Power Play

Eliza Gayle
Power Play
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Publisher
Loose Id
Release Date
November 2011
ISBN
9781611186635
Series
Book 2 of Pleasure Playground
Genre
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
She wants the escape. He wants control. They both need love.

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.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Dec 13, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
134 people found the following review helpful
Eliza Gayle has done it again! She has this way of blending erotic content with fantastic stories, and characters that I really care about. POWER PLAY, her newest release, is definitely no exception. With a hot Irish Dom, a sassy but skittish sub, and a night locked in a pitch-black dark room, the utter deliciousness she brought to the page had me begging for more!

Jennifer is a fetish model in high demand. Her life is all about her job and nothing else. Her past has shown her that letting people in her life ends in disaster, so she wants to keep her solitary life. However, the sexy Irish contractor that is making renovations on the building where she works is making that difficult.

Daegan has a scarred past as well, and after losing a submissive, he doesn't want any long-term entanglements, but something about Jennifer calls to him. It may be the closet submissive part of her that she tries so hard to hide, but whatever it is, he has to have her.

One night locked in a dark room leads them to passions that are unexpected for both of them, but their pasts catch up to them, bringing complications they neither expected or wanted. One thing is for certain though, through it all, they end up playing for keeps.

POWER PLAY is the second in the Pleasure Playground series. It's not necessary to read the first book in the series, Midnight Playground, but it's great so I suggest you check it out too.

I loved the characters in POWER PLAY. Jennifer is strong but really screwed up. She's got a past that would make lesser women cower in a corner, but she's persevered and made a life for herself.

Daegan wasn't necessarily my favorite person in the beginning of the book because I felt like he wanted their relationship to be one-sided. She was to bare her soul to him when he never shared with her. I didn't like that, but grew on me, and I began to understand why he did what he did.

There's a lot of BDSM in this book. Bondage, dominance, submission, discipline, sadomasochism all make an appearance. The thing that was different about this book was that neither main character was new to the lifestyle, but Jennifer was definitely new to the submissive aspect to it. Watching her struggle with her body's needs versus what her mind told her she should want was very fascinating.

The chemistry between Jennifer and Daegan was off the charts hot, but it was the emotional connection that I wanted to see more of with them, and I felt like it could have been a bit more developed.

Overall though, I thought that POWER PLAY had it all: a fascinating story, deep and emotional characters, hot sex, and lots of yummy BDSM play. I don't think I could have asked for much more.
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Book Review by Vixhen (reviewer)
Dec 13, 2011
149 people found the following review helpful
Jennifer Croft and Daegan McKenna have been playing a cat-and-mouse game far too long. Jennifer is a fetish model, who is at the top of her game. Her past has caused her to keep everyone at arm's length. She finds solace in regular trips to the local BDSM club, where only the touch of a stranger's flogger can ease the demons in her mind. Daegan McKenna's interest in Jennifer is a purely selfish one. Her obvious beauty aside, he can sense the submissive hidden beneath her hard shell exterior. How he longs to bend her to his will, dominating every inch of her until she breathlessly submits to him. Jennifer has spent years building up the walls around her, and she's not about to subject herself to the whims of any man, especially one who's as sinfully sexy as Daegan. However, in a moment of weakness, Jennifer accepts Daegan's offer to indulge her wildest fantasies. The kicker is – she has to submit to him, completely. Is Jennifer ready to let down her guard in order to allow Daegan to give her what she craves most?

Hot, Hot, Hot!!! This book was sexy from beginning to end. The firestorm that brewed between Daegan and Jennifer literally burned up the pages. I totally love a story where both parties really want to fall head first, but they fight it. Daegan and Jennifer are both sexy, intense, headstrong people who just combust when they are together. Eliza Gayle certainly has a fan in me. This woman writes with passion and fire!
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