Free ♑ Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection, #1) ☪

M.Q Barber has just become one of my favorite erotica authors.I love erotica and m nage, but I dislike BDSM in most cases I don t like a hero with something to prove and the way he proves it is by dominating a woman with no spine in a way that humiliates her while giving her scraps of arousal to keep her coming back for This is SO not that kind of story.Alice is strong She s analytical She enters a contractual, safe, mutually beneficial arrangement with her gaybors gay neighbors , and they treat her like a QUEEN She is the most pampered, cared for sub I ve ever seen Gawd, I envy her, LOL But things aren t perfect As Henry and Jay help her explore and expand her limits with the GOAL OF GIVING HER PLEASURE, she questions how their arrangement will affect the year long friendship she had with them before they ever became sexual with each other She feels insecure about inserting herself into their obviously loving relationship Henry encourages her to voice her desires and never hold back, and she does just that physically Not mentally She won t reveal her insecurities and doubts, afraid they will bring the contract to a close, and the contract is definitely the best thing to ever happen to her.I loved Alice Loved her internal debates with herself Loved her abandon Loved how she submitted to Henry out of trust and genuine affection for him because she has learned that Henry gets so much out of being in control He s never mean in his domination Never humiliates her or Jay I got the sense that he does what he does out of love.I will read this one again The sex scenes were off the charts hot The characters were amazing Henry melted me MELTED He s this proper British guy who paints and loves to cook Everything he says is cultured and sensitive and kind And then he ll whisper something so dirty in Alice s ear in that proper British voice of his, and Alice isn t the only one with a wet panty problem.Jay is wonderful too He s the exuberant puppy dog to Henry s controlled proper British butler Seeing them work as a team to disarm and charm Alice was a hoot And hot Very very hot.M.Q Barber gets 5 stars from me I was so pleased to reach the end of this book and realize Alice, Henry, and Jay s story doesn t end I ll be autobuying everything from M.Q and cannot WAIT for this story of neighborly affection to continue. Good kink.Good smex.Needs mansex.The whole thing is told through Alice 3 yrs into Henry and Jay s relationship After starting with Book 4, I ve got to say I missed being inside Henry and Jay s head And the possibility of their manlove.I wanted some manlove dammit All I got was one unsatisfactory oral scene.It is very BDSM 101 but the descriptiveness saved it for me Alice is very articulate and she is very turned on by their games as are both Henry and Jay.As a sidenote, I m surprised that Henry and Jay haven t made progress on his trauma after 3 yrs Not saying trauma has a time limit but Henry is very competent I was surprised that s all.That ending, though I m not sure it can even be called an ending It s not a cliff it s just fade to black, so now I feel like I ve got to read the next one. Free ⚖ Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection, #1) ⚈ She Expects Dinner With Neighbors, But Gets Sex With A Side Of SafewordsMechanical Engineer Alice Still Drools Over Her Sexy Neighbors A Year After She S Moved In She Can T Decide Whether They Re Roommates Or Partners, But Either Way, They Spark A Wanton Desire In Her That Has Her Imagination And Vibrator Working OvertimeHenry, Director Of Everything Around Him, Studies Human Nature And Applies Philosophies To His Paintings As Well As His Relationships Quirky, Polite To A Fault, And Formal, He Follows His Own Code Of Honor Even When It Means Denying HimselfFlirtatious And Playful, Jay Needs Stability, Guidance, And To Please Others His Antics Counterbalance Henry S Stuffy Ways While He Brings A Level Of Vulnerability And Fun To Everything The Trio DoesSM Play With The Enigmatic Artist And Flirtatious Joker Across The Hall Allows Alice To Put Aside The Linear Thought Processes Which Have Kept Her Unsatisfied And Distant With Other Lovers She Must Dismiss Her Preconception Of Love, Sacrificing Her Independence, If She S To Find A Permanent Place In Their Beds And Hearts to read my full review I just finished the book and I want I mean like right about now I started reading this story, thinking that I will read another D s menage story I had no preconceived idea, or maybe I had I thought that it would be the usual submissive heroine meet Dom meet another Dom or potentially another submissive if MMF.Well If I step back and give a superficial description, indeed it was But oh dear, it was much than that.This is the complete journey of an independent woman that life pushed her to be, refusing to love and be loved, discovering her true self in the arms of a Dominant and his submissive.Chapter after chapter, I was captivated by the very real process of a woman that discovers her submissive self and how a man tamed her, day after day, week after week, month after month.Honestly