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Going Under (Falling Under) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffe Kennedy
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Book Description

Knowing all too well the damage online trolls can inflict, game designer Emily Bartwell takes privacy seriously. Living in solitude and working remotely under a male alias gives her a sense of security. The sexy writer renting the house next door ignites desires she'd forgotten she had, and when he invites her to play games of a very different sort, Em is ready and willing. Even if it means breaking all her own rules to abide by his.

Undercover tech reporter Fox Mullins is so close to the biggest scoop of his career: finding the elusive programmer Phoenix. An increasingly erotic adventure with his reserved but passionate new neighbor is the ideal way to heat up the chilly Pacific Northwest nights as he tracks the brilliant gamer.

At first Fox is happy to help Em explore her newly awakened kinky side, no holds barred, no strings attached. But as they push the limits of intimacy, both physical and emotional, Fox discovers he's not the only one keeping secrets. And revealing hers may mean betraying the one woman who embodies everything he desires.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (July 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K4M3I44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars HLB Reviews Going Under July 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I went back and forth on 4 star and 5 star on this book, but ultimately I had to go with 5 cause it’s one of those books that sits with you after you are done reading it. The more time passed after I finished it, the more that I liked it. Truth be told, I’m so wary of trying out erotica authors I haven’t read before. I always feel like when it comes to erotica it’s all sex not substance, I need a book to have characters that I can get invested in, with a plot line that doesn’t feel like it came straight out of a dirty movie. So I was super happy to find that this book has characters with substance, an interesting storyline, and chemistry that sizzled even outside the bedroom.

Truth be told I picked up this book because I’m a gamer, my husband is a gamer, our friends are gamers, it’s not uncommon for lunch time during the week to mean 10 army guys sitting in the house playing xbox. So a book about a woman who designs video games, totally up my alley. I have to say I really enjoyed the who gaming/designing aspect of the book. I liked how accurate the whole forums and trolls storyline read, I know how insane some of these crazed trolls can be.

So Emily was definitely an interesting character. I liked that she was super skilled in a job/world that is so male dominated, I love when women are good at fields where people don’t expect them to be. She operates behind a shield, he identity hidden from everyone, so of course everyone just naturally assumes that she’s a man, so I loved that she used that to her advantage at times. There were moments when I really felt for her, for her past, her past that she carries with her like a battle wound that hasn’t healed yet and has her looking behind every corner to make sure she’s not still under attack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down! July 31, 2014
By Jesse
Format:Kindle Edition
Going Under is a hot erotic romance that takes place in the San Juan islands. It’s a love story between a reclusive female video game designer and an investigative journalist seeking out the elusive designer (who he believes is a man based on the designer’s internet personas). I couldn’t put it down. I loved the gaming aspect of it (because I am a gamer), but the “games” that happen in the book aren’t strictly the digital variety. It has some very well-written BDSM sex scenes, but my favorite part is how well-written the dynamic is between the two characters and their struggle to work up to an honest, open, mature relationship (with a little bit of kink added for flavor).
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4½/5 stars: WOW!! Island life has never been so sexy!!! September 26, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
My Review:

I am a long-time fan of Jeffe Kennedy’s Facets of Passion novella series and when I saw this full-length novel on Netgalley I knew I had to request this read. So glad I did as, once again Kennedy has knocked it out of the park to provide a well-written, erotic read that had been sucked in right from beginning.

There are people who take their privacy seriously and then, there is Emily Bartwell. After a particularly nasty and life-threatening experience, Emily packed her bags and left no trail behind her when she moved to a remote island. Lyra Island is inhabited year round by only a few and is the perfect place for a woman running scared to hide out. With her considerable fortune, Emily bought her home and has set herself up as a reclusive painter who is rarely seen mingling with the locals, never dates and, only ventures into town to pick up her mail and groceries. Though she is friendly with a few people, Emily has no real friends and is close to no one other than her dog and her cat. Not a soul on Lyra island suspects that the quiet and reclusive Emily Bartwell is actually the enormously popular game designer known only as Phoenix.

In the gaming world, Phoenix is a living legend and the fact that no one really knows who the designer is, makes the legend even more interesting. Of course, nearly everyone in the male-dominated world of online/role playing games is certain Phoenix is a man and “his” creation, Labyrinth seems to support that. Just as Emily intended. It’s much harder to track down and expose a person when you don’t even have their gender correct and that is one of the safety measures Emily put into place when she disappeared from the world and eventually launched her game.
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More About the Author

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and the June Seal of Excellence from RT Book Reviews. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, released starting in July.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website:, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Foreword Literary.

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