Rough Play

Christina Crooks
Rough Play
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Release Date
September 2011
BDSM, Erotic Romance

In Christina Crooks's suspenseful new novel, a woman's search for a missing friend leads her to an erotic playground of fetish and fantasy...

After escaping her sexually dominant husband, dating coach Charlotte is ready to play it safe. But when her client, Gail, disappears after visiting a fetish-oriented club called Subspace, Charlotte must enter the erotic underworld to find out what happened to her.

Club owner Master Martin is willing to help Charlotte -- as long as she agrees to a little role-playing. As Charlotte slowly surrenders to Martin's sensual enticements, she finds that her penchant for submission is more intense than ever. But at the same time, as her search for Gail leads her deep inside Subspace's catacombs, Charlotte fears it may already be too late to save Gail... or herself.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Sep 25, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
254 people found the following review helpful
ROUGH PLAY is a very unique twist on your average BDSM romance, and with villains, matchmaking, a whole lot of sexual tension all rolled into one great read!

Charlotte is a great "dating coach", so good in fact that she doesn't have any clients since she's matched them all up. All except for one really annoying client, Gail. Gail has been hard to match, so when Gail goes missing after getting set up on a date with a BDSM club owner, Charlotte goes into the club to find out what happened to her.

BDSM club owner, Martin, is instantly taken by Charlotte and he agrees to help her find her client if she lets him explore her obviously submissive side. He doesn't know that she has a very bad experience with her dominant ex-husband. Martin wants her to trust him to give her the sexual pleasures she's been denying herself. But can she give her trust before it's too late to save her friend or herself?

This book was extremely interesting. It was a romantic suspense, heavy BDSM, as well as more extreme fetishes like rape fantasy and dubious consent and non-consent Master/slave stuff, but then there was a some light humor and even some paranormal aspects with Charlotte's "talent" for matchmaking.

Martin and Charlotte have a vast amount of chemistry, and I thought that they were a great couple together. It's obviously intense from the beginning and only got hotter from there. The only thing I didn't agree with was the fact that they got together so quickly. With her past trauma, it seems to me that it would take longer for Charlotte to trust someone enough to get into a BDSM relationship with him.

The secondary characters were definitely memorable. From the dominant/submissive switch with the rat tattoos on his head to the boot licking pet food tycoon, they were all unique and added great dialogue and even some laughs to the story.

As I mentioned before, there were some extremes in the book although not as a part of the romance. So I don't think it's the best book for beginners, but I didn't feel like it was so hardcore that it was difficult to read.

Overall, I thought it was a pretty good read. This is my first Christina Crooks read, but I really liked the way she writes, so it won't be my last.
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