It is one of the best BDSM I ever read so far Do not be fool because I gave only 3 stars for romance and equality It is only because this book is part 1 and the book ends HFN The romance is in process The equality will be reached, but probably in book 2 Great Insight into D s Relationships Playing the Game by M.Q BarberORIGINAL POST May 6, 2014 by Blogger No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.This was a really great read that offered me a possible glimpse into the mindset of a gentle, part time D s m m f relationship While the parameters of the original m m relationship aren t spelled out, I found that intriguing, and another reminder that relationships come in as many flavors as ice cream.A lot of thought about who the characters are and how the relationship and submissive training would be revealed to the reader I also liked the character development especially Alice whose view is being third party narrated She s gotten hard as a busy engineer who hasn t found any relationship satisfying They say a Doms role is to determine the subs needs and Henry does that perfectly He makes her slow down and appreciate, and care about Henry and Jay.Henry is an elusive character If Alice is the girl who fell down the rabbit hole then it s possible Henry is the Cheshire Cat, only human, infinitely hotter and not as cryptic The only secretive part to him is what is happening to their hearts.I read a lot of erotica and erotic romance and this is really well done I have really been getting bored lately as book after book has to throw at least a little power exchange This one did not bore me at all, in fact I read the whole thing in one evening The description of the sexual activity is so natural that it really is erotica and not just a description of people fucking Instead it is the story of a relationship with sex as a large component , but as a means of self discovery and not just instant gratification The only weird thing is that there was no male on male penetration it s all about Alice and her pleasure and that she gets in abundance.This is a fab piece of erotica possibly destined to become regarded as a classic While it may simplify the D s relationship it also made it accessible and comprehensible through internal processing and dialogue As soon as I get a spare minute I plan to read her next book in the series Mt friend Jessi Gage recommended this and I thank her Now I HIGHLY RECOMMEND PLAYING THE GAME, especiallyto readers who want to read about D s relationships and menage but need an easy intro. Holy hotness.Holeeeeey Hooooootnessss.I live in the American Southwest, and we ve been gripped by a heat wave this weekend Temperatures pushed 120 degrees, making airports threaten to ground planes lest they fall from the sky at takeoff Being the reasonable person that I am, I decided to stay indoors and kick back with a yummy new read But man oh man, I found the pages on my Kindle to be just as hot, if not hotter, than the burning outdoors as I finished Ms Barber s debut novel in a single afternoon It s that good The kind of read that keeps you clicking through until the end Reading Playing the Game was an education of sorts for me I ve always been an avid romance reader, and have embraced the various sub genres from romantic suspense to paranormal But I suppose it s possible to argue the majority of the books I ve read have been of the vanilla variety One man or vampire, werewolf, etc One woman A committed monogamous relationship Usually a declaration of love by the end, blah, blah, blah Call me old fashioned or boring, whatever works o Though I am happy to report my horizons expanding these last months, and now I can add Playing the Game to my list of eye openers Ms Barber delves into the culture of Dominance and submission with compelling grace, introducing us to Alice, Henry, and Jay and all of their delightful emotional and sexual complexities The psychology at work in this book is utterly captivating Need an example All right now, Alice Feeling yourself She nodded He was too polite to hint, but she was probably getting heavy Monopolizing his chest And his attention How long had she been lying on him, cuddling up to him like he was her personal sleep aid Yes, Henry My brain s working again It wasn t for a while there Did you enjoy that feeling The silence in your mind I yeah She wouldn t lie to Henry, but saying the words made her uncomfortable There was something not right about wanting that Wanting to not be herself Her thoughts made her who she was Made her a unique person, one in charge of her own life Gave her control A way to organize and categorize her life.Why would she want to get away from that And why would pain give her that Why would it make her feel good I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and look forward to the sequel I recommend Playing the Game to anyone with a sense of adventure who believes the brain is the number one erogenous zone An intelligent, sexy, thought provoking read It s steamy and sexy enough, and doesn t hold back on the BDSM angle, but this erotic romance has so much to offer than titillation or fantasy.One of the things I