any woman?" he asked, his voice surprisingly steady.     
She thought about that for a brief moment before giving her hair a subtle toss and replying.  "Intimidated, no." Then a sexy, knowing smile curved her lips. "Nervous, definitely, because if you weren't a little uneasy about whatever this thing is between us, you wouldn't have an issue with me coming to the Masquerade party and being at the club."     
"The last thing you make me feel is uneasy."  Instead, her presence had lust pumping through him like a heady surge of adrenaline.  She was certainly testing his control.     
Her free hand came back up and splayed on his chest, the heat of her touch searing him through his dress shirt.  "If I don't make you nervous, then prove it," she cajoled. "Let me come to the party on Saturday. I promise not to be too shocked by what I see."     
His jaw clenched as she met his gaze and held it, so bold and brazen when she really had no idea what she was messing with, or what he was capable of.  This woman was no shrinking violet, and she was the furthest thing from the kind of submissive, obedient female he preferred—and Jesus, Christ, his dick was hard as stone for her.  This was a woman who liked having the advantage, who enjoyed a little power play, and fuck if that didn't make him want to pin her against the wall behind her and make it very clear who really had the upper hand between them.     
"So, what will it be, Mr. MacMillan?" she murmured huskily.  "Inviting me to the club on Saturday, or are you going to chicken out?"

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review 2018-03-15 11:28
Great addition to a great series.
Playing His Way - Erika Wilde

This is the next book in the players club series and my absolute favorite. Brent “Mac” MacMillan just purchased the players club and has hired Stephanie Randall to redisgn the suites. They have had chemistry for the last year but Mac has baggage from his past and try’s to stay away from Stephanie until she is at the club and other men may be willing to show her the players club.

Erika Wilde did not disappoint with this read and I could not put this book down and I cannot wait for her next book.

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review 2018-03-13 17:35
Great Story and Characters
Playing the Pauses - Michelle Hazen

Kate was the new tour manager for the Red Letters - and up and coming band. She had become the new tour manager when the original one ended up in the hospital and at the very last minute and that was hard. She will be whatever she has to be for the next six weeks to pull off a successful tour. Kate is a walking life support system for rock bands. The Red Letters have three musicians in it. One female who was Jera who was on drums and wrote songs , then there was Danny the bassist who could also write songs, and Jax was on guitar and sang vocals and he he also could help write songs.Danny is also a tattoo artist.  Concert tours were hell on performers - they got put through the wringer - rocketing from the euphoria of the shows to the boredom of mundane travel. Kate has to now cram months of prep work into eighteen hours before the first show and finds the old manager had went was over a logical budget and changes would have to be made or the tour would end up in deeply in the red by the end of it. Kate had to be the one to fix it and tell the band. Kate is very attracted to Danny but knows he has to be hands off. Jera has a boyfriend at home and the are helping raise his little sister Maya. Kate has morals although she doesn’t apply them to the musicians she works with. Then Danny lets Kate know Jax just quit UPS so he is jonesing for something to organize. Kate’s kryptonite comes in two flavors- the first and most strictly forbidden is musicians and the second is dominant men and Danny is both. Kate swore off musicians two years ago. Kate was still building her career and couldn’t afford an affair with one of the band members that might get messy. Danny told Kate he would take care of his band and she do the paperwork. Then Kate has to tell the band this tours organization was a disaster. Kate says she needs to speak to  the band's manager and finds out it is Jera’s father she says she needs hi authorization to make some major changes and explains why. They need to let some people go, add some tour dates, get tour buses and not fly everywhere. They also needed to reduce production they were carrying. Kate told them they could fire her but that wouldn’t change the problem. Kate couldn’t help herself Danny was everything Kate wanted and shouldn’t have. They became lovers but Kate had her rules one was no one was to know about them as she knew what she had to lose.

I loved this book and didn’t want to put it down and didn’t except when I absolutely had to. I loved Danny and Kate together. I loved Jera and Jacob together and how much they loved each other . I also loved Maya. I loved the plot and the pace of this book. I loved how this book showed how very rough touring can really be especially when a band is just taking off. I liked the BDSM aspect as it was done tastefully and was informative about this lifestyle. I could not find anything to criticize and that was great. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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