on November 4th, 2015
Genres: Erotic Romance
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Everyone has secrets. What would it take to make you whisper yours?
Louise had no interest in relationships until one night turned her whole world around.
Hold me down. Kiss me hard. Fuck me harder.
A stranger in a strange city, she wasnÔÇÖt looking to lose control. Until she did.
Intensely. Irrevocably. Dangerously.
She handed herself over to him.
One night. His rules. No names.
But he had other plans.
SheÔÇÖs an enigma. Unfinished business. Potential. SheÔÇÖs what he wants. Again and again.
And though the last thing he wanted to do was hurt her, it was on his agenda somewhere. Because relationships are messy and painful.
ItÔÇÖs not all about Playing Games.
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What as absolute score. When I started the story I had no idea what to expect, the synopsis had looked interesting but the author was new to me and I did no investigation. So when I immediately loved how the story opened (even the title of chapter one made me grin) and recalled (from many many years ago) the same trepidation Louise felt, I knew the story was for me. Yep, by the end of chapter one meeting Louise and her clever and caustic wit I knew I had made a smart choice. Include the uber charming Daniel Masters and I was a goner. Donna Alam gifted us with a saucy, seductive, and slightly angsty read. My idea of a perfect romance.
Before going into the story and the characters, I must say that the writing is simply wonderful! The language used is descriptive and creates just the right tone – the kinds that draws a reader in. Already head over heals in love with the feel, there wasnÔÇÖt much need for a clincher but what made this read for me was the dialogue. ThereÔÇÖs nothing better than the teasing banter between lovers as their initial word ÔÇ£gameÔÇØ was a lesson in seduction. LouiseÔÇÖ personality is illuminated in her interactions with her sarcastic roommate Flo and curious workmates. But Dan, Dan really draws Louise out oh her well protected shell.
I loved the way the story is plotted, starting at a point in time where the characters reflect back to what will turn into pivotal moments in their lives. I struggle with calling this anything but the ÔÇ£unfoldingÔÇØ of the story and for me, when itÔÇÖs done right itÔÇÖs magical. Once we get through their initial meeting, things are fun and naughty as they move forward with getting better acquainted.
What complicates Louise and DanÔÇÖs growing affection is his past. Ten years or so her senior, DanÔÇÖs family and his work becomes something they have to contend with. Louise herself is riddled by doubts in the advantages of committed relationships so itÔÇÖs up to Dan to do right by Louise. Observing these two as their connection grows is where both fun and heartache lie. There were a few scary moments as Dan is tested by family, club members and Louise.
There were times that my heart ached (that lovely angst) but Playing Games simply left me feeling giddy. This is a 5 star read and comes with my must read recommendation. I loved the writing so much that IÔÇÖve purchased the Pretty series and IÔÇÖm confident I will love them. Ms Alam you have a new fan!
~Review by Cyndi
Title: Playing Games
Author: Donna Alam
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: Nov. 4th 2015
Donna Alam writes about exotic locations and the men you aren’t married to, but might wish you were. Escapism reads with heart and humour and, of course, plenty of steam.
Hailing from the North of England, she’s a nomad at heart moving houses and continents more times than she cares to recall. She once worked at a school like the one described in her Pretty Trilogy. Alas, there were no handsome millionaires hanging around there.
Eclectic reader and part-time perv, Donna is a huge fan of smart men and protagonists with a fair measure of inappropriateness.
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