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Series: The Players Club #2
Published by Erika Wilde on July 13th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General, Contemporary
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PLEASURE HAS NEVER BEEN SO DECADENT!
Paige Moore has a fulfilling business designing couture corsets for her high profile clientele, but her love life is sorely lacking. Being burned in the worst way possible by Sawyer Burrows has left her guarded and wary when it comes to men and their motives. When her best friend presents her with an invitation to The Players Club, she embraces the chance to enjoy a hot night with a stranger, and finally put her past heartbreak, and Sawyer, behind her.
Sawyer knows he devastated Paige with his careless actions a year and a half ago, and he’s lived every day since with those regrets. Now, seeing Paige at The Players Club, he knows this is his chance to make amends and prove that there is still something between them worth pursuing. If sensual pleasure is what Paige is looking for, then he intends to be the man to spend the night seducing every part of her.
Paige’s surrender is Sawyer’s ultimate goal, but once her desires are sated, will she give them the second chance they deserve?
Also in this series: Playing with Seduction
Also by this author: Playing with Seduction, Dirty Sexy Saint, Dirty Sexy Inked
Playing with Pleasure is the second book in Erika Wilde’s series The Players Club. Unfortunately I have not read the first installment, Playing with Temptation (I certainly plan to now. Thanks, Erika – just what I need, another book to add to my TBR pile 😉 ). Paige and Sawyer are friends with the main couple in Playing with Temptation and apparently both appear in that novel. It might have been beneficial to have had that installment first since information about The Players Club (the actual physical club) and the nature of Sawyer’s employment with Noble and Associates might be more fully explained therein (it wasn’t until at least Chapter Seven before I figured out he worked private security).
Paige and Sawyer do not actually spend much time at The Players Club, a high class private sex club, after their initial reunion. The dominant side of Sawyer’s persona was not one they explored before they broke up eighteen months prior to the opening scene of Playing with Pleasure. Being with Paige, in any capacity, was more important to Sawyer than indulging his kinkier side. He wanted a solid foundation to their relationship before sharing his naughtier interests with her (nothing too extreme, we aren’t talking major BDSM or anything), a really healthy approach – unlike some erotic reads. The author explores Sawyer’s need for control and use of the Shibari, a form Japanese artistic rope bondage, as a way of dealing with his PTSD issues from years of military service. Unfortunately for Sawyer and Paige, circumstances intervened and ended their relationship before they took that step.
Paige is described as being “a little on the plus-size” and the cruelty of her stepsister, both growing up and during the present day, has damaged her self-esteem and body image. Sawyer is attracted to ALL of Paige, from her curves to her generous nature, something Paige has a difficult time accepting. This doubt allowed Paige to think the worst when Sawyer was caught in a compromising position with Paige’s stepsister and he ends up unintentionally breaking Paige’s heart. Having now returned from deployment and retired from service, seeing Paige again inspires Sawyer to win her back and prove his love and commitment.
Now, eighteen months after the fact Sawyer finally gets the chance to explain to Paige what happened View Spoiler »he was drugged and raped by the evil stepsister « Hide Spoiler. Paige believes him but Sawyer’s “behavior” is addressed in terms of needing forgiveness. The author created an interesting and unique plot point regarding Sawyer and Paige’s previous breakup and failed to capitalize on the situation by exploring the emotional repercussions on Sawyer, other than losing Paige. If the gender roles were reversed, there is no doubt “forgiveness” would have been an issue.
While the situation regarding Sawyer and the stepsister disappointed, it’s refreshing to read about a curvaceous romance heroine and the hunky man who adores her. Paige’s body issues were handled very well and her confidence was hard earned but believable.
In Playing with Pleasure, Erika Wilde creates two likable characters who were perfect together. While some very intriguing and unique plot points could have been more deeply explored, overall Playing with Pleasure delivers a healthy relationship with just the right amount of kinky steam.
Excerpt from Playing with Pleasure:
The bell on the door to Couture Corsets tinkled, announcing that a customer had just walked into Paige Moore’s small boutique in Old Town San Diego, where she designed and sold custom-made corsets.
“It’s just me,” she heard her good friend Raina Beck call out.
Knowing Raina would just head to the back area of the shop where Paige did all her designing and creations, she continued hand sewing small seed pearls to an exquisite white satin corset she was making for a client’s wedding night.