appreciate in any sort of fiction is a strong heroine It s a fine line keeping a submissive female character strong and sure, not to mention keeping an alpha male alpha without making him an alphole, but MQ manages it beautifully It kept me intrigued enough to follow Alice along on her journey to discovery and growth because she kept her strength She doesn t shy away from her sexuality nor does she become Henry s sub out of repression or shame or past abuse she plays the game in order to find fulfillment and satisfaction Her uncertainty and vulnerability come from the growing intimacy she finds with Henry and Jay, something she s never experienced or wanted before but finds herself needing.Her struggle with the intimacy and how she fits in to Henry and Jay s relationship already established before she enters the game makes for compelling internal conflict.Jay was a great foil for Alice, and quite adorable I half dread half anticipate finding out what happened in his past in the sequel. I have read than my fair share of m nage books but this one will stand out as one of my favorites This author has created characters that are relatable, funny and than one dimension Both of the men in this story know what they re doing There is plenty of hot sex scenes but the book is not just dependent on that The characters and their spirits make this book I m so excited to read the next installment if the author continues the series Don t hesitate to pick up this book, you WILL enjoy it If I could give this book 10 out of 5, I would It is probably one of the most incredible romance novels I have ever gotten my hands on And by romance, I mean erotica.This novel is centered around Alice and her two handsome, hunky roommates Henry and Jay But there s something different about themthey really enjoy having three in the bedroom.The story follows Alice engaging in some fun time with her two roommates, and boy is it hot If you are looking for some hot, dramatic erotica with two super hot men this is for you This book will definitely satisfy some females who are looking for a book that is all about taking care of the women in the bedroom and not the man It is kind of like your BDSM 101 course, as it is slowly starting out with some of your basics in the genre.Our one love interest is kind of a puppy dog and is very silly, while the other speaks professionally which can either be very hot or seem very stupid depending on how you like your novels.This novel isn t meant to win some crazy literary award or go for an Oscar, so don t expect it to woo you with her literary language and metaphors It is a hot romance Keep that in mind Overall, I enjoyed it The book is not meant to be a realistic take on your average bedroom play But it does give your imagination some very happy thoughts.Five out of five stars I want like a thousand books in this series please 04 25 I tried re reading this because the cover is so pretty in black and white Also I didn t remember what it was Well, I have one word for you sandals No guy should be allowed to wear sandals, ever So DNF again.Well, that s a DNF for me.Not only does the love interest wear sandals, that really disturbed me the other love interest speaks like we re in fucking 1700 Kill me now.This is just going to be a ranting, to be honest.LI 1 He is a child in a grown man s body Seriously, he s always jumping around and being happy I hate happy people I m hungry, don t mind me I had this image of an excited puppy in my head every time he was mentioned.Actually, forget my comparison with a child A puppy is what he is Always bouncing aroud, thriving for attention, and leaving a mess behind Let s not forget he wears sandals.LI 2 He thinks this is the godamned 18th century I just can t stand his pretentious way of speakingIf I may prevail upon you to carry a tray, we ll adjourn to the roof and start the grill while Jay washes up WHO THE HELL SPEAKS LIKE THAT WHO The dialogues felt forced and unnatural, and that s mainly his fault Moving on.Now, let s have fun and talk about the MC Honestly, I don t know what to say about her, except that she seems to be a doormat ApparentlyI m not far enough into the story to have an opinion about her, which says a lot if I already know I hate both LIs, while I can t figure out what kind of person the MC is, then there s a problem And really, who would want a guy who wears sandals Crazy.The sex Oh, let me tell you about the sex NOT.Here they are, in the kitchen, about to have dinner, when they suddenly decide tehy re waaaaaay to horny to eat Instead, LI 2 takes charge, not even bothering to ask the MC if she wants to be dominated He s just, give me your wrists, please because he s always so polite Meanwhile, LI 1 is being a good puppy and jerks off when LI 2 tells him to Then we learn that he comes on the orange plate Drying lines and drops of ejaculate had liberally splattered the plate. When Jay came, splashing white across the festive orange plate in front of himA note to authors There is such a thing as TMI Really I don t want to know if he painted the plate with his come.I should ve known as soon as I read about the sandals that this was going to be awful.