Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Anna’s Satin Sheets Review of Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection 1) by M. Q. Barber

Anna’s Satin Sheets Review of Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection Book One) by M. Q. Barber

Title: Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection Book One)
Author: M.Q. Barber
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Publisher:  Lyrical Press
Genre: Erotica
Length: 225 pages
Buy Link: Buy on Amazon


She expects dinner with neighbors, but gets sex with a side of safewords.

Mechanical 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 overtime.

Henry, 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 himself.

Flirtatious 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 does.

BDSM 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.

Anna’s Review

I’ll start by saying that I loved this book and I can hardly wait for book two of the series.  I’ve read a number of mfm romances with bdsm elements, but I’ve never read one like Playing the Game.  At this point I’m sure you’re wondering what makes this book so special.  Well let’s be honest, erotica often suffers from tedious or silly plots and as you read you’re just biding your time to get to the next steamy scene.

In Playing the Game, M.Q. Barber actually uses her sex scenes to provide character insight and develop the relationship between the trio.  While you’re caught up reading about the erotic interaction between Alice, Jay and Henry you’re also learning more about each one of them and witnessing their bond becoming stronger.   Henry is the dominant in the relationship and I became fascinated with what he was going to do next.  I will note that although the Jay and Henry have an occasional intimate moment the focus of the story is on Alice’s pleasure.

This is a sizzling read intertwined with a very intriguing romance.  Keep them coming M.Q Barber!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, thanks, Anna! I'm so glad you enjoyed the handling of the character development within the erotic scenes. They were super-fun to write.

    Henry, Jay, and Alice will get a freebie short story in November, and then book two will be out before you know it. ;-)