A moment later, Raina walked past the curtain of glittering crystals hanging in the doorway that separated the retail floor from the workroom. “Wow, that looks stunning,” she said of the one-of-a-kind bridal corset, her voice laced with awe.
Paige glanced over her shoulder and grinned. “Thanks. Once I add the crystal and lace embellishments along the bodice, this bride is going to knock her groom’s pants off when he sees her in this corset.”
Raina laughed. “Not a bad way to start off a marriage.”
“What? By getting lucky?” Paige asked humorously as she set her needle and thread down on the nearby worktable that dominated the area.
“And being totally turned on by your new wife.”
“Speaking of getting turned on,” Paige said with a smirk as she eyed her cheerful friend. “You’re glowing and smiling all the time, so things with Logan must be good, yes?”
“Really good,” Raina admitted, her face flushing with happiness. “And I do have to say, it’s nice having sex on a regular basis,” she teased.
Paige sent her a mock glare. “Yeah, I wouldn’t know, so stop bragging,” she grumbled, even though she was genuinely thrilled that Raina had found a man who absolutely adored her. “What brings you by?”
“I have something for you,” Raina said and handed her an envelope with the word Welcome embossed in black across the front.
Paige’s eyes widened as she looked at the envelope. “Oh my God, is this an invitation to your wedding? I can’t believe you didn’t tell me…” Her words and excitement trailed off as she pulled out the card inside and read the message granting her a night at The Players Club, an exclusive, members-only sex club.
“Oh, wow,” she breathed in surprise and glanced back at Raina. “I thought—”
“If I was getting married, you’d know about it before I sent out invitations because you’d be my maid of honor,” Raina interrupted with a laugh. “Besides, I’m not even engaged yet. This invitation is for you,” Raina went on with a grin. “The Players Club is a place where you can get down and dirty and freaky with a stranger, indulge in a fantasy, or try a particular kink that has piqued your interest.”
“I have to say, that sounds very tempting.”
Oh, yes, Paige was definitely intrigued. It had been a year and a half since she’d been with a man. A year and a half since the morning Sawyer Burrows had shattered her heart with his betrayal. And the thought of indulging in a night of hot sex with an anonymous guy was incredibly appealing. She needed to do something to finally shake Sawyer from her mind and thoughts and let the painful past go so she could move on with her life.
Easier said than done, but an evening at The Players Club was a good start to putting an end to her dry spell.
“There is one thing you need to know.” Raina suddenly looked uncertain. “Logan told me that Sawyer is a member of The Players Club. Which, in my opinion, could work to your advantage if he’s there the night you decide to go.”
Paige frowned, not sure how she felt about running into a man she swore she hated yet who still had the ability to affect her on a physical level. Yeah, that part drove her absolutely crazy, but she was curious what Raina meant. “How so?”
“If he’s there, think of it as a bit of revenge.” Raina’s eyes danced with mischief. “Flirt with other guys and enjoy yourself. Show Sawyer exactly what he’s been missing and what is no longer his. Men are such jealous, possessive creatures, and it’ll drive him nuts to see you with another man.”
The corner of Paige’s mouth curled into a smile as she thought about her friend’s suggestion. It had been too long since she’d felt desired and sexy. Combine the bonus of possibly showing Sawyer that she was over him by letting him see her enjoy another man’s attention, and it really was a win-win situation.
Her decision made, she met Raina’s gaze and lifted her chin in determination. “I’m totally down for that.”
About Author Erika Wilde:
Erika Wilde (aka Janelle Denison) is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances for multiple print publishers.
So, why the new pen name?
As Janelle Denison I’ve always written sexy books, but lately my writing has taken on more erotic elements that I wanted to keep separate for readers because not everyone likes their reading material on the spicier, kinkier side of romance. However, please be assured that even as Erika Wilde, you will still get an emotionally layered story with characters you’ll care about and fall in love with. That is always my goal, whether I’m writing straight contemporary romances, or more erotically charged stories.
Currently, I’m working on The Marriage Diaries and making sure that Dean and Jillian Noble enjoy exploring the more erotic side to their marriage. The series will be on-going, with no foreseeable ending as of right now, for as long as readers want to be voyeurs to Dean and Jillian’s sizzling new relationship.
I’m also planning a spin-off series in the future, featuring the hot military men that work security for Dean at Noble and Associates.
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